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BOWLKER, Charles, -1779 : THE ART OF ANGLING, OR COMPLETE FLY & BOTTOM-FISHER : DESCRIBING THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FISH, THEIR HAUNTS, PLACES OF FEEDING, &C. &C. ALSO, OBSERVATIONS ON THE BREEDING OF CARP ...

BOWLKER, Charles, -1779 : THE ART OF ANGLING, OR COMPLETE FLY & BOTTOM-FISHER : DESCRIBING THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FISH, THEIR HAUNTS, PLACES OF FEEDING, &C. &C. ALSO, OBSERVATIONS ON THE BREEDING OF CARP ...

Ludlow : by H. Procter, 1806. First Ludlow edition. Originally published at Worcester in an undated mid-eighteenth century edition under the name of Bowlker’s father, Richard, this became one of the most popular angling guides ever produced, appearing in various revisions and fresh editions at least as late as 1854. Charles Bowlker was considered the most accomplished fly-fisher of his day – “never regard what bunglers and slovens tell you”. This edition was the first to be published in his home town of Ludlow.
Demy 12mo. x,98pp. Engraved frontispiece by J. Ross, depicting six flies, a trout, and a vignette fishing scene. Bound in neat modern drab boards, paper label, in period style; some minor interior discolouration and browning; some nicks, creases and small flaws, but overall an attractive and uncut copy of an attractive book.

£125

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COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 – editor : SEA FISHING.

COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 – editor : SEA FISHING.

London : Seeley Service & Co., (1956). A reprint of the pre-war Lonsdale Library volume on sea fishing. Contributors include Eric Parker, etc. “Certainly the most comprehensive book on the subject ever published” (British Sea Anglers’ Quarterly).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 352pp. Plates. Illustrations. A very good, clean and bright copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket with one short tear.

£20

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DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition. A most attractively produced and charming account of wild life and sport – mainly in the woods, streams and chalk downs of north-west Hampshire. With two coloured plates by Archibald Thorburn, illustrations from photographs, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). xii,274pp. Eight plates. Four photogravures. Two colour plates. Original pictorial cloth gilt; some slight spotting, mainly of edges; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – just lightly worn and a little tanned. Neat contemporary (1912) inscription of A. G. D. Moger of Bath – Alfred George Derwent Moger (1843-1919), the City Treasurer – on front free endpaper.

£50

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EGERTON, Judy (Judith Emilie), 1928-2012 & SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL DRAWINGS : C.1500-1850. A CATALOGUE.

EGERTON, Judy (Judith Emilie), 1928-2012 & SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL DRAWINGS : C.1500-1850. A CATALOGUE.

London : Tate Gallery for the Yale Center for British Art, 1978. First edition. A lavish catalogue, giving detailed descriptions of the magnificent Paul Mellon collection of more than 2,000 sporting and animal drawings – hunting, racing, coaching, and much more. In The Sport in Art and Books – the Paul Mellon Collection series.
Medium 4to (31cm). [2],(xviii),126pp. 142 plates (twenty-one in colour). Original cloth gilt – the case inadvertently put on upside-down; some minor rubbing, a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a lightly worn and used dust-jacket.

£50

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LAVER, James, 1899-1975 : ENGLISH SPORTING PRINTS.

LAVER, James, 1899-1975 : ENGLISH SPORTING PRINTS.

London : Ward Lock, (1970). First edition. A well-illustrated survey of the great era of the sporting print in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the Collectors Monograph series.
Crown 4to (24cm). 96pp. Illustrations almost throughout. Original boards; very good in a just lightly marked dust-jacket.

£15

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“NIMROD” – [APPERLEY, Charles James, 1778-1843] : REMARKS ON THE CONDITION OF HUNTERS, THE CHOICE OF HORSES, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT : IN A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE SPORTING MAGAZINE BETWEEN 1822 AND 1828.

“NIMROD” – [APPERLEY, Charles James, 1778-1843] : REMARKS ON THE CONDITION OF HUNTERS, THE CHOICE OF HORSES, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT : IN A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE SPORTING MAGAZINE BETWEEN 1822 AND 1828.

London : M. A. Pittman, 1831. First edition. The first book from the pen of “unquestionably the greatest hunting correspondent of all time” (Higginson) – with everything one might wish to know about high-bred racers and hunters – bran mashes, broken wind, capped hocks, Cherry’s elastic pads, clipping, colic, curbs, docking, farcy, firing, founder, frog, megrims, rowels, spavins, splents and so much more – in entertaining anecdote and detailed practice.
Medium 8vo (224 x 138mm). (viii),(504),[ii] + 8pp advertisements dated January 1832. Bound in a lavish later (early twentieth-century) half crimson morocco, banded and gilt with horse and horseshoes, by Root & Son; top edge gilt; ribbon marker; marbled endpapers; binding skilfully touched up in one or two places; occasional minor spotting, but a very handsome copy. Podeschi 138 – not noting the inserted advertisement leaves of the present copy.

