The Sporting & Wildlife Sale | 24 April 2013
Alken (Henry) - [The National Sports of Great Britain],
Sold for £9000
[The National Sports of Great Britain],
first edition , second issue, aquatint title (dated 1821) and 50 aquatint plates by J.Clark after Henry Alken , all splendidly hand-coloured and in excellent condition , printed in English & French, this copy without the dual-language letterpress title-page in but with plates watermarked '1820', 19th century bookplate of Thomas Greer on front pastedown , handsomely bound in full contemporary straight-grain morocco with blind-tooled inner border and decorative ornament contained within elaborate gilt border, spine titled in gilt with further gilt compartments within gilt-tooled raised bands, g.e., surface wear to corner some edges, small section of surface loss to upper cover near spine, [ Mellon/Podeschi 111; Schwerdt I, p.19 & IV, p. 4; Siltzer p. 70; Tooley 41], folio, Thomas McLean, 1821.
⁂ " Alken's most important work…It must always form the cornerstone of any Alken collection. " Tooley, English Books with Colour Plates , p.64.
Alken's hugely popular presentation of the aristocratic pursuits of the time, resplendent with large hand-coloured aquatint depictions of popular pastimes including hunting on horseback, hawking, gun shooting, angling, horse-racing, pugilism and dressage, as well as activities that even at the time were becoming increasingly controversial such as bull-baiting and bear-baiting.
This copy would seem to have been without the letterpress title for some time, perhaps even bound without, as the offsetting onto the verso of the additional title is that from the Preface.
Wednesday 24 April 2013, 10.00am
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Morning of Sale from 8.30am