The Chace. A Poem. William Somervile.
The Chace. A Poem


The Chace. A Poem.

London: Printed for G. Hawkins, 1735.

First edition, errata leaf at end. Frontispiece engraved by Scotin after Gravelot. [xii], 106, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to (10 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches). IN CONTEMPORARY MOTTLED CALF. Bound in contemporary mottled calf, leather spine label. Some pitting, but very pretty. Schwerdt II, p.166; Foxon S562; Rothschild 1932; Hayward, 158; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 347. Item #244675

Written by a man of whom it was said “his only enemy was the weather.” It continues to be read for its depiction of a sport that has changed little since Somervile's day. William Somervile (1677-1742) was often referred to as the “Sportsman’s Poet”. Parr said of his work: “… combining pure Nature with vivid description.”.

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