[AMERICAN FIELD SPORT] The Sportsman's Portfolio of American Field Sports.
Boston: M.M. Ballou, 1855. Publisher's printed wrappers in clamshell case. 8 1/8 x 11 inches (20.5 x 28 cm); 44 pp., with engraved title and 21 wood engravings of sporting pursuits, including salmon fishing, moose hunting, bass fishing, etc. Some wear to the wrappers, which are repaired at the spine (however, these are of the utmost rarity, as indeed is the book as a whole); some minor chipping and soiling but the plates themselves are generally very clean, and this must be accounted an exceptional copy.
An important work that was reproduced by the Derrydale Press in facsimile in 1929, the Portfolio first appeared in Gleason's Pictorial in 1853-54, and is among the rarest of American sporting desiderata. The publication price was 25 cents (see upper right on the front cover). The quality of the wood engravings is very fine indeed. Wetzel p. 217; Goodspeed p. 350; Henderson p. 93; Gee p. 245 (tracing only three copies).
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