Author: Edward Second Duke of York
Publisher: London Chatto & Windus 1909
Second Balille-Grohman edited edition. William Baillie-Grohman’s copy with his small ownership stamp of a deer’s head with initials “B.G.”, also with pencil note “B.G. 2” at head of title-page.
8vo., original decorative cloth gilt. Spine slightly sunned, a little occasional spotting otherwise a very good, partially unopened, copy.
This work by Edward, Second Duke of York is considered to be the oldest English-language book on hunting.
William Adolph Baillie Grohman (1851–1921) was an Anglo-Austrian author of works on the Tyrol and the history of hunting, and a big game sportsman. A passionate collector, he amassed a large collection of furniture and European sporting art (his collection of sporting prints was sold at a special sale at Sotheby's in 1923),and in his later years he developed an erudite interest in the history and art of sport, building up an extensive library on hunting and game animals, including early ecological studies along with early treatises on hunting in many different European languages.
Assisted by his wife, Florence, he produced a lavishly illustrated and authoritative edition of The Master of Game (1904), the oldest English book on hunting, a translation (from the French Livre de Chasse 1387 of Gaston Phébus) by Edward of Norwich, 2nd Duke of York. This has a foreword by his friend and later US president Teddy Roosevelt, also an avid big game hunter. In his book on early depictions of hunting Sport in art, An iconography of sport (1913), Baillie Grohman was able to bring together a lifetime's understanding of hunting in the field with an extensive historical knowledge of early sporting art gained through his own collecting and research.
This copy is the first trade edition of the Baillie-Grohman “Master of Game”