New York: Privately Printed for the Author The Knickerbocker Press, 1899.
First edition, with correction on p. ix of “stalking” to “walking” in pencil, and again in pencil on photo opposite p. 18. Illustrated with 23 Kodak photographs of snipe-shooting at the snipery. 1 vols. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Near fine copy, presentation inscription from the author on front flyleaf (wrinkled, with two small staple holes at top of flyleaf). Bookplate of F.P. Williamson Phillips pp. 301-2; Howes P620 (“aa”); Riling 1477 (only a small number printed); Litchfield 66; Heller 2:741. Item #313461
An outstanding record of outdoor life and sport in southern Louisiana, being Pringle’s account of his shooting near the Teche and Attakapas country. “I shot almost altogether on the Camperdown and Cypre-Mort grounds; both very extensive inland marshes, with low prairies and sloughs adjacent.”
Pringle was the son of the distinguished South Carolina politician, John Julius Pringle, and here he recounts in elaborate detail (and with marvelous photographs) his hunting experiences over twenty years from 1867 in the bayous of Louisiana. It is also an account of the ecological consequences of the conversion of marshlands to agricultural purposes: with draining of the swamps and the extension of the New Orleans and Opelousas Railway (now the Southern Pacific) to Franklin, the snipe came no more. Pringle also calls attention to the destruction of northern nesting grounds and the effect upon snipe populations.
“The most valuable record of game we have. Completely accurate, with tallies of game killed each day, and natural history notes” -- Phillips.
“Pringle’s careful record stands unique on our shores … Twenty Years Snipe Shooting offers an unique insight into an era of southern history and near forgotten lifestyle.” -- Mathewson.
“A very rare book; only a small number were privately printed” (Gee).
This copy is inscribed by Pringle to Mrs. Haig Thomas. With an interesting letter from Walter McIlhenny loosely inserted, recalling family connections with Pringle and snipe hunting.
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