London: Published June 24th, 1811, by H. Humphrey, No. 27, St. James St, 1811.
First edition. Engraved title leaf with , six hand colored aquatint plates, signed in the plate "R.F. invt et fecit". 1 vols. Oblong 4to. Original (?) plain paper wrappers, stab-stitched, housed in a modern blue morocco slipcase and chemise, by Aquarius. The Alfred Barmore Maclay, Le Vivier (JOHN POYNTON) copy Tooley 158 (under "Billesdon Coplow"); Siltzer p. 122; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 148; Schwerdt I, pp. 186-187; Schwerdt I, pp. 186-187. Item #311425
The engraved title leaf comprises four lines of whimsical verse and a paragraph of descriptive text signed "Billesdon Coplow"; the six numbered plates depict incidents of foxhunting: 1) Going along a slapping pace 2) Topping a flight of rails ... 3) Charging an Ox-fence 4) Going in and out clever 5) Facing a Brook 6) Swishing at a rasper.
A classic of English sporting illustration and the inspiration for Alken's Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders.
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