Oriental Field Sports; being a complete, detailed, and accurate description of the Wild Sports of the East.
London, W. Bulmer for Edward Orme and B. Crosby, 1808. 2 volumes in-4 de XIV--306 et -239- pages, plein veau brun, dos à nerfs ornés, plats richement orné de filets, fleurons roulettes et guirlandes dorées.
Illustré par Samuel Howitt de 42 aquatintes en couleurs (2 frontispices et 40 hors-texte). "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).First quarto edition printed on paper watermarked: J. Whatman 1805. "Williamson served in a British regiment in Bengal and was an avid sportsman while there. After being recalled to England, Williamson"s knowledge of wild life and Oriental sports come to the notice of Orme, who contracted this present work from 1805-1807. The painter Samuel Howitt was hired to prepare finished watercolors based on Williamson"s original sketches during his time in India. The result was "the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt)." D. Brass rare books. Restored binding and some foxing, tear restored to the list of plates of the second volume.