London: T. McLean, 1838. Item #04600
A Fine Contemporary Album Containing Eighteen
of Henry Alken's Highly Amusing Hand Colored Lithographs
ALKEN, Henry, illustrator. [Sporting Notions]. [London: T. McLean, 1831-33]. Small oblong quarto (6 11 /16 x 8 3/8 inches; 170 x 212 mm.).
Eighteen fine hand colored lithographs mounted on G. Whatman watermarked paper. all plates heightened with gum arabic. Average plate size: 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches; 124 x 168 mm.
Nineteenth century blue patterned paper boards (ca. 1838), covers decoratively bordered in gilt, spine worn and chipped, otherwise near fine. Front flyleaf with ink date "1838".
This is an intriguing little album of eighteen fine hand colored lithographed plates, each of which has been cut to the border thus losing it's title. We have been able to identify eleven of the images - nine are very similar to the illustrations in one of Henry Alken's rarest titles Sporting Notions (London, 1831-33) and the other two are very similar to the illustrations in his equally rare Ideas, Accidental and Incidental To Hunting and Other Sports (London, 1830). However the plates in our album are approximately one inch less all round in size and all of the images are 'in reverse'.
A fine contemporary album with amusing plates.
1. Woo - Woo- I have a notion that I shall lose him...
2. [Horse and rider over water]
3. I have a Notion that you are going the wrong way, don't you see our party out yonder.
4. [Horse and rider jumping over stile and water]
5. [Horse and rider jumping over stile]
6. I have a Notion you must pull him over or persuade him to pull you back again.
7. [Horse and rider jumping over gate]
8. Two horses and their riders going through gate]
9. I have an Idea that this Fence is either too High or that my Horse is too Short (Sporting Ideas)
10. I have an Idea that this is a situation that this of considerable difficulty (Sporting Ideas)
11. [Horse and rider jumping over fence]
12. I had a Notion that that there was room for two to go through at a time.
13. I had no Notion of the Comforts of Hunting by Water.
14. I have a Notion that this may be called "Riding to the hounds at a Smashing rate."
15. I had not the most distant Notion that my Horse was going to stop.
16. I had a Notion that Timber jumping was quite an easy thing.
17. [Horse and rider having caught a large branch]
18. This gives me a Notion that its better to "Look before you leap."
See: Tooley 54; Siltzer p. 73; Dixon 95; Mellon/Snelgrove 34; Schwerdt l, p.23; Mellon/Podeschi 136; Tooley 36; Schwerdt I, pp. 17-18; Siltzer, p. 72.