first edition Full Pictorial Pigskin.
1928 · London
by McTaggart, Lt.-Col. M. F. Illustrated by The Wag of the Regiment
London: Country Life Ltd. , 1928. First Limited Edition. Full Pictorial Pigskin. . Near Fine. No. 65 of 150 Edition de Luxe limitation, signed by author and the illustrator (using his pseudonym). 4to. 11.5 by 9.5 inches, 29 by 24 cm. 240,  pp. The illustrations through the body of the work are sprightly, colorful, fun, and perfect exemplars of a twenties to thirties highball sophisticated aesthetic -- a sporting extension of the sleek look associated with thirties screwball comedies and musicals! The book makes riding and all its mishaps seem like one endless lark, a party in which nothing really bad could possibly intrude. This is the kind of work that everyone will have a favorite image, but few can not but admire the frontis of horses' heads awash with a gilt border. Much of the illustration, by the way, appears as if it were applied directly by hand, and this slapdash manuscript quality greatly adds to the charm of the production. The pigskin binding has a film of soiling but remains attractive, especially with its inked title and inkwell and feather quill pen imagery. With also a letter from the publisher.
(Inventory #: 003636)