The Chace originally appeared in the London Quarterly Review under the title 'On English Foxhunting.' As Surtees records, it was immediately 'a great hit' and it is in sympathy with his prediction that 'it will stand its ground to the end of time,' that this edition of it was produced in 1931.
The author, Charles James Apperley (1777–19 May 1843), was an English sportsman and sporting writer, better known as 'Nimrod', the pseudonym under which he published his works on the chase and on the turf. Nimrod's paper on fox hunting first appeared in an English sporting periodical in the 1840s was called at the time the most scholarly treatment of the origin, growth and final-perfection of the sport yet produced.
First edition thus, published by William Farquhar Payson, New York in. 1931. There is no jacket. The green paper covered boards (grubby, worn, bumped and marked on the back cover) are lettered and decorated in red over brick-coloured cloth spine, with a red vignette of a fox on the front cover. The paper spine label is very faded; 64 pp. Introduction by Owen Culbertson and illustrations by Edward P. Buyck. Chapters include: The ancient chace; Early fox-hunting and the horse of 1700; Melton Mowbray and the Thoroughbred hunter of 1830; Hugo Meynell and the Leicestershire hunts; A run with Squire Osbaldeston's Quorn Hounds; The Golden Age of fox-hunting. The page block is clean, although the ragged edges are dusty and discoloured.