London: Tho.s McLean, 1823. Item #05115
"Master George" and "Specimens of Riding Near London"
The Fitz Eugene Dixon / Joel Spitz copy
ALKEN, Henry. Alken's Progressive Sports [cover title]. Scenes in the Life of Master George [and] Specimens of Riding near London. Tho.s McLean, 1823 & 1821.
Two works bound together in one volume.
First editions. Small oblong folio (9 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches; 250 x 362 mm.). Scenes in the Life of Master George with 12 superb hand colored plates (watermarked "J. Whatman 1823"); Specimens of Riding near London with 18 hand colored plates (watermarked "J. Whatman 1821").
Publisher's morocco grained green cloth, covers bordered in gilt, front cover with original rectangular green morocco label decoratively bordered and lettered in gilt. Pictorial bookplate of Joel Spitz on front paste-down. Housed in a felt-lined quarter dark green morocco over green cloth boards clamshell case. Smooth spine decoratively tooled in gilt, red morocco label lettered in gilt. Some significant wear to lower portion of clamshell case spine. A fabulous copy.
Two humorous series bound as one. Scenes in the Life of Master George progresses from a mischievous boy attempting to ride a kicking donkey, and with more of a preference for pugilism than cricket, to a plausible adult doffing his hat to a lady in London's Hyde Park. Specimens of Riding near London seems to follow on naturally from it by displaying the contrasting styles of riders in the city.
"A rare and amusing set showing the kind of sport boys were indulging in in those days." (Schwerdt).
Fitz Eugene Dixon sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, January 6th, 1937, lot 64;
Joel Spitz sale, Christie's London, May 27th 2015, lot 25 (£9,375/$14,345).
1. Setting dogs to fight.
2. Giving the villiage donkeys a treat.
4. Sparrow catching.
5. Rat hunting with a visit from Domine.
6. A turn up with the lads of the villiage.
7. Cock fighting.
8. Badger baiting.
9. Bull baiting.
10. Bear baiting.
11. Bringing up to the bar.
12. Morning ride.
1. One of the comforts of riding in company.
2. Symptoms of things going down hill.
3. The pleasure of riding in company (One would stop if the other could).
4. Preparing for the Easter Hunt (I shall be over Jack).
5. The consequence of having plenty of Company on the Road.
6. A thing of the last consequence.
7. Perfectly satisfied.
13. Taste - View near Knightsbridge.
14. Lords - View in Hyde Park.
15. Yeomanry of England paying a Visit.
16. Fancy - View near Grays Inn Road.
17. Folly - View near Acton.
18. Knights - View in the City Road.
Bobins IV, 1374, Bobins II, 766; Dixon, 64; Mellon/Snelgrove, 98 & 74; Schwerdt IV, p. 4; Siltzer, p. 70 (Specimens of Riding…); Tooley, 46 & 51;.