London: R. Ackermann, 1829. Item #04814
One of the Rarest of all Henry Alken's Books
ALKEN, Henry. Hunting Recollections. London: R. Ackermann, January 1st, 1829.
First edition. Oblong folio (10 3/16 x 13 3/8 inches; 259 x 340 mm.). Six superb hand-colored etched plates, all heightened with gum arabic. Image size 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches; 210 x 273 mm. Bound without the letterpress leaf.
All plates with imprint "London. Pub.d Jan.y 1. 1829, by R. Ackermann, Jun.r 191 Regent Street".
Bound ca. 1930 at the Lakeside Press Chicago (stamp signed on front turn-in) in half brown morocco over patterned boards, decoratively ruled in gilt. Front cover with rectangular brown morocco label decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt. Smooth spine lettered in gilt. Housed in the original fleece-lined, brown buckram slipcase. With the bookplate of Joel Spitz on the front paste-down.
Each plate has the series title "Hunting Recollections" engraved above the subject. The 'recollections' are actually the hunting witticisms which are recorded below each plate.
Excessively rare with just two copies at auction over the past fifty years (both with window-mounted plates and both without letterpress leaf). OCLC locates no copies in libraries and institutions worldwide.
1. "Ware' _ Horse __D__n these Hot Horses _ they are seldom worth more than a bunch of dog's meat after a ten
minutes' burst." (January 1st, 1829).
2. "So much for your Pepper __ now I want it you turn out a top." (January 1st, 1829).
3. "By the Lord Harry my Chestnut Horse can almost fly." (January 1st, 1829).
4. "Essex to wit." (January 1st, 1829).
5. "Push en sharp __ at it my Lord __ there be a h__l of a ditch a t'other side." (January 1st, 1829).
6. "There. I thought how 'twou'd be __ that e're Lord ha'n't half devil enough in him." (January 1st, 1829).
Schwerdt III, p. 4 (no letterpress leaf); Mellon/Snelgrove 31; Siltzer p. 63 (1836 reissue only); Bobins IV, 1378; Not in Tooley.