London: Published for the Proprietor by T. Hurst, 1835. FIRST EDITION y. 235 x 143 mm. (9 1/4 x 5 5/8"). vii, [i], 286,  pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's dark green pebble-grained cloth, flat spine with gilt cartouche and titling. With title page vignette and 18 woodcuts in the text (four of them by George Cruikshank and signed with his initials) demonstrating methods of self defense, eight full-page etched plates, four by George Cruikshank and three by his brother Robert, and two folding etched scenes, all of sporting life. Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Philip John Budworth, Greensted Hall, Essex, and engraved bookplate of author and bibliophile Eric S. Quayle of Greensleeves, Sutton Coldfield, dated 1962; Front free endpaper with ink ownership inscription of Budworth, dated 1837. Slater, "Illustrated Sporting Books," p. 57; Cohn, Cruikshank Catalogue Raisonné, 70. Spine slightly and evenly sunned, corners a little bumped, half-inch snag to front joint, the two folding plates with minor chips to fore-edge and marginal foxing, additional trivial defects, otherwise quite an excellent copy, the original insubstantial binding sturdy and with only trivial soiling, and the text fresh, clean, and bright. (Inventory #: ST12036)
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