London: Thomas M'Lean, Repository of Wit & Humour, 1823. Item #03350
“A Rare Set of Plates, Well Drawn and Colored,
Representing Cockney Londoners in Various Difficulties” (Schwerdt)
ALKEN, Henry. Hunting, or Six Hour's Sport, by Three Real Good Ones, from the East End, and without seeing a hound. By Henry Alken. London: Published by Thomas M'Lean, Repository of Wit & Humour, 1823.
First edition. Large oblong folio (12 1/16 x 15 5/8 inches; 306 x 396 mm.). Original letterpress title (or original wrapper) pasted onto upper cover. Six magnificent large hand-colored lithographed plates, all heightened with gum arabic. Actual size of engraved surface of plates 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches; 216 x 317 mm.
Bound ca. 1940 in half black morocco over blue paper boards with beveled edges, ruled in gilt. Front cover with original title leaf (or original wrapper) pasted-on over an orange paper border. Spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments. With the bookplate of Joel Spitz on the front paste-down. Housed in a fleece-lined blue buckram slipcase. A very fine copy, the plates bright and fresh with superlative hand-coloring.
Provenance: Purchased at Parke-Bernet, 1947.
A very fine and amusing set of plates showing the misfortunes of three cockney huntsmen who begin their day at 8 o’clock, find difficulty in staying mounted at 9 o’clock, get hopelessly entangled with fences and trees by 10 o’clock, then charge into a herd of pigs at 11 o’clock, for which the local villagers exact a heavy fee by 12 noon.
“A rare set of plates, well drawn and colored, representing Cockney Londoners in various difficulties” (Schwerdt).
1. “Going to Hunt…8, o’clock…an Easy Job"
2. “Throwing off…9, o’clock…not so Easy”
3. “Breaking Cover…10, o’clock…Rather difficult”
4. “In full Cry…11, o’clock…Hard work”
5. “A Check…12, o’clock…Tipping for the Swine”
6. “Going Home…making a good Blunt…Apology for damage done”
Schwerdt I, p. 16. Siltzer, p. 71. Mellon/Snelgrove, p. 13, no. 17. Tooley 32.
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