ALKEN, Henry (1784-1851). The National Sports of Great Britain. London: W. Lewis for Thomas Mclean, 1821 (watermarked 1809-1820).
2° (473 x 320mm). Parallel titles and text in French and English, hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, 50 hand-coloured aquatint plates, all by I. Clark after Henry Alken. (Beagles plate inserted from another later issue [watermarked 1824], most plates with some marginal thumbing or soiling, small tear to the inner margin of Coursing plate II, about 10 plates with some offsetting.) Contemporary calf, tooled in gilt and blind, centrally-placed small gilt crest on upper cover with initails R.C. beneath (worn). Provenance: R.Carpenter (binding); Marcus Keane, Beech Park (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue with frontispiece dated 1821. Perhaps 'Alken's best known and most comprehensive work': Schwerdt I,p.19; Tooley 41.