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 [DANCE]. [CONCANEN, Edward, et al], Read's Characteristic National Dances;
[DANCE]. [CONCANEN, Edward, et al]
Read's Characteristic National Dances;
London: Read & Co.. Ackermann & Co., [1853]. A Presentation Copy Thirteen Fine Hand-Colored Steel Engraved Plates Showing The Folk Dances of Many Lands [DANCE]. [CONCANEN, Edward. FROST, Thomas. MASON, R.H. & LOWNDES, Mrs.]. Read's Characteristic National Dances; Including a Series of Tales by Popular Authors. London: Read & Co.. Ackermann & Co. n.d. [1853]. First edition. Presentation Copy. Quarto (10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in; 276 x 210 mm). [4], 101, [1, blank] pp. Thirteen hand-colored steel engraved plates heightened with gum arabic, including frontispiece and lithographed title. Plates dated Nov. 1, 1853. Publisher's crimson morocco-grained cloth (designed by John Leighton, b. 1822 - d. 1912), recased. Paneled in gilt in an arboreal motif, the front cover pictorially gilt-stamped with a scene of dancing around a maypole, rear cover with a large arabesque lozenge. All edges gilt. Spine extremes strengthened. Neat ink presentation inscription on front free-endpaper "Mrs. W.V. Patten. / with R.H. Mason's most Kind regards. / [flourish] / Decr. 8th. 1853. / [flourish]". R.H. Mason was the author of four of the chapters in this book: The Irish jig; The Mexican jarabe dance; The Chinese sun & moon dance, and The Turkish saraband. "The origin of the accomplishment of dancing has never been traced; probably it is coeval with legs and feet, for there is not a nation on the face of the broad earth but what can manage to knock up a hop of some kind or another; and the inhabitants of all climes, each in a way of their own, adopt it as a recreation or introduce it in solemn ritual.." (address to the reader). ""The title vignette shows a group around a fire dancing an English folk dance, the Sir Roger de Coverley, the following plate the Highland Fling, and from there the dancing progresses across Europe to India and China figuratively speaking," H. Mandeville. The authors described the dances depicted, Mrs Lowndes specifically describing the Swiss folk dance. This work has been called an elegantly illustrated "gift book" whose intention was to suggest that national (folk) dance could express true feeling better than more "artificial" forms of dance, which seems possibly to contravene contemporary thought on theatrical dance, which was in the ascendant at this time." (Bobins III, 888). "Realistic engravings illustrate a point in each of the twelve tales" (Niles & Leslie). Little is known about Edward Concanen beyond that OCLC records five books authored by him, all, as here, published by Read & Co. Other contributing writers include Thomas Frost, Mrs. Lowndes (Hannah Maria Jones), and R.H. Mason. The Plates: 1. Frontispiece - The May-pole dance. (T. Frost) 2. Engraved title. 3. The Highland fling. (E. Concanen) 4. The Irish jig. (R.H. Mason) 5. Minuet de la Cour. (T. Frost) 6. The Spanish fandango. (E. Concanen) 7. The Neapolitan dance. (E. Concanen) 8. The Swiss dance. (Mrs. Lowndes) 9. The Grecian dance. (E. Concanen) 10. The Mexican jarabe dance. (R.H. Mason) 11. The Chinese sun & moon dance. (R.H. Mason) 12. The Turkish saraband. (R.H. Mason) 13. The Hindostanee shawl dance. (T. Frost) Bobins, III, 888; Magriel, p. 53; Niles & Leslie II, p. 441. .
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 ACKERMANN, Rudolph, Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826;
ACKERMANN, Rudolph
Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826;
London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1828. Ackermann's "Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball" [ACKERMANN, Rudolph]. Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826; in Thirteen Highly Coloured Plates: with a Description of the Entertainments on that Occasion. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1828. Small quarto (9 7/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 240 x 190 mm.). 16 pp. Thirteen hand-colored engraved plates. Original printed stiff wrappers expertly rebacked with tan calf. Wrappers slightly soiled and a little worn at corners. Minimal edge wear and marginal soiling. Inserted ownership leaf inscribed March 1850. An excellent copy of a very rare book. Housed in a felt-lined, half red morocco clamshell case, spine ruled in gilt, black morocco gilt lettering label. "To the year 1828 belongs the Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball given by the British Ambassador, Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, 1826. The book appeals to many by its thirteen plates (line engravings, tinted by hand) and descriptive text of the dresses worn by the many people of rank and distinction, who formed quadrilles composed of characters from the novels of Sir Walter Scott and La Motte Fouqué. ‘The profusion of jewels and precious stones displayed on this occasion was almost incredible. The grandeur of the whole, the high rank of the co-operating persons, the assemblage of the flower of the highest nobility, of female beauty, and of noble manly forms, the brilliant armour and weapons, the succession of characters of the East and of the West, of history and of romance—all served to heighten the impression of this extraordinary fête, which can never be erased from the memory of those who had the good fortune to be present'" (Martin Hardie, p. 116). Martin Hardie, pp. 116 and 314. Not in Abbey or Tooley. .
