SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Henry Alken [illus]
The Analysis of the Hunting Field; Being A Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters that Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season, 1845-6

Henry Thomas Alken was an English painter and engraver chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes. Robert Smith Surtees was an English editor, novelist, and sporting writer. He is best known for Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jolities and Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, and his other comedic novels.

Surtees, R.S. London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846
Tooley 470; Schwerdt II; Bobins # 2011
Surtees, R.S. London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846

Hardcover. SCARCE FIRST EDITION. With both 1846 and 1847 prefaces. 4to. With numerous illustrations by Henry Alken. Hand-coloured frontispiece. 6 other coloured plates, and 43 woodcuts with a half-title. Full contemporary red morocco decorative gilt spine with raised bands, all edges gilt exquisitely bound by R. Calvert. Gilt fillets to boards, and very ornate gilt inner dentelles, some slight toning of text block occasional faint traces of foxing plates bright and clean with no foxing or offsetting. Marbled endpapers. Bookplate of "Robert Dudley Winthrop" on front pastedown. This work first appeared in 'Bells Life.' Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. 'The Meet.' "With Bright faces and merry hearts." 2. Title page. "Analysis of the Hunting Field" (consisting of eight small hunting vignette scenes). 3. 'Getting Away.' "Let's take the lead." 4. 'Full Cry.' "Let's keep the lead." 5. 'The Check.' "What the devil do you do you here, don't you know the great earth at Daventry is open? & be d---d yo you". 6. 'The Leap.' "That will shut out many and make the thing select." 7. 'Whoo-hoo-o-o-p.' "A chosen few alone the Death survey."