London: Frederick J. Mason, 1834. Broadsheets (10 1/2 x 8 inches). Letterpress title-page. 72 etched plates, including frontispiece and number 17*. 19th-century green half morocco, green pebbled cloth boards, spine gilt-ruled and -lettered, all edges gilt. Some light wear to binding, occasional spotting, heavier on six plates. Provenance: Frank L. Hadley (bookplate. Item #402204
Unlike his brother-in-law, Thomas Rowlandson, with whom he was closely compared, Howitt was a practicing sportsman. He etched his plates himself, closely following his originals in watercolor or oil, and his skills were featured in Thomas Williamson's 'Oriental Field Sports' (1807) and his most commercially successful work, 'A New Work of Animals' (1811). The present work was originally published in 1812, containing two fewer plates. Mellon Collection 75; Schwerdt IV:48.