Sporting Repository, The; containing Horse-Racing, Hunting, Coursing, Shooting, Archery, Trotting and Tandem Matches, Cocking, Pedestrianism [and] Pugilism. Anecdotes on sporting subjects, interspersed with essays, tales, and a great variety of miscellaneous articles.

First Edition in the Original Six Parts
With Two of the Original Watercolors by Henry Alken

ALKEN, Henry [and] BARENGER, James, illustrators. The Sporting Repository, containing Horse-Racing, Hunting, Coursing, Shooting, Archery, Trotting and Tandem Matches, Cocking, Pedestrianism [and] Pugilism. anecdotes on sporting subjects, interspersed with essays, tales, and a great variety of miscellaneous articles. London: Printed by W. Lewis… for Thomas McLean, 15 January-15 June 1822.

First and only edition in the original six parts.

Octavo (9 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches; 251 x 165 mm.). viii, [1]-80; [81]-176; [177]-268; [269]-356; [357]-448; [449]-540 pp. Hand-colored aquatint frontispiece and eighteen hand-colored aquatint plates after H. Alken and J. Barenger engraved by G. and T. Hunt.

Extra-illustrated with two very fine original pen, ink and watercolor designs by Alken, one for the frontispiece, ‘Meeting at Cover’ (4 3/8 x 7 1/4 inches; 111 x 185 mm.), the second for ‘Greyhounds’ (7 x 4 3/8 inches; 178 x 111 mm.), (facing page 231 in part three), both mounted on buff paper and chemised in cloth folders.

Original buff wrappers, front covers printed with title, woodcut vignette, motto and imprint, the inside front cover with contents, and the rear cover with advertisements. All six parts expertly rebacked to style. Chemised in a green cloth folder, the two original watercolors in two separate matching chemises titled in gilt. Housed together full tan morocco pull-off case by the Lakeside Press, Chicago, spine with raised and gilt decorated bands, gilt title lettering. Bookplate of Joel Spitz on verso of frontispiece in part one.

"First and only edition of a rare and valuable magazine." (Schwerdt).

Fine, 'gem-like' plates in the original wrappers, extra-illustrated by the inclusion of two of the original watercolors by Henry Alken for two of the plates. This ‘rare and valuable magazine’ is an unashamed celebration of popular sports and a mine of interesting information. The issue number and price of 5 shillings is given at the head of each wrapper. The vignette repeated on all of the covers shows three triumphant huntsmen drinking a bumper, with the motto ‘No joys can compare to the sports of the field.’

Mellon/Podeschi A13. Schwerdt II, p. 212. Tooley 467. Item #03362

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