Carolina Sports by Land and Water. Including Incidents of Devil-Fishing, &c
Carolina Sports by Land and Water. Including Incidents of Devil-Fishing, &c

Litchfield Copy

Carolina Sports by Land and Water. Including Incidents of Devil-Fishing, &c.

Charleston, [South Carolina]: Burges & James, 1846.

First edition. 172 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Litchfield Copy. Later mottled calf. Bookplate of Edward Sands Litchfield. Fine. Sabin 22286; Phillips p. 111; Howes E112; Gee, Sportsman’s Library p. 136; Henderson p. 108; Five Centuries of Sport (Maclay Sale) lot 208; Podeschi 176; Litchfield p. 41; Bruns E20; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting p. 129; Heller 1:480. Item #311478

William Elliott (1788-3 Feb. 1863) was a third-generation South Carolina planter, writer, and sportsman. He served in the state senate for nearly two decades, and was respected as one of the most gifted planters of the old South producing large crops of rice and sea island cotton. He wrote frequently on agricultural and outdoor topics in newspapers and in the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine. The sporting sketches were collected and published as Carolina Sports by Land and Water, Including Incidents of Devil Fishing, Etc. (1846). “The charm of these tales lies in the animation and gusto with which Elliott communicates his experiences. … Theodore Roosevelt, who became fascinated with harpooning the devilfish in later years, paid tribute to Elliott's book: ‘Killing devil-fish with the harpoon and lance had always appealed to me as a fascinating sport, since as a boy I had read Elliott's account of it in his Field Sports of South Carolina’”(ANB).

A landmark of American sporting literature and an uncommon antebellum Charleston imprint, here in a fine binding.

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