Included in this lot is Albert Mayer's noted hardcover, 1st edition 1883 compilation. Among the contributors are Dan Beard, John Burroughs, George Bird Grinnell, James A. Henshall, John Muir, Thaddeus Norris, Charles E. Whithead, and others. Topics range from bow-shooting and taxidermy to all forms of angling, game and wildfowl shooting, nature appreciation, and personal experiences (Charles Dudley Warner writes, engagingly, on "How I Killed a Bear"). The articles were originally published in Century Magazine. The summary written in the preface defines the purpose of this book, "We shall have attained our object in this book, if the sportsman, as he reads it, feels his lungs expand with the cool, balsam-laden air of the wood; hears the sudden whir-r-r of the ruffled grouse on the mountain-side, and feels his nerves grow tense as he again stands over his dog and is about to flush the woodcock or snipe; hears the breakers on the rocky coast, as in imagination he makes a long 'cast' into the surf; smells the salt marshes, while he hears the cries of the wild fowl and the whistle of the ducks' wings. By its perusal, also, the younger reader may be led to spend his vacations in the enjoyment of sports which are manly and health-giving, which engender self-reliance and good-fellowship, and develop a love for Nature." This is a sumptuous volume, beautifully illustrated and bound and top edge gilt. The spine is partially detached, as are the joints; the pages appear in fair to good condition, though yellowed due to normal aging. It measures 10.25" L x 7.25" W x 1.75" D approximately.