24 June 2009
[APPERLEY, Charles James (1778-1843)]. NIMROD. The Life of a Sportsman. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1842.
8o (215 x 143 mm). Hand-colored aquatint frontispiece, additional title and 34 plates after Henry Alken (one or two spots). Scarlet crushed morocco gilt extra by Bayntun (Riviere).
"CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE PREMIER COLOURED PLATE SPORTING BOOK IN THE 19TH CENTURY" (Tooley).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE with four mounted plates, and "The Tandem" opposite page 348. Schwerdt I, p.36; Tooley 65.
[With:] NIMROD. Memoirs of the Life of the late John Mytton, Esq. London: Rudolf Ackermann, 1837. 8o (233 x 141 mm). additional engraved title with hand-coloured vignette and 18 hand-colored aquatint plates by E. Duncan after H. Alken and T.J. Rawlins. Modern full scarlet calf gilt by Riviere, all edges gilt. Second edition. "This second edition contains 6 extra plates, and 3 new plates replace 3 of the old plates of the first edition, making 9 new plates in all." Abbey Life 385; Schwerdt I, p. 38; Tooley 67. (2)
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