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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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Book number: 02806
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Keywords: Caricatures Dance

 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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 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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Book number: 03949
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Keywords: Costume Dance History

 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings, A.
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings, A.
London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1815. Complete with the Portraits of the Founders ACKERMANN, R[udolph]. A History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1815. First edition, complete with the engraved portraits of the Founders. Two large quarto volumes (13 3/16 x 11 1/16 inches; 334 x 281 mm.). viii, [2, list of plates], [ix]-xii, 296, [6, index]; [4], 324, [8, index] pp. Engraved portrait of the Duke of Gloucester and seventy-nine hand-colored plates (sixty-four aquatint views and fifteen engravings of university figures in academic costume) by Stadler, Havell, Agar, Bluck, Hill, and Reeve after Pugin, Westall, Mackenzie, Uwins, and Pyne. Plates watermarked 1812. Late 19th century half black morocco over brown cloth boards. Crimson morocco spine labels lettered in gilt. All edges marbled (top edge darkened). Some offsets from plates to text only. An excellent copy with early watermarks. "The fine aquatints, with their somewhat old-world flavour, are well suited to reproduce the spirit and to recall the antique associations of the old quads and courts.. "These two books [Ackermann's History of Oxford and History of Cambridge] are among the finest ever executed. A. Pugin, F. Nach, F. Mackenzie, and W. Westall were associated in the drawings, which are worthy even of the splendid architectural monuments they commemorate, while the engraving was carried out by such masters of aquatint as J. Bluck, J.C. Stadler, F.C. Lewis, D. Havell and others of like reputation. The result was the production of plates of unequaled merit in their particular line" (Prideaux, pp. 125-6). Abbey, Scenery, 79-80. Prideaux, pp. 125-126 and 332. Tooley 4. .
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Book number: 01869
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Keywords: Color-Plate Books English History Topography Views

 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST, The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST
The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;
London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. Ackermann's History of the Colleges One of Fifty Large Paper Copies [ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher]. The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ's Hospital. London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. First edition, One of Fifty Large-Paper Copies. Large quarto (16 1/8 x 12 5/8 inches; 410 x 321 mm.). vi, [1, "Arrangement of Plates"], [1, blank], 56; 72; 27, [1, blank]; 32; 34; 22; 40; 34; 43, [1, blank] pp. With forty-eight hand-colored plates (forty-five aquatint and three engraved), including four costume plates and forty-four views by Havell, Stadler, Bluck, and others, after Westall, Mackenzie, Pugin, and others. First gathering of text of Eton College misbound as pp. 3/4; [1], 2; 7/8; 5/6, but complete. Abbey's first state of Plate 6 ("Winchester College, from the Meadow"), dated "Jany. 1, 1815"; Abbey's first state of Plate 23 ("Westminster School Room"), with the masters bareheaded; Abbey's third state "as usual in large paper copies" of Plate 26 ("Charter House, from the Play Ground"), printed direct (with no overslip), depicting thirteen boys and masters playing cricket (instead of washerwomen). Text watermarked J. Whatman 1811 and 1816, plates watermarked J. Whatman 1811. A few small fore and lower marginal tears, most of which have been expertly repaired, a few tiny rust spots, mainly marginal, some very light water-staining to the lower margins of a few text leaves, pp. 5/6 of Westminster School with expert and almost invisibly repaired six-inch tear, a few small expert repairs to upper and lower corners. A full listing of all these minor imperfections can be supplied upon request. Mid to late twentieth century three-quarter red morocco over cockerel boards ruled in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, cockerel end-papers, all edges rough gilt. Housed in a red cloth slipcase. A spectacular and exceptionally rare Large-Paper Copy - only the third that we have seen in over fifty years. The last Large Paper Copy to appear at auction was the Spitz copy at Christie's, London (27th May, 2015 - lot 3) which fetched £6,250 (approximately $9,000). "Originally issued in 12 monthly parts, with 4 plates to each part, the first appearing 1 Jan. 1816.. On completion it was issued in quarto boards at 7 guineas or in the parts complete for £7. 4s. Fifty copies were printed on large paper at 1 guinea per part and on completion issued in atlas quarto for 12 guineas. Twenty-five copies were printed with the plates uncoloured India proof impressions." (Tooley, pp. 8/9). Abbey, Scenery 438; Tooley 3; Prideaux, pp. 126 and 332. .
