FROST, Arthur Burdett (1851-1928)
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1895-1896]. 6 parts in one, large folio. (18 7/8 x 26 inches). All contents loose as issued. 12 leaves of letterpress text, printed recto only, in two columns with integral uncoloured illustrations. 12 chromolithographic plates after Frost, on original card mounts. Publisher's original front parts wrappers.
Expertly bound to style in half dark red morocco and publisher's pictorial boards portfolio, title on upper cover, red cloth ties. Housed in a red morocco backed box.
A complete copy of Frost's masterpiece with large-scale chromolithographs after one of America's most celebrated sporting artists.
Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) is remembered as one of America's best-loved sporting artists. His evocative hunting and shooting prints capture the drama of the sport and provide an invaluable visual record of rural America. Frost was an incredibly successful artist, he illustrated more than ninety books and produced thousands of illustrations for Harper's Weekly, Scribner's and Life magazines. Although born in Philadelphia, he spent the majority of his working career in New Jersey where he produced some of his most noted work. Frost's most desirable and rare prints are the twelve chromolithographs contained in the present work, depicting various shooting scenes from upland gunning to waterfowling, and accompanied by evocative and knowledgeable text. The subjects of the plates (taken from the wrappers and the text) are as follows: 1. Rail shooting; 2. Bay Snipe; 3. Ruffed Grouse; 4. Summer Woodcock; 5. English Snipe; 6. Prairie Chicken; 7. Ducks from a battery; 8. Ducks from a blind; 9. Rabbit shooting; 10. Quail - a dead stand; 11. Autumn Woodcock; 12. Quail shooting.
"One of the most famous series of American sporting pictures" (Bennett).
Bennett, p. 44; cf. Henry M. Reed The A.B. Frost Book (1993).