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BOVILL, E.W. (Edward William), 1892-1966 : THE ENGLAND OF NIMROD AND SURTEES : 1815-1854.

BOVILL, E.W. (Edward William), 1892-1966 : THE ENGLAND OF NIMROD AND SURTEES : 1815-1854.

London : Oxford University Press, 1959. First edition. A study of the golden age of fox-hunting and coaching, with chapters on both Charles James Apperley and Robert Smith Surtees, eleven chapters on “The Chase” and seven on “The Road”, a bibliography, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(xii),188,[ii]pp. Colour frontispiece. Plates. Map. Original cloth; slight production flaw to last leaf of text, otherwise a very good, sound and bright copy in a lightly rubbed and slightly creased dust-jacket.

£15

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BOWLKER, Charles, -1779 : THE ART OF ANGLING, OR COMPLETE FLY & BOTTOM-FISHER : DESCRIBING THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FISH, THEIR HAUNTS, PLACES OF FEEDING, &C. &C. ALSO, OBSERVATIONS ON THE BREEDING OF CARP ...

BOWLKER, Charles, -1779 : THE ART OF ANGLING, OR COMPLETE FLY & BOTTOM-FISHER : DESCRIBING THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FISH, THEIR HAUNTS, PLACES OF FEEDING, &C. &C. ALSO, OBSERVATIONS ON THE BREEDING OF CARP ...

Ludlow : by H. Procter, 1806. First Ludlow edition. Originally published at Worcester in an undated mid-eighteenth century edition under the name of Bowlker’s father, Richard, this became one of the most popular angling guides ever produced, appearing in various revisions and fresh editions at least as late as 1854. Charles Bowlker was considered the most accomplished fly-fisher of his day – “never regard what bunglers and slovens tell you”. This edition was the first to be published in his home town of Ludlow.
Demy 12mo. x,98pp. Engraved frontispiece by J. Ross, depicting six flies, a trout, and a vignette fishing scene. Bound in neat modern drab boards, paper label, in period style; some minor interior discolouration and browning; some nicks, creases and small flaws, but overall an attractive and uncut copy of an attractive book.

£200

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COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 – editor : SEA FISHING.

COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 – editor : SEA FISHING.

London : Seeley Service & Co., (1956). A reprint of the pre-war Lonsdale Library volume on sea fishing. Contributors include Eric Parker, etc. “Certainly the most comprehensive book on the subject ever published” (British Sea Anglers’ Quarterly).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 352pp. Plates. Illustrations. A very good, clean and bright copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket with one short tear.

£20

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DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition. A most attractively produced and charming account of wild life and sport – mainly in the woods, streams and chalk downs of north-west Hampshire. With two coloured plates by Archibald Thorburn, illustrations from photographs, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). xii,274pp. Eight plates. Four photogravures. Two colour plates. Original pictorial cloth gilt; some slight spotting, mainly of edges; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – just lightly worn and a little tanned. Neat contemporary (1912) inscription of A. G. D. Moger of Bath – Alfred George Derwent Moger (1843-1919), the City Treasurer – on front free endpaper.

£50

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EGERTON, Judy (Judith Emilie), 1928-2012 & SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL DRAWINGS : C.1500-1850. A CATALOGUE.

EGERTON, Judy (Judith Emilie), 1928-2012 & SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL DRAWINGS : C.1500-1850. A CATALOGUE.

London : Tate Gallery for the Yale Center for British Art, 1978. First edition. A lavish catalogue, giving detailed descriptions of the magnificent Paul Mellon collection of more than 2,000 sporting and animal drawings – hunting, racing, coaching, and much more. In The Sport in Art and Books – the Paul Mellon Collection series.
Medium 4to (31cm). [2],(xviii),126pp. 142 plates (twenty-one in colour). Original cloth gilt – the case inadvertently put on upside-down; some minor rubbing, a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a lightly worn and used dust-jacket.

£50

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FAIRFAX, Thomas : THE COMPLETE SPORTSMAN : OR, COUNTRY GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION ...

FAIRFAX, Thomas : THE COMPLETE SPORTSMAN : OR, COUNTRY GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION ...

London : for J. Cooke, [ca.1772]. A fresh edition of a charming little guide first published in 1758, with sections on cock-fighting; the care of horses; horse racing; hare-hunting; fox-hunting; buck-hunting; otter-hunting; coursing; dog-breeding; much on angling; breeding pigeons, rabbits and canaries; shooting, and much else. Although this edition is dated by various authorities to the period 1760-1765 and the spine bears the date of 1770, the advertisements in this copy can only be consonant with a date in the early 1770s.
Crown 12mo (167 x 101mm). 240,24pp. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary sheep, with later rebacking in calf; lightly rubbed; occasional faint browning, but a very good copy. With the armorial bookplate of James Edmund Harting (1841-1928), the distinguished ornithologist, bibliographer and sporting writer. Podeschi 53; Chute 206-207 – although differing in precise detail from all of these variants.

