A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding: Alken, Henry A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding: Alken, Henry A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding: Alken, Henry A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding: Alken, Henry

A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding

Alken, Henry

Published by Thomas McLean, London, 1821
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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A handsome modern binding of six hand-colored plates which were issued separately, or as a folio, and not in book-form, in 1821. Elephantine oblong, 33 by 54 cm. The plates themselves are laid in a heavy board frame within the binding, and this frame has a window of 24 by 30 cm, which exposes about 4 cm of margin all around the images. The plates are titled: "Delighted", "Dissatisfied", "Perfectly Satisfied", "Displeased", "Surprised" and "Terrified". They are humorous takes on two gentlemen riding, not necessarily foxhunting. The men are opposites in their riding style, both exemplifying ineptitude and inexperience, though. The suite is very much in the vein of Alken stylistically, and also in the vein of such print series issued in profusion at the time. Obviously, such series usually ended up decorating walls, and so it is quite unusual and nice to have the suite survive intact and to have it bound so handsomely. With also a title page. Leather title label on front board. Half Calf. Paper pastedown on boards. Bookseller Inventory # 004991

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Title: A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding

Publisher: Thomas McLean, London

Publication Date: 1821

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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