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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to field sports including hunting, shooting, fishing, and falconry.

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  1. The Okavango River: a Narrative of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure.
    ANDERSSON, Charles John. The Okavango River: a Narrative of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure.

    London : 1861

    First edition; an attractive copy of an important and uncommon book. Andersson, "perhaps the most extraordinary visitor to Namibia in the 19th century" (Tonchi, p. 24), traversed the difficult country between South Africa and Namibia, obtaining "much valuable information" (Mendelssohn).

    Andersson (1827-1867), the illegitimate son of a Welshman... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 143109

  2. Collection of 16 photographic albums; [together with:] typescript diary.
    VERNAY, Arthur Stannard. Collection of 16 photographic albums; [together with:] typescript diary.

    [1920s-30s]

    An extraordinary personal archive of over 3,000 original photographs assembled by one of the most renowned naturalists and big-game hunters of the inter-war years. Spanning Africa, the Middle East, India, and East Asia, these albums offer an unrivalled insight into some of the most significant scientific expeditions of the period, many undertaken at... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 133409

  3. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
    JAMES, F. L. The Unknown Horn of Africa:

    London : 1888

    First edition of this important monograph, a truly superior copy of a book often found in calamitous condition. "The coloured plates of birds in the more scarce first issue are especially handsome" (Czech). While not in the red pictorial cloth, all other signs are that this is a first issue; the colouring of the plates is particularly skilful.

    Frank... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 60741

  4. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.

    New York : 1905

    First edition, first printing, with a typed letter signed from Roosevelt as President to the book's dedicatee, John Burroughs, tipped in at the dedication page, and with the envelope loosely inserted (both White House stationery and dated 11 February 1908).

    Roosevelt's letter reads: "Dear Oom John: the same greeting that Roosevelt uses in the... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 145504

  5. 119268
    BAINES, Thomas. The Gold Regions of South Eastern Africa.

    London : 1877

    First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this posthumously-edited account... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 119268

  6. The Adventures of an Elephant Hunter.
    SUTHERLAND, James. The Adventures of an Elephant Hunter.

    London : 1912

    "One of the classics of African big game hunting" (Czech). First edition, first impression, with an apposite provenance: ownership inscription to front pastedown of Thomas Pinchard Kempson (1855-1941), who is mentioned in Rowland Ward's Records of Big Game (1910) and in the Kenya Gazette for 1912 as being based in Nairobi and one of several individuals... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 143131

  7. The Kings Maiesties declaration to his subiects, concerning lawfull sports to bee vsed.
    SPORTS. The Kings Maiesties declaration to his subiects, concerning lawfull sports to bee vsed.

    London : 1633

    First edition thus, Charles I's re-issue of his father King James I's proclamation of 1618 of the sports and games that were allowed on Sundays. Allowing new activities, the proclamation antagonized the Puritans (who desired a total ban on all sports on the Sabbath) and was burned by the common hangman in 1643. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 146944

  8. The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and other East African adventures.
    PATTERSON, J. H., Lieut.-Col. The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and other East African adventures.

    London : 1907 & 1909

    First editions, first impressions, of these handsomely produced and celebrated African big game narratives. Czech calls Man-Eaters "one of the most famous of all African hunting titles, which describes the slaughter of railroad workers building the Uganda Railway by a pair of man-eating lions"; its extraordinary story has inspired no less than three... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 144319

  9. Five Years of a Hunter's Life in the Far Interior of South Africa.
    CUMMING, Roualeyn Gordon. Five Years of a Hunter's Life in the Far Interior of South Africa.

    London : 1850

    "One of the classics of African big game hunting and exploration a necessary title in the big game library" (Czech). First edition of a book that enjoyed a huge vogue, going through numerous editions during the 19th century in its abridged form and under the more eye-catching title, The Lion Hunter of South Africa.

