Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late John Mytton, Esqre. Of Halston, Shropshire, Formerly M.p. For Shrewsbury; High Sheriff For The Counties Of Salop And Merioneth, And Major Of The North Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry: With Notices Of His Hunting, Shooting, Driving, Racing Eccentric, And Extravagant Exploits. By Nimrod With Numerous Illustrations, By Henry Alken And T. J. Rawlins.
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. Ltd.
[n.d. c. 1914]
NEW EDITION. 4to. 7.5 x 10.25 inches. xxvi + 238 pp. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with gilt block on front board. A little wear to extremities and occasional foxing; otherwise a very good clean copy. Illustrated by engraved title page, 20 hand coloured plates with captioned tissue guards, including frontispiece. and by facsimile signature in text. High quality reissue of the enlarged 1837 second edition. The Memoirs had first appeared in The New Sporting Magazine in 1834 and in collected book form in 1835, as he life of one of the greatest English eccentrics, hunting and sporting squire, John 'Mad Jack' Mytton (1796-1834). Expelled from Westminster and Harrow Schools and not awarded a degree by the University of Cambridge, he saw some military service in the occupation of France and the county yeomanry then played at being a Tory MP but soon resigned because he found Parliament boring. After numerous crazy exploits he spent all his inheritance and died in debtors' prison. Nimrod was the pseudonym of the Welsh fox hunter, later sporting writer, Charles James Apperley (1785-1843). Henry Thomas Alken (1785-1851) was a painter and engraver of sporting scenes, who often co-operated with Nimrod.
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