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Gamonia: or, the Art of Preserving Game and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers, Explained and Illustrated

London: for the Proprietor, by Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1837
Tooley 393; Abbey 'Life in England' 392; Prideaux p.348. Bobins II 786.
London: for the Proprietor, by Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1837

FIRST EDITION. Octavo (239 x 150 mm). Finely bound by McDonald in full crushed brown morocco title to spine gilt raised bands double gilt rule gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, coloured endpapers. With 15 contemporary hand coloured plates by J. T. Rawlings. Top of joints starting but joints strong mild; offsetting to a few pages but overall a handsomely bound bright copy with fine hand coloured plates. This work is really a treatise on forestry, written with a view to laying out plantations in the most suitable way to game preservation. Plates mostly represent shooting scenes. Coloured plates in order: Part I. 1. Frontis. Penwortham with the commencement of a Battue. A good beginning makes a good ending. 2. Tulketh Hall & Town of Preston. The Old Sporting School. 3. The Vale of Ribble. The New Sporting School. Part II. 4. Penwortham with the conclusion of a Battue. All's well that end's well. 5. Castle Hill. Sharp's the Wird, quick the Motion. 6. The Lower Ridding. More haste the worse speed. 7. Penwortham Church. Slow and sure (in the Old Style). 8. The Round Wood. No stolen goods, Honesty's the best policy. 9. Blashaw Dam. Fair play's a jewel. 10. The Crow Wood. The misfortune of being under the mark. 11. The Hangsman Bank. A Bird in the hand's worth two in the Bush. 12. West End of the Four Acre. The Gay Deceivers, or more keen than sure. 13. Howick from Blashaw Wood. The Destructives, or Killing no Murder. 14. East End of the Four Acre. The Destructives, or three good things better than one. 15. Penwortham. Muff, a favorite Retriever.