Philadelphia: Judah Dobson, 1830.
First Edition, first issue before added explanatory text on p. viii and without the engraved portrait of former Governor Samuel Morris by St. Memin "which appears erratically in this book" (Bruns). Two lithographic views, two lithographic portraits, and woodcut of a fox. viii, 127; [ii] 56, [1, errata] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half black morocco and marbled boards. Faint traces of rubbing at extremities, some foxing (heaviest at first and last leaves), else fine. In full red morocco folding box Gee, Early American Sporting Books, pp. 46-47; Henderson, pp. 178-179; Phillips p. 265; Bruns S74 “almost priceless today”; Sabin 49133; Westwood & Satchell p. 190; Schwerdt IV, p. 66; Howes M636; Biscotti, Six Centuries, p. 256. Item #252334
Milnor served for a number of years as secretary of the Schuylkill Fishing Company, America's oldest angling group, founded in 1732 — indeed it claims to be the world's oldest social organization--and was a member of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, the first organized hunt club in America, founded (across the river in New Jersey) in 1766. (He was also a member of Congress 1812-1820, and in 1829 was elected Mayor of Philadelphia). His well written accounts of both organizations are full of lively anecdotes, specific incidents, and reports of various methods of hunting and fishing, not to mention a number of illustrious and interesting individuals.
These two classic works are usually bound together, as is the case here. The collation conforms with the Schwerdt copy; Bruns notes the portrait is not always present. Attractive copy of a rare book.
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