[ALKEN, Henry (1785-1851)]
Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders ... Ben Tally-Ho
London: S. and J. Fuller, 1815 [watermarked 1819 And 1821]. Oblong folio. Engraved title, 7 hand-colored etched plates.
Later full green morocco, by Sawyer, upper cover lettered in gilt, spine gilt with raised bands, inner dentelles elaborately gilt, marbled endpapers.
Alken's first hunting satire.
Signed Ben Tally Ho, the title good-humouredly explains that the plates are a reply to Robert Frankland's Indispensable Accomplishments, a set of six Leicestershire hunting prints published in June 1811. Where Frankland blames the horse for failures, Alken aims to show how a perfectly good horse can be handicapped by an unqualified or untrained rider. Rare, complete with the title.
Dixon 4; Mellon/Snelgrove 3; Schwerdt I:20; Siltzer 69 & 74; Tooley 44.