1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Household Brigade Drag Hounds, 1893-1894
Windsor, England, 1895, First British Edition. Three-Quarter Leather, 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Limited Edition, Presumed first and only printing of the first edition. Almost certainly an edition of fewer than 500 copies. Printed by Oxley & Son, printers to the Queen, High Street, Windsor. Bound by R. Ingalton Drake, Eton and London, active 1869-1895. NOT ex-library. Oblong, approximately 10 x 13 inches. Bound in three-quarter oxblood morocco, the leather mostly rubbed back, with gilt rules to the boards and with highly polished black leatherette boards, with crisp gilt-stamped emblem and lettering to the front board. The black boards much rubbed and gouged, especially around the edges. About a 1/2 inch loss at the spine tail. Hinges starting but still holding quite nicely. Gorgeous period marbled paper on the pastedowns and FEPs. Hubbed spine. Very rubbed and abraded corners. A.E.G. With 43 numbered pages, and with 24 full-page B&W plates as well as 5 pasted-in color ephemera, all on coated stock. Occasional fingering marks in the margins. Almost all pages with moderate age-yellowing at the outer edges, not into the text or the plates. No remainder marks. On the verso of the front FEP, in very faded ink, a stamp reading, "Bertrand Smith, Acres of Books, Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA." Else a very clean copy. A Very Good Minus copy. Very scarce in any condition. Worthy of conservation/rebinding. According to the website Cheshire Bloodhounds, "Drag hunting is fox hunting, minus the fox. Drag hunting first developed as a way to test foxhounds, but it had turned into its own sport by the middle of the 19th century. Army officers enjoyed the faster-paced drag hunt at least as far back as 1863; even today, the military has a pack of drag hounds. The sport is reliant on the goodwill and cooperation of landowners and farmers." The book's narrative begins, "The Battalion arrived at Windsor from Uffington at the end of manoeuvres, On September 16th, 1893. The following day being Sunday, a well-attended levee was held at the Kennels, and a list of names being provided by Caley, attempts were made to fit them to various hounds.". Very Good Minus.
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