London: Thomas McLean, 1824. Henry Alken. First Edition. Alken, Henry (1785-1851) Sporting Scrap Book. London. Thomas McLean. 1824. First Edition. Containing Fifty Plates Designed and Engraved by Himself. Signed binding by Riviere. 7 x 10 1/4 in. No page numbers. Full red crushed morocco with gilt ruled borders and front and back covers. Decorated spine with five raised bands, gilt floral decoration and lettering in segments. Gilt inner dentelle. Endpapers are deep lapis with red and gilt Riviere oval bookplate pf Joseph Widener (one of the founders of the National Gallery and an extensive collector of sporting books). Above this is the engraved bookplate of Clarence S. Bement, with armorial devices.
The fifty hand-coloured, full-page plates are all present and a 1920's auction listing has been tipped into the rear of the front free endpaper. There is also a typed index care placed inside front cover, with binding and description of the book, stating that it was "Collection: Clarence S. Bement. Purchased by him in 1900 our of Robson's catalogue, no 6. bought from Rosenbach, Feb. 10. 1906. Ricci, Ms. Catalogue 1923, pp. 41-43". Near fine condition with no visible flaws whatsoever. The text is free of any blemishes and the prints are beautiful, their colours fresh and vivid. Wonderful provenance and an excellent copy. Item #407
Price (USD): $2,800.00