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[Alken, Henry- With Two Proof-State Illustrations] The Life of A Sportsman. By Nimrod.

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1842.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial blue cloth with gilt decorative urn-shaped vignette on cover with deers and horsemen, gilt spine (faded). The scarce first issue with 4 mounted plates, hand-coloured engraved additional title with vignettes, portrait and 34 superb hand-colored plates by Henry Alken, four of which are trimmed and mounted as issued, extra-illustrated with two original states of two of the mounted plates (untrimmed and with original captions and imprints dated 1838), one with short marginal tears, plate at p.348 'The Tandem' in second state, 10pp. advertisements at end, some spotting, mostly to tissue guards, bookplate of Joel Spitz featuring portrait of Henry Alken and with his pencil note regarding the additional plates on front free endpaper. Covers rubbed, recased, new endpapers, preserved in cloth drop-back box (spine faded [Tooley 65]. Per Tooley, widely considered to be the premier coloured plate sporting book in the 19th century.The two additional plates, both dated 1838, prove that the work was planned some time earlier but publication was delayed until 1842. The four plates already produced were then trimmed and mounted with new captions.

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