FAIRFAX, Thomas as "J. Fairfax". The Complete Sportsman; or, Country Gentleman's Recreation... A New Edition, Revised, Corrected, and Improved. London: Printed for the Proprietors; and Sold by All Booksellers in Town and Country, 1795.
8vo., (6 6/8 x 4 2/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece showing a nice array of sporting activities. Contemporary pigskin (a bit scuffed at the edges).
Provenance: with the pen trials of John Lean on the endpapers, dated 1796
First published in about 1760. "Containing: The Art of Angling in all Its various Branches, The Breeding and Managing Game Cocks, with the best Methods of Fighting them; The Rearing and Backing Colts, The managing Race Horses, Hunters &c. Horse Racing, Fox Hunting, Hare Hunting, Hart of Buck Hunting, Otter Hunting, Rabbet Hunting, Ferret Hunting, Coursing, The Breeding and Ordering all sorts of Dogs for the Gun or Chase, &c. The Breeding Pigeons, Rabbets, Canary Birds, &c. The finding the Haunts of Partridges, Pheasants, and all manner of Game; Shooting, and of Shooting Flying, &c. Bowling, &c. &c. &c. &c. Together with many other Articles equally curious, too numerous to mention here; and including many useful Directions to Horse Feeders, Grooms, and others, respecting the Dieting of Horses, riding a Hunting Match, &c. &c. The Whole made plain and easy to every Capacity" (from the title-page)..