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Country Life / Sports

- Famous Sporting Prints I - Hunting

Softback. 4to. A good copy. Some foxing. 8 colour plates with accompanying text and an Introduction.
Published : "The Studio" Ltd, London 1927, First Edition

- Famous Sporting Prints III - The Derby

Softback. 4to. A good copy except for extensive foxing. 8 colour plates with some text and an Introduction.
Published : "The Studio", London 1927, First Edition

- Tackle 75

A good copy in paper covers of McHardy's fishing catalogue for 1975. 264pp. many illus. Covers a little worn.
Published : Mchardy's, Carlisle 1975,

"A Flower Painter" - Village Memories

Nd. c. 1910? A fair to good copy in rather marked green boards. 126pp. Illustrated with photographs. English country life as it once was. Uncommon.
Published : Privately Published, Leominster, First Edition

"B.B" - Manka the Sky Gipsy the Story of a Wild Goose

Illustrated by Denys Watkins-Pitchford.
Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. Some spotting to end-papers but generally clean. Pp.xxi,258. 15 full page plates + head and tail -pieces. This edition has a new introduction by "BB".
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1951,

"H.H." - The Scientific Education of Dogs for the Gun

Hardback. Nd. c.1890. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered and ruled in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. 217 pages. Includes four chapters on retrievers, eight on pointers and setters and one on spaniels.
Published : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London,

"Nimrod" (Charles James Apperley) (Edited with Introduction By E.D. Cuming) - My Horses and Other Essays

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Previous owner's small ex libris label on front fixed end-paper. Some edge foxing but clean internally. Pp.xxvi,304. 4 colour plates. 26 half-tone plates. Includes numerous chapters on horses, several on coachmen and coaching, with others on hare hunting, sport in North Wales, road accidents etc.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London 1928,

"Stonehenge" - The Dog in Health and Disease. Comprising the Various Modes of Breaking and Using Him for Hunting, Coursing, Shooting Etc and Including the Points or Characteristics of All Dogs, Which are Entirely Rewritten

Hardback. A good copy in green boards with red cloth spine lettered in gilt. Mark on lower board. Marbled edges and end-papers. Ownership inscription. Pp.xiv,509 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Illustrations in text but lacks frontispiece.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1879,

(Walsh J.H.) - The Dogs of the British Islands

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in a black half leather binding lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. A little rubbing to spine. Marbled edges. Bookplate of Sir John Robert Gladstone. Includes only Parts I and II of the work. It seems that Sir John has taken these parts from the "Field" magazine and had them bound. Part I has 64 pages + 4pp Index. There is no contents page. The subjects covered are management of dogs in health and disease and judging at shows and field trials. There is one full-page illustration and two small illustrations. Part II,pp.iii,65-156. The contents page and list of illustrations are present as are all 23 full-page illustrations. There is no index to Part II. The subject of Part II is sporting dogs. The outer edges of the last two blank pages are damp-splashed. A little foxing to end-papers but overall a nice clean copy with lovely plates.
Published : ,

Acton C.R. - Hounds an Account of the Kennels of Great Britain with Some Record of Make, Shape and Pedigree

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the slightly faded spine. Gift inscription. 268 pages. 63 photographs. The hounds are described on a hunt by hunt basis.
Published : Heath Cranton Ltd., London 1939, First Edition

Armour George Denholm - Bridle and Brush : Reminiscences of an Artist Sportsman

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Some fading to spine but lettering quite readable. Corner crease in rear board. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xiv,390. 4 colour plates and 127 drawings in black and white by the author, Joseph Crawhall, Phil May, Maurice Greiffenhagen and Major C.A. Rickards.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1937, First Edition

Bennet Donald and Wallace Bill (Editors) - Ski Mountaineering in Scotland

A near fine copy in laminated boards. Ownership inscription. 121 pages. 112 illustrations, nearly all in colour. 72 maps. "A comprehensive guidebook to ski mountaineering in Scotland with route descriptions for over 170 hills and mountains."
Published : Scottish Mountaineering Trust 1987, First Edition

Berkeley Grantley F. - Reminiscences of a Huntsman

A good copy in half-vellum lacking title piece on spine. Pp. xix, 344. 14 illustrations by John Leech and G.H. Jalland including 6 in colour. This is a volume in "The Sportsman's Library" edited by Sir Herbert Maxwell.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1897,

