SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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MILES, Henry Downes.
British Field Sports, a valuable work of reference for the gentleman, the sportsman, the family, the members of the volunteer rifle corps and every one interested in athletic sports and recreations

London: William Mackenzie, no date
Tooley 273; Bobins II 780.
London: William Mackenzie, no date

FIRST EDITION. Sm Folio. Half-Leather. Very Good. 556pp hand-coloured title page total of 52 plates mostly aquatints, others steel-engravings; including 16 hand-coloured aquatints. These plates include guns,assorted sporting scenes,fly fishing, fishing tackle, cricket (2), early lawn tennis match, rowing and real tennis etc. Whilst there is an index there is no contents page and therefore it is not possible to collate the plates however, other (presumably later) editions state 50 plates on the title page - this copy has in excess of that with 16 rather than 15 hand-coloured plates. Recent binding in superb half black morocco with 5 raised bands to the spine with gilt decoration to each band. Green label with gilt lettering to spine, green cloth boards, green marbled end-papers. Contents bright with minor foxing mostly confined to the page edges, some staining to the gutter, a few short tears to the odd page professionally repaired. A small piece missing from the top right-hand corner of the title page - professionally repaired. The plate of the international cricket match has a degree of soiling, but this barely affects the image. This a monumental and informative work - that is exhaustive in its treatment of the known sports of the time. A very good copy in a superb binding. Coloured plated in order: 1. Title page. 2. A Group of Shooting Dogs [Pointer, Setter, Springer & Cocker]. 3. Partridge Shooting. 4. Pheasant Shooting. 5. Cock Shooting. 6. Deerstalking - Glenartney. 7. Rabbit Shooting. 8. Birds of Prey. 9. A Sharp Look-Out! [Fox] 10. Hunting - Breaking Cover. 11. Running for " A Ring" [Hare]. 12. Coursing. [Hare & Greyhounds]. 13. Pure Arabian. The Godolphin Barb [Horses]. 14. River Fish. [Salmon, Pike, Barbel, Trout & Gudgeon]. 15. Natural Flies and their Larvae - Artificial Flies for the Months [Fly fishing plate1]. 16. Artificial Flies for the Months [Fly fishing plate 2]. 17. Fishing Implements.