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Book number: 04460
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Keywords: PUGIN, Augustus Charles, artist English History Topography Views

 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics, the
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics, the
London: R. Ackermann, 1809-18. A Presentation Run of Ackermann's "Repository of Arts" With 747 Plates, including 45 Plates with Fabric Samples Affixed [ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher]. The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics. Series 1, Volumes I-XIV (January, 1809-December, 1815) and Series 2, Volumes I-VI (January, 1816-December, 1818). London: R. Ackermann, 1809-1818. Series I, volume I is a presentation copy from Rudolph Ackermann to his good friend Joshua Watson. First editions. Twenty octavo volumes bound in ten (9 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 236 x 144 mm.). Text in double columns. Series One (volumes I-XIV) with 406 colored plates (some folding) including aquatint views, fashion plates, and furniture designs and 79 uncolored plates (mainly 'Needlework and Muslin Patterns'). In addition there are 45 (of 62) "Allegorical Woodcut" plates, with 152 (of 175) fabric samples affixed. Series Two (volumes I-VI) with 172 colored plates (some folding) including aquatint views, fashion plates, and furniture designs and 45 uncolored plates. Contemporary half red straight-grain morocco over marbled boards. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, marbled edges. With the bookplate of Maxine and Joel Spitz on front paste-downs. Slight wear to bindings. An excellent run of this historically important periodical with the first fourteen (and best) volumes with a very high proportion of the 'fabric samples' present. Provenance: Purchased from Marshall Field, 6 January 1930. Volume I is a presentation copy from Rudolph Ackermann to his good friend Joshua Watson ('Allow me the pleasure of presenting you with my annual Forget me Not', he writes in a tipped in, 2-page letter, dated Strand 29 December 1823) full text of letter below. "The name of Ackermann is intimately associated with the 'Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c.' which at once became so successful that before the end of the first year (1809) it obtained 3,000 subscribers. It regularly appeared until 1828, when forty volumes had been produced in monthly 3s. 6d. parts, under the editorship of F. Shoberl. Wm. Combe was a large contributor, and Rowlandson supplied many of the plates. The illustrations of fashions, mostly by well-known artists, supply valuable materials for the history of costume" (D.N.B.) "Strand 29 Dec 1823. My Dear Sir, Allow me the pleasure of presenting you with my annual Forget me not, as also with a little favourite child of mine, called Parables, just ready for starting in the World. Now as this youth is educated in the Path of Virtue, Morality, and Religion, I anticipate without fear its kindest reception by so good a man as my friend Mr. Watson, whose fostering hand will lead it the right way on its starting, and protect it on its way, and when once so introduced will easily recommend itself to all good Society, & flourish. Please accept the usual compliments of the season. I remain, My Dear Sir, Your most obliging, R. Ackermann. To Joshua Watson Esq." Joshua Watson, a public benefactor and counsellor of the Church of England was a good friend of Rudolph Ackermann. Abbey, Life, 212. Colas 2541. Hiler, p. 745. Lipperheide 4598. Martin Hardie, pp. 110-112. Tooley 8. .
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Book number: 03336
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Keywords: Costume Sets (Bound)

 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, Series Containing Forty-Four Engravings in Colours of Fashionable Furniture, a;
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
Series Containing Forty-Four Engravings in Colours of Fashionable Furniture, a;
London: Published by R. Ackermann, 1823. The Extremely Scarce Second Series [ACKERMANN, Rudolph]. A Series Containing Forty-Four Engravings In Colours of Fashionable Furniture. London: R. Ackermann, 1823. First edition. Small quarto. [2], 52, 4, [as adverts.] pp. Forty-four hand-colored line, stipple or aquatint engraved plates, watermarked 1821-22, each printed with caption-title, imprinted "Ackermann's Repository of Arts" and dated to a month in 1822. Publisher's quarter crimson roan over drab boards, original printed pale green paper title label ("Upholsterer's and Cabinet-Maker's Repository"), gilt rules to spine. Roan and boards a little worn at extremities, internally clean. An remarkable copy of a very rare Ackermann title. Housed in an early twentieth-century red cloth clamshell case. No copies have appeared at auction since ABPC began indexing results in 1923. OCLC records only six copies in institutional holdings worldwide. A selection of plates and notes taken from Ackermann's Repository of Arts, and second in a series: Abbey records an Ackermann title, Upholsterer's and Cabinet-Maker's Repository, c. 1830, with seventy-six plates dated 1809-1815 but watermarked 1827-30. "Upholsterer's and Cabinet-Maker's Repository" appears on the title-label to the volume under notice but not the title-page. In the Preface to this copy it is written, "The Publisher.. trusts with confidence that they will prove equally interesting with the First Series, containing seventy-six Designs, which has sometime been before the pubic." Thus the Preface to this, the Second Series, belies Abbey who does not note this Second Series and mis-dates the First Series. Cf. Abbey, Life, 1. Not in Tooley, Hardie, or Prideaux. .
