APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). The Chace, the Road and the Turf by Nimrod. London: John Lane, the Bodley Head Limited, 1927.

$ 40.00

APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). The Chace, the Road and the Turf by Nimrod. A New Edition with an Introduction by W. Shaw Sparrow,... London: John Lane, the Bodley Head Limited, 1927.

4to., (9 4/8 x 7 inches). Colour frontispiece, 7 colour plates, and 8 black and white. Contemporary green calf, gilt (unevenly faded to tan).

First published in the Quarterley Review and then in book form in 1837. 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).