THE DEVILS STEEPLECHASETHE DEVILS STEEPLECHASE
[London]: Jennas. 1830.
Oblong 4to. (185 by 270mm) 15 leaves with 13 (of 15) high quality watercolours depicting the duel. Titled by the artist in black ink with an explanatory text, under the title is inscribed the name "Jennas". Further manuscript on pages opposite the pictures and at the beginning and end, fifteen leaves in all from a few lines to whole pages. With a further eleven unfinished sketches including ones to front and rear pastedowns. Two leaves removed at some point in its history, one lead has a short clean tear which does not affect the image; another has become detached. Contemporary half calf, re-backed.
A cross between a dance of death and the sporting artist, Henry Alken. The King of Terrors triumphs, tossing the skull skywards, Yorrick-like, in a graveyard. A unique book.