Title Foreign Field Sports: Fisheries, Sporting Anecdotes &c. from Drawings by Messrs. Howitt, Atkinson, Clark, Manskirch &c. Containing One Hundred Plates. With a Supplement of New South Wales Field Sports, of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales, with Ten Plates, by the Author. Second title page: Field Sports, of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales, with Ten Plates, by the Author.
Binding Full Calf
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher London Edward Orme. Printed by J. F. Dove 1814, 1813
Seller ID 006117
4to. 28 by 22 cm. Unpaginated. 110 hand-colored plates. 107 of these are aquatints, two are line engravings, and one, a stipple and line engraving. Second title page for the New South Wales section. Each plate accompanied by one to four pages of explanatory text -- most are one or two pages long, though. The plates and the stories they tell are immensely varied in both the geographic location of the scenes and the type of hunting depicted. Not only are all continents represented, but also, such activities as whalehunting are included. Animals are shown in their own hunts, and even pursuing humans as well. One such plate, for instance, shows men desperately climbing a tree to escape a rhinoceros and as their horses panic. These plates were justly celebrated for their exciting drama and dynamism. A small sampling of other scenes: South American peons capturing bulls, then horses; Russians fishing in winter; Mamalukes wielding the sabre; sailors shooting wild deer; elephants in a pitfall; a Hindu elephant trap; shooting a leopard; wild boar shooting in Germany; hunting antelopes with a panther; taking vipers; seal catching in Greenland; and on and on. The New South Wales plates concern aborigines, and they show aborigines as warriors as well as hunting and fishing. Binding: contemporary diced Russia calf. Tooled in gilt. Edges marbled. Condition: rebacked, with original spine pasted on -- binding comes off as original throughout. Heavy rubbing along edges. Still attractive full calf. Tissue guards are heavily foxed. Some scattered light foxing and soiling on the text and plate leaves, but overall, these read as clean.