Item #228833 The Old English Gentleman, or, The Fields and the Woods. John Mills.

Sporting Triple-Decker in Boards

The Old English Gentleman, or, The Fields and the Woods.

London: Henry Colburn, 1841.

First edition. viii, 293; [ii], 280; [ii], 274 + [2] pp. ads (undated). 3 vols. 8vo. Sporting Triple-Decker in Boards. Uncut in the original drab gray boards, blue cloth spines with printed paper labels ( a bit rubbed). Etched bookplate of George Gilpin on the front pastedown of each volume. Lovely set thus Sadleir 1738; Wolff 4803; Higginson, pp. 75-6. Item #228833

Sadleir, who had a copy in boards, writes: "I remember an old bookseller in Edinburgh (who had been at one time employed by W.T. Spencer) telling me that Spencer regarded a board copy of THE OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN as one of the rarest three-volume items in his experience ... " Wolff's copy, on the other hand, was rebacked with new labels and, in his own estimation, "pretty crude."

The first of Mills' "rollicking hunting books" (Sutherland).

"Like his contemporaries, 'Nimrod' (C.J. Apperley) and 'Yorkshireman' (Surtees), Mills deserves the foremost recognition amongst the ranks of those versatile scribes, pertaining to the order characterized by 'Jorrocks' as 'Gentleman sportsmen,' and with the works of those 'top-sawyers' and first of sporting and sportive penman" (Higginson).

Price: $750.00 Free International Delivery