Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities;; Being the Hunting, Shooting, Racing, Driving, Sailing, Eating, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits of that Renowned Sporting Citizen, Mr. John Jorrocks, of St. Botolph Lane, and Great Coram Street. With fifteen coloured illustrations by Henry Alken. Second edition.

First Alken-Illustrated Edition
With Hand Colored Engraved Title and Fourteen Hand-Colored Aquatints

[ALKEN, Henry, illustr.] [SURTEES, Robert Smith, text]. Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities; Being the Hunting, Shooting, Racing, Driving, Sailing, Eating, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits of that Renowned Sporting Citizen, Mr. John Jorrocks, of St. Botolph Lane, and Great Coram Street. With fifteen coloured illustrations by Henry Alken. Second edition. London: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1843.

First edition with illustrations by Henry Alken (second edition of text). Octavo (8 x 5 1/8 inches; 203 x 132 mm.). vi, [2], 358, [1, printer’s imprint], [1, blank] pp. Hand-colored engraved vignette title and fourteen superb hand-colored aquatint plates. Plates watermarked 1842.

Handsomely bound by Wood of London ca. 1920 in full red crushed levant morocco. Original cloth covers and spine bound in at end. Joints expertly and almost invisibly repaired at top and tail. A very attractive copy housed in a red cloth slip-case.

Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities first appeared in Volumes I-VII of New Sporting Magazine and then in book form in 1838 with twelve plates by Phiz, and again in 1839.

The firm Henry T. Wood of London, est. 1875, though not as well known as Sangorski & Sutcliffe or Zaehnsdorf, executed a number of spectacular bindings. In the twentieth century, Thomas Harrison and W. Topping were partners in the firm, and under their stewardship Wood of London apparently executed more progressive designs than other major firms from this time; Thomas Harrison (1877-1955) was a bookbinders’ bookbinder

Mellon/Podeschi 173. Schwerdt II, p. 236. Tooley 471. Item #02169

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