Bone, Gertrude - Women of the Country

A good copy in the original boards. Top edge gilt. Pictorial end-papers. Small gift inscription. 191 pages. Frontispiece by Muirhead Bone. A fictional work about countrywomen.
Published : Duckworth & Co, London 1913,

Brennand George - Halcyon an Angler's Memories

Illustrated by C. Walter Hodges.
Hardback. A good plus copy in red cloth. Some fading to spine. Bookplate. Pp.xii,198. Frontispiece and head-pieces by C. Walter Hodges.
Published : Adam & Charles Black, London 1947, First Edition

Brown W. Sorley - The Ne'er-Do-Weel

Hardback. Nd. c.1908? A near very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt with pictorial onlay to upper board. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. 249 pages. 8 illustrations. Sketches on angling and poaching.
Published : A. Walker & Son, Galashiels, First Edition

Caine William - An Angler at Large

Hardback. A good plus copy in decorated green cloth. Top edge gilt. Some wear to board tips. Bookplate. Pp.xii,306. Colour frontispiece from a drawing by George Sheringham.
Published : Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co, London 1911, First Edition

Carnill Bob and Robson Kenneth - Dressed to Kill Seventy Successful Trout Lures

Nd. 1990's? A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. A little writing on front end-paper. Pp.x,210. Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white.
Published : Beekay Publishers, First Edition

Clifford Frederick - The Agricultural Lock-Out of 1874 with Notes Upon Farming And Farm Labour in the Eastern Counties

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. The surface has been rubbed from part of the front fixed end-paper but apart from that and a little end-paper foxing the book is very good. No ownership inscription. Pp.xiv,375 + 16 page publisher's catalogue. Partly unopened. A description of "the first great struggle between the farmers and the agricultural labourers of England" but the story "would be incomplete without a description of the peasantry in East Anglia, their wages, their homes, and their relations with employers at the time of this unhappy estrangement."
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London 1875, First Edition

Coates Doris E. - Tuppenny Rice and Treacle Cottage Housekeeping (1900-1920)

A very good copy in a very good protected dustwrapper which is price-clipped. Inscription on f.e.p.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1975, First Edition

Colquhoun John - The Moor and the Loch Containing Minute Instructions in All Highland Sports

A fair plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Lower board a bit marked. A piece of paper has been pasted to the top inch of the front free end-paper, presumably to hide an ownership inscription. Half-title starting to come loose. Pp.xxiii,496 + 24pp publisher's catalogue. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. A wide-ranging hunting, shooting, fishing book.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London 1888,

Colquhoun John - The Moor and the Loch Containing Minute Instructions in All Highland Sports

A near very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in black on upper board. Large corner clipped from front end-paper and half-title. Pp.xxiii,496. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. A wide-ranging book covering all manner of hunting, shooting and fishing.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London 1888,

Conway James - Forays Among Salmon and Deer

Hardback. Nd. c.1890? A good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Wear to spine ends. Boards now protected by a clear removable sleeve. Pencilled ownership inscription. A little edge and end-paper foxing. 252 pages + 16pp publisher's adverts (with tear across one page of the adverts). Frontispiece. An English sportsman's reminiscences about hunting, shooting and fishing in the Highlands of Scotland.
Published : Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co, London,

Cooper Leonard - R.S. Surtees

A good copy in dustwrapper but damp-staining to boards mean it is a reading copy only. 180pp. 6 colour and 11 black and white illus. A biography of the English novelist of hunting and country life.
Published : Arthur Barker, London 1952, First Edition

Coppock, J. T. - An Agricultural Atlas of Scotland

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xv,242. 283 figures. 89 tables. "This new atlas --- provides an up-to-date survey in map form of the state of agriculture in Scotland in 1965 with comparisons with the situations in 1938 and 1870."
Published : John Donald, Edinburgh 1976, First Edition

Darling, F. Fraser - The Seasons and the Farmer

Illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe.
Hardback. A very good copy in dark cream paper-covered boards with illustration of lapwings and starlings on upper board and dark blue cloth spine lettered in yellow. In a good plus dustwrapper with minor chipping and closed edge tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. The book lacks end-papers but appears to have been published without them. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.[viii],72. Woodcuts by Tunnicliffe and photographic illustrations.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1939, First Edition

De Fonblanque, Edward Barrington (Editor) - Cluck-Cluck A Christmas Story Told By Grandpapa Potmouse

