SOMERVILE, William. The Chase. A Poem. Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., 1796.
4to. Contemporary full calf boards, recently rebacked, red morocco gilt lettering piece to spine, marbled endpapers; pp. xvi + viii + 126; wood-engraved title-page vignette and 12 wood-engravings by Thomas after John Bewick; a nice copy in an attractive albeit slightly marked binding.
First Bulmer edition. "This work contains the best specimens of John Bewick's abilities as a designer; all the cuts were drawn by him, but none of them were engraved by him. Shortly after he had finished the drawings on the blocks, he returned to the North, in consequence of ill-health. They were engraved by Thomas Bewick, with the exception of the tail-piece at the end of the volume, which was engraved by Nesbit." (Hugo).
The Chase, first published in 1735, is the most famous English poem on the pleasure of the hunt.
Hugo 94. Pease 68.