Jorrock'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 Illustrated Edition
Sir Robert Peel's Copy

[ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. SURTEES, Robert Smith. Jorrock'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.

Second edition, first issue, i.e. first edition with colored plates. Octavo (8 x 5 1/8 in; 203 x 132 mm). vi, [2], 358, [1, printer’s imprint], [1, blank], 8 catalogue pp. Hand-colored engraved vignette title and fourteen hand-colored aquatint plates (no watermarks) with tissue guards.

Publisher's original green cloth with borders blocked in blind and gilt vignette to upper board and spine. In later plain red cloth dust jacket. All edges gilt. The copy of Sir Robert Peel, with his armorial bookplate and signature to verso of front free endpaper. Additional bookplate of the acclaimed collector of English and American literature, E[dward]. Hubert Litchfield. Text crisp and clean save for spot to fore edge of two leaves; plates bright and vivid. A fine copy.

This is the earliest possible issue, with catalogue at rear announcing as upcoming this new edition with plates by Alken.

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.

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet (1788-1850) was a British Conservative statesman who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom fromDecember 10, 1834 to April 8, 1835, and also from August 30, 1841 to June 29, 1846. While home secretary Peel helped create the modern concept of a police force, leading to a new type of officer known in homage (or derision) as "bobbies."

Mellon/Podeschi 173. Schwerdt II, p. 236. Tooley 471. Item #02641

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