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Book number: 02271
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Keywords: English History

 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER, Views of the Country Seats of the Royal Family, Nobility and Gentry of England
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER
Views of the Country Seats of the Royal Family, Nobility and Gentry of England
London: R. Ackermann and Co. 1830. A Fine Selection of Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates From Ackermann's Repository of Arts In a Beautiful 'Regency' Binding ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher. [A collection of two hundred and thirty plates from Ackermann's Repository of Arts]. London: R. Ackermann and Co. [1809-1826]. Royal octavo (9 x 5 7/8 inches; 230 x 150 mm.). Containing 98 hand colored aquatint plates of the Views of the Country Seats of the Royal Family, Nobility and Gentry of England, plus 55 duplicate plates. In addition there are 75 hand colored and 2 plain aquatint 'furniture' plates including curtains, flower stands, tables, chairs, book cases, library tables and chairs, sideboards, etc. and two plain plates, making a grand total of 230 plates, one plate detached. A few of the Country Seats have their names corrected in ink and dated 1824. Contemporary full 'Late Regency' red straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt surrounding a diamond-shaped central panel with a large and elaborate gilt design in the center, this in turn is surrounded on the four corners by equally gilt decorated green morocco onlays. Spine richly decorated and lettered in gilt, two elaborately gilt decorated labels, decorative gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, pink paper endpapers. Joints and corners a little rubbed, binding at some time restored by the Abrams Bindery, Wellington, Somerset with their small ticket on rear paste-down. We have been unable to identify the binder but this is a very flamboyant and beautiful binding by one of the very best finishers of the early nineteenth century. "No record of Regency society is more vivid than Rudolph Ackermann's celebrated journal .. it devoted space to all things fashionable and every month for almost 25 years included hand-colored plates of furniture, drapery and interiors, providing an unrivalled visual record of Regency taste and design. Ackermann was an astute populariser, identifying what was fashionable at the time and presenting it to the public. It is therefore possible to follow the decorative ideas of the Regency period from year to year. Early issues of the Repository enthusiastically promoted the Grecian style, which had come from France and was introduced to London particularly by Henry Holland and Thomas Hope; later issues reflect the arrival of the French Empire style, with its Roman allusions, developed by the designers Percier and Fontaine. Sometimes Ackermann's plates represent the particularly English taste for the picturesque. The revived Gothic style is depicted most notably in the remarkable series of plates by the elder Pugin, and the Egyptian style also figures prominently.  Furniture for dining rooms, drawing rooms, studios and boudoirs, cabinets, bookcases, bureaux, plant stands, chaises longues - indeed, every facet of Regency furniture from window drapes to mechanical chairs is accurately portrayed and described.  Rudolph Ackermann was apprenticed at the age of 17 to a carriage designer at Hueningen, near Basel, under whom he worked for three years. In 1783, now a qualified designer, he took the first decisive step of his career and travelled to Paris, where he entered the employment of the fashionable carriage maker Antoine Carassi .. When sometime before 1786, Ackermann moved to London, he therefore brought with him not only expertise in the design and fitting of Haute Carrosserie but also familiarity with the latest developments in fine arts in Europe .. In 1795, he opened an establishment at 96 The Strand that was at once publishing house, print shop, art supplier and drawing school .. By 1797, the business was so successful that Ackermann moved to 101 The Strand, closer to the Royal Academy's premises in Somerset House. The emphasis on fine art was now increased, with a larger drawing class and a picture gallery. Ackermann's confidence in his new status was marked in 1798 by the naming of 101 The Strand as "The Repository of the Arts." (Stephen ]ones).  Abbey, Life, 212. Tooley, 13. Hardie, pp. 110-112. .
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Book number: 03256
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Keywords: Architecture Fine Bindings English History Gardening

 ADAM, VICTOR, Album de Sainte-Pélagie, Prison de la Dette
ADAM, VICTOR
Album de Sainte-Pélagie, Prison de la Dette
Paris [&] London: V. Morlet [&] McLean, 1830. Twelve Superb Hand-Colored Lithographed Plates Depicting Scenes from the Debtor's Prison of Sainte-Pélagie [ADAM, Victor, illustrator]. Album de Sainte-Pélagie, Prison de la Dette. [Gravures réhaussées à l'aquarelle. Douze scènes intérieures dessinées et lithographiées d'après nature par V. Adam]. Paris [&] London: Publié par V. Morlot [&] Mc.Léan, [n.d. ca. 1830]. Oblong folio (10 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches; 270 x 352 mm.). [4] pp. of descriptive text. Twelve numbered hand-colored lithographed plates. Plates lithographed by Bernard. Each plate with the publisher's oval blind-stamp in lower blank margin. Bound without the printed title-page. Mid-nineteenth century red calf over marbled boards, smooth spine ruled and lettered in gilt. A superb example with fine contemporary hand-coloring. The plates are captioned: "L'Écrou;" "Chambre du détenu malheureux;" "Chambre du détenu philosophe;" "Les Élections;" "Le Cabinet de lecture;" "Le Cabaret;" "Le Café;" "Le Repas dans la cour;" "Les Jeux dans la cour;" "Le Bain du créancier;" "Le Paye;" and "Sortie du débiteur." Exceptionally rare. We have only seen this book once before - a copy with modern hand-coloring which we sold in 2003. OCLC locates just one copy - BCU Dorigny (Lausanne, Switzerland). Jean Victor Adam (1801-1866) was a French painter and lithographer. Born in Paris he was the son of Jean Adam, an esteemed engraver. During the years 1814 to 1818 he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and also in the ateliers of Meynier and Régnault. In 1819 he exhibited 'Herminia succouring Tancred.' He was