1837. London: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1837.
8vo, xiv, (15)-208 pp. with errata. 15 coloured aquatints after T. J. Rawlins. Publisher’s original full green morocco with wide gilt-tooled borders, backstrip titled in gilt, and gilt edges. Binding very lightly worn, pages showing some offsetting from the plates and occasional spotting, cracked at page 192. Overall a very good unrestored copy with splendid, vibrant plates almost entirely free from browning, well-preserved in a custom morocco-backed cover and slipcase.
§ First edition of an important sporting title dedicated to pheasant rearing, covert shooting, and the proper forestry practices for good game management. The splendid coloured aquatints depict gently-comic sporting scenes against the backdrop of the parks and fields of Rawstone’s Lancashire. “Gamonia... is one of the most attractive colour plate books, with the aquatints all beautifully coloured and with the skilled application of gum arabic making them especially bright and sparkling” (Ford, Ackerman, 121). Abbey, Life 392. Tooley 393. Item #110458