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1 Eberle, Admiral Sir James, Gcb Jim, First Of The Pack A History of the Britannia Beagles During One Hundred Years of Hare Hunting in South Devon 1878-1978
London J. A. Allen & Co. , Ltd. 1982 0851313264 / 9780851313269 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Sarah Eberle 
Cover is blue with darker blue inset of gold outlined hare on front; dark blue leather/leatherlike spine, with gold lettering on spine. Blue monochrome drawing on endpapers. No dustjacket, as issued. Pages are clean and tight; this is a NEW book. This is one of a limited edition of 750 copies. Illustrated with 19 b/w photos and several b/w drawings. In 1878 young officers of the Royal Navy, were trained on two wooden-hulled ships on the southwest coast of England. A park was placed at their disposal, and in that same year a pack of hounds was brought to this park, and has continued to hunt for over a hundred years. These hounds were known as the Britannia Beagles [after one of the two training ships]. In actuality, the first of the pack, Jim, was not a beagle, but a terrier. Many, if not all, of the early pack members, were mongrels with the names of Flirt and Rummager, Magpie, etc. Gradually beagles and other hounds were introduced into the pack. And the pack was not restricted to the parkland, but sometimes accompanied their masters on board the training ships. Fascinating story and quite obscure bit of British naval history. Also includes 5 appendices: Britannia Beagles in verse; List of Masters and officials; Hound lists of 1886 and 1887; Kennel book for season 1897/98; Pedigree of Britannia Majesty and Royalty '39. Whether you are fascinated by dogs, hunting or naval history, this is the very rare book that incorporates all three! Hard to find title. ; B&W Illustrations; 8 3/4 x 8; 96 pages; Cover has very slight bumping, some sunning. 
Price: 19.50 USD
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