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14 hand-coloured aquatint plates of wonderful racehorses

HERRING, John Frederick, Sr.
Portraits of the winning horses of the Great St. Leger Stakes, at Doncaster, from the year 1815 to the present year inclusive.
London, S. and J. Fuller (printed by L. Harrison), [1828]. Imperial folio (60×42 cm). With engraved vignette on the letterpress title-page, 14 hand-coloured aquatint plates by T. Sutherland and R. G. Reeve after Herring, each with information on a separate letterpress leaf. Contemporary plain boards with publisher's printed label wrapper-title on front board (rebacked with burgundy half morocco and matching corners). [17] ll. plus plates.
€ 95,000
"Extremely rare" (Tooley) 1828 edition of Herring's finest work, the outcome of his fascination with horse racing in general and the St. Leger Stake in particular. "In the writer's estimation, the first series of the St. Leger winners contains the very best of Herring prints . . . they were engraved by Sutherland, a more competent aquatinter and colourist than his successors who handled these race-horses" (Siltzer).
This is the second edition of this series of wonderful racehorse portraits.
Very slight offsetting to text. Boards darkened and worn at the edges, internally in fine condition and untrimmed. A rare work with beautiful horse plates and detailed information. Cf. Podeschi 128 (1824 ed. with different title, with 10 plates plus extra plate for 1825); Siltzer 139-146 (various eds.).
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