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Keywords: Costume Dance History

 ACKERMANN, Rudolph, Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826;
ACKERMANN, Rudolph
Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826;
London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1828. Ackermann's "Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball" [ACKERMANN, Rudolph]. Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826; in Thirteen Highly Coloured Plates: with a Description of the Entertainments on that Occasion. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1828. Small quarto (9 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 238 x 191 mm.). 16 pp. Thirteen hand-colored engraved plates. Later quarter black roan over original tan printed wrappers. Covers slightly stained, front cover with two small areas of abrasion just affecting lettering. An excellent copy housed in a custom made, felt-lined half black morocco clamshell case, spine with five raised bands, decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments. "To the year 1828 belongs the Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball given by the British Ambassador, Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, 1826. The book appeals to many by its thirteen plates (line engravings, tinted by hand) and descriptive text of the dresses worn by the many people of rank and distinction, who formed quadrilles composed of characters from the novels of Sir Walter Scott and La Motte Fouqué. ‘The profusion of jewels and precious stones displayed on this occasion was almost incredible. The grandeur of the whole, the high rank of the co-operating persons, the assemblage of the flower of the highest nobility, of female beauty, and of noble manly forms, the brilliant armour and weapons, the succession of characters of the East and of the West, of history and of romance—all served to heighten the impression of this extraordinary fête, which can never be erased from the memory of those who had the good fortune to be present'" (Martin Hardie, p. 116). Martin Hardie, pp. 116 and 314. Not in Abbey or Tooley. .
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Keywords: Costume Dance History

 ADAM, Albert, illustrator; ROSTAING, Jules, Jardin Des Plantes En Estampes, le
ADAM, Albert, illustrator; ROSTAING, Jules
Jardin Des Plantes En Estampes, le
Paris: Maison Martinet - Hautecoeur, Frères, 1860. With Twenty-Four Superb Hand Colored Lithograph Plates Depicting All Species of Animals [ADAM, Albert, illustrator]. ROSTAING, Jules. Le Jardin Des Plantes en Estampes. Dessiné et Lithographié par A. Adam. Accompagné d'une histoire De Tous Les Animaux Que Possède La Ménagerie par Jules Rostaing. Paris: Maison Martinet - Hautecoeur, Frères, [1860]. First edition. Large oblong quarto (10 3/16 x 13 1/2 inches; 259 x 343 mm.). [iv], 30, [1, table], [1, blank] pp. Twenty four superb hand-colored lithograph plates, heightened with gum arabic and with multiple images. Some light foxing to text leaves only, the plates bright and clean. Publisher's black pebble-grain cloth, front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, lower cover with center blind-stamped decoration, yellow coated end-papers, front inner hinge expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Neat early ink inscription on front fly-leaf dated 1860. The wonderful hand-colored plates depict Bison, Deer, Moose, Antelope, Lama, Goats, Birds, Giraffe, Buffalo, Elephant, Hippopotomus, Rhino, Camel, Zebra, Donkey, Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Jackal, Wolves, Hyena, Orang-Outang, Monkeys, Dogs, Birds of Prey, Crocodile, Snakes, Gazelle, and People. Albert ADAM (1833-1900) was the son of Caricaturist and lithographer Jean Victor Adam (1801-1867) whom he often assisted with his commissions. OCLC locates just one copy - The Morgan Libary, NY (Gordon Ray copy). Unknown to Denise, Bibliography of the Jardin des Plantes. .
