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SURTEES, Robert Smith.
Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour.

London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. Ltd., 1899.
Tooley 476; Bobins III 1197.
London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. Ltd., 1899.

LIMITED EDITION. Illustrated with 13 glorious hand-coloured engravings and many woodcuts to text by John Leech. L: Bradbury Agnew & Co. Ltd. (1899). In Two Volumes. Pp. 322 + 326. Royal 8vo. In half red levant red cloth boards with raised bands with gilt lettering and equine decoration to four compartments, swirled pastel endpapers, red silk page marker. Top edge gilt. Bound by Hatchard's. Spine edges slightly worn short tear to tail of Vol. I, a one inch split along top edge of Vol. II, corners bumped some light wear to front edge of Vol. II - else very good. Complete with typed letter written by R.W. Trollope of Hyde Park, Ontario, Canada on behalf of Sir Charles Pickthorn, Chairman of the "R.S. Surtees Society" to an undisclosed recipient concerning the proposed re-publication of "Mr. Sponges's Sporting Tour" in 1981. (the recipient duly ordered 2 copies.) John Leech showed a remarkable aptitude for drawing from an early age, in fact he abandoned a career in medicine to become an artist. Among his earliest contributions were to the newly published satirical magazine "Punch" in 1841. He quickly established a genre of political humour that was to last up until the 1920's. Leech's often careless but never crude drawings have survived in charm and humour to give is a refreshing glimpse of mid-Victorian society. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Mr. Sponge is introduced to "Ercles." 2. Hercules "takes" a Draper's Shop. 3. Mr. Sponge at Jawleyford Court. 4. One of Multum in Parvo's "going" days. 5. Sudden appearance of Mr. Sponge at Farmer Springwheat's -- Horror of Lord Scamperdale. 6. Mr. Sponge completely scatters his Lordship. Volume 2. 7. Mr. Bragg's Equestrian Portrait. 8. A Day with Puffington's Hounds. 9. Hunting the Hounds. 10. Mr. Sponge arrives at Sir 'Arry's. 11. Mr. Jogglebury Crowdey with his dog and his gun. 12. Lucy Glitters showing the way. 13. Mr. Sponge declares himself.