Gamekeeping: An Illustrated History and Game Shooting: An Illustrated History

Gamekeeping: An Illustrated History and Game Shooting: An Illustrated History

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Gameshooting: An Illustrated History

'Using snippets from diaries, game books and personal testimonies from sportsmen and gamekeepers, sporting historian David S D Jones provides an accurate and absorbing overview of game shooting both in the UK and overseas, since its inception in the 16th century to the present day.' Fieldsports


Gamekeeping: An Illustrated History

David Jones has written a fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping since the inception of the profession in the late seventeenth century until the present time. He writes about all aspects of gamekeeping with chapters on training, pay, cottages, gamekeepers in wartime, loaders and loading, lady gamekeepers, gamekeeping throughout the UK and Ireland and also overseas, especially in the days of the British empire. There is an interesting section on the moorland gamekeeper which includes the memories of George Grass of Ramsgill.  

Gamekeeping not only contains a large selection of historic illustrations depicting the gamekeeper's work, but also draws on oral and written testimonies from gamekeepers' collected by the author. It provides a unique insight into gamekeeping and has been written in order to provide an accurate record of gamekeeping in times past. This is something often neglected by other authors who have painted a much rosier picture of the gamekeepers life in bygone days, rather than a truthful one based on hard facts.


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Game Shooting: An Illustrated History

'The entire shooting life is covered here. Well sourced images enliven the content, with old and new photographs, illustrations, excerpts and game cards. Those who take to the field ought to have more than a vague idea about the history of their sport before they stand with gun in hand. And a copy of Jones's book is a great place to start.' The Field

'Those heading out to shoot pheasants today are part of a long legacy. David Jones' book explains just where they – and their sport – fit into the history of the countryside. It makes for a fascinating story.' Philip Bowen, Western Morning News 


Gamekeeping: An Illustrated History

'Published in hardback and attractively designed, this fascinating book will be of interest to all who appreciate the role which game and gamekeeping have had in the development and management of the British countryside which we enjoy today.' - BDS Deer Magazine

'This is a book that every naturalist and shooting person should have on their bookshelf, as without an understanding of the history of the subject you cannot fully understand the subject today or in the future.' - Highland News Group
'Cleverly crafted, meticulously researched and generously illustrated by archive photographs, illustrations and gamekeeper's personal records, this substantial hardback is a must-read for anyone who's even remotely interested in game shooting and the countryside.' - Country Life
'Jones's comprehensive volume is enlightening, from the modern requirements for the job and the dedication it entails, to a look at the often gritty history of the gamekeeper. Chapters on lady gamekeepers, gamekeepers at home and abroad, those during wartime and from the great estates all demonstrate the gamekeeper's worth...A valuable addition to the sporting world's memory, but, one hopes, not its eulogy.' - The Field

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