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Dobson, William. Kunopaedia. A practical essay on breaking or training the English spaniel or pointer. With instructions for attaining the art of shooting flying. In which the latter is reduced to rule, and the former inculcated on principle. London: Printed for Sherwood, Neely & Jones by C. Whittingham, Chiswick, 1817. 8vo (23.4 cm, 9.25"). Frontis., xliv, 235 pp. $200.00
A Regency-era guide to training bird dogs and bird hunting, written in two "letters" by William Dobson (1750–1813) to a Scottish friend, with further material added for general readers in response to the recipient's urging publication. Dobson's guides never received the thorough rewrite he intended, which is a good thing according to his editor; the material would have otherwise lost its charm. (This is the second edition, Dobson having died a year before publication of the first; the "charm" includes a certain amount of "period" cruelty to the canine trainees.)
Kunopaedia is => one of the earliest books on bird dog training and bears a small wood-engraved frontispiece depicting a man and his dog opposite the title-page.
WorldCat locates only eight copies of this second edition, including one in the library of the American Kennel Club.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Not in Ing. Publisher's quarter olive paper over blue boards, with paper spine label; edges rubbed, corners bumped, and spots/soiling to boards. Page edges untrimmed. Minimal, faint spotting to interior; pages mildly cockled; semi-puncture to margin of pp. xi–xvi, corner of one leaf folded in twice. => A solid and pleasant copy, in unaltered guise, of this early dog training manual. (37913) Please RESHELVE This.
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