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Author
ALKEN, Henry Thomas.
Title
Sporting Scrap Book, by Henry Alken, containing fifty plates, designed and engraved by himself
Published
London: published by Thomas M'Lean, [no date, but plates all dated 1824]
Description
Large octavo. Letterpress title otherwise engraved throughout. 50 fine hand-coloured soft-ground etched plates by Henry Alken. Later red morocco by W. Root & Son of London; boards with gilt border composed from triple fillets and a dog-tooth roll spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third compartment, others with repeat decoration in gilt made up from small tools around a larger central flower tool; gilt inner dentelles; purple coloured endpapers; all gilt edges . A fine copy of this charming example of the best of Alken's engraved works. As the title suggests the images offer a spectacular sampling of images, sometimes more than one to a plate which include portraits of particular breeds of dogs, hunting scenes, racing, general equestrian scenes, fishing, shooting & dogs fighting. Most have a sporting element but also included are a number of general tableaux of country life: brick-making, a country fair, a turnpike gate etc.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Frontis. Wild Fowl Shooting.
2. Fishing Scenes.
3. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Man with wooden leg and Horses.)
4. Post Boy.
5. Relay of Horses.
6. Greyhounds.
7. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Horses heads.)
8. Spaniels.
9. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Horses and cart.)
10. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Dealer.)
11. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Badger etc.)
12. Fox Hounds.
13. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Sportsmen and dogs.)
14. Coach Horses.
15. Racer.
16. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Greyhounds etc.)
17. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Cow, Pig etc.)
18. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Bid for my dog.)
19. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Cattle.)
20. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (4 Hounds.)
21. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Horse and Donkey.)
22. Shooting Scenes.
23. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Sportsmen.)
24. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Partridges etc.)
25. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Ferreting.)
26. Pointers & Setter.
27. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Lady riding.)
28. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Dogs fighting.)
29. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Sportsman seated.)
30. Farriers Shop.
31. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Huntsmen.)
32. Brick Making.
33. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Trooper & horse.)
34. Hunting Scenes.
35. Racing.
36. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Man with chopper.)
37. Racing Scenes.
38. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Donkey race.)
39. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Clown etc.)
40.Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Dog fight.)
41. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Selling game.)
42. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Horses Arab.)
43. Horse & Groom.
44. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Hounds.)
45. Cart Horses.
46. Hound & Fox.
47. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Stags.)
48. Henry Alken's Scrap Book (Horses feeding.)
49. Turnpike Gate.
50. Hunters.
References
Mellon/Podeschi 121 (copy with an additional plate); Schwerdt I p.24; Van Devanter 78; Tooley Appendix 54A
Hand coloured plates
50
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
Alken, British Isles, Sports/Hunting
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
775