    The extravagantly named Roualeyn... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143111

  10. Knapsack-Manual for Sportsmen on the Field.
    WARD, Edwin. Knapsack-Manual for Sportsmen on the Field.

    London : 1872

    First and only edition of this rarely encountered field manual for big game trophy hunters, which identifies the species to seek in the various "hunting fields" of the world, and sets out the taxidermy techniques of preservation, preparation, and "artistic setting up" in the creation of a private museum. A well-preserved copy in the attractive original... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141980

  11. The Complete Angler,
    WALTON, Isaac, & Charles Cotton. The Complete Angler,

    London : 1815

    A handsome copy of Walton's angling classic, this being the second Bagster edition, in a fine binding by Riviere & Son. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 141624

  12. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.
    DARWIN, Bernard. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding with the illustrator's name misspelled "Rowntree" on the front; this copy with promotional insert pasted to front free endpaper. An essential part of any golfing library, written by one of the great writers on the sport. Donovan & Murdoch note that the golf courses of Ireland were "eliminated"... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136294

  13. A History of Golf in Great Britain.
    DARWIN, Bernard, et al. A History of Golf in Great Britain.

    London : 1952

    First edition, first impression. The other contributors are H. Gardiner-Hill; Sir Guy Campbell; Henry Cotton; Henry Longhurst; Leonard Crawley; Enid Wilson; Lord Brazabon of Tara. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 134580

  14. An Angler's Anthology.
    AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.

    London & New York : 1930

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.

    Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140837

  15. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York : 1910

    First and limited edition, number 129 of 500 copies signed by the author, printed on Ruisdael Paper by the De Vinne Press. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 117116

  16. An Artist's Game Bag.
    HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.

    New York : 1936

    First and limited edition, deluxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallards on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America's most admired and popular sporting artists.

    "The Derrydale Press was a small publisher of finely crafted sporting books featuring topics such... Learn More
    £5,950.00

    Stock Code: 115522

  17. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,
    WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,

    London : 1653

    First edition. "A first Walton confers distinction upon its owner" (Westwood & Satchell). There are various typesetting errors in the first edition, although corrected and uncorrected sheets seem to have been issued indiscriminately, with little significance to the priority of issue. In the present copy "contention" (a mistake for "contentment") is... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 80090

  18. Innocent Pursuits.
    JARVIS, C. S. Innocent Pursuits.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, of the author's wide-ranging reminiscences, featuring essays on pets, sport and history in Egypt, ornithology, trout fishing, dogs, reptiles, and trees. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140696

  19. Oriental Field Sports;
    WILLIAMSON, Thomas. Oriental Field Sports;

    London : 1819

    Second edition of the work the bibliographer considered the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence, containing 40 fine colour plates. The author, who served for 20 years in Bengal, describes his "pig-sticking adventures; shooting tigers from machans and elephant back, hunting buffalo, driving hogs, bears and wolves; and shooting peacocks and... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 87219

  20. Seventeen Trips through Somaliland and a Visit to Abyssinia.
    SWAYNE, Harald George Carlos, Major. Seventeen Trips through Somaliland and a Visit to Abyssinia.

    London : 1903

    Third edition, the first published in 1895. Described by Czech as "an important work of sport and exploration". This edition enhanced by the addition of 14-page preface discussing the religious and nationalist insurrections of Sayid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, referred to by the British at the time as the 'Mad Mullah', but considered by the Ottoman Porte... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 140625

  21. In Unknown Africa.
    POWELL-COTTON, Percy Horace Gordon. In Unknown Africa.

    London : 1904

    First edition, scarce variant binding, other copies noted in blue cloth with the front cover lettered and decorated in black rather than gilt. Following a successful hunting trip in Abyssinia, Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) travelled to British East Africa in 1902 in order to find a specimen of a five-horned giraffe recently discovered by Sir Harry Johnston.... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 119332

  22. Pigsticking or Hoghunting.
    BADEN-POWELL, Robert. Pigsticking or Hoghunting.

    London : 1889

    First edition of Baden-Powell's "authoritative handbook" (ODNB), presented here in a striking binding. "It is not difficult to see how polo and pig-sticking contributed to the martial training of young cavalry officers, but Baden-Powell repeatedly stressed the broader exercise and health benefits of sport and other recreational activities. He claimed,... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 140441

  23. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.
    OLIVIER, Jean. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.

    London : 1780

    Second edition, first published in 1771, of this fine work on the use of the short sword, most attractively illustrated with a new set of plates; the dedication is also new (dated 18 February 1780) and the dedicatee is Charles Stanhope, third earl of Harrington, army officer, who concluded his career with the colonelcy of the first Life Guards. Olivier... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 135146

  24. Falconry in the British Isles.
    SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.

    London : 1855; revised in 1872.

    Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 137081

  25. Country Contentments. Or, the Husbandmans Recreations.
    MARKHAM, Gervase. Country Contentments. Or, the Husbandmans Recreations.

    London : 1675

    Eleventh edition, corrected and enlarged. Gervase Markham (1568-1637) wrote extensively in the fields of literature, horsemanship, and country pursuits, and his works underwent almost two hundred editions by the end of the seventeenth century. The present work, first printed separately in 1631 (following publication together with The English Huswife... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 129217

  26. The Heart of Africa.
    SCHWEINFURTH, Georg. The Heart of Africa.

    London : 1873

    First edition, published in German at Leipzig the following year, as Im Herzen von Afrika. Schweinfurth's important narrative of his expedition to the western tributaries of the Upper Nile is "a most valuable accumulation of geographical and ethnographic data for regions never before visited by Europeans", including extensive notes on the flora and... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 126037

  27. The Life of Tom Morris.
    TULLOCH, W. W. The Life of Tom Morris.

    London : [1907]

    First edition, first impression. This work was dedicated to Old Tom Morris (1821-1908), "the epitome of the canny Scottish golfer" and "golf's greatest icon", on the event of his 87th birthday (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135691

  28. Old English Sporting Books.
    NEVIL, Ralph. Old English Sporting Books.

    London : 1924

    Limited to 1,500 numbered copies of which this is number 248. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 125650

  29. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York : 1910

    First trade edition, first printing. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who gave Roosevelt a 50,000 commission for a series of 12 articles on the safari which form... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 134769

  30. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.
    WARD, Rowland. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.

    London : 1913

    First edition, first impression. Rowland Ward was the Michelangelo of Victorian taxidermy, that most Victorian of art-forms. An innovator who developed many techniques still used today, basing his work on painstaking observation he brought the techniques of naturalistic display to their high point. He was a friend of many of the greatest sportsmen of... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 132698

  31. The Sporting Magazine.
    THE SPORTING MAGAZINE. The Sporting Magazine.

    London : 1793-1870 & 1892

    First editions of the first periodical devoted to general sportsmanship, The Sporting Magazine, issued from 1793 until 1870. This complete collection provides an invaluable resource, reflecting the changes in society and attitudes across the turn of the century, and placing them in relation to the pastimes and sports of British society. Each volume... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 128768

  32. William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.
    OSWELL, William Cotton; OSWELL, W. Edward (ed.) William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.

    New York : 1900

    First US edition, same year as the UK. Cotton was educated at Rugby and Haileybury, the Company's seminary, before taking up a post as assistant collector at Arcot. Transferring to Madras he "won celebrity as an elephant-catcher" (ODNB). Ill health forced him to leave India for South Africa; "There he spent two years in hunting and became acquainted... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 127570

  33. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.
    POTOCKI, Count Joseph. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.

    London : 1900

    First edition in English, first published in Polish in 1897, the present edition limited to 200 copies signed by Ward, this copy designated "Presentation Copy No. 4" on the initial blank verso: "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates in his native Poland, which... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 126123

  34. The English Bowman, or Tracts on Archery:
    ROBERTS, Thomas. The English Bowman, or Tracts on Archery:

    London : 1801

    First edition of one of the earliest standard works on the history of archery, complete with a glossary of common terms and phrases. The elaborate dedication page is addressed to the patrons and members of the Toxophilite Society, the oldest and most influential English archery club, as well as "all other Societies of Archers in Great Britain and Ireland".... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 122152

  35. Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier.
    INGLIS, James. Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier.

    London : 1878

    First edition. Inglis (1845-1908) was the son of a Scottish clergyman. "In 1866 he went to India at the instigation of his brother Alexander, a Calcutta tea merchant, and became an indigo planter in Bihar and the North-West Provinces. He revelled in tiger shooting and pigsticking, and published sporting verses, Tirhoot Rhymes (Calcutta, 1873), under... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 121134

  36. Hunting the Elephant in Africa and Other Recollections of Thirteen Years' Wanderings.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore (intro.); STIGAND, Chauncey Hugh. Hunting the Elephant in Africa and Other Recollections of Thirteen Years' Wanderings.