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Catalogue: Children's Books
Keywords: ROSTAING, Jules Color-Plate Books Books in French Natural History

 ADAM, Albert, Tribulations Parisiennes Et Campagnardes
ADAM, Albert
Tribulations Parisiennes Et Campagnardes
Paris: Hautecoeur Frères, 1840. Parisian and Country Tribulations The Humorous Side of Distress, Trouble, Misery, Anguish, Agony, Grief and Wretchedness.. ADAM, Albert, illustrator. Tribulations Parisiennes et Campagnardes. Par Albert Adam. Paris: Hautecoeur Frères, [ca. 1840]. First edition. Folio (12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches; 328 x 251 mm.). Lithographed pictorial title-page and Thirty-two plates hand-colored lithograph plates heightened with gum arabic, on sixteen sheets. Several of the plates have more than one image depicted. Tiny piece of lower corner of title-page and plate 10 torn away, small piece of lower inner margin of plate 16 torn away - nothing affecting any images. Some light marginal soiling and toning otherwise an excellent copy of this extremely scarce title. Bound to contemporary style in full dark green straight-grain morocco. Covers elaborately decorated in gilt and blind, spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt turn-ins, gold marbled end-papers. This is the first time in over fifty years that I have seen this very amusing title which depicts the humorous side of distress, trouble, misery, anguish, agony, grief and wretchedness.. especially plate 12 (the top image) "Arrcheur de Dents sans douleur" (pain-free teeth remover). The Plates: 1. Un Chien emporté / Culbute à la Marche 2. Désagrément du Macdam / Le Pot de fer et le Pot de terre 3. Une Famille d'Allemands / Touché !!! / Deux blaguers / Il l'aura . il l'aura pas! / Le Repas 4. Ces Messieurs s'amusant.. / C'est celle-là ! qui est une bête de premier mérite 5. Une branche de salut / Une belle Famille 6. Un accident imprévu / Marchands d'oranges etc 7. Voiture à l'usage des amateurs de culbutes / Le Dejeuner interrompu 8. Arrosement public et gratis / La Ruade 9. Gentlemans au Bois / Visite désagréable 10. Train de plaisir à l'heure / [not titled] 11. Départ du Roulage / Position très désagréable 12. Arrcheur de Dents sans douleur / Le bon père de Famille 13. Concurrence monstre. - Route de Passy / Cheval qui a un défaut marquant 14. Une glissade / [not titled] 15. L'Artiste culbuté / Cheval antropophage 16. Un Mosieur qui n'a pas l'habitude etc / Noouvelle course au Clocher Very scarce: According to OCLC there are just five copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide (Morgan Library, NY; UCLA, CA; Library of Congress, DC; Clark Art Institute, MA, and Harvard Univ. Houghton Library, MA). Albert ADAM (1833-1900) was the son of Caricaturist and lithographer Jean Victor Adam (1801-1867) whom he often assisted with his commissions. .
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 ALDRIDGE, Alan, Sir Maximus Mouse
ALDRIDGE, Alan
Sir Maximus Mouse
: , 1973. The Cheese Tycoon At Home in the Cheddar Bank Original Art From "The Butterfly Ball" ALDRIDGE, Alan. Sir Maximus Mouse. Original Art, Plate No. 19 from The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. N.p. 1973. 25 x 19 1/4 inches (64 x 49 cm) matted and glassed in frame; oval image 18 x 12 1/2 inches (46 x 31.5 cm). An original airbrushed acrylic painting illustrating a character from artist Alan Aldridge's modern children's classic, The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast, with verses by William Plomer and nature notes by Richard Fitter, originally published in London by Jonathan Cape, 1973. It is one of twenty-eight illustrations created for the book. Accompanied by a first edition copy of the book. That huge new block, in EC4, Of the Cheddar Bank they built last June Has a secret fat, on the fourteenth floor, For Sir Maximus Mouse, the Cheese Tycoon. There he sits in his cozy room With a ticker-tape, in view of St. Paul's To watch how the market rises and falls. His whiskers twitch at the hint of a broom, His whiskers droop at the hint of a slump in his Hundred-and-twenty super-companies. As a cat will watch a mouse, he stares At the ups and downs of shocks and shares, A prince among mice and millionaires. "Knock, knock," says the grandfather clock, "Money's not all, money's not all - He has quite forgotten the Butterfly Ball!" Alan Aldridge (b. 1943) is an English artist, graphic designer and illustrator. Aldridge first worked as an illustrator at The Sunday Times Magazine. After executing some freelance book covers, he became the art director for Penguin Books. In 1968 he established his own graphic-design firm, INK, which created imagery for the Beatles and their Apple Corps. He was responsible for a great many album covers during the 1960s and 1970s, influencing the graphic style of the period. His work was characterized by flowing, cartoon-like designs with soft airbrushing. He is possibly best known for the children's illustrated book, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast, a series of illustrations of anthropomorphic insects and other creatures, which he created in collaboration with William Plomer. It was based on William Roscoe's poem of the same name but was motivated by John Tenniel's assertion to Lewis Carroll it was impossible to draw a wasp in a wig. Aldridge also created the artwork for Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975). .