almost immediately afterwards employed to paint various subjects for the Museum at Versailles, amongst which are, 'The Entry of the French into Mainz,' 'The Battle of Varroux,' 'The Taking of Menin, 'The Battle of Castiglione,' 'The Passage of the Cluse,' 'The Battle of Montebello,' 'The Capitulation of Meiningen;' the last three in association with Alaux. He also exhibited down to the year 1838: 'Henry IV. after the Battle of Coutras,' 'Trait of Kindness in the Duke de Berri,' 'The Postillion,' 'The Vivandiere,' 'The Road to Poissy,' 'The Return from the Chase,' 'Horse-fair at Caen,' and numerous other subjects. He then retired from publicity, till 1846, when he appeared as the exhibitor of some works in lithography, to which branch of art he afterwards restricted himself. In this line he produced a lithographic album, 'Views in the Environs of Paris,' 'Studies of Animals for an edition of Buffon,' &c. He obtained a gold medal in 1824, a second class medal in 1836, besides several others from Lille, Douai, and other cities. He died at Viroflay in 1866. "Beraldi assigns between 7000 and 8000 designs to Victor Adam [1801-1865]..A Parisian by birth, he remained in the capital all his life, but this did not prevent him from drawing negroes, Turks, Chinese, and other peoples all over the world in his Paris studio. He was famous, indeed, as a faiseur de bonshommes, that is to say a specialist in adding groups of small figures to the foreground of architectural or landscape drawings by other artists..His immense production contains many amusing albums concerning the life of the time" (Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, p. 194). Sainte-Pélagie was a debtor's prison in Paris, in active use from 1790 to 1899. The former Parisian prison was located between the current group of buildings bearing No. 56 Rue de la Clef with Rue du Puits-de-l'Ermite in the 5th arrondissement of Paris at the old Place Sainte-Pélagie. The penal structure held many noted prisoners during the French Revolution, with Madame Roland, Grace Dalrymple Elliott and Marie-Louise O'Murphy being among the known prisoners. After the revolution, the Marquis de Sade was imprisoned here, as was the young mathematician Évariste Galois. During the July Monarchy, the "April insurgees" were also detained there, and some managed to escape through a tunnel. The painter Gustave Courbet was also imprisoned there for his activities in the Paris Commune. .
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Book number: 04748
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Keywords: Books in French Caricatures French 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 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 319 x 241 mm.). Hand colored 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. Some minimal marginal soiling and toning. An excellent copy of this extremely scarce title. Publisher's brown cloth over boards, covers decorated in blind, front cover lettered in gilt, pale brown endpapers. This is only the second 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 / Garre donc les Choux _ Animal va! 11. Départ du Roulage / Position très désagréable 12. Arracheur de Dents sans douleur / Le bon père de Famille 13. Concurrence monstre. - Route de Passy / Cheval qui a un défaut marquant 14. Une glissade / Intérieur artistique 15. L'Artiste culbuté / Cheval antropophage 16. Un Mosieur qui n'a pas l'habitude etc / Nouvelle 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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 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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 ALKEN, HENRY; SURTEES, ROBERT S., Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
ALKEN, HENRY; SURTEES, ROBERT S.
Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. First Edition, First Issue, Early Plates [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. [SURTEES, Robert Smith]. The Analysis of the Hunting Field, Being a Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season 1845-6. With Numerous Illustrations, by H. Alken. London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. First edition, first issue with title and preface dated 1846 and in original green cloth (bound at rear), and with earliest state of three plates (dated Nov. 9th). Quarto (9 5/8 x 5 7/8 in; 243 x 147 mm). [8], 326, [4, publisher's catalogue] pp. Seven hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece and extra title, forty-three woodcuts. Bound c. 1960 by Bayntun-Rivière in full emerald crushed morocco with double fillets, gilt-rolled board edges, gilt-ruled and ornamented compartments, gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Original cloth preserved at rear. A fine copy. "This work first appeared in Bell's Life and the first edition in book form..at 31s. 6d..There are two issues. First issue in green cloth with both titles and the preface dated 1846. Second issue in red cloth, with the preface dated occasionally 1846 but usually 1847..There are early states of some of the plates with imprint dated Nov. 9th not Nov. 19th" (Tooley). The Plates: 1. Frontispiece - The Meet. 2. Engraved title. 3. Getting Away. 4. Full Cry. 5. The Check. 6. The Leap. 7. Whoo-hoo-o-o-p. Robert Smith Surtees (1805-1864) was an English editor, novelist and sporting writer. Thackeray envied him his powers of observation, while William Morris considered him 'a master of life' and ranked him with Dickens. In The Analysis of the Hunting Field, Surtees offers wry, fatherly advice in this satiric romp through the key archetypes of the fox hunt. As Lord Denham says in his introduction, "this should be required reading for anyone connected with hunting. From the right sort of Master to the wrong sort, from the hunting nobleman to the whip and from the blacksmith to the braggart with horses to sell we find the people 'pon the 'orses are much the same as today." "More people are flattered into virtue than were ever bullied out of vice" (Surtees, Analysis of the Hunting Field). Tooley 470; Siltzer, p. 73; Podeschi 177; Schwerdt II p.232. .
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 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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 [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, ILLUSTRATOR]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J., Chace, the Turf, the Road, the
[ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J.
