Seventh edition of Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game, bound by Bayntun in England. Compiled and edited by R. Lydekker and J.B. Burlace.
Quarto, xiii, 532pp. Three-quarter brown morocco with brown cloth boards. Title in gilt on spine, five raised bands with gilt decorations. Top edge gilt. “Bayntun, Binder, Bath, Eng.” on verso of front free endpaper. Stated “Seventh Edition” on title page. Solid text block, small scratch to gilt along top edge. Trace of foxing within text block, a near fine example. Features a big game record keeping notebook, with one entry from 1915, held in pocket attached to rear pastedown endpaper.
The Ward family were well-known taxidermists during the late 19th century, with Rowland Ward’s store most notably nicknamed “The Jungle.” As Ward’s success continued, he combined the family’s publishing interest with his taxidermy business to create Rowland Ward Limited. The first Records of Big Game was published in 1892 under the title “Horn Measurements and Weights of the Great Game of the World.” Records of Big Game is still published today, with the 31st edition set to release in 2023.