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Catalogue: Original Art

 ALEXANDER, William, Costume of the Russian Empire, the
ALEXANDER, William
Costume of the Russian Empire, the
London: Printed for W. Miller, 1803. Seventy-Three Fine Hand-Colored Stipple Engravings of The Russian Empire With Descriptions Derived From Authentic Sources [ALEXANDER, William]. The Costume of the Russian Empire, illustrated by a series of seventy-three engravings. With descriptions in English and French. London: Printed for W. Miller, 1803. First edition, later issue. Folio (13 13/16 x 10 1/8 inches; 350 x 257 mm.). [xviii], 73 leaves of text. Text printed in English and French. Seventy-three hand colored stipple-engravings. Plates watermarked J. Whatman 1817, text watermarked 1811. A few plates with minor marginal discoloration and light offsetting onto facing text leaves. Full contemporary red straight-grain morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, spine with three wide and shallow raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board-edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. With the armorial bookplate of Holcombe Ingleby on front paste-down. Minor rubbing to lower joint. A n excellent copy. "In the two former works of a similar nature to the present, - the Costume of Turkey, and the Costume of China, - the utility and advantage of such publications have been sufficiently dilated upon; and the approbation with which they have been honoured has evinced, that the opinion, the Publisher had formed of their value, was not ill-founded. This present work possesses all the advantages, which the former ones embraced, and has the further merit of rather a more systematic arrangement. The Russian empire is of an extent unknown to other modern nations, and hardly equalled by that of the Romans in the summit of their power. It embraces within its limits, nations the most various, with countries and climates the most opposite.. The authenticity of the present work is undoubted, being in fact copied from a series of engravings begun at Petersburg in 1776, and finished in 1779.. The descriptions to the plates have been derived from the most authentic sources, more particularly from Professor Müller's "Description de toutes les Nations de l'Empire de Russie -- Voyage en Sibérie, par D'Auteroche -- Description de Kamtshatka, par M. Kracheninnikow --Plescheëf's Survey of the Russian Empire -- Pallas's Travels through the Southern Parts of Russia -- Saür's Account of Commodore Billing's Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia," &c. &c. as well as from information procured from several gentlemen, who have been resident for some time in different parts of that empire." (Preface). "The fourth in the series of costume books issued by William Miller. The plates for this book are closely copied, but somewhat enlarged, from a book by J.G. Georgi published by Carl Wilhelm Müller in St. Petersburg, four volumes, 4to, 1776-80, under the patronage of the Empress. The text to this English edition is said to be by William Alexander." Abbey) Abbey, Travel, 244. .
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 ALEXANDER, William, Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English
ALEXANDER, William
Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English
London: Printed for John Murray.. by W. Bulmer and Co. 1814. With Fifty Hand Colored Aquatint Plates Depicting a Huge Range of Social Types ALEXANDER, William. Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English. Illustrated in fifty coloured engravings, with descriptions. London: Printed for John Murray.. by W. Bulmer and Co. 1814. Small quarto (8 15/16 x 6 1/8 inches; 227 x 156 mm.). [iv], Fifty hand colored aquatint plates, each with an accompanying leaf of text. Plates watermarked "J. Whatman Turkey Mills ---9" which we would estimate to be 1819. Contemporary full maroon straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt and blind, spine with four raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt boards edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. A fine, albeit slightly later copy of this fascinating work. This extraordinary work covers a huge range of social types from 'The Sovereign' to a chimney sweep, a judge to the licensed man that watered and fed the horses pulling the hackney carriages. The images and related text on the lower classes in general and the street vendors in particular are probably the most interesting. They picture and describe people who do not appear in conventional histories of the period, and offer a window into real life on the streets at the beginning of the 19th century. Colas notes that the plates are engraved from earlier images by William Henry Pyne, presumably those published in his The Costume of Great Britain (London: 1804, 60 plates). Pyne's work was evidently a major source for this work, as a comparison of the titles to the plates shows, but there are also a significant number of military subjects that are not in Pyne's work, suggesting a variety of sources. The plates have been executed with a refreshing liveliness and freedom that is not usually seen in books of this type, but which is typical of William Alexander's etched and engraved work. This volume is part of a series, all of which were published uniformly in 1814 and include: Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Austrians Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Russians Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Turks Colas II, 2357; Lipperheide Gca 21; Tooley 374. .
