Ackermann's Sporting Scraps. Henry ALKEN.
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Ackermann's Sporting Scraps

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1850. Item #04788

One of the Rarest of all Henry Alken's Albums

ALKEN, Henry. Ackermann's Sporting Scraps. London: Rudolph Ackermann, February 20th. 1850 - March 13th. 1861.

First edition. Oblong quarto (8 5/8 x 10 7/8 inches; 219 x 276 mm.). Thirty-six superb hand colored aquatint plates, heightened with gum arabic, by J.Harris after H. Alken, W.J. Shayer, and W.A. Knell.

Contemporary full red morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt with ornate gilt corner-pieces. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, plum coated liners and endleaves with the original rectangular burgundy morocco label lettered in gilt "Ackermann's / Sporting / Scraps / [rule] / 36 plates / 1850. 1851." on front paste-down, all edges gilt. Armorial bookplate of Henry Duke of Gloucester on front endpaper and another on verso.

Fine impressions of the Henry Alken plates. Twenty-eight out of the thirty-six being by him. It includes the best plates from Ackermann's famous publications…

Excessively Rare. According to OCLC there is just one copy in libraries and institutions worldwide: The Huntington Library (CA, USA). The note from OCLC reads "Title from label on inside front cover./ Plates colored by hand./ The plates are mostly in groups of four and cover the following subjects: hunting, racing, coaching, coursing, shooting, steeple-chase, Indian sporting, fishing, deer stalking, stag-hunting, and yachting./ Four plates on coaching by W.J. Shayer; four on yachting by W.A. Knell; remainder by Alken./ Engraved by J. Harris."

This actual copy sold at The Anderson Auction Company, New York on December 14th, 1909.

The plates:

R. Ackermann's Hunting Scraps (dated March 13th. 1861)
1. Drawing Cover
2. Gone Away
3. Full Cry
4. The Death
Ackermann's Coaching Scraps (dated March 20th. and April 20th. 1854)
1. The Wet Morning
2. Springing 'em
3. The Rivals
4. The Time Keeper
R. Ackermann's Steeple Chase Scraps (dated February 20th. 1850)
1. Getting away - Now for the front
2. The Brook
3. The Stone wall and double fence
4. The last Struggle
R. Ackermann's Shooting Scraps (dated June 10th. 1850)
1. Going out
2. The Point
3. The Shot
4. Down Charge
R. Ackermann's Coursing Scraps (dated June 12th. 1850)
1. Going Out
2. Soho
3. The Course
4. The Death
R. Ackermann's Racing Scraps (dated April 27th. 1850)
1. Training
2. Preparing to Start
3. Started
4. The Race
R. Ackermann's Deer-Stalking Scraps (dated July 12th. 1850)
Taking the Stag
R. Ackermann's Stag Hunting Scraps (dated July 12th. 1850)
Taking the Stag
R. Ackermann's Shooting Scraps (dated July 15th. 1850)
Flacker Shooting
R. Ackermann's Fishing Scraps (dated July 15th. 1850)
Trout Fishing
R. Ackermann's Yachting Scraps (dated April 20th. 1850)
1. Running off the wind
2. The Sapphire
3. Yachts on a wind
4. The Bianca Schooner Yacht
R. Ackermann's Indian Sporting Scraps (dated April 9th. 1850)
1. Beating for a Boar
2. Raising the Boar from his lair
3. Charging the Boar
4. The wounded Boar Charging

Bobins III, 1168; Siltzer, pp. 65-67; Not in Abbey, Tooley.

Price: $8,500.00

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