Symptoms of Being Amused; Volume Two.

Scarce Symptoms of Regency Follies

ALKEN, Henry. Symptoms of Being Amused. Volume II. London: Published by Thomas McLean Repository of Wit & Humour, 1824.

Oblong folio. Twelve (of eighteen) loose hand-colored lithographed plates (10 1/2 x 14 in; 265 x 355 mm) and two of the artist's original colored drawings (7 15/16 in; 200 x 250 mm) for the series in verso (models for the engraver and colorist), here mounted.

Housed in a late twentieth century quarter crimson morocco clamshell box. Dampstaining to margins of some plates not affecting the image, with occasional scattered foxing. Withal, a fresh, splendid set.

Of Volume I Tooley writes: "Although Volume I appears on the title page, no other volume was completed; a second was commenced, but only reached 18 plates. These latter are extremely rare" (our italics).

Symptoms of Being Amused Volume II is indeed of the utmost rarity in any state of completion or condition with no copies located in OCLC/KVK nor ABPC auction records.

With multiple images to each plate, Alken lampoons the follies and and foibles of the Regency period, with particular emphasis on sporting disasters (guns, fishing rods, and horses the downfall of many a gent); anxious wives; beer, wine and spirits; urbane vanity; and much more, amply deserving a place in McLean's Repository of Wit & Humour.

The Original Drawings:
1. of Drawing a Horse & Gig &c. Tooley plate 10.
2. of being determined to do the thing. Tooley plate 17.

The Plates, per Tooley:
(7) 1. of Drawing Blood &c.
(8) 2. of Drawing the Long Bow.
(9) 3. of Drawing Room.
(10) 4. of Drawing a Horse & Gig &c.
(11) 5. of Drawing a Countryman &c.
(12) 6. of Drawing a Horse &c.
(13) 7. of being a man of Family &c.
(14) 8. of Coming Out &c.
(15) 9. of an Engagement for the Day &c.
(16) 10. of being perfectly quiet to Ride &c.
(17) 11. of being determined to do the thing.
(18) 12. of an awkward subject &c.

Tooley 57. Item #01297

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