rural sports

Daniel, William Barker : Rural Sports [Vols 1 & vol.2 parts 1 & 2]


 

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London, Bunny & Gold, 1802, Hardcover, 4to, [viii] 535 [1] & [ii] 378 & [iv] 356pp. Contemporary diced calf rebacked preserving most of the original spines, boards with gilt ruled border, corners bumped, marbled endpapers with armorial bookplate on front pastedowns, some dampstaining and some pages a little toned, engraved title pages and 58 tissue guarded plates.

An interesting work on country sports from the Regency period. It covers most aspects of such pursuits including various dog breeds and their care and management, quarry species, shooting and angling. There is no date on the title page but the final leaf of the first volume has printed on its verso the results of a coursing meeting held in Feb 1802 which makes quite interesting reading and mentions Lord Orford's famous coursing bitch, Czarina, then owned by a Colonel Thornton.

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