    New York : 1913

    First US edition of this "preeminent elephant hunting title" (Czech), a lovely copy, from the collection of American polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth (1880-1951), leader of the first trans-Arctic and trans-Antarctic aerial crossings, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Stigand (1877-1919) was commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment in... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 119287

  37. Big Game Shooting in India, Burma, and Somāliland.
    STOCKLEY, Vesey M. Big Game Shooting in India, Burma, and Somāliland.

    London : 1913

    First edition, increasingly scarce in commerce. Stockley was an officer in the Indian Army (16th Bengal Lancers) from 1874 to 1912, serving at Tel el Kebir and in the occupation of Cairo during the Anglo-Egyptian War, and later seeing action during the Boxer Rebellion; in the Great War he commanded the Tyneside Irish, then the Second Tyneside Scottish.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 119302

  38. Salmon Fishing.
    TAVERNER, Eric. Salmon Fishing.

    London : 1931

    First and limited edition, number 62 of 375 copies signed by the author, with a collection of fishing ties at the rear, as issued. A superbly produced volume from the authoritative Lonsdale Library series. Taverner's works are seen in the fishing community as authoritative guides and a number of revised editions have been published. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 118735

  39. Driving.
    WARE, Francis M. Driving.

    London : 1904

    First UK edition, first impression; originally published the previous year in the US. The book covers every aspect of driving teams of horses and horse-driven carriages. Ware wrote a number of well-regarded works on horses drawing on his "lifelong experience in the hey-day of the harness horse". Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 116693

  40. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    WHITE, T. H. The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    London : 1959

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. A lovely... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 108471

  41. The Story of an Outing.
    HEPBURN, A. Barton. The Story of an Outing.

    New York and London : 1913

    First edition. "Hunting in open country near Mt. Kenia, the author bagged a large variety of plains game including lesser kudu, gazelle, impala, wildebeest, and eland, as well as lion and buffalo. Perhaps the most exciting passage in this little volume is taken from a letter written by Hepburn's companion, H. Lloyd Folsom, detailing the dangers of a... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 102006

  42. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
    HARRIS, William Cornwallis. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,

    Bombay : 1838

    First issue of the first Bombay edition, which predates the first London by a year, "scarce" (Czech). Harris was commissioned in the Bombay Engineers in 1823, promoted captain in 1834 and major in 1836. Invalided to South Africa for two years, on the voyage out he joined up with Richard Williamson, a Bombay civil servant, deciding to undertake a big... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 98148

  43. Glimpses of the Wild:
    WOOD, Harry Stotesbury. Glimpses of the Wild:

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression; publisher's file copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Lieut.-Col. Wood served with the Ghurkas in Manipur; his Shikar Memories, published in 1934, recounts a 36-year career in big-game hunting. The present volume describes the region's birds, animals, reptiles and insects. Surprisingly scarce institutionally... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 96621

  44. Ask Mamma.
    SURTEES, R. S. Ask Mamma.

    London : 1920

    Limited edition volume limited to 50 numbered sets specially coloured by Walter Mason. This is copy number 25. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 89671

  45. Sportsman in Ireland,
    ALLAN, Robert. Sportsman in Ireland,

    London : 1840

    First edition of this uncommon set on the sporting life in Ireland and Scotland, handsomely bound with elaborate tooling. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 85345

  46. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.
    BRADLEY, John. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.

    London : 1876

    First edition. Extremely uncommon. "An interesting work combining travel, observation and big game hunting. Near the Sittang River in Burma, the author hunted numerous tigers, including an episode of tiger shooting related by his companion Captain Lacy. Near the River Thungyen, an elephant was bagged, with additional notes on hunting leopard, deer,... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 71504

  47. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford's Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.
    SURTEES, R. S. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford's Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.

    [late 1800s]

    A handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature.

    "In 1838 Surtees published in book form a collection of his magazine articles featuring Mr Jorrocks, the 'jolly, free-and-easy, fox-hunting grocer' (to use Surtees's own description), under the title of Jorrocks's Jaunts... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 20075

  48. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford's Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.
    SURTEES, R. S. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford's Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.

    London : [late 1800s]

    A very handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature.

    "In 1838 Surtees published in book form a collection of his magazine articles featuring Mr Jorrocks, the 'jolly, free-and-easy, fox-hunting grocer' (to use Surtees's own description), under the title of Jorrocks's Jaunts... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 20076

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