Published by the Author and Bradbury, Evans & Co. 1872 London, 1st edn, 57pp, line drawing. Very good copy in original gilt stamped leather, with slight wear to the bottom of the spine. Front hingle strenghtened with archival Japensese rice paper. Item #002963
The author of this delightful handbook was Edwin Ward, the older brother of Rowland Ward. Edwin Ward is sometimes confused with Henry Edwin Ward who was the father of both Rowland and Edwin and who collected birds together with James Audubon and received a royal warrant as taxidermist in the 1870s from Queen Victoria. (P.A. Morris) This book clearly inspired Rowland Ward to publish his sportsman's handbook series. The physical appearance as well as contents of both is very similar but this book was published 10 years before Rowland Ward started his series. The first section of the book gives an overview of the then known "Hunting Fields of the World" and the second section is "Preparation and Preservation of Trophies on the Field.