OSBALDESTON, Squire. His Autobiography. The Bodley Head. 1926.
4to. Original fawn cloth, lettering blocked in brown to front and spine, brown and blue blocked vignette of knight to spine; pp. lv + [v] + 260 + [4, ads.], 16 colour plates, 75 b&w plates by artists including Alken and Ferneley; occasional foxing throughout especially to edges, very good.
First edition. 'Squire' George Osbaldeston (1786 - 1866) was a Yorkshire sportsman and politician, though his duties as Whig MP for East Retford came a distant second to his sporting interests. He was an excellent jockey and cricketer, but his main passion was fox hunting, and this is the main focus of the book. He was hot-headed, intemperate, trusting, womanising, impecunious, addicted to gambling and probably none too bright; this handsomely produced book, which had not been published before this edition, captures the spirit of a man who was only really happy on a horse.