|Very slight mark on front
cover and wear at edge of spine, otherwise this books is in excellent
"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