The life of a sportsman. By Nimrod. With thirty-six coloured illustrations by Henry Alken.
Item ID 68747
London, Rudolph Ackermann, 1842. Large 8vo (23.6 x 15.1 cm). viii, 402, [ii] pp.; 36 full colour plates. Full scarlet morocco; boards with triple gilt-lined border; broad, rich gilt inner dentelles with minute name of the bookbinder; spine with five raised gilt-stippled bands, compartments with rich gilt floral patterns, title and author. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Original cloth covers and spine mounted and bound in the rear. A superbly bound copy, bound by Riviere & Son, of the first edition. The English (Huguenot descent) Robert Riviere (1808-1882) was renowned for the fine quality of his bindings: "The excellent workmanship and good taste displayed in his bindings gradually won for them the appreciation of connoisseurs, and he was largely employed by the Duke of Devonshire, Samuel Christie-Miller, Captain Francis Capper Brooke and other great collectors. He also bound for the queen and the royal family. In the Great Exhibition of 1851 he exhibited several examples of his skill, and he obtained a medal..." (Wikipedia). The work itself ranks among the best-illustrated sporting books of the early to mid-19th century. "Considered by many to be the premier coloured plate sporting book" (Tooley). Four plates printed on India paper and mounted on plate paper; something that has been recorded more often. Quite peculiar: the original linen spine and boards (front board with gilt vignette) are preserved and tipped in on extra blanks in the rear. A clean, near mint copy. Schwerdt, I, p. 37; Tooley, 65. True sportmanship in a fine binding by Riviere (1st edition)