SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Coleccion de la principales Suertes de una Corrida de Toros.

Madrid: Quiroga, 1790.
Palau 44786; Lipperheide 2860; Bobins 560.
Madrid: Quiroga, 1790.

SCARCE FIRST EDITION. Landscape 4to, a complete set of 13 hand-coloured copperplate engravings (including title) in-laid into wove paper, plates trimmed close to plate mark. Modern 1/4 tan morocco-backed cloth boards, gilt to spine, a nice clean set of plates (all without a caption) depicting the various stages of a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros in Madrid. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. Bull enters the ring. 3. Picador addresses the bull, with two Toreros behind him on foot. 4-5. Picador lances the bull for the first time at the muscle just behind the neck to weaken the bull. 6. The Picador is almost unseated from his horse by the bull; two Toreros assist. 7. The bull tosses fighting dogs, sent to attack it, high into the air with its horns. 8. A Matador now addresses the bull with two Banderillas raised toward the bull. 9. As the bull charges, the Matador steps aside and places more Banderillas into the neck of the bull, further weakening it. 10. The Matador now entices the bull toward him, using the famous red cape. 11. The bull now charges the red cape, and the senior Matador lunges at the bull with a sword. 12. The bull is finally exhausted and killed. 13. The dead bull is now dragged from the ring behind three horses.