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1 Alken, Henry A Collection of Seven Drawings
London 1815-1830 Half Calf. Paper pastedown on boards. Fine 
A handsome modern binding of seven original Alken drawings. Elephantine oblong, 35 by 50 cm. The drawings themselves are laid in a heavy board frame within the binding, and this frame has a window of 25 by 36 cm. The drawings themselves are laid on paper, and this paper is exposed, creating a margin all around, of not quite 2 cm. The drawings are titled: "Swell and the Surrey, No. 1", "Swell and the Surrey No. 2", "Drawing the Long Bow", "Drawing a Horse", "A Cabbage Leaf Galloper", "In Such a Scene as This", and "Rider Unshipped". Most relate to riding and equestrian sports, but "Drawing the Long Bow" depicts men drinking and playing cards. Generally the scenes have a touch of humor and levity, although one can not say they are all caricature or intended to be funny. While one can find some sketchiness here and there, overall the drawings come off as satisfying works that can stand on their own -- in other words, they are closer to being finished than tentative works in progress. Bringing coherence to the group is an esprit of quintessential Alken. The modern binding is handsome and worthy of the contents. Leather title label on front board. 
Price: 3875.00 USD
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2 Alken, Henry A Set of Six Plates on Horse Riding
London Thomas McLean 1821 First Edition Half Calf. Paper pastedown on boards. Fine 
A handsome modern binding of six hand-colored plates which were issued separately, or as a folio, and not in book-form, in 1821. Elephantine oblong, 33 by 54 cm. The plates themselves are laid in a heavy board frame within the binding, and this frame has a window of 24 by 30 cm, which exposes about 4 cm of margin all around the images. The plates are titled: "Delighted", "Dissatisfied", "Perfectly Satisfied", "Displeased", "Surprised" and "Terrified". They are humorous takes on two gentlemen riding, not necessarily foxhunting. The men are opposites in their riding style, both exemplifying ineptitude and inexperience, though. The suite is very much in the vein of Alken stylistically, and also in the vein of such print series issued in profusion at the time. Obviously, such series usually ended up decorating walls, and so it is quite unusual and nice to have the suite survive intact and to have it bound so handsomely. With also a title page. Leather title label on front board. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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3 Alken, Henry A Touch at the Fine Arts Illustrated by Twelve Plates, With Descriptions, by Henry Alken
London Thomas McLean, Repository of Wit and Humour 1824 First edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
A humorous take on the argot of art criticism. 8vo. With 12 hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontis, which is described as Plate V. The apercus of Alken, as he applies phrases others must have used to describe, praise and pan his own efforts, are singular in not being susceptible to easy description. However, he succeeds ably in capturing the pretentious tone of the critic in his elaboration of phrases such as "an imposing effect", "a sudden effect", "a warm effect". For most, the magic and fun is in the illustrations, in which he attempts to give literal application of these terms. The binding is a later (1911) full red straight-grained morocco by Zaehnsdorf. With gilt-fillet borders and gilt lettering and details on the spine. Also one page publisher's advertisement at rear, but without half-title. The binding has light rubbing along the front joint and there are rubbed spots along the edges and by the corners, but the binding remains very handsome indeed. Excepting a few occasional, light fox marks, the plates and text are clean. There is an armorial bookplate on marbled FEP. Tooley 58. Plus 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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4 Alken, Henry Original Watercolours of Fox-Hunting Scenes
Half Calf Fine 
Elephantine oblong folio, 38 by 54.5 cm. The paintings and prints measure 41 by 30 cm. The four paintings are entitled "Drawing the Cover", "Getting Away", "The Full Cry" and "The Death", and each is accompanied by the hand-colored engraving made from the painting. The engravings were made by R. G. Reeve for Thomas McLean and were issued in 1835. The original painting sits on the left, the engraving, on the right, and the latter is protected by a tissue guard attached from above. The paintings have a pale beauty, whereas the coloring of the engravings is more forceful and rich. Perhaps sacrificed ever so slightly, though, is the sharpness of detail in the engraved version. Regardless, a wonderful suite by one of the giants of equestrian and sporting art. The paintings and engravings are framed in a heavy, very substantial card matting that is virtually the same as what might be used if the pictures were framed on a wall. Very light, scattered soiling. Otherwise, fine. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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5 Alken, Henry; Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man
London E. & Co. McLean 1824 First Edition Three-Quarter Morocco Fine Alken, Henry 
Oblong 14 By 10 Inches. Book. Extremely rare collection of brilliantly handcolored Henry Alken light-hearted plates depicting Shakespeare's seven ages of man: "The Infant", "The School-Boy", "The Soldier", "The Lover", "The Justice", "The Sixth Age", "The Last Scene of All". The leather has some wear along the edges and corners. Binding is tight. Seven plates clean, with just the tiniest smidgen of soilage on two on the lower left, in neither case coming close to the picture itself. All tissues preserved, with minor short tear on just one. Please note that there is no title page or text to this volume, but there are plenty of extra heavy stock sheets before and after the plates. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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6 Alken, Henry Six Drawings of Sporting Notions