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Keywords: Costume

 ALEXANDER, William; MOLEVILLE, Bertrande de, Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Austrians
ALEXANDER, William; MOLEVILLE, Bertrande de
Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Austrians
London: Printed for John Murray.. by W. Bulmer, 1814. With Fifty Hand-Colored Engraved Plates ALEXANDER, William. Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Austrians. Illustrated in fifty coloured engravings. With descriptions. London: Printed for John Murray.. by W. Bulmer, 1814. Octavo (9 5/16 x 6 1/2 inches; 238 x 165 mm.). [iv], xv, [i, blank], [100] pp. Fifty hand-colored engraved plates, each with a leaf of descriptive letterpress. Plates with imprint: Pub'd June 1, 1813, by J. Murray, Albemarle Street. Contemporary half black straight-grain morocco over marbled boards, smooth spine ruled and lettered in gilt, expertly and almost invisibly rebacked to style. Minimal foxing and very slight offsetting from plates to text only. Early ink signature on front blank. An excellent copy with the plates watermarked J. Whatman 1811. The plates are copies in reduced size of those in Bertrande de Moleville's Costume of the Hereditary States of the House of Austria (1804). Cf. Hiler. William Alexander (1767-1816) was an English painter, illustrator and engraver. The hallmarks of his work, usually executed in watercolors, were clearness and harmony of color, simplicity and taste in composition, grace of outline, and delicacy of execution. He accompanied the Macartney Embassy to China in 1792. His other principal works were: Views of Headlands, Islands, etc. taken during the Voyage to China (1798); drawings based on Daniells' sketches, for Vancouver's Voyage to the North Pacific Ocean (1798); and the descriptive plates to Sir John Barrow's Travels in China (1804), and Voyage to Cochin China (1806). In 1804 he published Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Austrians, and in 1805 The Costume of China, illustrated by 48 colored engravings. These works were so well-received that in 1814 he re-published these books in small format. Colas 78; Hiler, p. 16; Lipperheide 832. .
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Keywords: MOLEVILLE, Bertrande de Costume Voyages and Travels Women Fashion

 ALKEN, Henry, Ackermann's Sporting Scraps
ALKEN, Henry
Ackermann's Sporting Scraps
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1850. One of the Rarest of all Henry Alken's Albums ALKEN, Henry. [Ackermann's Sporting Scraps]. London: Rudolph Ackermann, February 20th. 1850 - March 13th. 1861. First edition. Oblong quarto (8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches; 214 x 273 mm.). Thirty-six superb hand colored aquatint plates, heightened with gum arabic, by J.Harris after H. Alken, W.J. Shayer, and W.A. Knell. Bound ca. 1900 by J. Larkins in full tan calf, covers with triple-gilt borders and corner fleurons. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, purple coated endpapers, all edges gilt. Neatly rebacked with original spine laid down. Small neat repair to lower edge of front cover. A few plates with light marginal foxing, Steeple Chase Scraps plate 2 a little foxed. A very good copy of an exceedingly rare book. Fine impressions of the Henry Alken plates. Twenty-eight out of the thirty-six being by him. It includes the best plates from Ackermann's famous publications.. A fine collection of skillfully rendered sporting scenes, splendidly characteristic of the humor and unrivaled talent of Henry Alken (1785-1851) who drew twenty-eight of the thirty-six plates. These small format aquatints are quite scarce, especially with such fine hand-coloring, and are only mentioned very infrequently in the relevant literature. Excessively Rare. According to OCLC there is just one copy in libraries and institutions worldwide: The Huntington Library (CA, USA). The note from OCLC reads "Title from label on inside front cover./ Plates colored by hand./ The plates are mostly in groups of four and cover the following subjects: hunting, racing, coaching, coursing, shooting, steeple-chase, Indian sporting, fishing, deer stalking, stag-hunting, and yachting./ Four plates on coaching by W.J. Shayer; four on yachting by W.A. Knell; remainder by Alken./ Engraved by J. Harris." The plates: R. Ackermann's Hunting Scraps (dated March 13th. 1861) 1. Drawing Cover 2. Gone Away 3. Full Cry 4. The Death R. Ackermann's Racing Scraps (dated April 27th. 1850) 1. Training 2. Preparing to Start 3. Started 4. The Race Ackermann's Coaching Scraps (dated March 20th. and April 20th. 1854) 1. The Wet Morning 2. Springing 'em 3. The Rivals 4. The Time Keeper R. Ackermann's Steeple Chase Scraps (dated February 20th. 1850) 1. Getting away - Now for the front 2. The Brook 3. The Stone wall and double fence 4. The last Struggle R. Ackermann's Indian Sporting Scraps (dated April 9th. 1850) 1. Beating for a Boar 2. Raising the Boar from his lair 3. Charging the Boar 4. The wounded Boar Charging R. Ackermann's Shooting Scraps (dated June 10th. 1850) 1. Going out 2. The Point 3. The Shot 4. Down Charge R. Ackermann's Coursing Scraps (dated June 12th. 1850) 1. Going Out 2. Soho 3. The Course 4. The Death R. Ackermann's Fishing Scraps (dated July 15th. 1850) Trout Fishing R. Ackermann's Deer-Stalking Scraps (dated July 12th. 1850) Taking the Stag R. Ackermann's Stag Hunting Scraps (dated July 12th. 1850) Taking the Stag R. Ackermann's Shooting Scraps (dated July 15th. 1850) Flacker Shooting R. Ackermann's Yachting Scraps (dated April 20th. 1850) 1. Running off the wind 2. The Sapphire 3. Yachts on a wind 4. The Bianca Schooner Yacht Bobins III, 1168; Siltzer, pp. 65-67; Not in Abbey, Dixon, Snelgrove/Mellon or Tooley. .
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Keywords: Caricatures Hunting Sports

 ALKEN, Henry, British Proverbs
ALKEN, Henry
British Proverbs
London: E. & C. Mc.Lean, 1824. It's Not How Long - But How Well We Live" ALKEN, Henry. British Proverbs. London: E. & C. Mc.Lean, 1824. First edition. Oblong quarto (10/1/4 x 13 3/4 inches; 261 x 350 mm.). Six amusing hand-colored soft-ground etchings, five with five and one with four scenes, depicting a total of twenty-nine proverbs. Bound ca. 1900 by Rivière & Son in full tan calf, covers decoratively bordered in gilt, spine with two raised bands, decoratively tooled in compartments, black morocco spine label lettered in gilt. Gilt board-edges and wide decorative turn-ins, dark blue coated end-papers. With the Armorial bookplate of Arthur Curtiss James and also the engraved bookplate of De Guinzbourg on the front paste-down. Joints very slightly cracked at top and bottom but still absolutely sound. A near fine copy housed in a later brown cloth slipcase. Originally issued in paper wrappers with printed title on the front cover. Very scarce, this is only the second example that we have seen in over fifty years. OCLC located just eleven copies in institutions and libraries worldwide - nine in the US, one in the UK and one in New Zealand. The Plates: 1. Life without a friend is death with a witness.. 2. Good to begin well - better to end well.. 3. He who would have a hare for breakfast must hunt overnight.. 4. The horse thinks one thing and the man that rides him another.. 5. They who Love most are least set by.. 6. All things are soon prepar'd in a well Ordered house.. Henry Thomas ALKEN (12 October 1785 - 7 April 1851) was an English painter and engraver chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes. His most prolific period of painting and drawing occurred between 1816 and 1831. Tooley, 21. .
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Keywords: Caricatures

 [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, Charles J., Chace, the Turf, and the Road, the
[ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, Charles J.
