London: Gilbert and Piper, 1834. Third Edition. Johnson, T.B. The Shooter's Companion; or Description or Pointers and Setters, as regards their breeding, the diseases to which they are liable, the modes of cure and training dogs for the gun; of scent and the reason why one dog's sense of smell is superior to anothers; natural history and habits of all those animals which constitute the objects of pursuit; The Fowling-Piece fully considered, particularly as it related to the use of percussion powder; and the best method of making it; of Gunpowder; Shooting Illustrated; and The Art of Shooting Flying simplified and clearly laid down; of Wild Fowl and Fen Shooting, as well as every information connected with the use of Fowling-Piece. 1834. Third Edition, Improved and Considerably Enlarged. 8vo.  half title, illustrated black and white frontice depicting hounds on in pursuit. [a] vi-vii. pp.2-336. Catalogue of practical sporting books in rear [12 pages]; Catalogue of Approved School Books [12 pages]; A Catalogue of Practical and Useful Books on Education, Domestic Economy; etc. [24 pages]; . 16 woodcut plates including frontispiece. Fine binding. Bound and stamped by Bayntun. Early mottled Spanish calf with intricate gilt hunting tools to covers. Morocco spine labels, gilt line designs and tooled segments depicting sports animals. 5 raised bands in six segments. Top edge gilt, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Page mis-numbered 174-177, but does not impact readability.
An important handbook for hunters and sportsmen alike, with a focus on dogs, their breeding, care and training. Chapters dedicated to a focus on firearms, Johnson offers helpful tips and tricks pertaining to aiming, the creation and use of gunpowder and in-depth discussion on game animals.
Thomas Burgeland Johnson (d. 1840) was an experienced sportsman and author. Johnson's earliest published work "An Impartial History of Europe" was published in 1814. Following this publication, Thomas changed focus to written accounts and instructions of field sports, inlcuding The Shooter's Guide; or the Sportsman's Companion and The Sportsman's Cyclopedia. Item #408
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