SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ALKEN, Henry.
Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders, or, The Reverse of Sporting Phrases: from the work Entitled Indispensable Accomplishments.

Published
London: Published by S. J. Fuller, at the Temple of Fancy, Rathbone Place; And may be had of all Booksellers in the United Kingdom, 1815.
References
Tooley 44; Bobins II 747; OCLC records just four copies only at Detroit public Library the Newberry Library National Sporting Library and the Huntington.
Plates
8
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
London: Published by S. J. Fuller, at the Temple of Fancy, Rathbone Place; And may be had of all Booksellers in the United Kingdom, 1815.
Ref
610

FIRST EDITION. Oblong folio (380 × 280 mm) engraved introduction and 7 + 1 hand coloured engraved plates by Alken. original printed upper wrapper cut to letterpress and inlaid stitched in modern wrappers and preserved three-quarter red morocco portfolio lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine; bookplate of Sir Humphrey de Trafford the multimillionaire racehorse owner. The first of Alken's coloured books illustrated with a highly detailed and amusing series of hunting plates. It illustrates the potential hazards awaiting the inexperienced rider on the fox-hunting field. The plates are of a very high quality and amply demonstrate the author's knowledge of horses as well as his love of sporting life. The first of Alken's coloured books. Coloured plates in order: 1. Going along a slapping pace; for the very same reason, that a Criminal goes to Goal... 2. Topping a flight of Rails and coming into the next Field, (but not well.).... 3. Charging an Ox-fence....with good Success. 4. Got in and getting out...very clever. 5. Facing a Brook....verifying the old Adage, 'look before you leap'. 6. Swishing through at a Rasper, from your own timidity and mismanagement, cause the Horse to Swerve.... 7. Returning Home in Triumph. He distain'd a Slothful Easy Life; so took to Hunting. 8. Lilliputian Poney Races. [4 Jockeys]