ALKEN, HENRY Military Sketches
. London: T. McLean, 1823 (sheets dated 1822). Modern panelled calf, the original binding label preserved on the front blank. 11 1/2 x 9 inches (23 x 29 cm); with hand-colored lithographed title and 14 (of 15?) sheets with over 50 hand-colored lithographed caricatures and accompanying text. Thumb-soiling and small tape repairs; Together with Sketch Book of Horses, Dogs, Shooting and Sporting. [London: McLean, 1820]. First edition. Contemporary cloth backed embossed orange wrappers with original printed label on upper cover (reading "eleven coloured plates"), fine morocco clamshell case. 7 x 10 3/4 inches (18 x 27 cm); comprising 11 hand-colored engraved plates, each with dated imprint and most with "Scraps from the Sketch-book of Henry Alken." Thumb-soiling, splits to bindings, the Duke of Gloucester's copy with his bookplate.
Two scarce Alkens: the first an amusing lithographed work not in the traditional bibliographies. The second is not in Schwerdt but Siltzer notes an 1820 Sketch Book published by Thomas McLean which contained plates.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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