The Sporting Album of British and Foreign Dogs, by W. H. Harrison, c.1839
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The Sporting Album of British and Foreign Dogs. By W. H. Harrison. Cheapside [London]: Robert Jennings, n.d., circa 1839 (the date of the latest engravings) or later. 12.25" x 9.75", not paginated, burgundy marbled boards, green half-leather with gilt rulings, spine in 6 raised band compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
A collection of sporting engravings taken from "The Sportsman's Repository", 1821, q.v. "The Sporting Magazine" (various years, early 1800s), and the complete 18 engravings and title page from the very rare dog book "British and Foreign Dogs", 1835. The series of highly finished engravings represents 5 horses in all their varieties, 1 duck, 1 fox, a still life of wild fowl and various varieties of dogs. The 18 engravings from "British and Foreign Dogs" are from original drawings which were never issued together with any text.
37 engravings (including title page), 18 from original drawings engraved by W. R. Smith together with engravings by J. Scott (8), W. B. Scott (2), and 1 each by Parr, W. Raddon, J. W. Cook, E. Hacker, And'w Duncan, J. W. Archer and unsigned after W. R. Smith (10), R. R. Reinagle (7), A. Cooper, R.A. (3), Ben Marshall (2) and 1 each after H. C. Sherridan, J. W. Snow, Samuel Gilpin, R.A., G. Armfield, W. H. Robinson, J. Pitman, E. Landseer along with 10 unidentified.
One of the earliest engravings to show the Saluki, plus four additional engravings, being a part of the six which are in an unfinished state, i.e., without any lettering or background - just the dogs themselves.
"The very rareness of the book can be gathered from the fact that no later authors have ever mentioned it. The late Gerald Massey - considered to be the greatest authority ever on rare dog books - inscribed on the book in 1957 that it was only the third copy he had ever seen in 30 years".
Condition: Edges of covers are rubbed, and there is minor board exposure at the tips. Spine is in good condition and the gilt is bright. Gilt edges have a little wear, but are still bright. Two prior owners' bookplates on front fixed endpaper. Some light to moderate foxing throughout. One engraving has a stain (see image #9). Overall the engravings are bright and quite striking, the book is securely bound, and in VG++ condition.
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- Width: 9.75 inches
- Height: 12.25 inches
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