4 June 2008
WILLIAMSON, Thomas (1790-1815) and Samuel HOWITT (?1755-1822). Oriental Field Sports; being a complete, detailed, and accurate description of the wild sports of the East. London: William Bulmer and Co. for Edward Orme, 1807.
Oblong 2° (457 x 540mm). Additional title stencilled in colours and 40 hand-coloured aquatint plates by H. Merke, J. Hamble and Viveres after Howitt and Williamson, on paper watermarked 'E&P 1804' or 'J. Whatman 1804'. (Additional title creased, with some short tears and lined, occasional light soiling, some marginal tears some of which repaired, some creases, a very few leaves with a small dampstain in the margin.) Contemporary red straight-grained morocco by A. van Rossum of Amsterdam, with his ticket, flat spine gilt in compartments, green morocco label, sides with a roll-tooled border including a Greek key (re-backed preserving the original spine, edges with some wear and occasional loss, sides scuffed).
FIRST EDITION. 'THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK ON INDIAN SPORT IN EXISTENCE' (Schwerdt), with fine aquatints including some of the earliest of the wild elephant. In this copy plate XXXI is in Tooley's presumed first state, titled 'Hunting Jackalls' rather than 'Jackals rescuing a hunted brother', and with plates XIII and XIV numbered in reverse order. Abbey Travel 427; Mellon 88; Nissen ZBI 4416; Podeschi 88; Schwerdt II, pp. 297-298; Tooley 508.
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