Banks and published by Sir Walter Gilbey, consisting of 156 gilt bound volumes of the "Sporting Magazine" commencing October, 1792 and continuing until December, 1870. Plus the rare October, 1892 one volume Index of Engravings with the Names and the Artists in the Sporting Magazine from the Year 1792 to 1870. " A 1960 Sotheby's catalog page advertised this set for sale and stated, "A VERY FINE SET.... From the Estate of Esquire Moore Stevens. This fine set has been said to be the finest, complete set in the World.
This set is so impressive and sought after that another set in this condition will be impossible to find. These sets were done by Sir Walter Gilbey only for Royalty and Universities and from what we have found, not many are in existence.Theirs was said to have a Bumpus binding and they stated that their set did not conform to the ideal. The gorgeous 157 bindings on our set, however, were done at a great expense at that time, executed and marked by Riviere & Son and are of half calf in medium red brown with embossed gilded animal scenes and dates red and green toning on the back spine. The back boards are framed in with line gilding.
The front and back covers are half calf and reddish-brown silk. The top, front and bottom of all the pages are beautifully gold gilded. If you would like to come yourself or send a representative, this beautiful set is available for viewing at our place of business 10 to 5, 7 days a week.
This set would make a wonderful present for your partner that will forever be remembered. The books have over 2,000 steel plate engravings, plus is a complete wealth of sporting knowledge dating back from 1792 to 1870. Not only will this set be an excellent selection for fireside reading, but the artistic covers will make a rich statement in your formal library. The artists plates include the rarest artists of the times including, Henry Alken, Harry Hall, the Herrings, Howitt, Marshall, the Sartorius's, F.
Cooper, the Ferneleys, George Moreland and others. The rare index, published in 1892, includes all the works of the artists who contributed and are all listed except for 8 plates not included, in time to celebrate the centenary of the beginning of the magazine. Less than 10 complete sets that we have found have ever come up for sale since its existence.
This set is the "creme de la creme" of sporting books and very important being the finest example in the World known to exist, having the original bindings. These sets are extremely rare and almost impossible to find outside of Universities and Royal families. Thank you for viewing such an important and educational set of books.
Hopefully someone out there will appreciate such a great work of art in illustrations and sporting knowledge.... And be the next proud owner of this rare set of books. If you have any questions or concerns, we are easy to get along with. We have photographed every part for you, so that you can see the condition.
Feel free to ask any questions, we are easy to deal with. Sir Richards Antiques c/o Richard and Barbara Woodard 3487 Waterbury Stowe Road Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677. (Eastern Standard Time), Seven days a week. Check out our other quality auctions.In regard to furniture and accessories, we sell antique furniture and accessories. As most people know, these pieces become more beautiful with age because of movements and distress in the woods, some having restoration. Spindle turnings will not be uniform and swell unevenly with age.
Wood tends to get stress fractures on support systems and where wide board construction is used. 85% of 18th Century veneers have had some restoration during their life. Pine secondary woods might fracture, making overlays and veneers have the same fracture lines. Old finishes might alligator, fade, fisheye or darken, depending on where the pieces were placed. All of these are desired by a true collector and gives it personality.Do not expect these early pieces to be like new. These pieces age gracefully just as we do, giving them unique personality. We do our best to describe and photograph all items thoroughly, but handle a quantity of pieces every day and might miss something. We know if they tick, run, move and are in tune with the quality of sound, but offer no guarantees on these items. You are welcome to personally view or pick your item up at our showroom, which contains Early American to Continental furniture, fine paintings and prints, fine porcelains and glass, plus almost every category pertaining to our past. Open seven day a week 10:00am to 5:00pm. The item "RARE LEATHER BOUND SPORTING MAGAZINE ANTIQUE BOOKS 157 VOL 1792-1870 GILBEY SET" is in sale since Monday, January 06, 2014. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".
The seller is "sirrichardvtant" and is located in Waterbury Center, Vermont. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.