APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). The Horse and the Hound. By Nimrod. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1842

$ 350.00

APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843). The Horse and the Hound. Their Various Uses and Treatment, Including Practical Instructions in Horsemanship and a Treatise on Horse-dealing. By Nimrod. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1842

8vo., (7 6/8 x 4 6/8 inches). Vignette title-page. Engraved frontispiece (loose) and 8 engraved plates by Alken, Cooper, Ferneley, and Barenger, illustrated throughout with engravings in the text. Fine crimson morocco, gilt, by Zaehnsdorf

Provenance: with the modern bookplate of Edward Motley Weld on the front paste-down.

"As Nimrod he held a unique position in his day and left an imperishable memory in sporting history" (Norman Gash for DNB).

First edition. 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).