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Ugly horses

ALKEN, Henry.
The beauties and defects in the figure of the horse.
London, S. & J. Fuller, [1816]. 4to. With an engraved title-page with a circular vignette and 18 hand-coloured etched plates. Original boards. Untrimmed. Engraved title-page plus 2, [18] pp. plus 18 plates.
€ 3,500
First edition. An uncut copy, in its original pictorial boards, of the first book published under Alken's name. He mentions his "habit of riding young and violent horses with fox-hounds", and of having a mare that caused him "four or five falls a day upon an average, and all in consequence of her violent bucking leaps."
With the bookplate of Prince Henry, Duke of Goucester. Huth 85; Mellon 73; Mennessier de la Lance 14; Schwerdt I, 12; Tooley, Some English books with coloured plates 20.
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