Published in 1911 was A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory, a 48pp account in original printed wrappers of a hunting trip in which the bag mostly comprised mountain sheep. Arthur H Bannon illustrated his account with eight reproductions of photographs – two of them offering the same shot of a ‘Skinned Carcass of the Big Grizzly’.
The only copy offered at auction since the Streeter copy sold in 1969, it made $3750 (£2910).
Something with no auction track record was the splendidly named Frederick Studebaker Fish’s A Hunting Trip to Jackson’s Hole, Wyoming, the 54pp work in the pictorial wrappers, which realised $3500 (£2715).
Again illustrated with eight photographic reproductions, this signed and inscribed copy records a hunting trip on which the author was joined by an un-named German ‘Count’, three guides and 19 horses.
Royal Russian accounts
Hunting books of a much more expensive kind are shown above. They were compiled by Nikolai Kutepov and published in the years 1896-1911 in St Petersburg.
These four volumes in their pictorial cloth bindings describe and illustrate in some 85 coloured and plain plates and numerous other coloured or plain illustrations to the text, the royal or imperial Russian hunts of the 10th-19th centuries.
The first two volumes are second edition copies, the bindings are slightly faded and rubbed, but the set made £60,000 at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on May 23.