"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?

MARK TWAIN
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....
OUR BOOKS & PRINTS

The Sporting Life
LIMITED EDITION OF 250
• 6" x 9" Hardbound
• 230 text pp.
• Illustrations
• Author & artist sigs.
• $70
THE SPORTING LIFE:
Stories Of The Maine Outdoors
And A Few From Far Away...

Albert Poudrier • Frank Conroy Illustrations

        THIS FASCINATING BOOK is done in a very special limited edition of 250, especially for a Vintager audience.
        The stories-penned by first-time author and Vintager Al Poudrier-are an eclectic, yet exceptionally well-told collection of personal sporting experiences.
        They include a grisly (yet incredibly funny) tale about Halloween squirrels and Al's youthful indiscretions; Tennessee college days quail shooting; New England woodcock; chasing Korean DMZ minefield pheasants during the Vietnam era; gunning Maine grouse over Stuart, Al's Pomeranian; sea ducks done Vintager style; a trio of Maine deer hunting experiences; and fishing for New England bluefish, smallmouth bass and trout.
        Gilding this lily is a collection of art and design by master engraver Frank Conroy, whose exquisite engraving work on an assortment of fine firearms is the standard for exceptional work.         This unique book's publication marries the stories and art into a single package, bringing readers a special Vintage-style reproduction book, leather-bound cover, gold foil-stamped, with copious internal ornamentation-the book you'd discover in Merlin Grainger's Moonlight Quill book shop in 1902.