"A SPORTING TOUR THROUGH THE NORTHERN PARTS OF ENGLAND AND GREAT PART OF THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND"
BY COLONEL T. THORNTON,
published by Edward Arnold, The Sportsman's Library, London (1804) 1896 New Edition, illustrated with coloured plates by G.E. Lodge, edited by Sir Herbert Maxwell, BART. MP., no dust cover, marbled boards with leather spine label, the fly leaf with a personal dedication 'to Norman Spencer, 25th December 1901 from G.A.T.'
Provenance: One of the most flamboyant sportsman of the late 18th/early 19th century, Colonel Thornton, Marquess Dupont, devoted the majority of his time to shooting, hunting, hawking, angling and racing. He was particular about having the very best equipment available at the time - in his own words he had 'a greater quantity of sporting apparatus of the most valuable and curious manufacture than any other sporting gentleman in England' and was a leading exponent of the multi-barrelled (volley) gun. He is known to have owned seven, twelve and even fourteen barrelled examples, the twelve barrelled featuring in the famous portrait of him by Philip Reinagle (1749-1833).
Other Notes: Please see 'In the Gunroom' for further information and lots 405 and 545 for rare examples of flintlock and percussion volley rifles
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