London: Messrs. Fores, 1845. Item #03348
The Greatest of All Coaching Books
NEWHOUSE, C[harles].B. [ALKEN, Henry]. The Roadsters' Album. London: Messrs. Fores, Jan. 2nd,1845.
First edition. Folio (14 15/16 x 10 3/4 inches; 380 x 274 mm.). Hand-colored aquatint pictorial title-page [by Henry Alken] and sixteen hand-colored aquatints, all heightened with gum arabic, printed on artboard, with original tissue guards. Each plate marked, C.B. Newhouse delt. and London: Published by Messrs. Fores, 41, Piccadilly, corner of Sackville St. Jany 2nd 1845. Eight pages of advertisements at end printed in brown, blue, green and red. Some light soiling to a few plate edges, plate 12 with short (1/2 inch) repaired tear on top blank margin.
Publisher's brown ribbed cloth, covers with foliate border in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt, yellow coated endpapers, inner hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Light water stain on fore-edge of front and back boards. Bookplates of Alfred Barmore Maclay and Joel Spitz on front paste-down. Housed in a fleece-lined quarter blue morocco clamshell case, front cover lettered in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt. A very bright copy in the original cloth with superb hand coloring of the plates.
Provenance: Alfred Barmore Maclay (bookplate) -- acquired from Maurice Inman, 1945.
"...The Roadsters' Album, a rare and humorous volume of hand-colored aquatints by C.B. Newhouse, an artist who confined himself almost exclusively to scenes of mail and stage coaching and sport driving. The book is an excellent example of Newhouse's work, as his images usually portray the speed associated with the open road, and the calamity or comedy that speed can bring about" (National Sporting Library).
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Messrs. Fores (established 1785-86) "..specialised in publishing and selling the best sporting prints" (Siltzer).
Along with Newhouse's Scenes on the Road (1834-35) it would be difficult to find a book which better illustrates the world of coaching as it must have been than The Roadsters' Album. Each aquatint has been expertly hand-colored with a vividness that would be hard to surpass.
1. Travelling in a Hunting Country - "I hope you are not much hurt, Sir."
2. An Unwelcome Fare - "All that luggage by the Mail, Ma'am, quite impossible."
3. The Drag is broke and we are on the Bank.
4. "No time to lose, Ma'am; here's the other coach close behind."
5. "Hold hard! You have forgot the lady."
6. Is the Bottom pretty sound?
7. A False Start.
8. Taking an Inside Birth [sic] - "It strikes me we're going to have some rough weather."
9. An Awkward Place in a Frost.
10. I'm afraid we have now got into the Ditch.
11. The Sleepy Gate-keeeper.
12. The Old Grey loosed his Trace again!
13. "Quite full, Sir."
14. One Mile from Gretna, our Governor in sight.
15. An Arrival at Gretna - Overtaken by the Guardian.
16. Going to the Moors.
Tooley 346. Abbey, Life 407. Siltzer, p. 192. Snelgrove, British Sporting and Animal Prints, p.126, no. 4.