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Hobbinol, Field Sports, and the Bowling Green

By William Somervile

1813 - London - R. Ackermann

11.5" by 9", 118pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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A collection of poetry from William Somervile.

Aimed as an accompaniment to the 1796 edition of 'The Chace', Somevile's most famous work: 'including the lesser Poems of the same popular writer on Field and Rural Sports, so as to produce, when united, a complete Poetical Work on subjects which form so large a portion of the manly amusements of the English Gentleman'.

Illustrated with woodcut designs in the text throughout, by Nesbit and Thurston.

William Somervile [Somerville] (16751742), poet. Somervile had two major interests, writing poetry and hunting. His first major work written by 1708 was The Wicker Chair, a lively recollection by the character of a Vale of Evesham farmer of his exploits at Robert Dover's Cotswold Games. Like the drafts of many of his poems, the text circulated in manuscript before being published, with revisions, as Hobbinol, or, The Rural Games, a burlesque dedicated to Hogarth, in 1740. Somervile's major poem was The Chace, published in 1735 and dedicated to Frederick, prince of Wales. In four books of blank verse he conveyed the excitement and dangers of the chase as well as its place in history. Somervile's hunting exploits were well known in the locality. He disapproved of coursing, but he took an active part in hunting, his favourite horse Old Ball being used three days a week during the season. His kennels included twelve couples of beagles, six couples of fox-hounds, and five couples of otter-hounds. DNB

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with marbled boards. Externally rubbed, the front joint cracked. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and generally clean with a few scattered spots, and heavier spotting to the title. Overall: GOOD.


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