Lot 338: India.- Williamson (Capt. Thomas), and Samuel Howett., Oriental Field Sports, 1807.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: India.- Williamson (Capt. Thomas) and Samuel Howett, Oriental Field Sports, being a complete, detailed, and accurate description of the Wild Sports of the East, first edition, additional engraved pictorial title finely hand-coloured (possibly through stencil), 40 superb hand-coloured aquatint plates after Samuel Howett (from sketches by Williamson) by H.Merke, J.Hamble and Vivares, pictorial title soiled and creased causing some wear and hole to right hand side of image and lower margin (repaired and laid down), letterpress title soiled and slightly defective at lower outer corner, title and first few leaves creased, some light marginal soiling, plate 31 torn at lower edge just extending into image, plate 40 with vertical crease through plate & tear at foot (laid down), one or two other plates or leaves with stain or short tear to lower margin (repaired), modern brown calf with gilt-tooled border, spine ruled and titled in gilt, lightly scuffed, [Abbey, Travel, 427; Nissen ZBI 4416; Podeschi 88; Schwerdt II p.297; Tooley 508], oblong folio, Edward Orme, 1807 [text and plates watermarked "E" or "J.Whatman 1804"]. ⁂ "The most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt), with some of the earliest aquatints of the wild elephant. It is bound from the original parts containing "the finest impressions of the plates" (Tooley). Plate XXXVII in Tooley's first state 'Hunting Jackalls' rather than 'Jackals rescueing a hunted brother'.