Watson, Alfred E. T. (ed) & H. A. Macpherson

Fur & Feather Series: Red Deer

  • First edition, first printing and a beautiful copy of this key volume in the Fur and Feather Series, which began publication in 1893 as the only book series devoted to all three aspects of hunting: the animal's biology and behaviour, how it is taken in the field, and the best ways to prepare it for the table. Each book focuses on an individual species and each section is penned by an expert, with many of the contributors being leaders in their respective fields. Beginning with the partridge, the series ran to twelve volumes, with the addition of "Fin" to the title after the editors decided to include volumes on fishing.

    The natural history contributor for Red Deer was the Reverend H. A. Macpherson, who wrote a number of important works on the wildlife of Cumbria, including the seminal work A Vertebrate Fauna of Lakeland. Chapters on stalking deer in the Highlands of Scotland and on Exmoor are provided, respectively, by Cameron of Lochiel, a highland proprietor, and Lord Ebrington. There is also a chapter on the economic and social aspects of managing deer forests, as well as a ruminative piece on the cultural and culinary aspects of eating venison by Alexander Innes Shand.

  • London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896. Octavo. Original tan publisher's cloth elaborately decorated in red, brown, and gilt with a rabbit and partridges on the upper board, black coated endpapers. Frontispiece, vignette title, and 7 plates. Bookplate of Charles Frederick Eardley of Shakerley. Small, lightly rubbed area at the tail of the spine but overall the cloth is very fresh and crisp. Scattered spotting to contents and edges of text block. A very attractive copy in excellent condition.

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