"More Rare, Valued Higher"
With Three Plates Only Found Here (Tooley)
[ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. APPERLEY, C.J. Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq., of Halston, Shropshire; Formerly M.P. for Shrewsbury, High Sheriff for the Counties of Salop & Merioneth, and Major in the North Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry. With Notices of His Hunting, Shooting, Driving, Racing, and Extravagant Exploits By Nimrod. With Numerous Illustrations by Alken. Reprinted from the New Sporting Magazine. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1835.
First edition. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in; 210 x 134 mm). iv, [2, Preface], 110 pp. Twelve hand-colored aquatint plates (including frontispiece) all with tissue guards.
Publisher's original blind stamped pebble-grain brown cloth with title in gilt within ornamental gilt frame. Front endpaper expertly re-inserted. With the bookplate of Joel Spitz on front paste-down. A wonderful copy. Housed in a later full dark brown morocco pull-off case by The Lakeside Press, Chicago. A somewhat rare book in the original cloth.
Provenance: Joseph Widener (1871-1943), American art collector, founding benefactor of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and thoroughbred horse enthusiast with his small oval leather bookplate on front paste-down; Acquired at his sale 28 November 1944.
"Though containing only 12 plates, this first edition is more rare, and valued higher than the second edition which contains 18 plates. Three plates of this first edition, namely 2 [Mytton shooting in Winter], 8 [Blood on the Bull Dog], and 9 [Mytton masters the savage dog], did not appear in the second edition. A most valuable and important book for the sporting life of the period, aptly described by Newton as 'a biography of a man that reads like a work of fiction'" (Tooley).
"This is not a work of fiction, for John Mytton, a rather inglorious character for a biography, was a hard-living, hard-drinking country squire of Halston, Shropshire, capable of the utmost physical endurance, and ready to accept any wager to walk, shoot or ride against any man. Many of his feats are recorded and graphically delineated, including the climax of his folly in setting his nightshirt on fire to cure a hiccough (Martin Hardie).
Tooley 66. Schwerdt I, p. 38. Podeschi 147. Item #03353
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