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WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas.

Oriental Field Sports,

being a complete, detailed and accurate description of the wild sports of the East; and exhibiting, in a novel and interesting manner, the natural history of the elephant, the rhinoceros, the tiger, the leopard, the bear, the deer, the buffalo, the wolf,

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London, Thomas McLean, 1819

'The most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence' (Schwerdt), Oriental Field Sports is a valuable record of the sporting activities of British officers serving in India in the early nineteenth century.

Captain Williamson was an extremely talented amateur artist who had built up a fine collection of sketches suitable for turning in to aquatint. He teamed up with Howett - a notable sportsman as well as an industrious engraver of animals to produce this magnificent work, widely considered to contain the finest images of field sports of the Orient. By their very nature aquatint books were always very expensive, but the British public had a great curiosity about India and Williamson's work helped satisfy this desire to know more about the customs of Britain's new addition to its empire.



Oblong folio (45 x 57 cm); 145 pp., Gouache additional pictorial title on blue paper and 40 hand-coloured aquatint plates ; half red morocco over red marbled boards by Morrell, title and 24 plates laid down on old linen, tear to blank margin of title repaired, upper margin restored, soft creases, plates with occasional small stains etc., plate 1 with short tear to image repaired, tear to corner of page 57 repaired touching text (no loss), joints just cracked but firm, lightly rubbed, small snag to head of upper joint, corners worn. Plates generally clean and and show well.


[Abbey Travel 427; Nissen ZBI 4416; Schwerdt II, 297; Tooley 508

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