(London: Printed for Baldwin and Cradock et al. 1828). 191 x 121 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4"). vii, (1), 214 pp.,  leaf. Fifth Edition.
Appealing mid-19th century black straight-grain half morocco over marbled paper boards, raised bands, gilt spine titling, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Woodcut tailpiece, seven illustrations in the text, and one engraved plate. Title page with ink ownership signature of John Sadlier Moody. Westwood & Satchell, p. 149-50; Albee, p. 109 (citing the 1845 edition). Upper corners slightly bumped, title page obviously browned from facing frontispiece, light offsetting and isolated trivial foxing in the text, but an excellent copy, the binding without significant wear, and the leaves almost entirely quite fresh and clean.
Himself a gamekeeper, John Mayer envisages other professional gamekeepers as his primary audience, reminding them "not [to] forget the sandwich-case, and flask of brandy, to hand to the gentlemen, when their nerves get a little affected." The work covers the capture of badgers, bats, foxes, stags, pike, rats, and many more creatures, and details dozens of recipes for physicking hunting dogs. Although our title page informs us that we are looking at a fifth edition, all of the early printings are very rare, both in institutional settings and on the market; ABPC lists just two copies of this book (both from our edition) at auction since 1975. (ST8550)
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