1827. ALKEN, Henry. Miniature Sporting Prints. [London: ca. 1827]. Small octavo. A group of eight exceptionally fine hand-colored etched plates, all window-mounted (3 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; 80 x 135 mm.). (5 3/4 x 8 inches; 145 x 203 mm. with mounts). Preserved in a green buckram chemise and matching quarter green morocco clamshell case by the Lakeside Press, Chicago. Spine with two sporting tools and longitudinal title lettering between two raised bands.A fine group of eight highly unusual miniature scale sporting prints. Two show coaching scenes, one a horse fair, one fox hunters, another a man out shooting, two showing baiting sports watched by top-hatted men who all look slightly disreputable. The first of these two prints has the letters "H A" on a box being carried by one of assistants. The final print shows oriental cavalry and has a very small (5/8 inch) clean marginal tear. The title above is taken from the spine of the clamshell case which reads: Miniature Sporting Prints by Henry Alken (circa 1827).'Provenance: purchased from Spencer, London, 15 July 1937. Each print with the library stamp of Maxine and Joel Spitz on the verso of the mount. (Inventory #: 03364)
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