The Analysis of the Hunting Field Being a Series of Sketches of the Principle Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season 1845-46

By: Surtees, R. S.: Robert Smith

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Book Condition: Very Good


This issue, (founded on the original edition, published by Rudolph Ackerman in the year 1846) was published 1923. Publisher's original green cloth hardcover boards w/worn but legible gilt spine titles and fox mask on frt cover, brown cloth spine displays well for a 98 year old book. Book is straight and solid, has rubbed tips with boards showing. Former owner's tidy gift dedication on fep, else, no tears or soil within. A bit of foxing present on the age-toned endpapers but the 244 page text is clean and not brittle. Wonderfully illustrated with full page, glossy plates in full color after H. Alken and "the two tissue-guarded colored frontis's, of which is probably one of the finest colored title pages ever designed" (Newton). Also notable are the detailed hunt scenes drawn around the first letter of the first word of each chapter. Taken from the introduction of the 1989 issue, a word by Denham pertaining to this work: "THE FIRST THING TO BE SAID ABOUT THE ANALYSIS OF THE HUNTING FIELD IS: DON'T BE PUT OFF BY IT'S DAUNTING TITLE. THE NOVELS OF SURTEES ARE MADE UP OF ANECDOTES, CHARACTER SKETCHES, PASSAGES OF PURE POETRY AND THE AUTHOR'S OWN PHILOSOPHICAL COMMENTARY INTERSPERSED WITH COPIOUS QUOTATIONS FROM OTHER WRITERS, ALL THIS BEING LOOSELY LINKED BY A CONTINUING, BUT SOMETIMES TENUOUS STORY LINE. LACKING ONLY THIS LAST INGREDIENT, THE EGG IN THE 'STEAK TARTARE' SO TO SPEAK, THIS BOOK STILL HOLDS TOGETHER REMARKABLY WELL. IT ALSO BECOMES INCREASINGLY COMPULSIVE READING AS IT GOES ON. THE SURPRISING THING ABOUT IT, AS ALL THE WRITING OF SURTEES, IS HOW VALID IT REMAINS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE OF NEARLY A CENTURY AND A HALF LATER. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE CONNECTED WITH HUNTING" And now, from the Surtees' preface of this volume: "THE AUTHOR OF THE FOLLOWING WORK BELIEVES IT WILL BE GENERALLY OBSERVED THAT THE SPORTING MANIA HAS GREATLY INCREASED OF LATE YEARS, THOUGH THE FOLLOWERS OF THE CHASE HAVE NOT INCREASED IN THE SAME PROPORTION AS THE PATRONS OF THE "TURF," THE "LEASH," OR OTHER MONEY-MIXING AMUSEMENTS. THIS PERHAPS MAY BE ATTRIBUTED TO AN ERRONEOUS IDEA THAT HUNTING CANNOT BE ENJOYED AT OTHER THAN SERIOUS COST, WHILE SOME FEW ATTEMPT TO MAKE "BOTH ENDS MEET" BY HORSE-DEALING, STEEPLE-CHASING, AND HURDLE-RACING. TO CORRECT THIS IDEA RELATIVE TO EXPENSE, TO REPRESS THE OVER-RIDING SPIRIT ENGENDERED BY STEEPLE-CHASING, AND TO ENCOURAGE A FAIR AND GENEROUS SPIRIT OF SPORTING ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INTERCOURSE, ARE THE OBJECTS MAINLY AIMED AT IN THE FOLLOWING EXAMINATION OF THE COMPONENT PARTS OF THE HUNTING FIELD. THE MAN WITH ONE HORSE WILL HERE BE FOUND AS WELCOME AS THE MAN WITH TEN. THE MAN WITH TEN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE A BETTER FIGHT THAN THE MAN WITH ONE; WHILE THE MERE TRICKY PRETENDER IS TREATED AS SUCH GENTRY GENERALLY ARE. IN SHORT, THE VOLUME IS WRITTEN WITH A VIEW OF UPHOLDING THE GREAT NATIONAL SPORT OF HUNTING IN ITS PUREST, MOST LEGITIMATE FORM, AND OF DECRYING ALL ATTEMPTS AT MONEY MAKING, OUT OF WHAT OUGHT TO BE SHEER PLEASURE. THE WORK OPENS WITH A MEET OF FOXHOUNDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF INTRODUCING THE CHARACTERS AS THEY GENERALLY ARRIVE; - MASTER AND SERVANTS FIRST, BLACK COATS NEXT, REDS AFTER THEM, AND SO ON; BUT IN ITS PROGRESS THE SEASON IS SUPPOSED TO ADVEANCE UNTIL THE WORK ULTIMATELY FORMS A "SOUVENIR" OF THAT YEAR 1845-6, - ONE THAT ALL SPORTSMEN WILL ADMIT WAS EMINENTLY DESERVING OF THE COMPLIMENT. IT WAS, PERHAPS THE BEST HUNTING SEASON OF MODERN TIMES; AND IT'S LUSTRE WILL BE INCREASED BY THE UNFAVORABLE ONE THAT FOLLOWED" 191 REGENT STREET; 1847

Title: The Analysis of the Hunting Field Being a Series of Sketches of the Principle Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season 1845-46

Author Name: Surtees, R. S.: Robert Smith

Illustrator: Alken, Henry

Categories: FOX HUNTING,

Edition: Revised Edition

Publisher: NY, Longmans, Green & Co.: 1923

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Size: 12mo - over 6

Seller Id: 45836

Keywords: Fox Hunting, Foxhunting, The Chase, Field Sports.,