London: Rudolph Ackermann at his Eclipse Sporting & Military Gallery, 1851. Item #05102
"The Flowers of the Hunt"
As Depicted by Henry Alken
ALKEN, Henry. One of the Flowers of Our Hunt Set of Six Hand Coloured Aquatints by Henry Alken. London: Rudolph Ackermann at his Eclipse Sporting & Military Gallery, 1851.
First edition. Oblong elephant folio (18 x 23 1/2 inches; 455 x 596 mm.). Specially printed title-page. Six fine hand colored aquatint plates engraved by J. Harris, all plates window-mounted on stubs. (image size: 10 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches; 273 x 375 mm.), all with the heading "One of the Flowers of our Hunt" and numbered 1 through 6 in top right corner. All plates with the imprint at foot "London: Published March 1, 1851, by Rudolph Ackermann at his Eclipse Sporting & Military Gallery, 191 Regent Street." Blank margins slightly toned.
Bound ca. 1960 in three quarter red morocco over maroon cloth boards decoratively ruled in ruled in gilt. Front cover with large rectangular red morocco label decoratively bordered and lettered in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt, white endpapers, edges speckled brown.
A fine set of large and colorful prints depicting Huntsmen and hounds in full cry…
From the estate of Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. A true bibliophile, Johnson was an inveterate collector of rare items related to travel, expeditions in India and Africa, English sporting and color-plate, 19th century big game hunting, and Western Americana. To be offered in a series of sales, the Collection comprises hundreds of rare books, hand-written accounts of hunting expeditions, striking examples of 19th century photographic travel albums, and elusive bibliographies and facsimiles of major works.
1. "A highly cultivated full blown old English Rose / Now rather scarce."
2. "A perfect Pink / Got up more for show than use, but able to keep a good place in the field, __ although not of a very
3. "A well grown Sun Flower. / A most useful Plant, formerly to be seen in every hunt, but now rather scarce."
4. The Dandelion. / Still to be seen in many hunts __ Good to be used as a Pioneer, as he will change anything"
5. A Jonquille / There is one or more of this flower in every hunt, not very fast, but good at business: / Should his horse
demur at a brook, he is sure to bring an action."
6. A Passion Flower. / This useful Flower used to gain health and strength in the open Field and be received with
delight by all the Meet, / but lately the head Gardeners have endeavoured to confine it to the Conservatory."
Siltzer, p. 66; Not in Abbey, Bobins, Dixon, Snelgrove/Mellon, Schwerdt or Tooley.