London: London: S. and J. Fuller, 1816. Item #04809
"One of the Rarest of Alken's Works in the Original Wrappers"
Seven Magnificent Hand Colored Etched Plates Depicting
ALKEN, Henry. Sporting Discoveries, or The Miseries of Shooting in a series of seven plates, Being Hints to Young Sportsmen. By Ben Tally-Ho. Author of "Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders." London: Published by S. and J. Fuller, [February 1st, 1816].
First edition, first issue with all seven plates dated February 1st, 1816.
Oblong folio (11 1/8 x 14 7/8 inches; 282 x 378 mm.). Seven magnificent hand-colored etched plates. Bound in at the end is a quarto broadside announcing S. and J. Fuller's publications.
Publishers printed brown wrappers sewn as issued (sewing frayed). Early ink name "J. Mott" on top right-hand corner of front wrapper. Chemised in a brown cloth folder. From the celebrated sporting library of Fitz Eugene Dixon with his bookplate of on paste-down. A spectacular copy.
Each of the plates have extensive engraved captions explaining each pitiful situation, be it the accidental shooting of an old market woman; the accidental shooting of your favorite pointer; getting caught by gamekeepers; the accidental shooting of a fine lamb; discovering that your powder flask is empty; discovering a brood of turkeys, or, getting your leg caught in a trap.
1. "A Fatal Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816.
2. "A Trifling Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816.
3. "A Curious Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816. (Watermarked "J. Whatman 1815")
4. "A Common Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816.
5. "A Simple Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816.
6. "A Troublesome Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816.
7. "A Painful Discovery" Published Feb. 1. 1816. (Watermarked "J. Whatman 1815")
"First issue of a well drawn and finely coloured set of plates representing shooting accidents, not easily met with in perfect state. No copy in Brit. Mus." (Schwerdt).
First issue of an excessively rare early Alken. The companion to the Miseries of Hunting and the Miseries of Driving.
No copy has appeared at auction since 1963.
We can locate only three copies of this book in libraries and institutions worldwide: Yale University Library (CT); The National Sporting Library (VA); and The Huntington Library (CA).
Schwerdt I, p. 23; Bobins II, 748; Siltzer p. 69; Tooley, 53 ; Fitz Eugene Dixon sale at Anderson Galleries January 6th, 1937, lot #7, ($675) this copy; Not in the Widener Auction of 1944.