London: British Sports and Sportsmen, 1912.. 1912.. Good. ILLUSTRATED WITH 132 PHOTOGRAVURES, INCLUDING PORTRAITS AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF HORSES AND HOUNDS - Folio, 15-1/2 inches high by 11-1/2 inches wide. Three-quarter green cloth & tan cloth, titled in gilt on the front cover and the spine. The top edge is gilt. The covers are heavily rubbed and stained with wear to the corners. xiii, [i] & 645 pages, illustrated with textual illustrations, pictorial initials, and 132 [of 133] photogravures including portraits of eminent sportsmen, several with their horses and their hounds. Lacking the photogravure portrait of Mr. Votelin Heath. The hinges are cracked and the first signature is pulled. One photogravure portrait is foxed and a page is vertically creased. There is some occasional soiling with a few minor creases throughout. The bottom corners of the last several leaves are dampstained with some slight damage to the bottom corners of the last 6 leaves. Good.
Number 583 of a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies.
Though the photogravures are portraits of eminent British Sportsmen, many are shown riding their distinguished horses. A few photogravures and many of the textual illustrations depict their dogs, including packs of foxhounds, harriers, beagles, stag hounds, drag hounds, etc.
The contents include chapters on "Ancient Fox- Hunting", "The Foxhounds of Great Britain", "The Foxhound" by Charles McNeill, "Fox-Hunting in East Anglia" by P.G. Barthropp, "Some Notes on Fox-Hunting" by Will Dale, "Some Reflections on Hunting" by R.F. Stovin, "Some Famous Huntsmen", "Ancient Hare-Hunting", "The Harriers of Great Britain", "Harriers and Hare-Hunting" by J.S. Gibbons, "Beagles and Beagling" by E.H. Humphreys, "The Beagles and Foot-Harriers of Great Britain", "Stag-Hunting", "The Staghounds of England and Ireland" "Drag- Hunting" by Voltein Heath, "The Draghounds of England", "Otter-Hunting", "The Otter Hounds of Great Britain", "Indian and Colonial Hunting", "Hunting the Wild Hill Jackal in India" by Captain Godfrey Heseltine, "Celebreties of the Hunting-Field", and indexes to Hunts and to celebrities. Also included is an article on the "Packs of India" with a few paragraphs on the packs of Australia, Zew Zealand, Canada and Africa.