Pigsticking or Hoghunting.
A Complete Account for Sportsmen; and others.London : Harrison & Sons, 1889 Stock Code: 140441
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, for example, that officers were much healthier than regular soldiers because they hunted, went pig-sticking and played polo" (Block and Proctor, eds., Scouting Frontiers: Youth and the Scout Movement's First Century, 2009, p. 128).
Octavo (215 x 129 mm). Contemporary dark blue morocco, decorative gilt spine, gilt lettered direct in the second and fourth compartments, sides with ornamental gilt borders and central foliate motif, richly gilt turn-ins, gold vein marbled endpapers, red speckled edges.
Half-tone frontispiece and 24 similar plates from illustrations by the author (all with tissue guards).
Contemporary crest bookplate of one G. R. Clarke. Single wormhole through lower fore corner of first six leaves, which are also lightly creased, 2 plates misbound, short closed tear to fore margin of plate at p. 103. An excellent copy, handsomely bound.
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