"Though the most bitter cold day that could be described, the fly fishers were, if possible, more numerous than the shooters": First edition of The Diary of Colonel Peter Hawker
The Diary of Colonel Peter Hawker, Author of ‘Instructions to Young Sportsmen.’
Item Number: 96006
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1893.
First edition of the diary of celebrated sportsman Peter Hawker. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard to each volume, illustrated, pages uncut. With an Introduction by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey. In very good condition.
Colonel Peter Hawker served with the 14th Light Dragoons under the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War where he led a squadron in the Battle of Douro. Hawker's sporting exploits were widely followed throughout early 19th century England and he is, in fact, best known today for his works on sports and shooting, wildfowling, and fishing. "Probably no book on the subject of sport ever enjoyed so wide or so long sustained a popularity as the Instructions to Young Sportsmen" (Sporting Intelligence, 1893).