[ALKEN, Henry (1785-1851)]
How to Qualify for a Meltonian; Addressed to all Would-Be Meltonians ... by Ben Tally-Ho
London: S. and J. Fuller, 1820. Oblong folio. 3pp. letterpress text. 6 hand-colored etched plates after Alken. Original gray wrappers bound in, paper-backed.
Later full red morocco, title in gilt on upper cover, covers gilt-ruled, double gilt rules to turn-ins, marbled endpapers.
Second edition of "one of the finest of Alken's sets produced during the great period of the Leicestershire hunts" (Schwerdt).
Sparrow praises Alken's "mood of high comedy free from caricature." The descriptive text, by Alken himself, is part of the burlesque. His advice to the would-be Meltonian on taking a difficult jump is to adopt an "extremely careless" attitude; "However extraordinary the leap may be, never appear to think it of consequence." In the corresponding plate, an impeccably-groomed rider shows all the nonchalance that the text recommends by gliding over a fence with one hand in his pocket.
Mellon/Snelgrove 10; Schwerdt I:15; Siltzer 58 & 69; Tooley 29; Sparrow p. 16.