[APPERLEY, Charles James (1778-1843)]. NIMROD. The Life of a Sportsman. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1842.
8vo (232 x 151 mm). 36 hand-colored aquatint plates after Henry Alken (including frontispiece and title). (Some very minor spotting, otherwise, coloring very bold.) Contemporary maroon morocco gilt, spine gilt, edges gilt (some light wear, upper cover detached). FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the four mounted plates, and "The Tandem" opposite p.348. Apperley's work, with illustrations by Alken, is "considered by many to be the premier coloured plate sporting book in the 19th century" (Tooley). Schwerdt I, p.38; Tooley 67.
Estimate $ 600-800
Provenance: Richard Philip Hart Durkee (bookplate) gifted to; F. Gray Griswold (1854-1937) American sportsman (bookplate, letter) gifted to; William Forbes Morgan (bookplate).