• The Le Vivier Library of Sport auction at Christies

    Sale 4354

    The Le Vivier Library of Sporting Books and Modern First Editions

    30 October 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 93

    ALKEN, Henry. The Quorn Hunt. London: Rudolph Ackermann, February 1835 [or later]. 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates, drawn and etched by H. Alken, engraved by F.C. Lewis (405 x 577mm), window-mounted in oblong 2° album (510 x 688mm), with the addition of modern letterpress title. (Light spotting and browning of sky areas, a few minor marginal tears and creases.) Red half morocco by Aquarius, gilt-lettered spine and cover label.

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    ALKEN, Henry. The Quorn Hunt. London: Rudolph Ackermann, February 1835 [or later]. 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates, drawn and etched by H. Alken, engraved by F.C. Lewis (405 x 577mm), window-mounted in oblong 2° album (510 x 688mm), with the addition of modern letterpress title. (Light spotting and browning of sky areas, a few minor marginal tears and creases.) Red half morocco by Aquarius, gilt-lettered spine and cover label.

    MAGNIFICENT PLATES IN 'THE EVER-FAMOUS QUORN HUNT SERIES' (Sparrow) with extracts from a narrative by Charles Apperley engraved below, and the main figures all carefully keyed. Among them are George Osbaldeston, master of the Quorn hounds, Dick Christian, 'a celebrated rough rider at Melton Mowbray', and an outsider called 'Snob'. The speed and excitement of the chase leaves little time for fellow feeling. In plate VII the huntsman half drowned in the stream is left to recover on his own, Lord Forrester remarking that it is '"only Dick Christian & it is nothing new to him"' as he gallops ahead. Mellon/Snelgrove 36; Schwerdt III, p. 99; Siltzer p. 62 (noting a reissue of 1837); Sparrow p. 42.


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