London: S & J. Fuller, at the Sporting Gallery, 1822. Item #05108
Six Fine Hand Colored Plates Lithographed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel
"One of C.F.G.R. Schwerdt's Favourites"
ALKEN, Henry. [HULLMANDEL, Charles Joseph, lithographer]. [The Right Sort, Six coloured plates drawn by Henry Alken, printed by C. Hullmandel]. London: S & J. Fuller, at the Sporting Gallery, 1822.
First edition, slightly later impressions of plate nos. 1 & 6.
Oblong folio (12 x 14 1/4 inches; 306 x 362 mm.). Six hand colored lithograph plates all mounted on stubs and interleaved with paper guards. Plates a little browned, third and fifth plates with slight foxing.
Bound ca. 1960 in three quarter red morocco over red cloth boards ruled in gilt. Spine with two raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt, pink endpapers, top edge gilt.
1. Morning, a few of the right sort going to do the thing. (March 1, 1822).
2. The right sort doing the thing. (March 1, 1822).
3. Some of the right sort doing the thing. (March 1, 1822).
4. Some of the right sort doing the thing well. (March 1, 1822).
5. The right sort having almost done the thing. (March 1, 1822).
6. Afternoon, a few of the right sort that have done the thing. (March 1, 1822).
According to Schwerdt plates no. 1 was first publishes in June 1821 and plate no. 6 on June 14, 1821.
"A very sympathetic and instructive set, admirably drawn and brilliantly coloured. One of the author's favourites." (Schwerdt).
An early series of great rarity issued without a title-page. Top-hatted huntsmen in rich scarlet handle their horses with consumate ease; of course this does not save them from journeying home in gruelling rain and bespattered with mud at the end of the day.
According to OCLC there is just one example in libraries and institutions worldwide (Huntington Library, CA, USA).
Bobins IV, 1388; Schwerdt III, p. 83; Siltzer, p. 59.