The Sporting Album, or British and Foreign Dogs. W. H. Harrison. c.1839. Extremely Rare Antique Dog Book. Francis P. Fretwell Collection.
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One of the many books from the Estate of Francis P. Fretwell that we will be selling. The library is the largest privately owned collection of dog books in the world. Mr. Fretwell was the owner of Monfret Kennels, which bred champion standard poodles. He was former president and governor of the Poodle Club of America, and the Italian Greyhound Club of America. He also served as a delegate to the American Kennel Club for decades. His wonderful collection of books has been carefully maintained. *** The Sporting Album or British and Foreign Dogs. By W. H. Harrison. Cheapside [London]: Robert Jennings, n.d. 1839 (the date of the latest engraving) or later. No pagination. [?] 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¬íw 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 - depicting a Fox and Partridge; a Terrier; a Pointer; Beagles; a Mastiff; Stag Hound; Cart Horse (with 2 Suffolk Horses in the background); A Hackney; Amato, winner of the Derby Stakes, 1838; a still life (3 game birds); Don John (winner of the Doncaster St. Leger Stakes, 1838); a Stallion, Jupiter; Shoveller (a duck); ¬ìThe Warrener¬ís Dog¬î; Harold (a Wavy Coat/Curly Coat/Golden Retriever-?; a brindle Grayhound; a Harrier; a Black tan [sic] Terrier [?]; the balance being taken from British and Foreign Dogs, 1835, including the title page, ¬ìBreaking Cover¬î; an Old English Bloodhound; a Scotch Terrier (¬ìa very rare engraving...The two dogs shown are Dirk Hatteraick and The Lady of the Lake and were once owned by the novelist, Sir Walter Scott. While they were ¬ëdeemed to be the purest breed and among the ﬁnest specimens of their kind: it is difficult to say from their appearance if they represent early types of Scottish Terriers, Cairn, West Highland Whites, or Skyes. The print was reproduced in Watson¬ís The Dog Book, p. 507¬î N¬∫ 5117); Rabbit Beagles; Persian Greyhounds (¬ìOne of the earliest engravings to show the Saluki¬ótwo hounds in an Eastern setting¬óand apparently unknown to all contemporary authors on dogs...¬î N¬∫ 4017); Dutch Pugs; Southern Hound; Exquimaux Dogs; English Rough Terriers; an Irish Setter (¬ì¬Öa portrait of Juno, ¬ëthe property of a Nobleman,¬í and is probably the earliest portrait of a named dog of the breed¬î, N¬∫ 3157; a Scottish Highland Wolf Dog [smooth coated]; Italian Greyhounds; Poodle Dog (¬ì¬Öthe first dog book to ever contain an illustration of¬Öthe Poodle named as such¬Ö¬í) and four additional engravings, being a part of the six which are in an unfinished state, i.e.: being without any lettering or background¬ójust the dogs themselves. Two plates following the English Rough Terriers, depict a Curly Coated Retriever/Water Spaniel type dog and two Toy Spaniels while a final four plates depict a Deerhound [rough coated, as distinguished from the smooth coated Scottish Highland Wolf Dog, above], a Fox Hound [?], a Wolf [?] and a Harrier or Beagle type hound. A collection of sporting engravings taken from The Sportsman¬ís 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; l Duck; l 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. The Bulldog is not included nor are many other English breeds proving that the work could never have been completed. Nigel Aubrey-Jones, describing another copy of the book in 1993, wrote: ¬ìThe very rareness of the book can be gathered from the fact that no later authors have never mentioned it. The late Gerald Massey¬óconsidered to be the greatest authority ever on rare dog books¬óinscribed on the book in 1957 that it was only the third copy he had ever seen in 30 years. The Sporting Album has been considered by many to be as rare if not rarer than Cynographica Britannica by Syndenham Edwards¬î, q.v. Not in Jones4. From The Sporting Magazine, London: various dates; early 1800s, q.v. From Smith, W. R., and Harrison, W. H. British and Foreign Dogs, London: 1835. Massey, Gerald. A Show Catalogue of Dog Books, Paintings & Prints, London, 1945, q.v. Scott, John. The Sportsman¬ís Repository, London, 1820, q.v.
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