With 40 hand-colored lithographs
Oriental field sports; being a complete, detailed, and accurate description of the wild sports of the East; and exhibiting...the natural history of the elephant, the rhinoceros, the tiger, the leopard, the bear, the deer, the buffalo, the wolf, the wild hog, the jackall, the wild dog, the civet, and other undomesticated animals: as likewise the different species of feathered game, fishes, and serpents. The whole interspersed with a variety of original, authentic, and curious anecdotes...The scenery gives a faithful representation of that picturesque country, together with the manners and customs of both the native and European inhabitants. The narrative is divided into forty heads, forming collectively a complete work, but so arranged that each part is a detail of one of the forty coloured engravings with which the publication is embellished. The whole taken from the manuscript and designs of Captain Thomas Williamson.
London: Thomas McLean, 1819. Second edition, large oblong folio (approx. 23½" x 18½"); pp. , 146; 40 spectacular hand-colored lithographs after drawings by Samuel Howett; full straight-grain blue morocco stamped in gilt and blind, neatly rebacked to match; some scuffing of the binding, small repair to top corner of margin on frontispiece, but internally a fine and clean copy, brilliantly colored. Abbey, Travel, 427 citing the first edition (in original parts: "extremely rare") of 1805-07. There were two cheaper editions published in 1807 and 1808, both reduced in size (one quarto and one octavo) and bound in two volumes. Finally, in 1819, H.R. Young published a second edition based on the rare parts edition, "probably to accompany his new edition of the Foreign Field Sports, 1819." Schwerdt II, p. 299; Tooley 510. Item #21056