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An Essay on Hunting
Oxford Arms in Warwick-Lane, London: J Roberts EXTRA illustrated. Bound in full early 20c? brown morocco, hare hunting scene by horse in gilt within gilt box to upper cover, lower cover has gilt image of fox head and laurels. Spine has been relaid at some stage, but keeping the original which has raised bands, lots of gilt tooling, hunting scenes, title in gilt. Internally, gilt tooling to turn ins, marbled endpapers, front and rear blanks have some light foxing to edges, decorative tissue guarded B&W frontis, text block head in gilt, title page in red and black ink within double black ink lines, [3], 4-92 pp, 12 coloured plates and 36 B&W plates, all with tissue guards, by Howill (mainly), Woodward and Cruickshank, Rowlandson, Tomson, McKenzie, Gilpin, Marshall, Cooper etc, not dated but probably of the early 1800's. Many of Howitt's plates are dated 1798 or 99 and some state that they were also republished by Edward Orme in 1812 (his sporting book?). There is a wonderful double page plate by Rowlandson. The coloured plates are mostly, 1801 or 2. Articles and plates on Horses, Foxhunting, Hare running, Shewing a Horse, Hare Hunting, Otter hunting, The Badger and more. Fascinating. Copac states copies at V&A and the National trust. It was originally published in 1733 and there were supposedly copies of it reproduced in 1803 and possibly later. It also states that it came with 1 plate, so the remainder were tipped in at a later stage?. All a bit of a mystery but a wonderful book, and possibly a little uncommon! (Halkett & Laing state author was Thomas Gosden) (pencil note to fep states author was not Gosden but by Rev Mr Squire Am, Chancellor of Wells?)
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