Columbia PA: Bonasa Press, 2005.
Illustrated by Dann Jacobus illustrations. Hardcover. Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket. Item #15353
Top front corner chewed with minor margin loss, one page well creased, otherwise light wear; Dust Jacket top corner tears, light edgewear, rubbed. Solid hardcover. ; "This uncommon book explores two topics: One was a quest to find dogs that manifest a vision of quintessential excellence - exceptional natural athletes, beautiful in form; with fine noses, wonderful temperaments, a high level of emotional intelligence - dogs capable of fulfilling a gunner's desire for the true shooting companion; the synthesis of nose, legs, heart and brain. This led to one of the oldest and finest lines of English setters in North America - the legendary Ryman English setter, the expression of English setter excellence across a century of gunning. ... A secondary theme is a 30-season person quest of self-discovery, a deeper look at what it means to gun upland game, to be a gentleman and achieve a higher lever of sportsmanship, to shoot over fine dogs, to discover, unexpectedly, the treasures of serendipity along a familiar, yet frequently twisting and turning life path." While one corner looks like one's pup wanted to read the book, overall a nice copy in dust jacket of this uncommon title. ; 364 pages.