SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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FRANKLAND, Sir Robert.
Alken Henry.
[Hunting Sketches] Indispensible Accomplishments.

A rare issue of an early work that inspired Henry Alken. H. Humphreys published the original series with an engraved title in 1811. 'This set was drawn and engraved by Sir Robert Frankland... It was, in fact, the appearance of this set that prompted Alken to publish his 'Qualified Horses or Unqualified Riders' or the Reverse of Sporting Phrases taken from the Work entitled 'Indispensable Accomplishments'.

No place: imprint date to plates '1811', but watermarked 1881
Schwerdt I p.187). Cf. Schwerdt I 187; cf. Siltzer Story of British sporting prints 122; Bobins II 772.
No place: imprint date to plates '1811', but watermarked 1881

Oblong folio (10 7/8 x 15 inches). 6 hand-coloured etched plates by Frankland. Contemporary red half morocco over green paper-covered boards; red morocco title label on upper cover lettered in gilt 'Hunting Sketches/ by / Henry Alken'. Corners repaired and strengthened, new cloth hinges, respond in leather. Provenance: Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont (1858-1908 armorial bookplate). The Belmont copy. RARE. *Ron Norman of Hartlepool carried out rebinding and restoration work on this book. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Going along a slapping pace. 2. Topping a flight of Rails and coming well into the next Field. 3. Charging an Ox-fence. 4. Going in and out clever. 5. Facing a Brook. 6. Swishing at a Rasper.