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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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FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : LESTER : THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY.

FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : LESTER : THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY.

London : Michael Joseph, (1986). First edition. Biography of the Long Fellow.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [2],(xii),338pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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LANE, Charles : BRITISH RACING PRINTS : 1700-1940.

LANE, Charles : BRITISH RACING PRINTS : 1700-1940.

London : Sportsman’s Press, (1990). First edition. Combines a history of racing with material on publishers and engravers, details of engraving methods, and a full-scale artist catalogue of racing prints.
Demy 4to (29cm). 200pp. Illustrations throughout, many in colour. Original boards; lightly bruised at two corners, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£25

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