Chace, the Turf, and the Road, the
London: John Murray, 1837. Alken Off To The Races With Apperley In The Saddle First Edition [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of Charles J. Apperley). The Chace, The Turf, and the Road. With Illustrations by Henry Alken, and a Portrait by D. Maclise. London: John Murray, 1837. First edition in book form, originally serially published in the Quarterly Review. Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 3/8 in; 223 x 135 mm). xx, 301, [1, printer's slug], [18, publisher's catalogs] pp. Thirteen hand-colored plates, some in aquatint, with tissue guards, and plain, stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece. Publisher's original pictorial green cloth with gilt vignette and borders blocked in blind, expertly recased. Gilt decorated spine. Spine very slightly faded, still an excellent copy. Housed in a later green cloth clamshell case. Charles James Apperley (1777-1843), English sportsman and sporting writer, better known as Nimrod, the pseudonym under which he published his works on the chase and on the turf. A devoted fox-hunter, around 1821 Apperley began to contribute a series of articles to The Sporting Magazine, under the pseudonym of "Nimrod," that covered horse races, hunt meets and other sporting events. His references to the personalities of the people he knew or met at such events helped to double the circulation of the magazine within a few years. Mr. Pittman, the proprietor of The Sporting Magazine, gave Nimrod a handsome salary and defrayed all the expenses of his tours. He also gave Nimrod a stud of hunters. After Pittman's death, the proprietors of the magazine sued Apperley for the money that had been advanced. To avoid imprisonment, Apperley moved to Calais in 1830, where he supported himself by writing. Apperley is best known for his two books, The Life of a Sportsman, and Memoirs of the Life of John Mytton, both of which were illustrated with colored engravings by Henry Thomas Alken. Apperley eventually returned to England and died in Upper Belgrave Place, London, on 19 May 1843. The Plates: 1. Preparing to Start. 2. Getting Well Off. 3. The Race - Epsom. 4. The Melton Hunt. 5. Getting Away. 6. A Queerish Place. 7. A Pull Up. 8. The Lane. 9. Whissendine Brook. 10. The Death. 11. It's The Comet, &c. 12. The Regulator. 13. The Quicksilver Mail. Podeschi 152. Siltzer. p. 73. Schwerdt I, p. 36. .
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 ALKEN, Henry, Fox Hunting
ALKEN, Henry
Fox Hunting
London: Thomas Mc.Lean, 1823. Four Magnificent Hand Colored Aquatint Plates, All Heightened With Gum Arabic Showing the Full Sweep of the Hunt Across the Rolling English Countryside.. ALKEN, Henry. Fox Hunting. London: Thomas Mc.Lean, 1823. First edition. Oblong folio (13 5/8 x 17 7/8 inches; 347 x 454 mm.). An untitled series of four superb plates etched by Henry Alken and aquatinted by G. Hunt. The plates printed in color and finished by hand, all heightened with gum arabic. Average plate image size 10 7/8 x 16 1/16 inches: 277 x 408 mm. All with the imprint "London. Published by Thomas Mc.Lean. 26 Haymarket, 1823." Margins of plates very slightly browned but still a magnificent series of plates showing the full sweep of the hunt across the rolling English countryside, with outstanding coloring. Bound into an album for the Lakeside Press Chicago ca. 1930 (stamp-signed on front turn-in) in half orange morocco over gray paper boards ruled in gilt. Front cover with shield shaped blue morocco label lettered in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt, pale gray endpapers. Bookplate of Joel Spitz on front paste-down. Very rare. We can find no other record of this set of four. There was no copy in the Fitz Eugene Dixon sale (Anderson Galleries, New York, 1937). Provenance: purchased in Paris, 1947. The plates: 1. The Cover. 2. Full Cry. 3. Check. 4. The Death. Mellon/Snelgrove, Alken 19 (listed as "A set of four"); Siltzer p. 60; Wilder, English Sporting Prints, p. 219. .
