"More Rare, Valued Higher"
With Three Plates Only Found Here (Tooley)
[ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. APPERLEY, C.J. Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire. Formerly M.P. for Shrewsbury, High sheriff for the Counties of Salup & Merioneth, and Major of the North Stropshire Yeomanry Cavalry. With Notices of His Hunting, Shooting, Driving, Racing, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits By Nimrod. With Numerous Illustrations by Alken. Reprinted from the New Sporting Magazine. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1835.
First edition. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 in; 211 x 130 mm). iv, [2, Preface], 110 pp. Twelve hand-colored aquatint plates.
Publisher's original blindstamped brown cloth with title in gilt within ornamental gilt frame, expertly rebacked with most of original backstrip preserved. New endpapers (relic'd). An excellent copy. Housed in a later cloth drop-front box.
"Though containing only 12 plates, this first edition is more rare, and valued higher than the second edition which contains 18 plates. Three plates of this first edition, namely 2 [Mytton shooting in Winter], 8 [Blood on the Bull Dog], and 9 [Mytton masters the savage dog], did not appear in the second edition. A most valuable and important book for the sporting life of the period, aptly described by Newton as 'a biography of a man that reads like a work of fiction'" (Tooley).
"This is not a work of fiction, for John Mytton, a rather inglorious character for a biography, was a hard-living, hard-drinking country squire of Halston, Shropshire, capable of the utmost physical endurance, and ready to accept any wager to walk, shoot or ride against any man. Many of his feats are recorded and graphically delineated, including the climax of his folly in setting his nightshirt on fire to cure a hiccough (Martin Hardie).
Tooley 66. Schwerdt I, p. 38. Podeschi 147. Item #02539
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