Illustrated by T.W.Y..
Hardback., A bright, very good, copy in publisher's green cloth which is illustrated and titled in gilt on front board. A little wear to spine ends. The boards are protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Pp.[xii],44. Ten black and white illustrations and title page vignette.No ownership inscription. A children's fairy story.
Published : Basil Montagu Pickering, London 1877, First Edition

Donaldson John - Soils and Manures the Improvement of Land and the Rotation of Crops

Hardback. Nd. but ownership inscription on front end-paper is dated 1901. A very good copy which has ben rebound in red pebbled cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. 132 pages. Frontispiece and title page vignette.
Published : Wm. S. Orr & Co, London,

Edwards Lionel - A Sportsman's Bag

Hardback. Folio. [1926]. A near very good copy in orange/tan cloth lettered in black which is a little faded/marked at the top of the upper board. The remains of the dustwrapper, comprising the rear panel and about two-thirds of the illustrated front panel, is loosely inserted. This is no. 15 of 100 autographed copies in which each of the eighteen full-page, tissue-guarded, mounted colour plates is signed in pencil by the author. Line illustrations.
Published : Country Life, London, First Edition

Edwards Lionel - My Hunting Sketch Book

4to. A very good copy. Title piece on upper board. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and not foxed. Small tear at foot of page 25 not affecting the illustration. Pp.xiii,28. Colour frontispiece and 14 attractive colour plates on each right-hand page with text on left hand pages.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1928, First Edition

Edwards Lionel - My Hunting Sketch Book Vols. I and II

Hardbacks. 4to. A very good two volume set published in 1928 and 1930 respectively. Vol.I pp.xiii,28 + frontispiece and 14 colour plates. Attractive coloured wedding gift card pasted to front end-paper. A fair amount of foxing but the plates themselves are either clean or only a little affected. Vol. II,pp.xv,40. Frontispiece and 11 colour plates + 9 black and white sketches. A little marked on front cover. Neat gift inscription on front end-paper. One or two spots of foxing to early pages but overall a very clean copy.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1930, First Edition

Edwards Lionel - My Scottish Sketch Book

4to. A very good copy. Clean externally and internally with no ownership inscription, foxing etc. Title piece on upper board. Pp.vii,32. Colour frontispiece and 15 attractive colour illustrations on each right-hand page with text on left-hand pages. Also smaller black and white illustrations.
Published : Country Life, London 1929, First Edition

Edwards-Moss John E. - A Season in Sutherland

Hardback. A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. 1.5 inch closed tear at join of spine and back board. Some spine lean. Bookplate. Pp.7,170 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Angling, grouse-shooting etc but also something on the inhabitants, superstitions, death warnings etc.
Published : Macmillan & Co, London 1888, First Edition

Ernle, The Right Honble. Lord - The Land and Its People; Chapters in Rural Life and History

Hardback. Nd but ownership inscription on front end-paper is dated 1927. A good plus copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. Some edge foxing. 257 pages. Ink side and under-lining on a few pages. Chapters on "The Village Farm", "Country Villages", "The Food Campaign 1916-18", "Women on the Land, 1917-19" etc. The author was President of the Board of Agriculture from 1916 to 1919.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London, First Edition

Feltwell John - Meadows a History and Natural History

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xviii,206. 30 coloured plates. 127 black and white illustrations. An exploration of the variety of meadow habitats, both natural and man-made.
Published : Alan Sutton 1992, First Edition

Ferguson Malcolm - Fishing Incidents and Adventures with a Descriptive Sketch of All the Principal Lochs of Perthshire. Also, a Day on Loch Doon and Lochindorb, the Dee, Tweed, Findhorn Etc.

Hardback. A near very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in gilt. A few smallish faded patches on boards. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and very little foxing. 291 pages. Frontispiece portrait + 4 illustrations.
Published : John Leng & Co, Dundee 1893, First Edition

Fraser Sir Hugh - Amid the High Hills

A good copy in light brown cloth lettered in white. Pp.xv,224. Many illustrations including 16 colour plates. Mainly deer stalking in the Scottish Highlands with a few chapters on angling, birds etc.
Published : A & C Black, London 1934,

Fussell, G.E. - The Farmers Tools 1500-1900 the History of British Farm Implements Tools and MacHinery Before the Tractor Came

