Boston: Bradlee Whidden, 1889.
First edition. 15 chromolithographic plates after Frederic Remington, A.B. Frost, Fred Cozzens R.F. Zogbaum , Henry Sandham and others. 32 ff. letterpress. 1 vols. Folio (21-1/2 x 15-1/4 inches). Period style red straight-grained morocco, spine gilt with raised bands in seven compartments, titled in gilt, brown endpapers. Phillips p. 141; Wetzel p. 146; Sherwin sale (1946) lot 238; Bruns G120; Heller 1:502; Bennett p.48; Tyler Prints of the West pp.127 & 174; not in Reese Stamped with a National Character. Item #258645
Rare large-format work on sport in late 19th-century America, including Frederic Remington's first two published prints in color, a rare A.B. Frost image of deer-hunting and images from Fred. S. Cozzens and other top illustrators of the day.
The plates (with titles taken from the preceding text leaf ) are as follows:
1. Killing the Salmon. Henry Sandham.
2. A Moose hunt. Henry Sandham.
3. Trout fishing. Henry Sandham.
4. Fly-fishing for Black Bass. S.F. Denton.
5. Hunting Antelope [i.e. Prong-horn]. Frederic Remington.
6. Catching a Tarpon. Fred. S. Cozzens.
7. Mallard shooting. S.F. Denton.
8. Catching a Mascalonge. Frank H.Taylor.
9. A Wild Turkey hunt. R.J. Zogbaum.
10. Sailing for Bluefish. Fred S. Cozzens.
11. Hunting the [Virginia] Deer. A.B. Frost.
12. A day with the [Prairie] Chickens. R.F. Zogbaum.
13. A hunt above the timber-line [Big-horn]. Edward Knobel.
14. [Canada] Goose shooting. Frederic Remington.
15. Stalking the Wapiti. Henry Sandham.
The two plates by Frederic Remington, ‘Hunting Antelope' (Hassrick & Webster 434) and 'Goose Shooting' (Hassrick & Webster 435) are also listed by Peggy and Harold Samuels (Remington The Complete Prints New York, 1990 pp.152-3) with the comment that they are the first and second Remington prints to appear in color. They were preceded only by a series of four monochrome photogravures for John Muir's Picturesque California (1888) and two other individual prints, both black and white.
Arthur Burdett Frost is now perhaps best known for his sporting pictures and prints, but his lack of interest in deer-hunting meant that he rarely pictured shooting scenes that featured anything other than small game. His image, ‘Hunting the Deer', is recorded, and illustrated, in Henry M. Reed's The A.B. Frost Book (Charleston, 1993, pp.101, 104-5) but the author was apparently unaware that it was issued as part of the present work, which is not included in the extensive appendix of books illustrated by Frost. The present work includes six angling plates (three of fly-fishing), four plates of game-bird hunting and five of hunting larger game.
Each of the fifteen subjects is first described in general terms on a single leaf of text, followed by a second leaf giving a first-hand account of catching or shooting the subject, followed by a chromolithograph illustrating the first-hand account. According to Gould's preface, the plates are all from water-colours especially commissioned for the work which were subjected to the critical scrutiny of a group of anglers/sportsmen, who judged them for technical accuracy.
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