This is a detailed history of the Hoare family by Sir Samuel Hoare. The Hoares rose to wealth and prominence as Quaker bankers, this is dealt with in the first third of the book. Subsequent generations developed a long-running interest in field sports, and this constitutes about the middle half of the book. Pheasants, partridges, small game, ducks, geese, bustards, in the British Isles, Spain, the Middle East and India. Chapters include:- The young banker's start in London; Peace at home and trouble abroad; The serene philanthropist; The Norfolk scene; The golden age of sport; A blithe spirit; The alliance of the brothers-in-law; The joint records; The restoration of a great bird; A Scottish strain; The country view broadens; New interests and responsibilities; Myself and birds; The visitors' book; A sporting kingdom and two sensitive baronets; Muds and marshes; The autumn guest; The free company of duck shooters; The scene but not the plot changes; The Middle East and India; Wild Spain; A king, a grand duke and a grandee; Bustards on the plain; The ducks of the Marisma; The geese of the Coto Donana; Spanish partridges beat the poachers; The double life; The hold of the past; A Norwich doctor and French academician; My mad string.
VG pages for its age, some edge and D/J wear.