London 1815-1830 Half Calf. Paper pastedown on boards. Fine 
A handsome modern binding of six original Alken drawings. Elephantine oblong, 35 by 50 cm. The drawings themselves are laid in a heavy board frame within the binding, and this frame has a window of 19 by 26 cm. The drawings themselves are laid on paper, and this paper is exposed, creating a margin all around, of about 1 cm. The drawings are titled: "I have a notion that I am not quite up to this riding in Surry [sic]", "A gad I had no notion that picking up a fox was such sharp work", "I have a strong notion that this is a coal hole", "I have a very strong notion I should not like stag hunting", "I have a strong notion that this bit of timber will impede my progress excessively", and "I have a notion that this may be called riding to the hounds at a smashing pace". All the drawings relate to foxhunting and its perils and sources of anxiety. The drawings served as the basis for some of the plates in one of the rarest of Alken's color plate books, "Sporting Notions", which was published in 1833 (with plates watermarked 1831 to 1833). Humor, along with a touch of pathos, pervades the artwork. The modern binding is handsome and worthy of the contents. Leather title label on front board. 
Price: 3875.00 USD
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7 Alken, Henry Symptoms of Being Amused Vol. 1 [all that was published]
London Thomas McLean, Repository of Wit and Humour 1822 First edition Half Morocco Very Good Plus 
Oblong, 14 by 9.5", 34 by 24.5 cm. With 42 comical Alken hand-colored plates, including the title page, all watermarked 1822 Thomas McLean. Tooley 57. Each plate contains several designs and accompanying captions. The format produces a liveliness on the page and contributes to the inimitable sense of movement so integral to Alken's art. With also an one page preface. Being Alken, many of the illustrations are of equine and/or sporting interest. The lampooning is highly visual. Sympathetically rebacked with half red morocco over marbled boards. The binding does have some shelfwear and worn corners. The leather remains healthy. Binding is tight. There is a fair amount of finger soiling in the margins, and a few minor, repaired closed tears. Color throughout is bright. Plus 
Price: 1950.00 USD
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8 Alken, Henry The Beauties and Defects in the Figure of the Horse
London S. & J. Fuller 1816 First Edition Half Morocco Near Fine 
4to. 25 by 17 cm. 18 hand-colored equine plates, each with a page of accompanying text. Nineteenth century half red morocco by Morrell, marbled boards, gilt edges. Lovely gilt lettering and equine devices on spine. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Ashley Sparks. Light rubbing to joints. Minor finger soiling and a few stray light fox marks. Overall a very lovely copy. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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9 Alken, Henry and George Augustus Sala The Funeral Procession of Arthur Duke of Wellington. An Elaborate Panoramic View of the Entire Funeral Procession, Upwards of Sixty-Six Feet in Length
London Ackermann and Co. 1852 First edition Leporellos Good 
One of the longest and most ambitious processional panoramas ever produced, as befitting the august subject. 66 feet, or over 2,100 cm. Closed, within its chemise case, it measures 15 by 38 cm, and there are 56 panels, including a center panel with a vertical fold-out depicting the funeral car containing Wellington's coffin. Considerable wear along some folds, with a few closed tears along the folds repaired. Soiling scattered throughout the panorama. Original cloth case rebacked with matching cloth. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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10 Goldsmith, Oliver. Illustrations engraved by Henry Alken from drawing by R. H. Newell The Poetical Works of Goldsmith. With Remarks, Attempting to Ascertain, Chiefly from Local Observation, The Actual Scene of the Deserted Village; and Illustrative Engravings, By Mr. Alkin, From Drawings Taken Upon the Spot. By The Rev. R. H. Newell, B.D.
London Suttaby, Evance, and Company 1820 Quarter Calf Very Good 
4to, 11.5 by 9 inches. With seven hand-colored aquatint plates. Abbey Scenery 459. While a second edition, Abbey notes that this edition has much richer tinting than the 1811 First Edition. Modern calf spine. Original boards with scuffing, and title label soiled. Overall clean interior, with usual offsetting. Note this work is seldom encountered with coloring. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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11 Alken, Henry [Print] An Upset__Blowing from the East. I say SAll, you arnt broke hany of your harms or legs__ are you?

Hand-colored humorous print of a coach accident, with a crowd looking on a woman presumably injured. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 19 by 22 cm, oblong, and matted, it is 30 by 41 cm. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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12 Alken, Henry [Print] An Upset__Blowing from the West. Well my fellow it is of no use saying any thing about it now . . .

Hand-colored humorous print of coach, well-to-do couple, and various grooms and footmen fussying over them. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 19 by 22 cm, oblong, and matted, it is 30 by 41 cm. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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13 Alken, Henry [Print] The Single and Married

Hand-colored humorous print of large miserable family and well-dressed young single buck. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 18.5 by 22 cm oblong, nd matted, it is 36 by 41 cm. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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14 Alken, Henry [Print] This Sir, Is My Husband

Hand-colored humorous print of mismatched couple. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 23 by 19 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 36 cm. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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