The Analysis of the Hunting Field; Being a Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season, 1845-6.
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. Illustrations by Alken, Henry. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover.
This is one of Surtees few non-fiction works, taken from the sporting newspaper Bell's Life in London during the fox hunting season of 1845-6.
Handsomely bound by Morrell in Full crimson morocco leather; Four raised spine bands with tittle and decorations; Dentelles embellished Doublures to marbled endpages. Original cloth and spine bound-in at rear. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, toned with scattered foxing. Moderate handling wear. First Edition. Seven hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece and extra title, forty-three woodcuts engraved by Cook and CO. 4to; 26 cm. vi-326 pages. Armorial Bookplate of James Allen Young
Very Good; No Dust Jacket Issued. Item #009674
Robert Surtees was an English editor, novelist and sporting writer. He left for London in 1825, intending to practice law in the capital, but had difficulty making his way and began contributing to the Sporting Magazine.
"His Novels are pre-eminent in the annals of sport".[ Kunitz] Henry Thomas Alken was an English painted and engraver chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes.
REF: Tooley: 470; Prideaux; Nevil: 31; Kunitz: 597; Roy Young, Catalog: 236; Higginson: 55; Smith: 433.