SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ALKEN, Henry Thomas.
The Chace, the Turf, and the Road.

London: John Murray, 1870.
London: John Murray, 1870.

Octavo. Contemporary full red calf; green morocco title label to spine; titles and decoration to spine; gilt twin gilt rule to boards; inner dentelles gilt; marbled endpapers; top edge gilt. In a later cards slipcase with a christmas card depicting Alken's painting The Meet Outside the Fox and Grapes". Frontispiece portrait engraved title page; 9 black and white vignettes and 14 full page hand coloured plates. Traces of bookplate to front pastedown; light rubbing to board edges and spine ends. A very attractive book. New Edition. MS notation in pencil reads: "NIMROD" Pen name of Charles Apperley - gentleman, scholar, sportsman. "Financial difficulties led him to exchange the whip for the pen, and he became famous for his sporting letters in the 'Sporting Magazine'." (Newton) Coloured plates in order: 1. Ashby Pasture in the Quorn Country. - Snob just arrived. 2. " 'Going along', roars Mr. Holyoake. - Snob takes the lead." 3. A Queerish Place. 4. A Stopper. 5. "The little bay horse will have no more." 6.."Seven out of thirteen take it in their stride; three stop short, - and three find themselves in the middle of it." 7. "Osbaldeston's 'Who-hoop!' might have been heard at Cottesmore." 8. The Warren. - Preparing to start. 9. Getting Well Off. "They are off again - a beautiful start, and a still more beautiful sight." 10. Tattenham Corner. " 'I think I can win,' says Robinson to himself." 11. The Race, Epsom. "It is a terrible race. - There are seven in front within the distance, and nothing else has a chance to win." 12. "It's the COMET; and you must be quick as lightening." 13. The REGULATOR on Hartford Bridge Flat. 14. "Stop, coachman, - I have lost my hat and wig!"