£250

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ROE, F. Gordon (Frederic Gordon), 1894-1985 : SPORTING PRINTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURIES.

ROE, F. Gordon (Frederic Gordon), 1894-1985 : SPORTING PRINTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURIES.

London : The Connoisseur, (1927). First edition. An attractively illustrated study, with a full index of atists and engravers, in the Connoisseur “Books for Collectors” series. With an introduction by C. Reginald Grundy.
Demy 4to (29cm). xiv,50pp. Fifty plates, forty-eight in colour.Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good and bright copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket a touch dusty, and slightly holed, creased and chipped.

£25

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SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS : 1658-1874. A CATALOGUE.

SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS : 1658-1874. A CATALOGUE.

London : Tate Gallery for the Yale Center for British Art, 1981. First edition. A lavish catalogue-cum-bibliography, giving detailed descriptions of the magnificent Paul Mellon collection of sporting prints – hunting, shooting, racing, riding, coaching, and much more. In The Sport in Art and Books – the Paul Mellon Collection series.
Demy 4to (31cm). [2],xxii,(258),[ii]pp. 139 plates (twenty-five in colour). Original cloth gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a slightly nicked and lightly creased dust-jacket.

£50

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.

London : Methuen & Co., (1911). First edition : in the primary binding of orange-brown glazed linen. “In this story, above all others, we have told, faithfully, and with the emotion of enthusiasts, of the sport that we knew and loved” (Edith Somerville).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],340 + (32)pp advertisements dated September 1911 (earlier advertisements are sometimes encountered – dated August or even March 1911, although the book was not published until October and these appear to be irregular). Original orange-brown cloth, blocked on upper cover and spine with white feathers, lettered across upper cover in black, and across spine in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy still. Small Times Book Club label and date-stamp Nov 18 1911 on rear endpaper.

£100

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition : in the primary binding, the white cloth band extending across both front and back covers. The second volume of Major Yeates stories — eleven tales, illustrated by Somerville. “The present volume quite bears out the brilliant reputation … won by the original R. M. stories. It could not possibly be superior, and we are loth to admit that it is any way inferior … Miss Somerville and ‘Martin Ross’ deserve the unqualified gratitude of the reading public” (Irish Times, 2nd October 1908).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(316),(4)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original pale green cloth, with onlaid white band, lettered in gilt and black; a touch sunned; a few specks; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good and still bright copy.

£100

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SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1903. A handsome and lavishly produced edition of Surtees’ classic of sporting humour, produced for the Trübner Sporting Library series. John Jorrocks originally surfaced in the “New Sporting Magazine” in 1831, and first appeared in book form in 1838, but here appears with the original illustrations from all the various early editions – by Henry Alken, “Phiz” and William Heath – including an Alken illustration previously unpublished. With an interesting introduction on the history of the book and its illustrations by Joseph Grego (1843-1908), noted authority on illustration and its techniques.
Super royal 8vo (258 x 172mm). xxii,(356)pp. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title, twenty-nine tissue-guarded plates – twenty-two with original hand colour – and nine illustrations in text. Bound in an elegant contemporary half red crushed morocco for Hatchard’s; banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endleaves; a few very minor signs of age and use; some spotting to text, but otherwise a very good copy indeed. Dated 1906 gift inscription from Alwyn(e) Ainsworth Crossley (1881-1933) to S. M. Crossley – presumably his widowed mother, Sarah Maude Crossley (1847-1938).

£200

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TAVERNER, Eric (Eric Sherwood), 1892-1958 : TROUT FISHING FROM ALL ANGLES : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODERN METHODS.

TAVERNER, Eric (Eric Sherwood), 1892-1958 : TROUT FISHING FROM ALL ANGLES : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODERN METHODS.

London : Seeley, Service & Co., 1929. First edition. An excellent guide to all aspects of the subject, from its literature, to tackle, casting, entomology, trout-flies, fly-dressing, etc., with additional chapters on trout scales by G. Herbert Nall, and on the legal aspect of fishing by Alban Bacon, etc. In the much-admired “Lonsdale Library” series.
Demy 8vo (179 x 132mm). 448pp. Numerous plates and illustrations. Bound in an attractive later half morocco; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

£100

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WALKER, Stella A. (Stella Archer), 1907-2000 : BRITISH SPORTING ART IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

WALKER, Stella A. (Stella Archer), 1907-2000 : BRITISH SPORTING ART IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

London : Sportsman’s Press, (1989). First edition. An attractive and well-illustrated survey – with much on Cecil Aldin, George Denholm Armour, Joseph Crawhall, Lionel Edwards, Alfred Munnings, Snaffles, etc. With a preface by Paul Mellon
Demy 4to (29cm). 224pp. Twenty-four colour plates. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; mild spotting of top edge, but otherwise very good in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£25

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