London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. Item #02822
First Edition, First Issue, Early Plates
[ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. [SURTEES, Robert Smith]. The Analysis of the Hunting Field, Being a Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season 1845-6. With Numerous Illustrations, by H. Alken. London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846.
First edition, first issue with title and preface dated 1846 and in original green cloth (bound at rear), and with earliest state of three plates (dated Nov. 9th). Quarto (9 5/8 x 5 7/8 in; 243 x 147 mm). , 326, [4, publisher's catalogue] pp. Seven hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece and extra title, forty-three woodcuts.
Bound c. 1960 by Bayntun-Rivière in full emerald crushed morocco with double fillets, gilt-rolled board edges, gilt-ruled and ornamented compartments, gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Original cloth preserved at rear. A fine copy.
"This work first appeared in Bell's Life and the first edition in book form...at 31s. 6d...There are two issues. First issue in green cloth with both titles and the preface dated 1846. Second issue in red cloth, with the preface dated occasionally 1846 but usually 1847...There are early states of some of the plates with imprint dated Nov. 9th not Nov. 19th" (Tooley).
1. Frontispiece - The Meet.
2. Engraved title.
3. Getting Away.
4. Full Cry.
5. The Check.
6. The Leap.
Robert Smith Surtees (1805-1864) was an English editor, novelist and sporting writer. Thackeray envied him his powers of observation, while William Morris considered him 'a master of life' and ranked him with Dickens. In The Analysis of the Hunting Field, Surtees offers wry, fatherly advice in this satiric romp through the key archetypes of the fox hunt. As Lord Denham says in his introduction, "this should be required reading for anyone connected with hunting. From the right sort of Master to the wrong sort, from the hunting nobleman to the whip and from the blacksmith to the braggart with horses to sell we find the people 'pon the ‘orses are much the same as today."
“More people are flattered into virtue than were ever bullied out of vice” (Surtees, Analysis of the Hunting Field).
Tooley 470; Siltzer, p. 73; Podeschi 177; Schwerdt II p.232.