Chicago: Jansen, McClurg and Company, 1882.
Hardcover. This charming Victorian guide to camping in the great outdoors features timeless advice and neat illustrations of various tents and shelters, knots, boating and fishing instructions, and even amateur photography set-ups. Chapters include the following: Preparation, Outfit, Shelter, General Directions, Knots and Ties, Camp Cooking, Rod and Line, How to Make a Fishnet and Hammock, The Horse-hair Fish Line, The Gun, Boats and Boating, Night Spearing, Accidents and Ailments, and Camp Photography. Dampstains to the covers, whether from a leaky canoe, a waterfall hike, or a campfire coffee-making incident we may never know, add to the sense of authenticity this book emanates. As the preface suggests, camping as a recreational activity really began gaining popularity in the 1880s, making this a quite early guide to the pastime: "Each summer adds to the number of those who, without being expert in the arts of the sportsman, go out for the mere pleasure of camping. Even ladies and children penetrate the depths of our forests, share in the genial glow of the camp-fire, and enhance the pleasure of a woodland life by their presence. The lover of nature, the artist, the sportsman and the naturalist, each find occupation, amusement and the rest....Whether the reader’s tent be pitched upon the seashore, beside a mountain brook, or upon the rolling prairie, it is hoped that something may be found in the following pages which will add to his comfort and his pleasure." A fantastic artifact of the history of camping as pastime, not only still of interest but still of use today.
7 7/8" X 5 1/2". 142pp, plus nine pages of ads, including charming pictorial ads for tents and amateur photography. Bound in full red cloth, with canoeist navigating a pine-bordered lake stamped in black within diamond frame to upper board, lettered in black, and spine lettered in gilt. Dampstains, whether from a leaky canoe, a waterfall hike, or a campfire coffee-making incident we may never know, to both boards, more prominent to rear. Moderate wear to binding elsewise, with bumping to extremities, corners turned in, and soiling to cloth. Green floral endpapers. Rear hinge a touch tender; binding is sound. Pages are unmarked. Good. Item #6161