LonJohnson and Co, St Paul's Church-Yard, 1814. [Firearms reference] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 12cm), pp.xvi; 150. Publisher's drab grey paper-covered boards, printed title label to spine, edges untrimmed. Contents clean, covers a little bumped and marked, joints worn, chipped to crown of spine. A very good example of a rare book in first edition. According to a loosely inserted news-clipping from the Antique Trades Gazette, a similar copy (uncut in original boards) had sold at auction in Sept 2008 for £3000. Celebrated diarist, author, soldier and target shot, Hawker had served with the 14th Light Dragoons under the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War. He published his "Advice to Young Sportsmen" in 1814, a popular work with nine impressions in his lifetime. The first edition of his shooting classic did not credit Hawker as author and was printed in small numbers, principally for private circulation among his friends. An Australian review in 1893 claimed "probably no book on the subject of sport ever enjoyed so wide or so long sustained a popularity as the Instructions to Young Sportsmen." Item #52711
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