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(Shooting – Field Sports) Henry Downes Miles. The Book of Field Sports... London, Henry Lea, c. 1870. Sold

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“How to Handle the Gun”

A hard to find English reference work on sporting. This hand colored lithograph was included in The Book of Field Sports and Library of Veterinary Knowledge printed in London c., 1870 edited by Henry Downes Miles and printed by Henry Lea. With the development of a great English middle class, there was now time for recreation and books were written on leisure time activities, fishing, hunting and racing being favorite pastimes. The text was well illustrated with quirky and charming lithographed plates ranging from descriptions of dogs, fowl, race horses and horse anatomy, along with the appropriate “implements” for each sport, guns, fishing flies, reels, poles, etc. Terrific prints for the sportsman and the library wall!

Lithograph with full original hand color
9 ¾ x 12 inches sheet size
Excellent condition.