Chace, the Turf, the Road, the
London: John Murray, 1870. Alken Off To The Races With Apperley In The Saddle A New Edition [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of Charles J. Apperley). The Chace, The Turf, The Road. New Edition. With Portrait of Author and Illustrations. London: John Murray, 1870. New edition. Octavo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in; 185 x 120 mm). xviii, [2], 277, [1] pp. Hand-colored engraved portrait frontispiece, extra engraved title in two states, plain and colored, thirteen hand-colored engraved plates by Alken, some in aquatint, and nine text illustrations in black and white by an unknown hand. Bound c. 1900 by Rivière and Son in full crimson crushed morocco with French fillets. Gilt-rolled raised bands, decorated and ornamented compartments. Gilt-rolled board edges. Elaborately gilt dentelles. Top edge gilt. Expertly and near invisibly rebacked. A fine copy. 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. 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. Cf. Podeschi 152. Cf. Siltzer. p. 73. Cf. 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, Ideas, Accidental and Incidental to Hunting and Other Sports;
ALKEN, HENRY
Ideas, Accidental and Incidental to Hunting and Other Sports;
London: Thomas M'Lean, 1826-30. First (Best) Edition, Early Issue The Mishaps of a Maladroit Equestrian On The Hunt And Coaches Out of Control "Have You Any Idea Which Way The Hounds Went? ALKEN, Henry. Ideas, Accidental and Incidental To Hunting and Other Sports.; Caught in Leicestershire, &C. London: Thomas M'Lean, n.d. [1826-1830]. First edition, early issue, with plates dated 1826-1830 and watermarked 1831-32. Upright folio (14 1/4 x 10 in; 366 x 253 mm). Letterpress title and forty-two hand colored soft-ground etchings with protective interleaves. Full forest green crushed morocco for Hatchards of London (stamp-signed) by either Rivière or Sangorski and Sutcliffe (ca. 1940), both of whom were Hatchards preferred binders. Occasional mild spots to margins not affecting imagery. A neat professional repair to closed margin tear on plate #6. Otherwise, a beautiful copy of the most desirable edition. "This book was published in 1830. The humorous text is etched on the plates, which were originally issued serially in seven wrappers parts from 1827 [1826] through 1830. The letterpress title-page and publisher's issue binding make a 'book' out of what would otherwise be an assembly of prints" (Mellon/Podeschi). "First issued in upright folio [as here]. A fire consumed part of the stock, and the plates were reissued in oblong folio. These latter are inferior" (Tooley). The draftmanship is good, the colouring vivid, and the inscriptions on the plates are humourous. No copies in British Museum" (Schwerdt). Mellon/Podeschi 136; Tooley 36; Schwerdt I, pp. 17-18; Siltzer, p. 72; Maggs catalog #802 item 57 (£225). The Plates: 1. I say my hearty fellow, have you any Idea where I can get a personal conveyance to Melton? (1826). 2. They may call this pleasure, but I have an Idea that it has brought me into considerable trouble (1826). 3. I say my good woman have you any Idea how they manage here to get a horse out of a brook? (1826). 4. I say my good fellow have you not an Idea that this hunting is exceedingly dangerous? (1826). 5. I say my dear fellow I have an Idea that it will make a considerable alteration to your personal appearance (1826). 6. I say old furnace, have you any Idea how far it is to Melton? (1826). 7. I say old buck, have you any Idea where I can find the hounds? (1827). 8. I had not the most distant Idea of what was on the other side (1827). 9. I shall soon lose all my Ideas (1827). 10. I have an Idea he is going and with him my 150 Guineas (1827). 11. I do not think he has an Idea left (1827). 12. I say my heary chap have you any Idea what ought to be done in the present case? (1827). 13. I have an Idea that I have got them rather too much together now (1827). 14. I say my dear Sir, have you not an Idea that there is considerable danger in the present case? (1827). 15. I say Captain, I have an Idea we have run foul of several things in our passage (1827). 16. I say my clever feller, have you an Idea you can make this thing capable of progression? (1827). 17. I have an Idea its ten to one but we are down now &c. (1827). 18. I have an Idea my Lord that nothing but Time or a stone wall will stop them &c (1827). 19. I say Bob you addent an Idea I could ride so well as you (N.D.). 20. My high Tom, I have an Idea we shall soon be off, &c. (N.D.). 21. I ave an Idea I an down now Tom (N.D.). 22. I say Joe you addent no idea it was so deep, ad you, &c. (N.D.). 23. I say my buck you avent no Idea where the Ounds are, ave you (N.D.). 24. I say my boy we ave got some Ideas about the Unting now avent we (N.D.). 25. You can have no Idea what a magnificent day I have had (1830). 26. By George Harry, I have an Idea that the thing is not quite so easy as I anticipated (1830). 27. My good fellow I have an idea that I shall be right on the top of you (1830). 28. I have an Idea that this is a situation that this of considerable difficulty (1830). 29. I have an Idea that this is a most important and effective Fall (1830). 30. My dear fellows I should be extremely sorry to speak of any Country with disrespect but I have an Idea that the water here abouts is not exceedingly fragrant (1830). 31. This is just to give you an Idea of a Steeple Chase (1830). 32. I have an Idea that this is our Yeoman Cavalry races (1830). 33. I had not the most distant Idea of Getting in such sport as this (1830). 34. I have a strong Idea we shall hit something this time (1830). 35. Is that really a Are, &c. (1830). 36. I begin to have an Idea that this Tandem driving is not altogether free from danger (1830). 37. My good people I beg you not to disturb yourselves but have you any Idea which way the Hounds went (1830). 38. My good fellows I have an Idea that this sort of gate was make for only one at a time to go through (1830). 39. I have an Idea that this Fence is either too High or that my Horse is too Short (1830). 40. I have no idea what could induce me to follow you over this d..d rotten Bridge (1830). 41. I have an Idea I shall win now if I can but carry in my weight (1830). 42. I positively have no Idea what I am to do in this case &c. (1830). .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Illustrations to Popular Songs
