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The Annals of Sporting and Fancy Gazette (Complete set of 13 volumes)
London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones. 1st Edition. Full Calf. Very Good Plus. Alken, Henry, etc.. Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 1822 to 1828. 155 illustrated plates, including 50 hand-colored plates by Henry Alken most notably and others. Many additional woodcut illustrations throughout text. Volumes 5 through 13 also contain Turf Herald bound in at rear of the volumes. Included is the June 1828 issue, usually lacking and considered by Tooley to be "extremely rare". Tooley 64. Full title of magazine gives idea of range of topics covered, or "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, singlestick, pedestrianism, cricket, billiards, rowing, sailing, etc. etc. Accompanied with striking representations of the various subjects". Later full polished calf bindings individually housed in brown custom cloth slipcases. Spines decorated with gilt emblems of stag, hound, horse and fox. Spine labels are red and green. All edges gilt. Spines are lightly sunned. Three volumes with discreet joint repairs. Some light foxing to text, which is heavier on some plates. Overall a very good set.
Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques
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