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APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). Hunting Reminiscences. London: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1843.

APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). Hunting Reminiscences. London: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1843.

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APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). Hunting Reminiscences: Comprising Memoirs of Master of Hounds; Notices of the Crack Riders; and Characteristics of the Hunting Countries of England. London: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1843.

Large 8vo., (9 6/8 x 6 2/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece, additional engraved title-page, 9 engraved maps of Meets with original hand-colour, and 4 engraved plates, and illustrated throughout with engraved vignettes by Alken, Wildrake and Henderson. Modern green morocco, gilt, original green cloth bound in at end (unevenly faded).

Apperley's "expert knowledge and social status made him an invaluable recruit to the sporting press of the time, and he may even be said to have created the role of gentleman hunting correspondent. Writing at first under various pseudonyms (Acastus, Eques, and A), he published his first article for the Sporting Magazine as Nimrod in January 1822 and he subsequently usually used that nom de plume. For five seasons, from 1824 to 1828, he was the magazine's official representative, with a contract that gave him £1500 p.a., a remarkably high salary designed to cover his travelling expenses and the upkeep of a string of hunters" (Norman Gash for DNB).

 

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