[JOSEPH CRAWHALL THE FIRST]
Grouse Shooting made Quite Easy to every Capacity. Exemplified in a series of practical illustrations. By Jeffrey Gorcock. Kilhope Cross: 12 August 1827. 4°, lithographed throughout with "frontispiece", portrait of "Jeffrey Gorcock Aetat. 83", title, leaf with small vignette, 5-leaf preface with tail-piece, contents leaf and 34 plates ending with a portrait of "Jeffrey Gorcock Aetat. 93" and a repetition of the tail-piece, some plates on coloured paper, three plates in two states, some plates before letters (browning to final two leaves of text, both states of the first plate heavily spotted, one with marginal tear, spotting to two subsequent plates, occasional lighter spotting to later plates.) Contemporary red half morocco and comb-marbled boards, flat spine longitudinally lettered in gilt, comb-marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut (rubbed, front free endpaper loose). Provenance: purchased from Francis Edwards, 31 December 1968, for £50--4--6.
A RARE, PRIVATELY PRINTED WORK celebrating the comic feats of the Park House Club. Its make-up varies. Though the contents list calls for 34 plates, this is including the portrait of Jefferey Gorcock at 83 and the tail-piece to the preface. If the attribution of the designs to Joseph Crawhall (1793-1853) is correct, it creates something of a puzzle since he lived to 60 and not 93, and would have been a young man in 1827. He is remembered as a rope maker, patron of the arts, local polititician and Mayor of Newcastle in 1849-50; his son, Joseph, known as Joseph Crawhall the Second (1821-1896), became a celebrated wood-engraver. The bookplates of both were in the Duke of Gloucester's copy of this work, sold by Christie's as lot 637, 27 January 2006. Schwerdt I, p. 212 (not making any attribution): "The author claims that he is offering this book with an experience of fifty years, mellowed by a thousand gallons of whisky, and claims that it is the most original that this country has produced"; not in Chute.