[An Encyclopaedia of Rural Sports, or, a Complete Account, Historical, Practical, and Descriptive, of Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, Racing, and Other Field Sports and Athletic Amusements of the Present Day],
London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans,  First Edition, with 600 small wood engravings of hunting, shooting, fishing, racing, and other field sports and athletics, thick royal 8vo. 230mm x 160mm. (pp. 1,240), original ribbed green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in cloth, upper cover with design of a gilt falcon within decorative blind panel, lower cover with decorative blind panel, yellow endpapers, with 32-page publisher's catalogue at end dated February 1844, Lacking titlepage otherwise complete, spine a little worn and head and tail of spine frayed and slightly torn, corners of covers a little worn, lower cover with dampstain, top and bottom of joints split but binding still sound, early sections a little thumbed but text mostly clean. Subjects include The Natural History of the Elephant with wood engraving, Field Sports in Asia, Africa, America, Europe, with wood engravings, Cricket, with wood engraving, Wrestling, Archery with wood engravings, The British Practice of Horse Racing with wood engravings, Dogs, Training the Greyhound, Birds, Falconry or Hawking with wood engravings, Birds of Prey, The Practice of Shooting and Guns with wood engravings, Fishes and Angling with wood engravings, British Boxing with engravings.
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Book number: 7724
GBP 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 57 US$ 63.56 | JP¥ 7075]