Scott, J. Item #11755
A Country Squire [Thomas Gosden]. An Essay on Hunting: Comprising hunting lawfulness benefits pleasure pastime game scent hounds the horse huntsman sagacity. &c. &c. &c. London: Edward Jeffrey and Son 1820. 3rd ed. (1st pub. 1733). 92p + 1 pl. Old half leather (rubbed); spine gilt stamped. Opening pages foxed. ** We know this of the author: "My Work is plain and rural like its Author: My Science is gotten in green Fields, and has been my study as well as Exercise this 40 Years." After praising country life and sport, he turns to the question of whether rationality and sensibility exist in animals, seeking to prove they do not. In other words, a philosophical-religious defense of hunting, not a how-to treatise. The engraved frontispiece by J. Scott shows a medallion portrait of a man in profile, surrounded by game and hunting equipment. Engraved title page with a hunting vignette, fox mask, and hound head within a vine border.