Author
ALKEN, Henry Thomas.
Title
The Annals of Sporting and Fancy Gazette.
Published
London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1822-28
Description
FIRST EDITION. 13 volumes, 8vo., 153 engraved plates including 53 hand coloured, after Samuel Alken, Herring, Egerton, Davis, R. Cruikshank, and others. Numerous vignettes throughout, without the very rare June 1828 issue as often. Later red half morocco gilt rule to boards and decorative sporting gilt panels to spine, for Chas. J. Sawyer of London, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers an attractive set in good condition. Book-plate to front paste-down of each volume. A magazine entirely appropriated to sporting subjects and fancy pursuits; containing every thing worthy of remark on hunting, shooting, coursing, racing, fishing, cocking, pugilism, wrestling, single stick, pedestrianism, cricket, billiards, rowing, sailing &c. &c. An excellent companion work to Ackermann's “Repository of the Arts”. Just as that work chronicles the taste and fashions of sophisticated metropolitan life, so the “Annals” provide a comprehensive view of the life and habits of those who lived in the English countryside. With a broader scope than the “Sporting Magazine” and with its fine series of coloured plates, this is the most attractive periodical of its type.

Coloured plates in order:

Volume 1.

1. Frontispiece. (Composite)
2. Grouse Shooting.
3. To Daniel Haigh Esq and the Gentlemen Subscribers to the Surrey Hunts....
4. Race Horses Exercising.
5. To Col. Berkeley and the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Berkeley Hunt....
6. Rattle and Clinker, the Half bred Dog and Terrier Bitch.
7. Piper, a celebrated Greyhound, the Property of L.J. Pouchie Esq...
8. Jack Spigot (the Winner of the Doncaster St. Leger 1821)....
9. Filho da Puta. [Horse]
10. Race Horses. Mounting.
11. Race Horses. Winning.
12. Cock Fighting, 'Setting to'.

Volume 2.

13. Gugeon Raking.
14. N.W. View of the Stable, lately erected J.R. Scott Esq...
15. A Visit to the Fives Court. (double page)
16. Interior of the Stables lately erected by J.R. Scott Esq...
17. Duck Shooting.
18. Partridge Shooting.
19. Pigeon Shooting.
20. Sportsmen Refreshing.
21. North American Deer.
22. Pheasant Shooting.

Volume 3.

23 To the Marquis of Salisbury and the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Harfield Hunt....
24. Fan. [Dog]
25 Near side view of a Horse's Bones: shewing, also, the situation of some principal internal parts. (double page)
26. Unkennelling.
27. Skaiting Match at St. Ives.
28 Ferreting Rabbits.
29. Stag at Bay.
30. Drawing a Badger.
31. Magistrate. [Horse]

Volume 4.

32. Race Horses - Saddling.
33. Otter Hunting.
34. Race Horses - Preparing for Second Heat.
35. Duck Hunting.
36. Blacklock. [Horse and Jockey]
37. Hare Hunting.
38. Coursing.
39. Rat Hunting.

Volume 5.

[No coloured plates contained within this volume]

Volume 6.

40. Plan and Survey of Ascot Race Course in the County of Berks; including the Rises and Falls...
41. Plan and Survey of Pontefract Race Course in the County of York; including the Rises and Falls...
42. Plan and Survey of Doncaster Race Course in the West Riding of Yorkshire; including the Rises and Falls...
43. Front View of the Grand Stand at Doncaster, 1824.
44. Plan and Survey of Stamford Race Course in Lincolnshire; including the Rises and Falls...

Volume 7.

45. Plan and Survey of York Race Course...

Volume 8.

46. Plan and Survey of Egham Race Course in the County of Surrey; including the Rises and Falls...
47. Wild Ducks.

Volume 9.

48. Fox Hunting. Hour of Meeting.
49. Fox Hunting. Broke Cover. Settling to the Scent.
50. Fox Hunting. The Chase. Full Cry.
51. Fox Hunting. Gone to Earth.

Volume 10.

52. The Promenade at Cowes, with Portraits of Noble Commanders and members of the Royal Yacht Club.
53. Pincher. [Fighting Dog]

Volume 11.

[No coloured plates contained within this volume]

Volume 12.

[No coloured plates contained within this volume]

Volume 13.

[No coloured plates within this volume]
References
Schwerdt I, 32-35; Tooley 64; Bobins II 767.
Hand coloured plates
53
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
Alken, British Isles, Sports/Hunting
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
965