New York: J.W. Bell, 1835.
First edition, first issue. [vi], 149 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original purple cloth, decorated with a vine design, printed paper label. Spine worn, label chipped, else very good. Ownership signature on flyleaf of William Wirt Bloss. Gee, p. 71; Maclay sale lot 213; American Imprints 31538; Henderson, p. 100; Phillips, p. 115; Heller 2:594; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 146. Item #240299
Charming collection of essays by a New York journalist. Most of these deal with hunting, shooting, and dogs; there is also a sketch called “The Otter Hunt”, and a few entertaining trifles, e.g., “Broadway on a Fine Day”, “First Impressions of America.” etc. Gee justly remarks, “…every essay is a gem. From the title one would not connect it with sport, but most of the essays are on shooting and written by a true sportsman who knew his subject.”
David Wagstaff said that this book was by William P. Hawes; it is now attributed to one J. Davis, of whom nothing else is known. The attribution by Henderson is based on the Van Winkle copy, which was inscribed “with the compliments of J. Davis Author.”.
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