The Wealth of Information
in a Fine Library Copy
Sportsman’s Dictionary, The; containing Instructions for various methods to be observed in riding, hunting, fowling, setting, fishing, racing, farriery, hawking, breeding and feeding horses for the road and turf; the management of dogs, game and dunghill-cocks, turkeys, geese, ducks … and the manner of curing their various diseases and accidents. Improved and enlarged by Henry James Pye. 5th ed. With
17 copperplates .
London, John Stockdale, 1807. 4to. VII, 547 pp. Fine dark-brown h. leather on 5 ribs with ruby red covers, broad leather corners, red back-plate, gilt and blind stamped lines, and coloured fly leaves. Brown edges.
Souhart 389 f. – Mr. Schwerdt possessed only three editions of different volume and size from 1735-1778 differingly titled “The Sportsman’s Dictionary; or, the (Country) Gentleman’s Companion, in all Rural Recreations” and “for Town and Country” (II, 220 f.) resp. But also the edition offered here not unknown to him: “Pye (H. J.) also re-issued ‘The Sportsman’s Directory’, 1807” (II, 118). The frontispiece – a white horse before the stable held by a groom and marked with 45 numbers for his body areas – by Thomas Cook as mentioned by Schwerdt already for the 1778 edition.
The plates instructively illustrating angling – bird-catching + -hunting and all kinds of nets , baskets + weir-baskets for fishing , small game + wolf hunting .
Two names on the fly leaves. – The frontispiece a little waterstained but hardly impairing the picture itself. Only quite weakly waterstained also four plates, but only on two of which reaching also into the picture. A few plates and pages slightly or a little more foxed. A discoulering impairing frontispiece and the little browned title below up to maximal 2⅜ × 4 in (6 × 10 cm) touching also the extreme outer margin of the following ca. 20 ll. – One repaired tear. – The somewhat rubbed front cover with a small retouched missing place. Otherwise almost impeccable copy.
Offer no. 13,139 / EUR 765. / export price EUR 727. (c. US$ 879.) + shipping
„ Die beiden Ridingerstiche … sind heute bereits angekommen. Beide sehr schön … Nun fehlt mir noch … Wenn Sie diese finden, bin ich Liebhaber. Mit freundlichen Grüßen und alles Gute “
(M. A. de S., 28. Juni 2012)