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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. 128768detail
    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... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 128768

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  2. 45009
    In 1768 Astley established his first "'riding school' in a fenced wayside field on Lambeth Marsh named Halfpenny Hatch. Styling himself the English Hussar, he promised such feats as straddling two cantering and jumping horses, doing headstands on a pint pot on the saddle, and a parody of riding by a foppish tailor" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 45009

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  3. 125443
    First edition, first issue. Well-preserved copy of this uncommon title, just 6 locations on Copac. "A rather scarce Rowland Ward publication, the first issue was published with a map and map pocket, while the second issue apparently lacked both. This work details the author's 1910-11 expedition on which he bagged gazelle,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 125443

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  4. 119918detail
    A superb library set of the magnificently bound British Sports and Sportsmen series; each title with a limited issue of 1,000 copies, the majority of this set being number 915 of 1,000, with Big Game Hunting and Angling being number 555 of 1,000. This set includes the uncommon Polo & Coaching volume. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 119918

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  5. 119268
    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... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 119268

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  6. Oriental Field Sports;
    Limited issue, number 40 of 350 copies. An attractive facsimile of the original 1807 edition of "the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103401

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  7. 87219
    Second edition, first published 1807-8. "The most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87219

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  8. 119302
    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... Learn More
    £1,500

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  9. 121134
    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... Learn More
    £350

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  10. 86979
    Limited edition; number 322 of 1,000 copies. A very handsome copy: "When outlining the plan of this volume on Breeding and Agriculture, the Publisher's recognised that the subjects in question, in themselves, were the basis of out very existence, and that an exposition commensurate with the importance of the theme would... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 86979

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  11. 118732comp
    First and limited edition, number 168 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... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 118732

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  12. 118735comp
    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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 118735

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  13. 67922
    The translator, Phillott, joined the 40th..."> First edition, one of 500 copies. "A very important work by a falconer who flourished in the middle of the 19th century gives a detailed account of falcons as well as hunting-birds in general, and the author quotes from a number of early authorities on falconry" (Hohenstaufen).
    The translator, Phillott, joined the 40th... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 67922

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  14. Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.
    First edition; a second appeared in 1827. Daniel Johnson (1766/7-1835), surgeon and author, "was appointed assistant surgeon in the Bengal medical service on 22 January 1789. He conducted experiments on snakebite, and later communicated his findings to his fellow Bengal surgeon James Johnson. He was promoted to surgeon on... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 114063

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  15. Forest Life and Sport in India.
    First edition, first impression. "An inspector general of forests in India, the author recounts his early service in Oudh, with numerous hunts after tigers, panthers, sambur, and spotted deer. Transferred to the North West Provinces in 1880, he had more tigers and had experiences with rogue elephants. He also provides an... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 113831

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  16. The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry.
  17. The Story of an Outing.
    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,... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 102006

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  18. W. J. George, Sporting Gun & Ammunition Manufacturer, New Illustrated Price List of Sporting Guns, Rifles, Revolvers, Walking Stick and Air Guns, Pistols, Ammunition, Loading Machines, Bags, Covers, Traps, &c., &c.
    Highly attractive Edwardian sporting gunmaker's list, uncommon, OCLC with 3 locations only, BL, Winterthur Museum, and the Hagley Museum, Wilmington, these two representing an odd bibliographic coincidence in Delaware. George's had their "Office and Show Room", and a workshop in Snargate Street, and a "Cartridge Store and... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 102980

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  19. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
    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,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 98148

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  20. Glimpses of the Wild:
    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.... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 96621

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  21. 89673
    Limited edition volume limited to 50 numbered sets specially coloured by Walter Mason. This is copy number 25. Learn More
    £125

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  22. 89671
    Limited edition volume limited to 50 numbered sets specially coloured by Walter Mason. This is copy number 25. Learn More
    £85

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  23. 86975
    Limited edition, number 670 of 1,000 copies. Very handsome copy of this "picture gallery which, of its kind, is unique in its completeness. The retrospect does not extend quite to the days of Nimrod and the mighty hunters of whom we know only by legendary record, but it does go back about as far as oral tradition can carry.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 86975

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  24. 92663
    First edition. "A work which no student of the history of Falconry should neglect. Amongst the 'Pièces Justificatives' at the end of the volume will be found a chronological list of the Grand Falconers of France; extracts showing the expenses attending the maintenance of hawking in France, from the Household Accounts of... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 92663

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  25. 85345
    First edition of this uncommon set on the sporting life in Ireland and Scotland. Handsomely bound with elaborate tooling. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 85345

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  26. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    First edition, first impression, of White's record of his life on the West Coast of Ireland, where, he "stumbled across what Protestants had said was an idol still being worshipped by the Catholics, and a coal black negro selling patent medicines, and a real fairy fire which lit our footsteps over the infinite bog - no whimsy.... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 85969

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  27. The Complete Angler or The Contemplative Man's Recreation.
    A very handsomely bound volume with fishing related gilt tools to the binding and ten delicately hand-coloured plates of flies. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 65972

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    £1,500

    Stock Code: 61497

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  29. i1
    First edition of the most famous work in angling literature. "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... Learn More
    £75,000

    Stock Code: 80090

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  30. 71504
    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... Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 71504

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  31. 60741
    First edition. "While primarily a work of exploration and adventure in Somaliland, the author does partake in a few hunts for kudu, lion, and assorted antelope near the River Webbe. Once while stalking rhinoceros, he came within a few feet of one but was unable to see it due to the heavy growth of mimosa before it made its... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 60741

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  32. 20076
    A very handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 20076

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    A handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 20075

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