Wild Spain (España agreste). Records of sport with rifle, rod, and gun, natural history and exploration . . . With 174 illustrations, mostly by the authors.

London, Gurney & Jackson, 1893.

Large 8vo, pp. [iii]–xx, 472, [4, advertisements], with a double-page frontispiece-map and 51 plates; numerous illustrations in the text; original maroon cloth; slightly rubbed, spine faded; armorial bookplate of S. Ratcliff; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


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First edition. ‘An excellent book on sport in Spain’ (Schwerdt). ‘In “Wild Spain” we endeavour to describe a little-known land from a point of view hitherto almost unoccupied – that of the sportsman-naturalist . . . . During more than twenty years the authors have undertaken sporting expeditions into various parts of Spain – chiefly in Andalucia, but including, at one time or another, nearly all the western provinces from the Mediterranean to Biscay. A love of wild sport has been, perhaps, the leading motive; but the study of natural history has hardly been of secondary importance. In pursuit of these twin objects we have spared neither time nor trouble, spending weeks – sometimes months – at a time, in the sierras and wildernesses of Spain, bivouacing wherever night overtook us, or the chances of sport might dictate, and camping-out on the glorious snow-clad cordilleras’ (preface).

Palau 67043; Schwerdt I p. 103; Wood p. 284.

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