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ALKEN, Henry.

The National Sports of Great Britain.

Stock Code
102276
London, Thomas McLean, 1821
£15,000

'the size and beauty of the plates make this the cornerstone of any Alken collection' (Tooley).

One of the great nineteenth-century colour-plate works. Illustrated with 50 fine aquatints of exceptional quality, it is probably Alken's finest achievement. 'Perhaps Alken's best known and most comprehensive work' (Schwerdt, I, p.19), The National Sports of Great Britain contains illustrations of horse racing, angling, shooting, fox hunting, and coursing, as well as prize fighting and cock fighting.

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Description

Folio (47 x 30 cm), engraved additional title, coloured by hand, 50 hand-coloured engraved plates; contemporary straight-grained maroon morocco gilt, covers with concentric borders tooled with borders in gilt and blind, spine elaborately gilt in 6 compartments.

Bibliography

Mellon/Podeschi 111; Schwerdt I, p. 19 & IV, p. 4; Siltzer p. 70; Tooley 41.

Stock ID:102276

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