8vo, pp. xiii, [1 (blank)], 1246; with wood-engraved title vignette and 576 woodcut illustrations by R. Branston after Alken, Landseer, Dickes, and others in text; a very good copy in contemporary half green morocco with marbled sides, borders filleted in blind, spine gilt in compartments with gilt morocco lettering-pieces, speckled edges, blue endpapers; spine slightly sunned, rubbed at extremities with a few minor scuffs, splits to joints; ownership inscription of J. Johnstone dated 1856 to title, bookplate of Sir Frederick William Stopford (1854–1929) to upper pastedown.
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An Encyclopaedia of rural Sports, or, complete Account, historical, practical, and descriptive, of Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, Racing, &c. &c. … a new Edition, revised and corrected by ‘Harry Hieover,’ A. Graham, Esq., ‘Ephemera’, etc. etc.
Second edition of Blaine’s comprehensive work on rural sports. First published in 1840, the Encyclopædia of rural Sports marks a considerable departure from Blaine’s earlier scientific texts on veterinary medicine, with sections on the history and philosophy of field sports, and on horse-racing, hunting, hawking, coursing, shooting, and fishing. It is nonetheless a useful guide to all aspects of rural sports.
Cf. Mellon 162 (first edition).
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