The Beauties and Defects in the Figure of the Horse.
4to. Engraved title with circular vignette, 18 hand-coloured etched plates, uncut in original boards, worn at joints at extremities.
First edition. An uncut copy in original pictorial boards of the first book published under Alken's name. He mentions his "habit of riding young and violent horses with fox-hounds", and of having a mare which caused him "four or five falls a day upon an average, and all in consequence of her violent bucking leaps." - Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate).
Schwerdt I, 12. Mennessier de la Lance 14. Huth 85. Mellon/Snelgrove 73. Tooley, Coloured Plates 20.