Chace, The Turf, The Road, The. Henry ALKEN, illustrator, NIMROD, Charles J. APPERLEY.
Chace, The Turf, The Road, The
Chace, The Turf, The Road, The
Chace, The Turf, The Road, The
Chace, The Turf, The Road, The

Chace, The Turf, The Road, The

London: John Murray, 1870. Item #02798

Alken Off To The Races
With Apperley In The Saddle
A New Edition

[ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of Charles J. Apperley). The Chace, The Turf, The Road. New Edition. With Portrait of Author and Illustrations. London: John Murray, 1870.

New edition. Octavo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in; 185 x 120 mm). xviii, [2], 277, [1] pp. Hand-colored engraved portrait frontispiece, extra engraved title in two states, plain and colored, thirteen hand-colored engraved plates by Alken, some in aquatint, and nine text illustrations in black and white by an unknown hand.

Bound c. 1900 by Rivière and Son in full crimson crushed morocco with French fillets. Gilt-rolled raised bands, decorated and ornamented compartments. Gilt-rolled board edges. Elaborately gilt dentelles. Top edge gilt. Expertly and near invisibly rebacked. A fine copy.

Charles James Apperley (1777-1843), English sportsman and sporting writer, better known as Nimrod, the pseudonym under which he published his works on the chase and on the turf. A devoted fox-hunter, around 1821 Apperley began to contribute a series of articles to The Sporting Magazine, under the pseudonym of "Nimrod," that covered horse races, hunt meets and other sporting events. His references to the personalities of the people he knew or met at such events helped to double the circulation of the magazine within a few years. Mr. Pittman, the proprietor of The Sporting Magazine, gave Nimrod a handsome salary and defrayed all the expenses of his tours. He also gave Nimrod a stud of hunters. After Pittman's death, the proprietors of the magazine sued Apperley for the money that had been advanced. To avoid imprisonment, Apperley moved to Calais in 1830, where he supported himself by writing. Apperley is best known for his two books, The Life of a Sportsman, and Memoirs of the Life of John Mytton, both of which were illustrated with colored engravings by Henry Thomas Alken.

The Plates:

1. Preparing to Start.
2. Getting Well Off.
3. The Race - Epsom.
4. The Melton Hunt.
5. Getting Away.
6. A Queerish Place.
7. A Pull Up.
8. The Lane.
9. Whissendine Brook.
10. The Death.
11. It's The Comet, &c.
12. The Regulator.
13. The Quicksilver Mail.

Cf. Podeschi 152. Cf. Siltzer. p. 73. Cf. Schwerdt I, p. 36.

Price: $550.00