London and New Haven, CT: The Tate Gallery for the Yale Center for British Art, 1978-81. Four volumes. First editions. 4to. xvii, (3), 427; xv, (3), 126; xxiv, 382; xxii, 257 pp. The set includes: (1) BOOKS ON THE HORSE AND HORSEMANSHIP: Riding, Hunting, Breeding & Racing, 1400-1941. A catalogue compiled by John B. Podeschi. With 470 entries for books, and 43 entries for periodicals, nearly 400 illustrations, 33 of them on 18 color plates. (2) BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL DRAWINGS, C.1500-1850. A catalogue compiled by Judy Egerton & Dudley Snelgrove. With nearly 800 entries, covering more than 2000 drawings, 121 reproduced in monochrome and 21 color plates. (3) BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PAINTINGS, 1655-1867. A catalogue compiled by Judy Egerton. With 382 entries, together with 43 color plates and 120 full-page monochrome illustrations. (4) BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS, 1658-1874. A catalogue compiled by Dudley Snelgrove. With over 200 artists represented in the entries, 25 color plates, and 114 reproduced in monochrome. Original publisher's red cloth; black and gilt spine labels; small gilt illustration on front boards. A very nice, clean set in dust jackets with a bit of wear and some shallow chipping. (#7844). Item #60208
A significant reference work for British sporting art, a collecting interest that Paul Mellon felt "has always, blindly and mistakenly, been grossly underrated."