SPORTING INCIDENTS, by WS Vanderbilt Allen; H.Steele - 1893 [Ltd Ed]


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Sporting Incidents being a Collection of Sixteen Plates done in Color with numerous smaller Cuts representing the most important Events of the Track Field and Road

with Designs by W.S. Vanderbilt Allen  

an Introduction by Colonel William Jay

and Text by H. Milford Steele

LIMITED EDITION, No. 98 of 1000 Copies. Complete. New York: Henry T. Thomas, 1893.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Elephant size volume features custom three-quarter leather binding with red cloth on covers, as well as handsome colored marble design on endpapers. Rounded spine has gilt and five raised bands.
  • Book displays gentle commensurate wear and aging.
  • Covers exhibit overall scuffing and staining, as well as a small black splash near head edge on back cover, that also displays some lighter brown staining in an area of 3".
  • Boards are exposed at bumped corners, and show commensurate overall edgewear, with some darkening to leather around corners, as well as fading of edges. 
  • Covers occasionally show faint white staining, more significant over 9" along front shoulder. (See photos)
  • Spine displays gentle rubbing along shoulders and at ends, with some chipping to foot, and faint white staining.
  • Binding is secure overall, and is reinforced. 
  • Apparent edge toning on some pages is not actual but result of shadow on photo. 
  • Front endpaper as well as first Illustrated Title Page are partially detached from textblock, along approx. 12".
  • Illustrated title pages show gentle toning and minimal occasional smudges and foxing. (See photos)
  • Title page shows a little marginal foxing. Fore edge of title page is cut shorter than Introduction page resulting in a shadow along edge of Introduction page.
  • Text pages show occasional marginal foxing, as do blank sides of illustration pages, and some edgewear.
  • Illustration plates are well preserved and vibrant, with gentle toning and minimal, rare marginal foxing. 
  • Illustration plates have some bleed-through on blank side. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently age-toned with occasional marginal foxing and edgewear. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges have gilt along head, and display commensurate age-toning and wear along fore and foot edges.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200304

Pages not numbered. 16 Plates + text pages. 18 x 23 inches.

Custom three-quarter leather binding features red cloth on covers, as well as rounded spine with gilt and five raised bands. Elephant size volume also features handsome colored marble design on endpapers.

Lavishly illustrated with 16 full-color heliographic plates and 16 B&W vignettes. All plates present. Includes the covers for parts 2, 3 and 4, bound with plates and text. Cover calls for 44 plates but the project was never finished. 

This is a magnificent celebration of sporting, with the most stunning scenes of hunting and horseback riding. Are featured, horseback riding as well as tandem riding, champion stakes, hunts, polo, and much more. Each sport is described in a text preceding the plates, with advice as to its practice, or fascinating historical anecdotes. 

W.S. Vanderbilt Allen (1860-1931) was an American who was grandson to Cornelius Vanderbilt. He trained in Paris with Gerome and Claude Monet.

Colonel William Jay (1841-1915) was an American soldier and lawyer. A noted horseman, he was the first president and one of the founders of the Coaching Club in 1876, which was the pioneer coaching club at the time. 

EDITION POINTS: Limited Edition, No 98 of 1000 Copies.

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