Carolina Sports by Land and Water. Including Incidents of Devil-Fishing, &c.
Charleston, SC: Burges & James, 1846. 12mo. 172pp.
Publisher's cloth, upper cover titled in gilt. Red cloth chemise and slipcase.
Provenance: Windsor Holden White (bookplate); F. P. Williamson (bookplate)
William Elliott (1788-3 Feb. 1863) was a third-generation South Carolina planter, writer, and sportsman. He served in the state senate for nearly two decades, and was respected as one of the most gifted planters of the old South producing large crops of rice and sea island cotton. He wrote frequently on agricultural and outdoor topics in newspapers and in the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine. The sporting sketches were collected and published as Carolina Sports by Land and Water, Including Incidents of Devil Fishing, Etc. (1846). "The charm of these tales lies in the animation and gusto with which Elliott communicates his experiences ... Theodore Roosevelt, who became fascinated with harpooning the devilfish in later years, paid tribute to Elliott's book: "Killing devil-fish with the harpoon and lance had always appealed to me as a fascinating sport, since as a boy I had read Elliott's account of it in his 'Field Sports of South Carolina'"(ANB). A landmark of American sporting literature and an uncommon antebellum Charleston imprint, here in the publisher's cloth.
Phillips p. 111; Howes E112; Gee, Sportsman's Library p. 136; Henderson p. 108; Five Centuries of Sport (Maclay Sale) lot 208; Litchfield p. 41.