SURTEES, R.S. [The Sporting Novels].

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SURTEES, R.S. [The Sporting Novels]. Bradbury, Agnew & Co., 1847- 1888.

8vo. 7 vols. Later rebound by Riviere in full morocco, triple gilt fillets to sides, spines with gilt raised bands, lettering and tools, gilt turn-ins; illustrations throughout, many in colour, some with original wrappers bound in; fine. Provenance: ffeps with bookplate of Malvern Bryan Clopton (1875-1947), St Louis surgeon, professor and philanthropist.
First one-volume edition of each title. Surtees' set of Sporting Novels comprises the following titles: Ask Mamma, Handley Cross; or Mr. Jorrock's Hunt, Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds, Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, Plain or Ringlets? , Hillingdon Hall; or, The Cockney Squire and Hawbock Grange Schwerdt: "All Surtees' books - especially his set of hunting novels - are famous. They hold a place of their own in English sporting literature of the 19th century, and some of the characters created therein, it is safe to predict, will live for ever ... Much of the credit for the popularity and success of some of these books is due to the clever draftsmanship and inimitable humour of John Leech and Phiz [Hablot K. Browne] who furnished the plates."
cf. Schwerdt II p. 233; cf. Tooley 472-477.