£125

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LAVER, James, 1899-1975 : ENGLISH SPORTING PRINTS.

LAVER, James, 1899-1975 : ENGLISH SPORTING PRINTS.

London : Ward Lock, (1970). First edition. A well-illustrated survey of the great era of the sporting print in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the Collectors Monograph series.
Crown 4to (24cm). 96pp. Illustrations almost throughout. Original boards; very good in a just lightly marked dust-jacket.

£15

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“NIMROD” – [APPERLEY, Charles James, 1778-1843] : REMARKS ON THE CONDITION OF HUNTERS, THE CHOICE OF HORSES, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT : IN A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE SPORTING MAGAZINE BETWEEN 1822 AND 1828.

“NIMROD” – [APPERLEY, Charles James, 1778-1843] : REMARKS ON THE CONDITION OF HUNTERS, THE CHOICE OF HORSES, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT : IN A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE SPORTING MAGAZINE BETWEEN 1822 AND 1828.

London : M. A. Pittman, 1831. First edition. The first book from the pen of “unquestionably the greatest hunting correspondent of all time” (Higginson) – with everything one might wish to know about high-bred racers and hunters – bran mashes, broken wind, capped hocks, Cherry’s elastic pads, clipping, colic, curbs, docking, farcy, firing, founder, frog, megrims, rowels, spavins, splents and so much more – in entertaining anecdote and detailed practice.
Medium 8vo (224 x 138mm). (viii),(504),[ii] + 8pp advertisements dated January 1832. Bound in a lavish later (early twentieth-century) half crimson morocco, banded and gilt with horse and horseshoes, by Root & Son; top edge gilt; ribbon marker; marbled endpapers; binding skilfully touched up in one or two places; occasional minor spotting, but a very handsome copy. Podeschi 138 – not noting the inserted advertisement leaves of the present copy.

£250

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REYNOLDS & SONS, James – publishers : THE OARSMAN’S AND ANGLER’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM ITS SOURCE TO LONDON BRIDGE.

REYNOLDS & SONS, James – publishers : THE OARSMAN’S AND ANGLER’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM ITS SOURCE TO LONDON BRIDGE.

London : James Reynolds & Sons, 1884. A handsome folding nineteenth-century map of the Thames (from above Cricklade to London Bridge) on a scale of one-inch to the mile – with extensive printed marginal notes on locks, weirs, fishing, bathing, tolls, etc., and with towpaths, ferries, watermills, distances from London, etc., clearly marked. A further three pages of printed notes on boating, bye-laws, pleasure-boat tolls, angling, netting, fish sizes, night fishing, rods and punts, etc., are attached to the lining of the case. A revision of the map first produced for James Reynolds (1817-1876) by Ernest George Ravenstein (1834-1913) in 1861.
Lithograph on paper, with original hand colour. Printed surface 2600 x 141mm (approx. 102” x 5-5/8”). Mounted on linen, and folding into the original cloth gilt case; some faint browning to outer leaves, just a hint of wear to some folds, but a very good copy.

£200

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ROE, F. Gordon (Frederic Gordon), 1894-1985 : SPORTING PRINTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURIES.

ROE, F. Gordon (Frederic Gordon), 1894-1985 : SPORTING PRINTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURIES.

London : The Connoisseur, (1927). First edition. An attractively illustrated study, with a full index of atists and engravers, in the Connoisseur “Books for Collectors” series. With an introduction by C. Reginald Grundy.
Demy 4to (29cm). xiv,50pp. Fifty plates, forty-eight in colour.Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good and bright copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket a touch dusty, and slightly holed, creased and chipped.

£25

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SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS : 1658-1874. A CATALOGUE.

SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS : 1658-1874. A CATALOGUE.

London : Tate Gallery for the Yale Center for British Art, 1981. First edition. A lavish catalogue-cum-bibliography, giving detailed descriptions of the magnificent Paul Mellon collection of sporting prints – hunting, shooting, racing, riding, coaching, and much more. In The Sport in Art and Books – the Paul Mellon Collection series.
Demy 4to (31cm). [2],xxii,(258),[ii]pp. 139 plates (twenty-five in colour). Original cloth gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a slightly nicked and lightly creased dust-jacket.

£50

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.

London : Methuen & Co., (1911). First edition : in the primary binding of orange-brown glazed linen. “In this story, above all others, we have told, faithfully, and with the emotion of enthusiasts, of the sport that we knew and loved” (Edith Somerville).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],340 + (32)pp advertisements dated September 1911 (earlier advertisements are sometimes encountered – dated August or even March 1911, although the book was not published until October and these appear to be irregular). Original orange-brown cloth, blocked on upper cover and spine with white feathers, lettered across upper cover in black, and across spine in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy still. Small Times Book Club label and date-stamp Nov 18 1911 on rear endpaper.

