The Beauties & Defects in the Figure of the Horse:; Comparatively Delineated in a Series of Coloured Plates

"The Result of the Most Attentive Observations During Many Years
Entirely Devoted to the Pleasures of the Field" (Henry Alken)

ALKEN, Henry. The Beauties & Defects in the Figure of the Horse: Comparatively Delineated in a Series of Coloured Plates. London: S. & J. Fuller, [1816].

First edition. Small quarto (10 1/8 x 7 3/16 inches; 257 x 183 mm.). Engraved title page, 2 pp., eighteen hand colored plates by Alken illustrating various aspects of the horse, explanatory text on the opposing pages.

Contemporary full diced russia, covers ruled in gilt, expertly rebacked to style and corners repaired.

Some very light scattered foxing and browning but still an excellent copy of this scarce work.

The plates watermarked 1817.

First edition of the first work by Henry Alken to bear his name. This book was reprinted in 1821 with the imprint of James Toovey. (Tooley).

Alken was about thirty-two years of age when he published this book, and states on p. 2 of the introduction that, "the author's remarks are the result of the most attentive observations during many years entirely devoted to the pleasures of the field." (Schwerdt).

Tooley, 20; Schwerdt I, 12; Podeschi 102. Item #03314

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