APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843) - MYTTON, John [Jack] (1796–1834). Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire. London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837.
APPERLEY, Charles James, as "NIMROD" (1778–1843) - MYTTON, John [Jack] (1796–1834). Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire... with notices of his hunting, shooting, driving, racing, eccentric and extravagant exploits. By Nimrod, Second edition, Reprinted (with considerable Additions) from the New Sporting Magazine. London: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery & New Sporting Magazine Office, 1837.
8vo., (9 2/8 x 5 6/8 inches). Fine aquatint frontispiece, additional engraved title-page, and 17 plates by Henry Alken and T.J. Rawlins with original hand-colour in full (lacking final leaf and advertisements at end). Later half red morocco, gilt by Morrell (a little scuffed at the extremities).
"As Nimrod he held a unique position in his day and left an imperishable memory in sporting history" (Norman Gash for DNB).
Second edition of the life of the notorious sportsman and eccentric John Mytton. "Nicknamed Mango, the King of the Pickles by a neighbour. At Westminster School (from 1807) he spent twice his £400 yearly allowance and was expelled in 1811, as he is said to have been from Harrow in 1813. He was later placed with a private tutor, whom he knocked down, and thereafter avoided the universities and education: always impervious to advice, he read only the Racing Calendar and Stud Book... As master of foxhounds from 1818 to 1821 Jack Mytton, as he was known, hunted a vast country extending from Halston into Staffordshire and including what was later the country of the Albrighton hunt. Both then and later in the 1820s, when he hunted around Halston with new hounds and harriers, he flouted many established hunting conventions. He was on the turf from 1817 to 1830 but, though he kept a large racing stable, he never bred a good horse...He was a splendid shot and a daring horseman, and there are numberless stories of his recklessness. He is said to have galloped at full speed over a rabbit warren just to see if his horse would fall, which it did and rolled over him. Again, for a wager he drove a tandem at night across country, surmounting a sunk fence 3 yards wide, a broad deep drain, and two stiff quickset hedges. He would sometimes strip to his shirt to follow wildfowl in hard weather, and is said once to have stripped naked to follow some duck over the ice. One night he even set fire to his nightshirt to frighten away the hiccups. Inordinately convivial, Mytton drank from four to six bottles of port a day, beginning in the morning while shaving, and he eventually lived in a ‘nearly constant state of intoxication’" (G. F. R. Barker, rev. George C. Baugh for DNB).
Apperley's "expert knowledge and social status made him an invaluable recruit to the sporting press of the time, and he may even be said to have created the role of gentleman hunting correspondent. Writing at first under various pseudonyms (Acastus, Eques, and A), he published his first article for the Sporting Magazine as Nimrod in January 1822 and he subsequently usually used that nom de plume. For five seasons, from 1824 to 1828, he was the magazine's official representative, with a contract that gave him £1500 p.a., a remarkably high salary designed to cover his travelling expenses and the upkeep of a string of hunters" (Norman Gash for DNB). Abbey, Life 385; Schwerdt I, p.38; Tooley 67