A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. 246pp. 111 illustrations. Deals with the tools and implements used for sowing, harvesting, threshing etc.
Published : Andrew Melrose, London 1952, First Edition

Gard Joyce - Smudge of the Fells

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. 159 pages.Near very good dustwrapper which has one small closed tear top of rear cover, is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Joyce Gard's new story takes place among the Lakeland fells and has an authentic background of sheep-farming.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1965, First Edition

Gilbey Sir Walter - Thoroughbred and Other Ponies with Remarks on the Height of Racehorses Since 1700

A fair copy in brown boards which are worn especially on the spine. Ownership inscription. Front hinge tender. All edges gilt. 156pp. 10 illustrations. The first 20pp are concerned with the height of racehorses with the remainder being about pony breeds.
Published : Vinton & Co, London 1903,

Girouard Mark - The Victorian Country House

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Bookplate. Pp. xxii, 218. 420 plates. 35 figures. Deals with the social and architectural background, individual buildings etc.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1971, First Edition

Glynn Howard G. - Net-Making for Sport

. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Small red mark (approx. 1cm x 1cm) on top edge of pages. 110 pages. Numerous black and white illustrations. A manual on making nets to catch rabbits etc.
Published : Tideline Books, Rhyl 1989, First Edition

Hall A.D. - A Pilgrimage of British Farming 1910-1912

A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Pp.xiii,452 + 12pp adverts. This is an account (which first appeared in the "Times") of three journeys undertaken throughout the UK with a view to experiencing the diversity of British agriculture. It therefore provides a quite comprehensive account of the state of British agriculture just prior to the First World War.
Published : John Murray, London 1914,

Hart, Edward - The Care and Showing of the Heavy Horse

A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. 144 pages. 6 colour plates. 92 black and white photographs. Covers show preparation, vehicles, judging, ploughing matches etc.
Published : B. T. Batsford, London 1981, First Edition

Hawker, Lt-Col Peter - The Sportsman's Pocket Companion

Hardback. A near fine copy in a brown quarter leather binding (by Croft Bookbinders, London). Top edge gilt. This is no. 118 of a limited edition of 500 copies. 127 pages. Illustrations by the author. Originally published as six booklets in 1801 the book is described as "a hitherto unknown work by the most important of shooting authors."
Published : Antony Atha and the Game Conservancy 1980,

Henderson, Capt. John - General View of the Agriculture of the County of Sutherland , with Observations on the Means of Its Improvement. ---to Which is annexed a Particular Account of the More Recent Improvements in That County

Hardback. A very good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Five raised bands on the spine. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,[i], 238 + 3pp list of publications of the Board of Agriculture + 2pp catalogue of agricultural seeds. 10 plates including a folding map frontispiece. An interesting account of the agriculture and people of Sutherland at an early stage of the Clearances. The survey was drawn up for the consideration of the Board of Agriculture along with similar accounts for other counties.
Published : B. McMillan, London 1812, First Edition

Herbert Henry William - Frank Forester and His Friends; Or, Woodland Adventures in the Middle States of North America [3 Vols. In I]

A very good copy in a half leather binding with marbled boards. Spine lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt. No ownership inscription. Foxing to end-papers but otherwise largely clean internally. 3 vols. in I. Pp.iv,299;315;312. Title page to each volume present but lacks half-titles. Includes deer-stalking, quail and snipe shooting etc. Photograph available on request.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1849,

Hopkins Major F. Powell - Fishing Experiences of Half a Century: With Instructions in the Use of the Fast Reel

Hardback. A good copy but rebound (without adverts) in red cloth with "Douglas & Foulis library Edinburgh" in gilt at foot of spine. 225 pages. Frontispiece and 18 illustrations. Chapters on Achill Island, South Wales, the Itchen, the Torridge etc.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1893, First Edition

Horn, Pamela - The Changing Countryside in Victorian and Edwardian England and Wales

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.ix,261. 4 illustrations. 10 tables. "A very readable and authoritative picture of the changing rural society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries".
Published : The Athlone Press, London 1984, First Edition

Huntington, Dwight W. - Our Feathered Game - A Handbook of the North American Game Birds

Hardback. A very good copy in light green boards lettered in gilt and with decorations of ducks to spine and upper board. Some edge spotting. Ownership stamp to front end-paper. Pp.xii,396. 8 full-page colour plates of shooting scenes. 135 black and white bird portraits on 29 plates.
Published : Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1903, First Edition