A Sportsman's Handbook to Practical Collecting and Preserving Trophies by Rowland Ward, F.Z.S. 1894
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The definitive book on the art of preserving trophies at the turn of the 20th century. This 1894, Seventh Edition Sportsman's Handbook details the numerous ways to gracefully preserve the trophies collected from the hunting grounds of the world. Rowland Ward Sr. and his son created what today is acknowledged as the first practical taxidermy guide dedicated to the traveller, sportsman and naturalist. This 202 page book is profusely illustrated with diagrams showing vital shots and proper preservation for Elephant, Lion, Rinoceros, Hippopotami, Seal, Wood Pigeon, Tiger, Fallow Deer, Crocodile, Snake, Arnee, Platypus, Gazelle, Wild Boar, Cape Buffalo, Grant's Gizelle, Wapiti, Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Antelope, White Goat and Prong Horn Antelope. A wonderful addition to any serious sportsman's book collection from the world's most recognizable father and son taxidermists. The leather binding has condition issues, a portion of the spine has been nibbled by some long gone rodent. The frontpiece has an inscription dated 1900, Frank Wills, Karai, Kwala Karipar, Perah, which leads me to believe that this book spent a good portion of its colonial life in the Raj. All pages are clean, with no tears, however a few pages have begun to "come away" from the interior binding. Fortunately there have been no attempts by the former owner(s) to "put things right", it's present condition being "as found". I have seen one other edition of this Sportsman's Handbook, and that was in the British Museum in London.