Moments of Fancy and Whim by Henry Alken; We rather fancy than Know

Exceptionally Rare Series of Alken Sporting Plates

ALKEN, Henry. Moments of Fancy… We rather fancy than Know. London: Published by Thomas M'Lean, 1823. First edition. Oblong folio. Fourteen hand colored engraved plates. Later quarter calf. An excellent copy of this extremely rare suite of plates.

Originally issued in two parts in printed paper wrappers. Size of engraved surface 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (330 x 241mm)

The plates are titled:

A Phaeton and Four
Not a bit of Fancy
Real English Fancy
A Fancy Man
Past Consideration
Got an Engagement
There is a pleasure in being mad

A Day Nurse
Who would bear the many shocks that flesh is heir to
How dangerous it is, that this man goes loose
No fancy for a waggon
Playing at Soldiers
As the thing used to be done
Good for neither one or the other. Item #01300

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