London: T. McLean, 1823. Item #02702
With Hand Colored Lithographs Humorously Depicting Military Life
[ALKEN, Henry]. Military Sketches. Characteristic Traits of Old Stagers, Big Wigs, Staff, Martinets, Humbugs, Deep Files, Duty Officers, Skulks, Good Fellows, Paymasters, Doctors, et Multis Aliis. London: Pub.d by T. McLean, Repository of Wit & Humour, 1823.
First (only?) edition. Tall quarto (11 5/8 x 9 1/4 in; 296 x 236 mm). Hand-colored lithographed title and fourteen interleaved hand-colored lithograph plates containing fifty-four portrait illustrations and text reproduced from handwriting. Plates dated and watermarked 1822.
Later half red calf over black pebbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Hand-colored lithographed title-page expertly strengthened in blank fore-margin.
According to Ogilby this exceptionally rare suite of plates was issued separately as Military Sketches (No. 1) and Military Sketches (N0. 2).
Exceptionally scarce. Not in any of the standard bibliographies. OCLC/KVK record only one complete copy in institutional holdings worldwide, at the Canadian War Museum. The only other recorded copies, at Harvard and LSU, are incomplete.
Ogilby Trust. Index to British Military Costume Prints, 1500-1914, nos. 45 and 46.
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