Gamonia

Or the Art of Preserving Game and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers

RAWSTORNE, Lawrence

RAWSTORNE, Lawrence Gamonia Or the Art of Preserving Game and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers

Rudolph Ackermann, 1837.

First edition, with errata slip to the last printed leaf. Original publisher's full green morocco with gilt decoration and lettering. All edges gilt. Fifteen hand-coloured aquatint plates after J. T. Rawlins. A fine copy, the spine slightly faded with a small ink stain to the upper board, but unusually bright and crisp. Internally fresh with the colour plates notably clean and vibrant.

An esteemed book. It is really a treatise on forestry, written with a view to laying out plantations in the way most suitable to game preservation. But the highly coloured plates mostly represent shooting scenes. They are unusually attractive, and convey a good impression of the way in which our forebears killed their game, in the beginning of the 19th century. There are several pictures showing a kind of battue, where the sportsmen used two guns and loaders, but the shooting appears to have been very wild. (Schwerdt)

PROVENANCE: Barons Hesketh (Easton Neston bookplate to the front pastedown).

Tooley 393; Schwerdt II, p. 127

Stock ID: 36572

£1,500.00

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