London: Thomas M'Lean, 1826-30. Item #02149
First (Best) Edition, Early Issue
The Mishaps of a Maladroit Equestrian On The Hunt
And Coaches Out of Control
"Have You Any Idea Which Way The Hounds Went?
ALKEN, Henry. Ideas, Accidental and Incidental To Hunting and Other Sports.; Caught in Leicestershire, &C. London: Thomas M'Lean, n.d. [1826-1830].
First edition, early issue, with plates dated 1826-1830 and watermarked 1831-32. Upright folio (14 1/4 x 10 in; 366 x 253 mm). Letterpress title and forty-two hand colored soft-ground etchings with protective interleaves.
Full forest green crushed morocco for Hatchards of London (stamp-signed) by either Rivière or Sangorski and Sutcliffe (ca. 1940), both of whom were Hatchards preferred binders. Occasional mild spots to margins not affecting imagery. A neat professional repair to closed margin tear on plate #6. Otherwise, a beautiful copy of the most desirable edition.
"This book was published in 1830. The humorous text is etched on the plates, which were originally issued serially in seven wrappers parts from 1827  through 1830. The letterpress title-page and publisher's issue binding make a 'book' out of what would otherwise be an assembly of prints" (Mellon/Podeschi).
"First issued in upright folio [as here]. A fire consumed part of the stock, and the plates were reissued in oblong folio. These latter are inferior" (Tooley).
The draftmanship is good, the colouring vivid, and the inscriptions on the plates are humourous. No copies in British Museum" (Schwerdt).
Mellon/Podeschi 136; Tooley 36; Schwerdt I, pp. 17-18; Siltzer, p. 72; Maggs catalog #802 item 57 (£225).
1. I say my hearty fellow, have you any Idea where I can get a personal conveyance to Melton? (1826).
2. They may call this pleasure, but I have an Idea that it has brought me into considerable trouble (1826).
3. I say my good woman have you any Idea how they manage here to get a horse out of a brook? (1826).
4. I say my good fellow have you not an Idea that this hunting is exceedingly dangerous? (1826).
5. I say my dear fellow I have an Idea that it will make a considerable alteration to your personal appearance (1826).
6. I say old furnace, have you any Idea how far it is to Melton? (1826).
7. I say old buck, have you any Idea where I can find the hounds? (1827).
8. I had not the most distant Idea of what was on the other side (1827).
9. I shall soon lose all my Ideas (1827).
10. I have an Idea he is going and with him my 150 Guineas (1827).
11. I do not think he has an Idea left (1827).
12. I say my heary chap have you any Idea what ought to be done in the present case? (1827).
13. I have an Idea that I have got them rather too much together now (1827).
14. I say my dear Sir, have you not an Idea that there is considerable danger in the present case? (1827).
15. I say Captain, I have an Idea we have run foul of several things in our passage (1827).
16. I say my clever feller, have you an Idea you can make this thing capable of progression? (1827).
17. I have an Idea its ten to one but we are down now &c. (1827).
18. I have an Idea my Lord that nothing but Time or a stone wall will stop them &c (1827).
19. I say Bob you addent an Idea I could ride so well as you (N.D.).
20. My high Tom, I have an Idea we shall soon be off, &c. (N.D.).
21. I ave an Idea I an down now Tom (N.D.).
22. I say Joe you addent no idea it was so deep, ad you, &c. (N.D.).
23. I say my buck you avent no Idea where the Ounds are, ave you (N.D.).
24. I say my boy we ave got some Ideas about the Unting now avent we (N.D.).
25. You can have no Idea what a magnificent day I have had (1830).
26. By George Harry, I have an Idea that the thing is not quite so easy as I anticipated (1830).
27. My good fellow I have an idea that I shall be right on the top of you (1830).
28. I have an Idea that this is a situation that this of considerable difficulty (1830).
29. I have an Idea that this is a most important and effective Fall (1830).
30. My dear fellows I should be extremely sorry to speak of any Country with disrespect but I have an Idea that the water here abouts is not exceedingly fragrant (1830).
31. This is just to give you an Idea of a Steeple Chase (1830).
32. I have an Idea that this is our Yeoman Cavalry races (1830).
33. I had not the most distant Idea of Getting in such sport as this (1830).
34. I have a strong Idea we shall hit something this time (1830).
35. Is that really a Are, &c. (1830).
36. I begin to have an Idea that this Tandem driving is not altogether free from danger (1830).
37. My good people I beg you not to disturb yourselves but have you any Idea which way the Hounds went (1830).
38. My good fellows I have an Idea that this sort of gate was make for only one at a time to go through (1830).
39. I have an Idea that this Fence is either too High or that my Horse is too Short (1830).
40. I have no idea what could induce me to follow you over this d...d rotten Bridge (1830).
41. I have an Idea I shall win now if I can but carry in my weight (1830).
42. I positively have no Idea what I am to do in this case &c. (1830).