David & Charles 1990
4to VG++/VG++ 850 gms
(Order reference 11237).
There are many books available on gun-dogs but few, if any, written by more than one person. This new and comprehensive guide, edited and compiled by top sporting journalist John Humphreys, uses thirteen — all international experts – including some of the legendary names in the gundog world: Bill Meldrum, HM TheQueen's head keeper at Sandringham; John Halstead of Drakeshead, breeder of many a field trial champion; Peter Moxon, for forty years the Shooting Times gundog columnist, and many more.
There has never been a time in the history of shooting when dog work has been more keenly followed: the view is widely held that a shooting man or woman who ventures forth dogless is poorly equipped indeed. In this unique book, each contributor takes one aspect of the subject and examines it in depth, drawing on his or her own experience and expertise to provide the detailed knowledge so essential to success. From breeding and early training to field trials and working at the highest level in the shooting field, every aspect of gundog work is covered. A wide range of breeds is also discussed, with generous reference to the increasingly popular HPRs.
Linking the main chapters are case histories of a succession of one-man labradors owned by the editor, each different, and each with a lesson to teach. There are also hitherto unpublished stories of dog work in the shooting field by HM The Queen, and much more.
John Palev's superb illustrations, black-and-white pictures from Dave Parfitt and some remarkable colour photography by J.L. Barnard complete a sumptuously illustrated and richly informative book, which will prove invaluable to the beginner and experienced sportsman alike.