Knapsack-Manual for Sportsmen on the Field.London: By the Author, 1872 Stock Code: 141980
A taxidermist's field guideFirst 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 binding.
Edwin Ward was the older brother of the more widely famed James Rowland Ward, the sons of Edwin Henry Ward, himself a taxidermist who had travelled America with Audubon. Scarce: Library Hub locates three copies, BL, NLS, and Oxford, WorldCat adds just NYPL, Yale and the University of Kwazulu Natal. A slightly frail publication, designed to be carried in the pocket, and consequently scarce in such sound condition.
Octavo. Original dark red skiver over flexible boards, title gilt to the front board together with a large elephant's head device, blind panels to both boards, all edges gilt, dun surface-paper endpapers.
Engraved elephant's head title-page vignette, one diagram to the text.
Just a little rubbed at the extremities, slight string-notch at the fore-edge of both boards, early C20th hunting themed bookplate a touch over-enthusiastically pasted to the front pastedown, front free endpaper half-title and title with a sharp crease at top fore-corner, reinforced verso with archival tissue, pale toning to the text, but remains a very good copy.
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