ALKEN, HENRY
Illustrations to Popular Songs
London: Thomas M'Lean, 1823. True Sportsmen are We for the Game Once in View" ALKEN, Henry. Illustrations to Popular Songs. London: Published by Thomas M'Lean, 1822. First edition, first issue. Oblong folio (9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches; 235 x 347 mm.). [1] leaf (Address). Forty-two (of forty-three) hand-colored etched plates (including added pictorial title). All plates dated 1822. Each plate contains two to six comical scenes, including several hunting or sporting scenes, illustrating titles of popular songs. Bound without the letterpress-title and the plate "No more I'll court the town bred fair &c" Full contemporary russia, covers decoratively stamped in blind and gilt, front cover letters in gilt, spine with title stamped in blind, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Board edges a little rubbed. A very good copy. "First issued in 1822, reissued in 1823, 1825, 1826, 1831" (Tooley). "'Swans sing before they die --- 'twere no bad thing "'Should some folks die before they sing.' "So whispered a friend to Mr. Alken, when they were once compelled to hear the discordant notes of a volunteer at a convivial party. 'I wish it were so,' said the Artist, 'but the words of the Song furnish a good subject for a Sketch,' and he soon presented his friend with the Illustration of 'Begone Dull Care,' this was much approved of, and became the first 'Symptom' of the 'Illustrations of Popular Songs,' a Work intended to furnish the Amateur of the Fine Arts, and of Singing, with characteristic representations of his favourite subjects, that he may have the pleasure of beholding the Poet's fancy, embodied by the glowing warmth of the Artist's fertile imagination." (Introduction). Schwerdt IV, p. 4 (1823 issue). Tooley 37. Not in Abbey. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J., Life of a Sportsman, the
ALKEN, HENRY; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J.
Life of a Sportsman, the
London: R. Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1842. First Issue The "Rich In Interest" Classic With 36 Hand-Colored Aquatints [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of Charles J. Apperley). The Life of a Sportsman. With Thirty-Six Coloured Illustrations by Henry Alken. London: R. Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 1842. First edition, first issue with four plates on India paper mounted on plate paper, and plate at p. 348 in first state. Octavo (9 1/2 x 5 3/4 in; 243 x 145 mm). vi, [2, contents], 402, [10, catalog] pp. Thirty-four hand-colored aquatint plates. Extra engraved aquatint title page, vignettes and portrait. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt vignette and border blocked in blind, expertly recased. Gilt decorated spine. All edges gilt. New endpapers in pale yellow as original. A fine copy. Housed in a quarter blue morocco drop-front clamshell box. "When Lockhart said of 'Nimrod' that he could 'hunt like Hugo Meynell and write like Walter Scott,' he was doubtless excited into exaggeration by the pleasure of having hit upon a man who could write of sport without the vulgarity of Egan..The Life of a Sportsman, published in 1842, contains a very pleasant account of country life in days when sport was no longer confused with debauchery; while its descriptions of runs to hounds, its lore of hunting and of four-in-hand driving, and its variety of incident and anecdote make it still both valuable and agreeable. Apperley, though not a Walter Scott, was a good writer; he knew his subject thoroughly, on both the scientific and the personal sides, and this work of fiction, though poor in plot, is rich in interest" (Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Volume XIV. The Victorian Age, Part Two. Ch. 15, Nimrod). Charles J. Apperley (1778-1843) "began writing for the Sporting Magazine. From his boyhood his ruling passions had been hunting, horse-riding, and horse management..Apperley's expert knowledge and social status made him an invaluable recruit to the sporting press of the time, and he may even be said to have created the role of gentleman hunting correspondent. Writing at first under various pseudonyms (Acastus, Eques, and A), he published his first article for the Sporting Magazine as Nimrod in January 1822 and he subsequently usually used that nom de plume. For five seasons, from 1824 to 1828, he was the magazine's official representative..Many of his articles were in serial form and were subsequently published as books, notably his Memoirs of the Life of John Mytton (1837) and The Life of a Sportsman (1842).. his ability and authority were unquestioned. He earned the respect of sportsmen everywhere not only for his skillful and fearless riding but also for the knowledge and judgment he displayed in his writings and for his unrivaled experience of the hunting world. As Nimrod he held a unique position in his day and left an imperishable memory in sporting history" (Oxford DNB). Podeschi 167. Siltzer, p. 73. Schwerdt I, p. 36. Tooley, 65. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR -- [APPERLEY, CHARLES JAMES]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, C.J., Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. Of Halston, Shropshire
ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR -- [APPERLEY, CHARLES JAMES]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, C.J.
Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. Of Halston, Shropshire
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. A Most Valuable and Important Book" Second and Enlarged Edition With Additional Text and Six Extra Hand-Colored Plates [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of C.J. Apperley). Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire, Formerly M.P. for Shrewsbury, High sheriff for the Counties of Salup & Merioneth, and Major of the North Stropshire Yeomanry Cavalry. With Notices of His Hunting, Shooting, Driving, Racing, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits By Nimrod. With Numerous Illustrations by H. Alken and T.J. Rawlins. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. Second and enlarged edition, with additions to the text, six extra hand-colored plates and with three new plates replacing three from the first edition. Octavo (9 1/2 x 5 3/4 in; 241 x 146 mm). ix, [3], 206, [1, printer's slug], [1] pp. Additional engraved title in aquatint and eighteen hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece, with tissue guards. Publisher's original pictorially gilt green cloth, expertly recased. All edges gilt. With the ownership stamp of William K. Dick of Islip, Long Island (NY) to front pastedown endpaper. Some rubbing, a few bubbles to upper board cloth, soiling to endpapers. Hinges starting yet remain firm. Withal, a very good copy. Housed in a full crimson hard-grained morocco pull-off case by the Scroll Club Bindery of New York City. "A most valuable and important book for the sporting life of the period, aptly described by Newton as 'a biography of a man that reads like a work of fiction'" (Tooley). "This is not a work of fiction, for John Mytton, a rather inglorious character for a biography, was a hard-living, hard-drinking country squire of Halston, Shropshire, capable of the utmost physical endurance, and ready to accept any wager to walk, shoot or ride against any man. Many of his feats are recorded and graphically delineated, including the climax of his folly in setting his nightshirt on fire to cure a hiccough (Martin Hardie). The Plates: 1. Well done, Neck or Nothing.. 2. A Nick, or the nearest way home. 3. Wild Duck Shooting. 4. What! Never upset in a gig? 5. I wonder whether he is a good timber jumper! 6. The Meet with Lord Derby's Stag Hounds. 7. Stand and deliver. 8. Tally ho! Tally ho!.. 9. The Oaks Filly. 10. Light come, light go. 11. On Baronet clears nine yards of water. 12. D--n this hiccup! 13. A h-ll of a row in a hell.. 14. Swims the Severn at Uppington Ferry. 15. How to cross a country comfortably after dinner. 16. Heron shooting.. 17. A Squire trap, by Jove! 18. Now for the honour of Shropshire. At his death, industrialist and banker William K. Dick (1888-1953) was a director of Best Foods, Inc. president and director of the Dick Securities Corporation; and a director of Douglas Gibbons & Co. Inc.; the Eastern States Corporation; the Irving Trust Company, the National Sugar Refining Company, the Norwood and St. Lawrence Railroad, the St. Regis Paper Company, St. Regis Company, Ltd. of Canada, and the St. Regis Timber Company. His clubs included the Brook, Racquet and Tennis, Southside, National Golf Links, New York Yacht, and the Turf and Field. Tooley 67. Schwerdt 1, p. 38. Abbey, Life, 385. Martin Hardie, pp. 185-186. Prideaux, p. 326. .
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 [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]                                                         APPERLEY, C.J., Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq
[ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR] APPERLEY, C.J.
Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1851. A Desirable Item" "A Most Valuable and Important Book" Third and Best Edition With Memoir of Nimrod [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. APPERLEY, C.J. Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire, Formerly M.P. for Shrewsbury, High sheriff for the Counties of Salup & Merioneth, and Major of the North Stropshire Yeomanry Cavalry. With Notices of His Hunting, Shooting, Driving, Racing, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits By Nimrod. With Numerous Illustrations by H. Alken and T.J. Rawlins. Third Edition, With a Brief Memoir of Nimrod by the Author of "Handley Cross" [i.e. Robert S. Surtees]. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1851. Third edition, the first to contain the Memoir of Nimrod by Surtees and complete with the additional text and plates from the second edition of 1837, third issue (with extra title, title, and plates dated 1851) in 1850 issue binding (with "Ackermann" at spine foot). Octavo (9 1/4 x 5 3/4 in; 235 x 146 mm). ix, [1], 218, [8, catalog] pp. Extra engraved title with plain aquatint vignette, and eighteen hand-colored aquatint plates including frontispiece, with tissue guards. Publisher's original pictorially gilt cloth with blindstamped border to upper board, vignette blocked in blind to lower. All edges gilt. Westley's of London ticket on rear paste-down. Spine ends expertly strengthened. An excellent copy. Housed in a quarter green morocco clamshell case. "This Third Edition is a desirable item to add to any collection as it is the first to contain the Life of Nimrod. Published at 25s, 'handsomely bound in cloth' (Tooley) "A most valuable and important book for the sporting life of the period, aptly described by Newton as 'a biography of a man that reads like a work of fiction'" (Tooley). "This is not a work of fiction, for John Mytton, a rather inglorious character for a biography, was a hard-living, hard-drinking country squire of Halston, Shropshire, capable of the utmost physical endurance, and ready to accept any wager to walk, shoot or ride against any man. Many of his feats are recorded and graphically delineated, including the climax of his folly in setting his nightshirt on fire to cure a hiccough (Martin Hardie). The Plates: 1. Well done, Neck or Nothing.. 2. A Nick, or the nearest way home. 3. Wild Duck Shooting. 4. What! Never upset in a gig? 5. I wonder whether he is a good timber jumper! 6. The Meet with Lord Derby's Stag Hounds. 7. Stand and deliver. 8. Tally ho! Tally ho!.. 9. The Oaks Filly. 10. Light come, light go. 11. On Baronet clears nine yards of water. 12. D--n this hiccup! 13. A h-ll of a row in a hell.. 14. Swims the Severn at Uppington Ferry. 15. How to cross a country comfortably after dinner. 16. Heron shooting.. 17. A Squire trap, by Jove! 18. Now for the honour of Stropshire. Tooley 68. Schwerdt 1, p. 39. Abbey, Life, 385 (2d ed.). Martin Hardie, pp. 185-186. Prideaux, p. 326. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY; TALLY-HO, BEN, Military Discoveries
ALKEN, HENRY; TALLY-HO, BEN
Military Discoveries
London: S & J Fuller, 1819. Scarce Misery in the Army [ALKEN, Henry] TALLY-HO, Ben. Military Discoveries or, The Miseries of campaigning in a series of seven plates being Hints to Young Officers. London: S & J Fuller, March 24, 1819. Oblong quarto (10 1/8 x 14 in; 257 x 355 mm). Seven uncolored aquatint plates loose in modern cloth portfolio with gilt-lettered black title label and silk ribbon tie. Without titlepage as issued. OCLC/KVK record only three copies in institutional holdings worldwide, at University of London, Brown University, and University of Michigan. The last copy to come to auction was fifty-three years ago, in 1961. The Plates: 1. In tasting the joys of bivouac you DISCOVER that in many parts of the Service the elegance of costume are not so much attended to. 2. On getting into a love affair, you DISCOVER that the numerous parts of the family assisted by some professional gentlemen are determined to revenge the supposed injury.. 3. Having been but little time on board the Transport you DISCOVER that after your many lessons and long patience on riding you are but ill qualified to ride the Wooden Horse with any chance of comfort to yourself. 4. On recovering from a swoon you DISCOVER it was occasioned by your horse being shot under you.. 5. Having volunteered to carry dispatches through the Enemy's Country you DISCOVER that you have a chance of amusement all the way in observing repeated parties of Gentlemen who are out Man Shooting. 6. Being awoke by a violent noise, and rushing from your quarters, you DISCOVER your Colonel who commands you, immediately to resist a serious and unexpected attack made on the Camp by the Enemy, withut waiting for any additoinal Clothes. 7. Going to dinner at a neighboring Vila, you are interrupted by a party of the enemy's foragers, who after stripping you of Pelisses, great Coats &C. you DISCOVER they are determined to carry you to their quarters some thirty miles ahead. Not part the Le Vivier Library catalogue, the most renowned collection of of Alken. Not in Tooley. Not in Abbey. Bobbins 340 (colored). Army Museums Ogilby Trust Index to British Military Costume Prints, 1500-1914, no. 44. Sterling Library IV, 24. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Miniature Sporting Prints
ALKEN, HENRY
Miniature Sporting Prints
London: , 1827. ALKEN, Henry. Miniature Sporting Prints. [London: ca. 1827]. Small octavo. A group of eight exceptionally fine hand-colored etched plates, all window-mounted (3 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; 80 x 135 mm.). (5 3/4 x 8 inches; 145 x 203 mm. with mounts). Preserved in a green buckram chemise and matching quarter green morocco clamshell case by the Lakeside Press, Chicago. Spine with two sporting tools and longitudinal title lettering between two raised bands. A fine group of eight highly unusual miniature scale sporting prints. Two show coaching scenes, one a horse fair, one fox hunters, another a man out shooting, two showing baiting sports watched by top-hatted men who all look slightly disreputable. The first of these two prints has the letters "H A" on a box being carried by one of assistants. The final print shows oriental cavalry and has a very small (5/8 inch) clean marginal tear. The title above is taken from the spine of the clamshell case which reads: 'Miniature Sporting Prints by Henry Alken (circa 1827).' Provenance: purchased from Spencer, London, 15 July 1937. Each print with the library stamp of Maxine and Joel Spitz on the verso of the mount. .
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Book number: 03364
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Keywords: Caricatures Hunting Sports

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