Leaves From A Hunting Journal, 1880

Today’s feature is Leaves From A Hunting Journal by Georgina Bowers.  Published in 1880, this compilation book is filled with humorous cartoons about the foxhunting field.

Leaves From A Hunting Journal, London: Chatto & Windus, 1880.
Leaves From A Hunting Journal, London: Chatto & Windus, 1880. This volume is bound in papered boards that show the wear of age.

Georgina Bowers (1835-1912) was a cartoonist, caricaturist, and illustrator whose works were published beginning in the 1860s. Bowers rose to prominence as an illustrator for the humorous British magazine Punch. In 1871, she married Henry Edwards, a horse surgeon.

"A Pleasant Way," and "An Uncomfortable Way," from Leaves From A Hunting Journal.
“A Pleasant Way,” and “An Uncomfortable Way,” from Leaves From A Hunting Journal.

Bowers was an avid hunter, and claimed that most of her humorous material was drawn from her observations on horseback as she rode to hounds.

“Still waters run deep - a lesson best learned by experience,” from Leaves From A Hunting Journal.
“Still waters run deep – a lesson best learned by experience,” from Leaves From A Hunting Journal.

Many of the stand-alone books she compiled later in her career deal with hunting and riding, and NSLM holds five different titles by Bowers in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room.

“Bad excuses better than none - A lost shoe is a favorite one with old Kopperas, who is always left behind,” from Leaves From A Hunting Journal.
“Bad excuses better than none – A lost shoe is a favorite one with old Kopperas, who is always left behind,” from Leaves From A Hunting Journal.

This is one of over 100 books available to purchase through the NSLM Annual Auction. The Annual Auction, composed of duplicates from the Library collections, will continue until November 8. This year’s Auction includes some lovely sporting art and is perfect for holiday shopping; contact John Connolly, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Librarian for more information.

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