London: Thomas M'Lean, 1825.
First edition. Folio (14 x 10 inches). Expertly bound by Bernard Middleton in half red morocco over superbly marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments with green morocco label, matching marbled endsheets. [text watermarked 1822, plates 1822-25]. The excessively rare Large Paper Copy, with 50 fine hand-coloured soft-ground etchings by and after Alken, tissue guards, 2 preliminary leaves and first plate ('The Race Horse') torn across and neatly repaired, some light spotting or soiling, else fine. The Vvery rare large paper copy of the first edition with these plates. A previous work was published under the same title in 1821 but contained different plates (which were aquatints). Alken's masterpiece on popular sports, including scenes of horse-racing, hunting, coursing, shooting, angling, dog-fighting, cock-fighting, and bull-, bear- & badger-baiting; as notable, Alken's preface condemns the baiting of animals, depicted in the last few plates. The only plate not including animals is of prize-fighting.
Price: $5,500.00 Item #3874