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Laudatory poem on falconry and angling


Field-sports. A poem. Humbly address'd to His Royal Highness the Prince.
London, printed [by Willam Bowyer] for J. Stagg, 1742. Folio. With large woodcut headpiece and woodcut factotum. 19th-century gold-tooled mottled calf, gold-tooled turn-ins. Rebacked, with the original back-strip laid down.

€ 2,500

First edition of a poem, praising falconry and angling, by the English poet William Somerville (1675-1742). It covers different types of falconry, including chasing stags with eagles "after the manner of the Asiatic princes" and hawking partridges and larks. It is said to be Somerville's last poem, which can be seen as an addition to one of his most popular poems, The chase (1735).
Only very slightly browned, otherwise in very good condition.
ESTC T139403; Foxon S569; Schwerdt II, p. 168; not in Thiebaud.

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