WILLIAMSON, Captain Thomas (1790-1815) and Samuel HOWITT (1765?-1822). Oriental Field Sports; being a complete, detailed, and accurate description of the Wild Sports of the East. London: W. Bulmer for E. Orme and B. Crosby, 1808.

$ 4,800.00

2 volumes, 4to., (11 3/8 x 9 inches). Additional lithographed title-pages, dedication to George III, and 40 fine tinted aquatint plates by J. Clark after Samuel Howett (some occasional, mostly marginal spotting). Contemporary red morocco elaborately gilt, all edges gilt (minor rubbing to joints and edges).  Provenance: with the bookplates of Edward Francis Hutton on the front paste-down of each volume; with the small bookplate of Wolfgang A. Herz on the front paste-down of each volume, his sale "Important Voyages and Travels" Christies 9th December 2009, lot 159.  First quarto edition, an early issue with plates and text watermarked 1805 and 1806, and an attractive copy. "Being a Complete, Detailed, and Accurate Description of the Wild Sports of the East, and Exhibiting, in a Novel and interesting Manner, the Natural History of the Elephant, the Tiger, the Rhinoceros..." (subtitle). "A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties forced him to earn a living. He drew on his enthusiasm and knowledge as a sportsman and produced sporting and natural history paintings, etchings, and illustrations. He sometimes worked in oils but more frequently in watercolours, and he was an accomplished etcher" (Ruth Cohn for DNB).   Abbey Travel 431; Tooley 510. Catalogued by Kate Hunter