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APPERLEY, Charles.
Memoirs of the life of the late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire...

London: Rudolph Ackermann, Regent Street, 1851.
Abbey Life 385; Tooley 66; Schwerdt I p.38. Three plates of this edition (2, 8 & 9) did not appear in the second edition. Bobins II 769.
London: Rudolph Ackermann, Regent Street, 1851.

Hand-coloured aquatint plates (12) with tissue-guards by Henry Alken. Octavo, half morocco over marbled boards, raised bands in gilt and green morocco title label to spine, speckled edges, coloured endpapers. Boards with light wear, corners more-so. Bookplate of: "Library, Helen Wright, Halston" affixed to front paste down. A most valuable and important book for the sporting life of the period .Third edition. **Apperley had been Mytton's neighbour in Shropshire**. His task "was to write the life of a man who while he was one of the most heroic sportsmen that ever lived, was also drunken, diseased and insane ... he performed the task with admirable judgment" (Camb. History of English & American Literature XIV). Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. "Well done, Neck of Nothing; You are not a bad one to breed from". 2. Mytton wild duck shooting. 3. What! never upset in a gig? 4. "I wonder whether he is a good timber jumper!". 5. The "Meet" with Lord Derby's Stag hounds. 6. "Stand and deliver". 7. A new hunter - Tally ho! Tally ho! 8. The Oaks filly. 9. "Light come, light go". 10. Mytton on Baronet clears nine yards of water. 11. A nick, or the nearest way home (With the back view of Halston House.) 12. A hell of a row in a hall - Mytton shows fight. 13. Mytton swims the Severn at Uppington Ferry. "He calls himself a Sportsman, let him follow me". 14. How to cross a country comfortably after dinner. 15. Heron Shooting - "A cooler, after a big drink." 16. "A Squire trap, by Jove", cries Mytton, "a litle more and I should have done it". 17. Now for the honor of Shropshire. The Shavington day - a trial of rival packs, and consequently of rival horsemen. 18. "Damn this hiccup!"