THE design of the Fur and
Feather Series is to present monographs, as complete as they can
possibly be made, on the various English birds and beasts which arc
generally included under the head of Game.
Books on Natural History cover such a vast number of subjects that their
writers necessarily find it impossible to deal with each in a really
comprehensive manner; and it is not within the scope of such works
exhaustively to discuss the animals described, in the light of objects
of sport. Books on sport, again, seldom treat at length of the Natural
History of the furred and feathered creatures which arc shot or
otherwise taken; and, so far .as the Editor is aware, in no book
hitherto published on Natural History or Sport has information been
given as to the best methods of turning the contents of the bag to
Each volume of the present Series will, therefore, be devoted to a bird
or beast, and will be divided into three parts. The Natural History of
the species will first be given; it will then be considered from the
point of view of sport; and the writer of the third division will assume
that the creature has been carried to the larder, and will proceed to
discuss it gastronomically.
The origin of the animals will be traced, their birth and breeding
described, every known method of circumventing and killing them not
omitting the methods employed by the poacher will be explained with
special regard to modern developments, and they will only be left when
on the table in the most appetising forms which the delicate science of
cookery has discovered.
It is intended to make the illustrations a prominent feature of the
Series. The pictures in the present volume are after drawings by Mr. A.
J. Stuart-Wortley and Mr. A. Thorburn. All of them, including the
diagrams, have been designed under the supervision of the first-named.
ALFRED E. T. WATSON.