Hawker, Lt. Col. Peter and William T. Porter
Title Instructions to Young Sportsmen, in All that Relates to Guns and Shooting, to which is added the Hunting and Shooting of North America, with Descriptions of the Animals and Birds
Book Condition Good
Publisher Philadelphia Lea and Blanchard 1846
Seller ID 12975
Octavo (23 cm), pp. xvi, 2- 460, plus advertisements. First US edition from the ninth London edition, with material added on North American hunting and game animals. Original red cloth binding with gilt lettering, design of hunting dogs debossed on upper board. Evidence of exposure to moisture, as well as foxing, discolored leaves. Boards are well-worn and possibly singed at tail of spine. Former owner's stamp on front pastedown. In "A Sportsman's Library," Stephen Bodio writes that "'Instructions' is one of the prime examples of 'lyrical shoptalk' in sporting literature. If you read it, it will not only give you a sensory simulacrum of sport in 1814, but you will know how to judge a gun, clean a gun, shoot a period wildfowling gun ... train a dog, prevent rust, explore a pond, stalk a curlew, make a bowl of punch..."