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The Analysis of the Hunting Field; Being a Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters that Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season, 1845-6

By R. S. Surtees

1923

Edward Arnold & Co : London

10.5" by 7.5"

xi, 244pp

 

 

 

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An illustrated edition of R. S. Surtees' interesting instructional work on hunting.

'The Analysis of the Hunting Field' is a work intended to educate those who are not well versed in hunting, at a time when there were a sporting mania in Britain. Robert Smith Surtees was a popular sporting writer, beginning his writing career by contributing to the ‘Sporting Magazine’. His best novel is often considered to be ‘Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour’, with his hero, Soapey Sponge, being as popular as his comic character Jorrocks, featured in numerous novels, including ‘Handley Cross’. His comical novels are engaging and witty, with his writing style and character sometimes being compared to Charles Dickens. Illustrated by Henry Alken. Alken was best known for his illustrations of sporting subjects and coaching scenes, often in a caricaturist style. With a coloured frontispice, coloured illustrated title page, a further five coloured plates, and numerous monochrome in-text illustrations. Ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'To April from Sydney, with best wishes for Xmas 1923 and New Year 1924'. Collated, complete.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's quarter cloth binding with paper covered boards. Externally, patches of rubbing to the joints, with spotting to the boards, being heavier to the front board. A little loss to the head of the rear board. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spine, with heavier bumping to the extremities. Ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper. Front hinge is starting but firm. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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