NEWHOUSE, Charles B.
The Roadsters Album
London: Messrs. Fores, 1845. Folio. (14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches). Hand-coloured engraved title after H. Alken, 16 hand-coloured aquatint plates after Newhouse, heightened with gum arabic.
Publisher's green cloth, covers blocked in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers
The greatest of all coaching books.
A reissue of the first edition published by Watson in 1833 under the title Incidents of Travelling. The colorful plates depict a humorous story of mishaps on travel by horse-drawn carriage through the English countryside. The title page is by Alken. "The Roadsters' Album, a rare and humorous volume of hand-colored aquatints by C.B. Newhouse, an artist who confined himself almost exclusively to scenes of mail and stage coaching and sport driving. The book is an excellent example of Newhouse's work, as his images usually portray the speed associated with the open road, and the calamity or comedy that speed can bring about" (National Sporting Library). The plates are titled: 1. Travelling in a Hunting Country - "I hope you are not much hurt, Sir." 2. An Unwelcome Fare - "All that luggage by the Mail, Ma'am, quite impossible." 3. The Drag is broke and we are on the Bank. 4. Is the Bottom pretty sound? 5. A False Start.6. Taking an Inside Birth [sic] - "It strikes me we're going to have some rough weather." 7. "No time to lose, Ma'am; here's the other coach close behind." 8. "Hold hard! You have forgot the lady." 9. An Awkward Place in a Frost.10. I'm afraid we have now got into the Ditch. 11. The Sleepy Gatekeeeper. 12. The Old Grey loosed his Trace again. 13. "Quite full, Sir." 14. One Mile from Gretna, our Governor in sight. 15. An Arrival at Gretna - Overtaken by the Guardian
Abbey Life 407; Mellon/Snelgrove, p. 126; Tooley 346; Siltzer, p. 192; Bobins 785.