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    Sale 5310

    The Sporting Sale

    1 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 118


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    The Art of Shooting Flying, familiarly explained by way of dialogue. Norwich: printed by J. Crouse, sold by the author, and by E. Johnson, London, 1767. 8°. [4],76 + 2pp. advertisement, with half-title, contemporary ms diagram on blank leaf bound in between pp. 28-29, brown limp morocco c. 1900, titled in gilt on upper cover. Second[?] Norwich edition, written by a watch and gun maker in Norwich who explains his method of shooting flying through a dialogue held with a young novice. ESTC records two issues of the first edition (Norwich, 1766) -- 3 copies and 2 copies respectively -- and one copy of a London edition of 1767 -- but the present Norwich edition is unrecorded. cf.Chute 493: "the first book in prose solely on shooting"; Schwerdt II, p. 58.

    EDIE, George. The Art of English Shooting. London: J. Cooke at Shakespeare's Head, [c. 1775]. 8°, 29, [1]p., engraved frontispiece (frontispiece spotted at margins, some pronounced spotting of text towards end), contemporary spot-marbled wrappers, modern blue cloth folder. Provenance: [Elkin Mathews] (note of purchase for £1-10-0 in 1945 at rear). Later edition. Schwerdt I, p. 158; cf. Chute 193.

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