Old English 'Squire, The: CARELESS, John [pseudonym].; [CHATTO, William Andrew] Old English 'Squire, The: CARELESS, John [pseudonym].; [CHATTO, William Andrew] Old English 'Squire, The: CARELESS, John [pseudonym].; [CHATTO, William Andrew] Old English 'Squire, The: CARELESS, John [pseudonym].; [CHATTO, William Andrew]

Old English 'Squire, The

CARELESS, John [pseudonym].; [CHATTO, William Andrew]

Published by London: Printed for Thomas McLean, 1821, 1821
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Scarce Large Paper Copy in Original BoardsFrom Chatto, Windless, and Careless, 1821CARELESS, John [pseudonym]. [CHATTO, William Andrew]. The Old English 'Squire. "A Jovial Gay Fox Hunter, Bold, Frank and Free." A Poem, in Ten Cantos. Illustrated with Plates, by One of the Family. London: Printed for Thomas M'Lean by Howlett and Brimmer, 1821. First edition, first issue, a Large Paper copy. Large octavo (10 7/8 x 7 3/8 in; 277 x 184 mm). viii, 136 pp. Half-title, hand-colored aquatint frontispiece and twenty-three hand-colored aquatint plates. Plates watermarked "J. Whatman 1821." Plates in Abbey's copy watermarked 1823.Publisher's original boards, rebacked preserving original spine with paper label. Uncut. Upper hinge near invisibly repaired. Faint offsetting of plates. A fine copy. With the leather bookplate of Joseph Widener. Housed in a later red cloth slipcase."The half-title is frequently missing" (Tooley) but it is present in this copy.Though no stranger to auction rooms it is scarcely encountered in the original boards. The last copy in original boards was seen at Phillips, March 14, 1991, with cracked joints and torn spine. There have been no large paper copies in original boards at auction since at least 1976."'John Careless, Esq.,' is only known as the author of a rare colour-book, The Old English Squire, published by M'Lean in 1821, with twenty coloured plates 'by one of the family' in the style of Rowlandson. The literary mater differs from that of Combe and Mitford in being strongly influenced by the style of Walter Scott, wherever the galloping metre of Retaliation and the Haunch of Venison is not used. Especially curious is the account of the collection of Old Masters, from which the Old English Squire bought his St Anthony Preaching to the Fishes, which he 'sent to the country, where it edified all, but most fishing gentry'" (Prideaux).William Andrew Chatto (1799-1864) was an English writer. In addition to "John Careless, Esq." he also used the pseudonym Stephen Oliver. He was editor in 1839-41 of the New Sporting Magazine, and in 1844 produced a penny daily comic illustrated paper entitled Puck, A Journalette of Fun. This paper, which he edited himself, had only a brief existence. His third son, Andrew Chatto (1840-1913), became a member of the publishing firm of Chatto & Windus. His epitaph, by his lifelong friend, Tom Taylor, described him as a "true-hearted and upright man."Joseph Early Widener (1871-1943) was a wealthy American art collector who was a founding benefactor of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A major figure in Thoroughbred horse racing, he was head of New York's Belmont Park and builder of Miami, Florida's Hialeah Park racetrack. Born in Philadelphia, he was the second son of Hannah Josephine Dunton (1836-1896) and the extremely wealthy transportation and real estate magnate Peter A. B. Widener (1834-1915).Abbey, Life 387. Tooley 128. Prideaux, pp 305, 330. Schwerdt 1, p.95. Bookseller Inventory # 02557

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Title: Old English 'Squire, The

Publisher: London: Printed for Thomas McLean, 1821

Publication Date: 1821

Edition: 1st Edition

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