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Sporting Terriers
Author:  Pierce O'Connor
Binding: Hardback
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: No
Edition: 1
Year Pub.: 1929
Size: 5 x 7.5"
Publisher:Hutchinson & Co. LTD
Price: $95.00
Pages: 151
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Very slight mark on front cover and wear at edge of spine, otherwise this books is in excellent condition.

 "Pierce O'Connor's detailed and useful account of all aspects of terrier work as practiced at the time of publication. Something of a revolution in its day, it has since become a classic. The book includes an extract (in French) from 'La Venerie de Jacques D. Fouilloux' on "Comme il faut dresser les petits chiens de terre, pour la chasse des renards et tessons". Chapters include, ancient and mediaeval earth dogs; the Tudor and Stuart period; terriers and terrier work of our own times with a description of all the modern sporting terriers; qualities which go to make a good working terrier; choice of breed; rearing and training youngterriers; the fox; the badger; the otter; equipment for badger digging; notes on badger hunting; badger hunting at night; notes on otter hunting; weasel hunting; the ferret; rats and ratting; rabbiting; terrier trials; housing terriers; feeding; sickness and injuries. " Review

      "Pierce O'Connor lived during the Golen Age of terrier work, at time when virtually every British predator was considered fair game and enjoyed no protection by law. Hence he hunted the spectrum of quarry ranging from rats to otter.
       His book, published in 1929, was something of a revolution in sporting literature, for he presented a jocular approach to the subject of hunting quite distinct from the stodgy, bland style of thsoe who wrote field sports books at the start of the twentieth century. He would, in fact, shape the style of many writers - including my own.
       Lucas never met Pierce O'connor. He once told me he regreted this fact, yet he read O'Connor's work and was certainly influenced by the style of writing. In his "Hunt and Working Terriers" (1931) he quotes the ideas of the authro three times but the influence of Pierce O'Connor's work goes much deeper.....   " 
                                                                      D. Brian Plummer, October 2001


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