8vo. 6 x 9.75 inches. v + [x] + 324 pp. +  pp. index. Illustrated by aquatint frontispiece and 5 engraved plates. Bound in original half calf, gilt, over marbled boards, with new endpapers; spine in compartments with gilt bands with contrasting morocco title label, gilt. Light wear to extremities, some foxing, damp stains on top corner of some plateS and tear p. H2, neatly repaired; otherwise a very good copy.
Second edition of a famous work on wildfowling and game bird shooting (the first having been published in 1814), which eventually reached a ninth edition in 1859. It includes sections on guns with a list of London gunmakers), shooting (with notes on the various game species), dogs, game preservation, use of duck guns, wildfowl shooting and the Game Laws. The author had a particular interest in guns and designed improved firearms. He includes fine engravings of his Hampshire Coast Punt Stanchion Gun and his Poole Canoe. Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Hawker (1786-1853) was educated at Eton, purchased an army commission and served in the Peninsular War. A serious wound received at the Battle of Talavera, 1809, led to his retirement from the army, although he was later commissioned in the North Hampshire Militia. As an author, the Instructions to Young Sportsmen was his best known work, although his published sporting diary (1893) also became popular.
Author HAWKER, P.
Publisher Printed for R. Hunter, Successor to Mr. Johnson, St Paul’s Churchyard; and J. Ridgway and Sons, Piccadilly.
Condition A very good copy