SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ALKEN, Henry.
Specimens of Riding near London, etc.

Alken's Rare Satire successfully transplants Horse's Ass to Rider's Seat! A work of great scarcity with only one copy of the first edition (1821) and only three copies of this, the second edition, coming to auction within the last thirty-five years. The last copy appeared over twenty-two years ago.

London: Thos McLean, No.26, Haymarket, 1821.
Tooley 51; Bobins II 766;
London: Thos McLean, No.26, Haymarket, 1821.

Oblong folio. Three-quarter black leather over boards. Tooled in blind to boards; an octagonal gilt leather device with a crown over the capital letter 'G' to boards; Gilt lettering to spine; bookplates of: "The Right Hon Lord Gray" & "Robert Lionel Forster" to front pastedown. Lacks title. Eighteen hand-coloured illustrations, each with McLean's imprint and date, each plate with H. Alken and date. There was a second edition in 1823. Plates are not bound in numerical order. Coloured plates in order: 1. One of the comforts of riding in company. 2. Preparing for the Easter Hunt (I shall be over, Jack). 3. Symptoms of Things going downhill. 4. The pleasure of riding in company. 5. The consequence of having plenty of Company on the Road. 6. A thing of the last consequence. 7. Perfectly Satisfied. 8. Dissatisfied. 9. Delighted. 10. Surpris'd. 11. Displeas'd. 12. Terrified. 13. Taste. - View near Knightsbridge. 14. Lords. - View in Hyde Park. 15. Yeomanry of England paying a Visit. 16. Fancy. - View near Grays Inn Road. 17. Folly. - View near Acton. 18. Knights. - View in the City Road.