Old English Sporting Books by Ralph Nevill
Signed Presentation Copy
Illustrated by Samuel Alken, Halbot K. Brown ("Phiz"), George and Robert Cruikshank, William Hogarth, John Leech and many others
True First Edition, Published by The Studio Ltd, London, 1924
Custom Full Leather Custom Binding by Zaehnsdorf
Binding Details: Beautiful signed full morocco leather custom binding by Zaehnsdorf, England with decorative raised bands to the spine that also features gilt ruled compartments with elaborate gilt floral decorations and titling. There is gilt ruling with a panel motif with floral stops on the covers, gold ruled and elaborate gilt decorations to the inner dentelles, hand marbled endpapers, and all page ends are gold gilted. The Zaehnsdorf binder’s stamp appears in gold gilt on the bottom of inside front cover.
Book Details: This is the First Edition, First Impression (Printing) of “Old English Sporting Books” published by The Studio Ltd, London with a limitation of 1500 with this being number 1499. This classic reference work is a survey of the English sporting scene that includes racing, hunting, couching, shooting, fishing and several other activities that are beautifully illustrated by the great illustrators of the day such as Samuel Alken, Halbot K. Brown ("Phiz"), George and Robert Cruikshank, William Hogarth, and John Leech. There are a total of 107 plates that includes 24 mounted color plates with printed tissue guards. Also included in the book are an introduction, table of contents, list of illustrations, a bibliography of first and rare editions of Sporting books, and a list of Sporting Annuals. The book measures approximately 12.5” x 10”.
Bound into the book is presentation certificate to Sir Christopher Chancellor from the The Reuters Administration in recognition of his receiving the Honour of Knighthood. The certificate is dated June, 1951 and is hand-signed by 4 individuals whom I assume are members of the Reuters Administration.
Sir Christopher Chancellor started his career as a journalist and eventually rose to become the head of the news agency from 1944 to 1959. The Daily Telegraph today called Sir Christopher the greatest single influence on the development of Reuters after World War II. ''It was largely thanks to Chancellor that Reuters had survived the war intact, despite the loss for several years of the greatest part of its world market'' (New York Times Obituary - September 12, 1989)
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE- condition with some generalized wear to the covers. Internally, the book is clean with some minor light sporadic spotting to the text pages. Overall, this is a beautiful signed full leather custom binding by Zaehnsdorf that houses a presentation copy of one of the classic reference works on English Sports.
Photographs of the binding, endpapers, and presentation certificate appear in the photo section of the listing.