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ALKEN, Henry.
A Touch at The Fine Arts.
London: Published by Thomas McLean. [1824]
FIRST EDITION. Large quarto; (304 x 232 mm.). Twelve hand-colored etched plates mounted on heavy card stock, with the leaf of descriptive letterpress mounted on the facing page. Bound without the half-title, title, preface leaf, and leaf of advertisements. Bound ca. 1850 in half brown hard-grain morocco, ruled in gilt, over brown morocco-grain cloth boards. Spine ruled in blind and decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Coloured edges. Minor wear to extremities. Each plate with small abrasion in the upper right corner where the plate number has been erased. Some minor worming in the margins of the mounts. A very good copy.

Coloured plates in order:

1. A Touch at the Fine Arts - An Imposing Effect.
2. A Touch at the Fine Arts - Unpleasant in Effect - but the keeping is good.
3. A Touch of he Fine Arts - A Moving Effect - the Execution Rapid.
4. A Touch at he Fine Arts - A Stricking Effect - The handling by no means good, or pleasant to the eye.
5. A Touch at The Fine Arts - All Effect - The subject far from good, but Rich.
6. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A Forcible Effect.
7. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A Sudden Effect.
8. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A Surprising Effect - but no Execution.
9. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A Very Warm Effect.
10. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A powerful Effect - but the subject rather hurried.
11. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A Spirited Effect - but no order kept in grouping of the Figures.
12. A Touch at the Fine Arts - A very Brilliant Effect.

Martin Hardie, pp. 183-184 and 319; Siltzer, p. 71; Tooley 58; Bobins II 612; Not in Abbey.
Hand coloured plates
Alken, British Isles, Caricatures, Culture/Lifestyle
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