APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). Nimrod's Hunting Tours. London: John Lane, the Bodley Head Limited, 1926.

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APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). Nimrod's Hunting Tours Interspersed with Characteristic Anecdotes Sayings and Doings of Sporting Men including notices of the Principal Crack Riders of England with analytical contents and general index of names. A New Edition... London: John Lane, the Bodley Head Limited, 1926.

4to., (9 4/8 x 7 inches). Half-title, title-page printed in red and black. Colour frontispiece and 13 colour plates and 10 black and white. Contemporary cherry calf, gilt; preserved in red cloth slipcase.

First published in Sporting Magazine, and then in book form in 1835. 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).