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Willie Irving LIMITED LEATHER FIRST EDITION

Terrierman, Huntsman and Lakelander

Willie Irving was an Ennerdale-bred lad, born into a traditional Cumbrian way of life. After serving as Whipper-in to Willie Porter, he became huntsman of the Melbreak Foxhounds in 1926 and quickly established himself as one of the most popular, successful and charismatic huntsmen the Lake District has ever produced.

One of the founders of the pedigree Lakeland, he was a top breeder for half a century and he bred some of the best-looking and -working terriers in the north though his stock was in demand nationwide.

He was also a champion fell runner, footballer and a first-rate fell-racing coach as well as Secretary to the Hound Trailing Association. Later in life he helped establish the international Hound Trailing Championships at the Lowther Horse Driving Trials.

Full of hunting anecdotes and feats of his hounds and terriers, this book is a delightful and thrilling journey through the life and times of a truly amazing country character.

SPECIFICATION:

Full leather edition, hand-bound in elegant scarlet goatskin leather, by the finest English craftsmen in Ludlow, Shropshire. All the elements of beautifully bound books have been incorporated, including:

• Hand-marbled endpapers by Ann Muir   
• Black silk ribbon marker
• Red/black head & tail bands   
• Raised bands on spine
• Set head and tails
• Gilt edges       
• Silver blocked on spine and front    
• Rounded and backed           
• Protected in top quality grey slipcase   
• Bound-in limited edition flyleaf

* LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF 100 COPIES *

These books are individually crafted and the materials are hand-made to order – nevertheless, we aim to deliver books within, on average, six weeks of receipt of payment.

 

Author: Sean Frain
ISBN: 978 1 906122 02 7
Published: August 2008
Latest edition: September 1900
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
90 black & white photographs
Price: £150.00

Willie Irving LIMITED LEATHER FIRST EDITION by Sean Frain
Willie Irving hand-made Ann Muir endpaper
Willie Irving hand-made Ann Muir endpaper

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