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Foreign Field Sports, Fisheries, Sporting - ORME, Edward, publisher - 1814. 
London Orme 1814 - First edition. Folio (28 x 23 cm). With the rare half-title (see Abbey). 110 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates within grey wash borders, half title, some toning, red half crushed morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, spine with gilt duck, dog, fish, hog and huntsman tools in compartments, gilt edges, text leaves lightly browned, a handsome example. "No better or more exciting boy's book can be imagined" (Prideaux). A very attractive copy of a work particularly sought after for the New South Wales supplement at the end. This ten plate supplement was originally published separately in a very rare edition the previous year. Here it is included complete with the original title-page and the dedication, missing from later issues of the work. "The plates represent in vivid style and delicate detail various aspects of Aboriginal life in the wild. Some of the plates show hunting scenes such as kangaroo hunting, fishing, bird hunting, and smoking out possums. Other plates represent tribal life such as a corroboree, trial by spear, a war party, and a night scene in a camp. The plates are justly celebrated and are without question the most attractive and sympathetic of the early European depictions of the native inhabitants" (Wantrup). On the plate the drawings are attributed to John Heaviside Clark, but they are thought to be the work of John Lewin (1770-1819), Australia's first professional artist and father of the illustrated book in Australia, and later re-worked by Clark. Schwerdt I, 177-179; Abbey Travel 2 (without half-title); Ferguson 739;Wantrup 213b; Hardie 136; Prideaux 283; Tooley 225. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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