1801-1813 Rural Sports
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition of this four volume work from English cleric and writer on field sports, William Barker Daniel. With the first three volumes published in 1801, and the final supplementary volume published in 1813.
With the first edition, first issue, of volume I, with the dedication to Holden Strutt to the beginning of volume one and the Coursing Calendar, dated 1802 as called for, to the rear of the work.
Volume I illustrated with an engraved title page and nineteen plates, two folding. Volume II part I is illustrated with an engraved title page and fifteen plates, three folding. Volume II part II is illustrated with an engraved title page and twenty six plates, four of which are folding.
Collated, lacking a frontispiece to each of these first three volumes.
With the 1813 first edition of the Supplement volume, with a frontispiece and twenty-six plates to this volume. Collated, with four further plates, of which three are folding, including a folding aquatint, but lacking the engraved title page. This volume is extra-illustrated, with twenty-two plates not called for inserted, including a number of portraits.
The final volume, first published in 1813, is a charming miscellaneous collection, with an additional angling bibliography from Henry Ellis. The work is regarded as one of the earliest accounts of shooting wildfowl from a punt.
With the bookplate of Edwin F. Snow to the front pastedown of the supplement.
With the first three volumes in full calf bindings, with supplementary volume in a half calf binding, with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, very smart. Light rubbing to joints. Head of front joint of volume I, and rear joint of volume II starting, but firmly held. Boards bright. Rear hinge of volume I and front hinges of volume III and supplement starting, and firmly held. Bookplate to front pastedown of supplement, with an inscription to a front blank of the supplementary volume. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright, with areas of significant spotting throughout, concentrated to plates and pages surrounding them.
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