Property from the Sporting and Travel Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson
ALKEN, HENRY | A Group of Seven Titles Related to Hunting
Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 USD
Property from the Sporting and Travel Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson
A Group of Seven Titles Related to Hunting
Four Hand-Colored Sporting Engravings. London: Thomas Palser, 1817 [Watermarked 1820]. Folio (21 7/8 x 16 in.; 555 x 408 mm). 4 hand colored aquatints by Thomas Sutherland after Henry Alken; some marginal foxing, plate 1 ("Peasant Shooting") with short tear at inner margin, plate 2 ("Refreshing") with minor closed marginal tear, plate 3 ("Cock Shooting") with closed marginal tear repaired with old tape. Half brown calf over green pebble grain morocco, edges ruled in gilt, spine gilt-lettered, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers; rubbing to extremities. Joel Spitz copy. Siltzer 57. Provenance: Joseph Widener (bookplate to front pastedown); Clarence S. Bement (armorial bookplate to front pastedown); Joel Spitz (collection bookplate to front pastedown; Christie's London, his sale, 27 May 2015, lot 158) — The National Sports of Great Britain. London: Thomas Mclean, 1821 [Watermarked 1822]. Folio (19 x 12 in.; 482 x 304 mm). Hand-colored frontispiece, additional hand-colored aquatint title, 50 hand-colored plates by J. Clark after Alken, parallel text in English and French; one or two closed marginal tears with neat repairs, minor foxing occasionally affecting images, some faint offsetting. Contemporary green straight-grained morocco, bound by "Knights Sc", borders with multiple gilt rules, decorative cornerpieces to central compartment, borders decoratively tooled in blind, large gilt stamp illustrating trophies of hunting, shooting and fishing to center of covers, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, second gilt-lettered, others with alternating gilt stag and central decoration, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; rebacked preserving original spine, rubbing to extremities, some scuffs and staining to covers. In folding green morocco-backed box, cloth lined with cream watered silk. First edition. Schwerdt I:19; Tooley 41 ("Alken's most important work"). Provenance: Christie's London, 13 April 2006, lot 21 — [Scenes in the Life of Master George]. Alken's Progressive Sports. London: Thomas McLean, 1823. Two volumes bound in one, oblong 4to (9 7/8 x 14 in.; 251 x 355 mm). Scenes in the Life of Master George. London: Thomas McLean, 1823 [watermarked 1822-23]. 12 hand-colored etched plates, issued without a title-page. [Bound with]: Specimens of Riding near London, drawn from Life. London: Thomas McLean, 1821 . 18 hand-colored etched plates; lacking letterpress title, closed marginal tear to plate 3, some minor fingersoiling and occasional creasing. Contemporary green cloth, green morocco label with decorative gilt border and gilt lettering reading "Alken’s Progressive Sports" to front cover; some fading, minor rubbing to corners and head and tail of spine. Clamshell case in green quarter morocco, rounded spine with red morocco gilt label; spine faded. Dixon 64; Mellon/Snelgrove 74 & 98; Siltzer 70 (Specimens of Riding); Schwerdt IV:4 (Master George); Tooley 46 & 51. Provenance: Fitz Eugene Dixon (his sale, Anderson Galleries, 6-7 January 1937, lot 64); Joel Spitz (bookplate to front pastedown, and his sale, Christie's London, 27 May 2015, lot 25) — [Scraps from] The Sketch Book of Henry Alken. Engraved by Himself. London: Thomas Mclean, 1826 [Watermarked 1821 And 1824]. Oblong 4to (9 9/16 x 13 3/4 in.; 243 x 350 mm). Letterpress title-page, 42 hand-colored engraved plates by and after Alken, dated 1820, but watermarked 1821 and 1824; minor foxing infrequently affecting images, occasional fingersoiling to margins. Half red straight grain morocco over marbled boards, morocco label to upper board with gilt dentelles and text, spine with raised bands in six compartments, each gilt-ruled with decorative gilt device, all edges gilt, pink endpapers; rubbing to extremities with some loss to morocco, endpapers wrinkled. Schwerdt I:21; Siltzer 70 (1821 editions) — Sporting Scrapbook. London: Thomas McLean, 1824. Oblong folio (9 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.; 250 x 353 mm). 50 hand-colored aquatints designed and engraved by Alken; occasional spotting, infrequently affecting images, occasional marginal soiling. Half green morocco over green cloth covered boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, second and third gilt-lettered, others with repeat overall decoration in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers; rebacked with original spine laid down, rubbing to extremities. First edition. Schwerdt I:24-25 — The National Sports of Great Britain. London: Thomas Mclean, 1825 [Watermarked 1825]. Folio (14 3/5 x 10 1/8 in.; 365 x 285 mm). Engraved title-page, 50 hand-colored aquatint plates by Henry Alken, facing letterpress text; some offsetting, minor foxing occasionally affecting plates, one or two closed marginal tears, not affecting images, tiny hole to one plate ("Hunting the Martin"). Contemporary full red straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately tooled in blind and gilt, spine with raised bands in five compartments, second gilt-lettered, others gilt-ruled with repeat decoration in gilt, all edges gilt; rubbed, joints starting. In red cloth covered chemise and quarter red morocco slipcase. First edition with these illustrations. The rare large paper issue. Mellon/Podeschi 121; Schwerdt I:19; Tooley 43. Provenance: W. E. P. Burges (bookplate to front pastedown, and ownership inscription in ink on the title-page); Fitz Eugene Dixon (bookplate to front pastedown, and his sale, Anderson Galleries, 6-7 January 1937, lot 79); Charles E. Dunlap (bookplate to front patedown) — A Set ff Four Plates on Field Sports. London: R. Ackermann, 1829. Oblong folio (plates: approximately 9 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.; 246 x 399 mm, and mats: 12 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.; 326 x 479 mm). Letterpress title, four hand-colored aquatint plates, window matted, each containing six miniature scenes attributed to Alken; light spotting to Plate 2, primarily marginal, a few stray spots to Plate 4. Later half dark blue morocco over light blue paper covered boards, gilt-lettered morocco label to upper cover, spine with raised bands in six compartments, second and third gilt-lettered, edges speckled blue (binding attributed to Aquarius). Provenance: Christie's, South Kensington, the Le Vivier Library sale, 30 October 2012, lot 82
Group lots not subject to return.
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.