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 ALKEN, Henry, Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase
ALKEN, Henry
Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase
London: R. Ackermann, Junr. Sporting Gallery, 1830. The Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase Eight Magnificent Hand-Colored Plates by C. Bentley after Henry Alken ALKEN, Henry. Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase. On the 12th. of March, 1829. London: R. Ackermann, Junr.Sporting Gallery, Jan[uar]y. 1st, 1830. First edition. Oblong folio (14 1/2 x 17 7/8 inches; 368 x 455 mm.). Eight superb hand colored aquatint plates by C. Bentley after Henry Alken. (Plate images 10 x 14 1/4 inches; 254 x 361 mm.). Later gray wrappers with rectangular printed label on front cover. Housed in a quarter gray morocco over marbled boards clamshell case. A few short marginal (repaired) tears to four of the plates (none affecting image). The plates: 1. The Start 2. Going the Pace, Captain Ross leading - Mr. Field Nicholson taking a line of his own. 3. Symptoms of Distress - The Cocktail Floored. 4. The field becomes Select - The Captain still leading. 5. A Rich scene; and such as no other County can exhibit.. 6. Dick Christian's last fall, commonly called "A Header".. 7. The Climax of Disaster.. 8. The Winning Post at Billesden Coplow / This Covert is celebrated for having produced the stoutest Foxes in the Quorn Hunt. Here Mr. Maher was appointed judge and the horses were thus placed: Sir Harry Goodricke's Magic...1 Mr. Maxse's King of the Valley...2 Mr. Patrick's Lazy Bet...3 Captain Ross's Clinker...4 The other three No where. A steeplechase is a distance horse race in which competitors are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles. Steeplechasing is primarily conducted in Ireland (where it originated), the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia and France. The name is derived from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many intervening obstacles in the countryside. The first recorded steeplechase over a prepared track with fences was run at Bedford in 1810, although a race had been run at Newmarket in 1794 over a mile with five-foot bars every quarter mile. The first recognized English National Steeplechase took place on Monday 8 March 1830. The 4-mile (6.4 km) race, organized by Thomas Coleman of St.Albans, was run from Bury Orchard, Harlington in Bedfordshire to the Obelisk in Wrest Park, Bedfordshire. The winner was Captain Macdowall on "The Wonder", owned by Lord Ranelagh, who won in a time of 16 minutes 25 seconds. Report of the event appeared in the May and July editions of Sporting Magazine in 1830. The most famous steeplechase in the world is the Grand National run annually at Aintree Racecourse, in Liverpool, since its inception in 1836 (the official race was held three years later), which in 2014 offered a prize fund of £1 million. The Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase in 1829, preceded the first Grand National by seven years. Siltzer, p.61. .
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 ALKEN, Henry; ARMSTRONG, William Henry; ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher, Gretna-Green Bolt-a, the
ALKEN, Henry; ARMSTRONG, William Henry; ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher
Gretna-Green Bolt-a, the
London [&] Paris: Rudolph Ackermann [&] Galignani & Co. 1853. O, my dearest Caroline! I am thine, you are mine; O, my dearest Caroline!" From the Library of The Duke of Gloucester [ALKEN, Henry, in the style of]. [ARMSTRONG, William Henry]. O'BRADLEY, Arthur, pseudonym. The Gretna-Green Bolt-a, or, Young Ladies' Man-ual. Edited by Arthur O'Bradley, Esq. London [&] Paris: Rudolph Ackermann [&] Galignani & Co. [1853]. First and only edition. Oblong octavo (5 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches; 140 x 282 mm.). 69, [1] pp, printed on pink paper. Hand colored lithograph frontispiece heightened with gum arabic (on white paper) depicting the pursuit of an eloping couple. The lithograph is unsigned and with no imprint. It has been suggested that it is by the sporting artist Henry Alken (1785-1851). Publisher's quarter diced brown calf over brown diaper-grain cloth. Copy of the hand colored lithograph frontispiece, heightened with gum arabic, affixed to front cover (same as Major Abbey's copy). A fine copy. Housed in a red cloth fold over case, lettered in gilt on front cover (by Rivière & Son). From the library of the Duke of Gloucester with his armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Also with the bookplate of J.O. Edwards on inside of cloth case. "A Rare Work. The frontispiece. which is executed in the manner of Henry Alken, depicts a stage coach, two riders, a footman, and two pairs of horses at top speed on their way to Gretna Green. In the distance is the pursuing coach." (Dixon, 123). A jocular poem by 'Arthur O'Bradley', apparently the pseudonym of the soldier, poet and playwright William Henry Armstrong. The attribution of the poem itself is made fairly certain by a footnote on page 64: a poem there reprinted from Lays of Love is acknowledged as being by Captain W.H. Armstrong, who also wrote under the pseudeonym 'Caleb'. The main part of the text is a poem titled 'O, my dearest Caroline!, the plot of which has a 'Bolter' and a 'Boltee' eloping to Gretna Green, pursued one must assume by her irate father. A very uncommon book with just five copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide: The British Library (UK); NLS Library of Congress (DC); Yale (CT) [the Abbey copy]; The Morgan Library (NY), and the Lilly Library (IN). HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974), younger brother of Edward VIII and George VI, and owner of a very fine collection of sporting books which were sold at Christie's in London. (Christie's, 27 January 2006, part of lot 685). Loosely inserted is the original Christie's lot slip. Abbey, Life in England, 408; Dixon, 123. .
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