Lot 4
  • 4

Alken, Henry

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
6,875 GBP
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  • The National Sports of Great Britain. London: Thomas M'Lean, 1821
  • Paper
FIRST EDITION, folio (482 x 302mm.), etched additional pictorial title and 50 plates by Henry Alken, all coloured by hand, contemporary half calf, binding worn, rebacked retaining original spine


Schwerdt I:19; Swift, Bibliotheca accipitraria II, 15.01; Tooley (1954) 41 ("Alken's most important work")

Catalogue Note

"Perhaps Alken's best known and most comprehensive work" (Schwerdt, I, p.19), The National Sports of Great Britain contains illustrations of horse racing, angling, shooting, fox hunting, and coursing, as well as prize fighting and cock fighting. It should not be confused with an identically titled work published in 1825 (see lot 5), which contains different plates, albeit with similar subjects, though "hawking", the first plate in this work, is not represented in the later work.