"WHAT IS IT THAT CONFERS THE NOBLEST DELIGHT? What is that which swells a man's breast with great pride above which any other experience can bring him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding in the human eye has not been seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to a discovery of great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightnings carry your messages. To be the first-that is the idea...." There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

About our Name...
The king of upland game birds, the ruffed grouse, wears the scientific name Bonasa umbellus.
     Bonasa means "like a bison," and refers to the bird's drumming mating call sounding like a thundering herd of buffalo. Umbellus describes the umbrella-like Elizabethan ruff of black feathers around the bird's neck....

A Gentleman's Shooting Dog...Evolution of the Legendary Ryman English Setter
• 6" x 9"
• 380 text pp.
• Color art photos & pedigree inserts
• Slip-cased
• Leather/art cover
• Author & artist sigs.
• $90
- Evolution Of The Legendary Ryman Setter

John D. Taylor • Dann Jacobus Illustrations

THIS UNCOMMON BOOK explores two topics:
        One is 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 quest led to one of 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. The book looks at how four primary individuals-George Ryman, Ellen Ryman-Calkins, Carl Calkins and today Ken Alexander through DeCoverly Kennels-have stewarded this unique line of English setters through a century of evolution. It shares their compelling love of and belief in these dogs, of bringing the Ryman line through hard times and good, creating a dog that is an icon in today's English setter world-especially when put into perspective against the current state of gun dogs in North America. In continuing the Ryman line across a century, DeCoverly is unique. Most other breeds have no such continuation, they've been fragmented and specialized, many of the great original lines lost; resulting in deep schisms between form and function, with highly specialized bench or field dogs, field trial/hunting test or gunning dogs.
        A secondary theme is a 30-season personal quest of self-discovery, a deeper look at what it means to gun upland game, to be a gentleman and achieve a higher level of sportsmanship, to shoot over fine dogs, to discover, unexpectedly, the treasures of serendipity along a familiar, yet frequently twisting and turning life path.

John Taylor         AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR of seven books, including Hunting North America's Upland Birds, The Wild Ones, Gunning the Eastern Uplands and A Gentleman's Shooting Dog..., JOHN D. TAYLOR, is a frequent contributor to Gun Dog, Upland Almanac, Pointing Dog Journal, and other magazines. Taylor lives in Columbia, Pa., with two DeCoverly English setters and an exceptionally understanding family.

Dann Jacobus         DANN JACOBUS, a graduate of New York's Phoenix School of Design, was a military newspaper photographer and illustrator, a children's books art director, and has built on his lifelong interest in the outdoors, with freelance work in books, and Field & Stream, The Conservationist, Audubon and other magazines.