The Art of Deer-Stalking; Illustrated by A Narrative of A Few Days’ Sport in The Forest of Atholl, With Some Account of The Nature and Habits of Red Deer, and A Short Description of The Scotch Forests; Legends; Superstitions; Stories of Poachers And Freebooters &c. &c.

  • Scrope, William
  • London: John Murray 1838


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. xix, [i], 436 + frontispiece and 10 tinted lithograph plates. Title-page engraved. Near-contemporary half black calf, purple textured cloth boards, spine divided by gilt-rolled raised bands, brown morocco label, other compartments tooled in blind. Plates somewhat foxed and offset to facing pages. Rubbed, cloth discoloured, a little wear to extremities. Ownership inscription of James Ogilvy Fairlie to title-page, armourial Fairlie bookplate to pastedown.


An influential hunting book by William Scrope (1772-1852), 'an excellent classical scholar, a keen sportsman, and one of the ablest amateur artists of his time' (ODNB). The illustrations are from Thomas and Edward Landseer and Scrope himself, lithographed for this work by Charles Hullmandel.
This copy belonged to founder of golf's Open Championship James Ogilvy Fairlie (1809-1870) who along with Old Tom Morris organised the first iteration of the competition in 1860. A keen hunter and horseman as well a golfer, Fairlie was the winner of the Eglinton Tournament of 1839 and was painted with his horses and hounds by John Ferneley.

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