Six Centuries of Foxhunting
An Annotated Bibliography
Hunting literature had its beginnings as early as the fourteenth century, when nobles hunted stag, bear, fox, and other game on horseback. As foxhunting grew in popularity, literary works that covered the sport flourished, as well.
In Six Centuries of Foxhunting: An Annotated Bibliography, M. L. Biscotti has compiled all books produced in Great Britain and the United States that pertain to, or mention, foxhunting with hounds. Arranged alphabetically by author, more than 2000 titles are included. Each entry features details such as place and year of publication, publisher, book size, page count, illustrations, and binding. Nearly every title is also annotated with a description of the book's contents, and biographical sketches are provided for the most notable authors. Narratives, histories, illustrated works, verse, fiction, and even anti-hunting literature all have their place in this volume.
Six Centuries of Foxhunting also features more than thirty images of book covers and foxhunting illustrations. With appendixes that contain author, title, and illustrator time lines, and separate author and title indexes, this comprehensive bibliography is a valuable resource for researchers, book dealers and collectors, and foxhunters.
Reviews for Six Centuries of Foxhunting
With a direct, user-friendly approach, Duke Biscotti has crafted a must-have volume for anybody with an interest in the history of country sport. The scope of this work is impressive and the insightful annotations transcend traditional bibliography. This is a valuable overview of the history of foxhunting and its literature and is sure to find a place in book collections throughout the sporting community.
National Sporting Library & Museum
Biscotti’s Six Centuries of Foxhunting: An Annotated Bibliography should stand as a one-of-a-kind volume until, say fifty or a hundred years from now, when another obsessive/compulsive (as Biscotti calls himself) with a passion for sporting literature recognises the need to bring this comprehensive, useful and informative piece of sporting scholarship up to date once again.
Includes the essential facts of every piece of literature published on the subject of foxhunting that has survived to the year 2000. And it’s a reference book that’s readable, too. Antiquarian booksellers, scholars, readers, and writers of sporting literature will be indebted to Duke Biscotti for another century or more.
Biscotti’s volume is destined to be a bible for antiquarian booksellers, scholars, collectors and writers of sporting literature. Yet the book’s appeal will be a great deal broader. Biscotti gives us so much related and fascinating information about the listed author, the subject and the times that the volume invites browsing, as does a good encyclopedia.