Rural Sports, W. B. Daniel, Complete in 4 Vol Including Supplement, New Ed, 1812


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Rural Sports
by Rev. William Barker Daniel
A New Edition
Complete in 3 Volumes
(1812) New Edition


Supplement to the Rural Sports
by Rev. William B. Daniel
(1813) First Edition


Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London
Copyright: 1812 /1813

Daniel, William Barker (1754-1833), Church of England clergyman and writer on field sports, was born in Colchester, the son of William Daniel. Daniel's notoriety stemmed principally from his authorship of Rural Sports, published in 1801. Proving very popular among contemporary sportsmen and even naturalists, the volumes describe in detail hunting, coursing, and fishing and contain many impressive plates interspersed with occasional references to Daniel's own exploits. They were reissued as a three-volume set in 1812, with a supplementary fourth volume, dedicated to the marquess of Blandford, published in 1813. The latter, though written in a more careless style, contained a miscellany of anecdotes and receipts. Rural Sports provided the basis of many more modern texts and constitutes an early historical record of shooting before the introduction of the revolutionary breach-loading guns in the mid-nineteenth century. The significance of Daniel's text was still being eulogized as late as 1886 on the grounds that it contained: "one of the earliest, if not the earliest authentic accounts of wild-fowl shooting with punt and gun, beside many incidents connected with fowling, that are of great interest as records of the sport of catching and shooting ducks in past days."

Condition: These books are in good condition. Hardcover. All four books have been rebound and have minimal wear on boards. Hinges are tight. Bindings are sturdy. All plates are present with the exception of two plates in Volume I. Litter of Foxes (page 268), and Hounds Running Into a Fox (page 131) are missing according to the page numbers in the TOC. All edges marbled. Text block and illustrations are crisp and clean; some occasional foxing. These books contain a wealth of knowledge and hundreds of superb plates; many which fold out. Beautiful, hard to find set.

Rural Sports Dimensions: 6" x 9.75"
Supplement Dimensions: 8" x 11"
Heavy 15lbs
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