1910 Records of Big Game
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Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
This copy is from the library of noted explorer, Sir Philip Lee Brocklehurst. Brocklehurst is best known for being a member of the Nimrod Expedition in Antarctica led by Ernest Shackleton. With his bookplate to the front pastedown and inscription to the recto of front endpaper.
Ward was a British taxidermist and founder of Rowland Ward Limited. He published many big-game hunting narratives and natural history works. This series, 'Records of Big Game' started in 1892 and continued to the twenty-first century.
This work contains measurements of game animals worldwide and was the pioneering book of its kind. The first edition of this work was titles 'Horn Measurements and Weights of the Great Game of the World'. In addition to measurements there are anecdotes from hunters and naturalists regarding species, geographical variations, subspecies, weights and measurements.
This sixth edition is much enlarged with many illustrations, including a frontispiece of Ward.
Ward's 'Records' was a valuable resource for hunters as field guides were not usually published. Therefore, this work was the handbook for knowing what mammals could be found worldwide across the Empire.
As the series progressed, the 'Big Game Narratives' were also a celebration and who's who of big game hunting. Many notable people entered their trophies to be mentioned such as King George V, Sir Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. Every specimen in the work has the owner's name listed next to it.
A fantastic copy of this important game enchiridion.
In the publisher's original zebra style cloth binding. Externally, vert smart with some minor bumping to the head and tail of spine as well as to the extremities. A few light marks to boards. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown and inscription to the recto of front endpaper. Creasing to endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Just the odd spot.
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