Oriental Field Sports;: WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas; HOWITT, Samuel Oriental Field Sports;: WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas; HOWITT, Samuel Oriental Field Sports;: WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas; HOWITT, Samuel Oriental Field Sports;: WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas; HOWITT, Samuel

Oriental Field Sports;

WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas; HOWITT, Samuel

Published by London: Edward Orme, 1807, 1807
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"The Most Beautiful Book on Indian Sport in Existence" (Schwerdt)Forty Magnificent Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas, [Author, Illustrator], [HOWITT, Samuel, Illustrator]. Oriental Field Sports; Being a Complete, Detailed, and Accurate Description of the Wild Sports of the East; and exhibiting, in a novel and interesting manner, the Natural History of the Elephant, the Rhinoceros, the Tiger, the Leopard, the Bear, the Deer, the Buffalo, the Wolf, the Wild Hog, the Jackall, the Wild Dog, the Civet, and other Undomesticated Animals? as likewise the different species of Feathered Game, Fishes, and Serpents. The Whole interspersed with a ariety of Original, Authentic, and Curious Anecdotes, which render the work replete with information and amusement. Forty Coloured Engravings with which the publication is embellished. The whole taken from the manuscript and designs of Captain Thomas Williamson? the drawings by Samuel Howett, made uniform in size, and engraved by the first artists, under the direction of Edward Orme. London: William Bulmer and Co. for Edward Orme, 1807. First edition, first state with plate XXXI titled "Hunting Jackals" and plates & text watermarked 1804. Oblong folio (18 1/8 x 23 1/8 inches; 460 x 588 mm.). [ii, blank], [2], [i]-ii, [2], 150 pp. Complete with hand-colored additional title and forty hand-colored aquatint plates with pages of descriptive text interspersed. Text in two columns, captions in French and English. Pages 19/20 misbound after page 14, pages 115/116 misbound after page 112. Short marginal tear (1 1/2 inches) on lower margin of pp. 51/52; pp. 55/56 with short inner marginal tear. Preliminary leaves and last few leaves with light water stain on inner blank margin. Plates IV, V, IX, and XXXIII-XL with light inner or lower marginal stain. Plate XXXV with neatly repaired two-inch lower marginal tear. Contemporary full dark green straight-grain morocco, covers decoratively tooled in gilt and blind. Expertly rebacked to style. Spine decoratively tooled, ruled and lettered in gilt, gilt board-edges and turn-ins, later marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. The plates bright and fresh and with exceptional hand coloring. The John M. Schiff copy with his engraved bookplate on front paste-down. (Sotheby's New York, December 11th, 1990, lot 347 ($16,500 including buyers premium). "To the same year belongs the Oriental Field Sports. The text is by Captain Thomas Williamson, and the forty plates, which, as a bookseller's catalogue insidiously remarks, would make a fascinating series in frames to adorn a smoking-room, are from Williamson's designs, re-drawn by Howitt. The preface, in the florid language of the period, claims that in this book 'the British Nimrod may view with no small satisfaction a new and arduous species of the Chase. The Artist may reap a rich harvest of information; The Philospher and the Historian may either confirm or correct their conceptions of former details.' The book is not only a mine of information as to the manners. customs, scenery, and costume of India, but contains one of the finest series of sporting plates ever published. All are coloured aquatints engraved by H. Merke, with the exception of two by J. Hamble and a soft-ground etching by Vivares" (Martin-Hardie, pp. 135-136) Abbey, Travel, 427; Nissen ZBI, 4416; Tooley, 508; Schwerdt II, p. 297-298. Bookseller Inventory # 02691

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Title: Oriental Field Sports;

Publisher: London: Edward Orme, 1807

Publication Date: 1807

Edition: 1st Edition

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