SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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NIMROD. (Pseud. Charles James Apperley)
The Life of a Sportsman.

"Considered by many to be the premier coloured plate sporting book in the 19th century, by others as sharing this honour with Jorrocks's Jaunts" (Tooley.)

London: Ackermann, 1842.
Tooley 65; Bobins II 768;
London: Ackermann, 1842.

FIRST EDITION, second issue. 8vo. (9.5 x 6.5 inches). pp.vi + (2) + 402 + 8 (Publisher's adverts). 36 hand-coloured plates with tissue guards by Henry Alken. Engraved title portrait and 34 plates. Red cloth decorated in blind and gilt to front cover blind-stamped to rear gilt to spine. Spine bruised cloth rubbed. All edges gilt. Stitching broken shaken with some gatherings standing proud at front edge. Part of webbing visible to rear inner hinge. Owner's name "J. Wilson Fose, from W.V. Fose October 1870" in ink to front free endpaper. Trifle occasional spotting to tissue guards; otherwise, no spotting or foxing. Pages are clean, and illustrations exceptionally bright. Handsome sporting plates. "Considered by many to be the premier coloured plate book in the 19th century..." (Tooley) Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Amstead Abbey. 2. Engraved Composite Title page with eight small vignettes. 3. Not captioned [but] "Yoiks! Tally-ho! Look out for the pastry". 4. "Never Mind 'em, - They Won't Hurt." 5. Not captioned [but] "He'll Leather Two such chaps as that!". 6. Bagging the Badger. 7. "You are worth double what I gave for you." 8. "He's Heart of Oak!". 9. "Dick Knight." 10. "His Reverence swims like a cork!". 11. Not captioned [but] "Who --whoop! --I've done it." 12. Hunting the Marten-Cat. 13. The Otters Hunt. 14. "What's the Price of the Young Nag, Miller?". 15. The Shallows below the Mill. 16. "The Prince of Wales" Birmingham Coach of the Olden Time. 17. "H for Windsor! Go along, Bob". 18. Bibury Meeting in its Palmy Days. A scene on Burford Racecourse. 19. "All Captain Askham's Sir!". 20. "He is among the Dead!". 21. Frank Raby 'Flapper Shooting" on the Great Lake in the Park. 22. "Mr. Ridgeway's Good Health -- Now!". 23. "Soho!". 24. "Follow my Leader." 25. A Meet with His Grace, the Duke of Rutland. 26. A Night Scene with Sir Thomas Mostyn. 27. "Not Handel's sweet music more pleases the ear than that of the hounds in full cry." 28. The Check. 29. The Four in Hand. 30. The Three Teams. 31. The Race for the Welter Stakes. 32. "Fox Hunting for Ever." 33. The Shooting Drag a la Tandem. 34. Mr. Muster's Hunted by his hounds. 35. Our Hero's first run with his own hounds. 36. The Master of the Raby Hunt -- "One Cheer More.