£100

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition : in the primary binding, the white cloth band extending across both front and back covers. The second volume of Major Yeates stories – eleven tales, illustrated by Somerville.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(316),(4)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original pale green cloth, with onlaid white band, lettered in gilt and black; a touch sunned; a few specks; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good and still bright copy.

£100

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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

London : Walter Spiers, 1838. First edition. The first appearance of Jorrocks – ten stories from the “New Sporting Magazine” here revised and polished for their first publication in book form.
Demy 8vo (24cm). [viii],358,[ii],8pp. Twelve etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne, 1815-1882). Original publisher’s pictorial morocco cloth, extensively blocked in gilt and blind; some very minor wear at foot; top edge a touch dusty; plates showing light spotting and offsetting in places, but a very good copy indeed, in a most attractive and early example of a publisher’s cloth gilt case. With the unusual contemporary armorial ownership stamp of the London solicitor Charles Ranken Vickerman (1817-1897).

£500

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SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1903. A handsome and lavishly produced edition of Surtees’ classic of sporting humour, produced for the Trübner Sporting Library series. John Jorrocks originally surfaced in the “New Sporting Magazine” in 1831, and first appeared in book form in 1838, but here appears with the original illustrations from all the various early editions – by Henry Alken, “Phiz” and William Heath – including an Alken illustration previously unpublished. With an interesting introduction on the history of the book and its illustrations by Joseph Grego (1843-1908), noted authority on illustration and its techniques.
Super royal 8vo (258 x 172mm). xxii,(356)pp. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title, twenty-nine tissue-guarded plates – twenty-two with original hand colour – and nine illustrations in text. Bound in an elegant contemporary half red crushed morocco for Hatchard’s; banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endleaves; a few very minor signs of age and use; some spotting to text, but otherwise a very good copy indeed. Dated 1906 gift inscription from Alwyn(e) Ainsworth Crossley (1881-1933) to S. M. Crossley – presumably his widowed mother, Sarah Maude Crossley (1847-1938).

£200

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TAVERNER, Eric (Eric Sherwood), 1892-1958 : TROUT FISHING FROM ALL ANGLES : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODERN METHODS.

TAVERNER, Eric (Eric Sherwood), 1892-1958 : TROUT FISHING FROM ALL ANGLES : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODERN METHODS.

London : Seeley, Service & Co., 1929. First edition. An excellent guide to all aspects of the subject, from its literature, to tackle, casting, entomology, trout-flies, fly-dressing, etc., with additional chapters on trout scales by G. Herbert Nall, and on the legal aspect of fishing by Alban Bacon, etc. In the much-admired “Lonsdale Library” series.
Demy 8vo (179 x 132mm). 448pp. Numerous plates and illustrations. Bound in an attractive later half morocco; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

£100

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THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER : THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER. CONTAINING SHORT, PLAIN AND EASY INSTRUCTIONS WHEREBY THE MOST IGNORANT BEGINNER MAY, IN A LITTLE TIME ...

THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER : THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER. CONTAINING SHORT, PLAIN AND EASY INSTRUCTIONS WHEREBY THE MOST IGNORANT BEGINNER MAY, IN A LITTLE TIME ...

London : for A. Bettesworth, 1726. First edition. “I may, without vanity, affirm that the following treatise upon angling, is the most perfect and compleat of any that has hitherto appeared in print ...” – and so it probably was, becoming the standard eighteenth-century work, combining practical instruction on fishing with the making of flies, descriptions of the individual fish, the laws of angling as then understood, material on rock-fishing and sea-fishing, an extensive glossary of the “technical words, and phrases”, and a selection of appetising fish recipes, etc.
Crown 12mo (167 x 93mm). (xii),(189),[iii]pp. Bound in a neat recent half calf, red label, marbled sides; half-title supplied in facsimile; leaf E3 expertly repaired, with some forty words supplied, in whole or in part, in facsimile; occasional light browning and a few spots, but otherwise a most attractive copy of a scarce book. ESTC T67673.

£250

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WALKER, Stella A. (Stella Archer), 1907-2000 : BRITISH SPORTING ART IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

WALKER, Stella A. (Stella Archer), 1907-2000 : BRITISH SPORTING ART IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

London : Sportsman’s Press, (1989). First edition. An attractive and well-illustrated survey – with much on Cecil Aldin, George Denholm Armour, Joseph Crawhall, Lionel Edwards, Alfred Munnings, Snaffles, etc. With a preface by Paul Mellon
Demy 4to (29cm). 224pp. Twenty-four colour plates. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; mild spotting of top edge, but otherwise very good in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£25

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