SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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KYD (pseudonym) Joseph Clayton Clarke
Charles Dickens
Characters from Dickens.

Joseph Clayton Clarke (1857 - 1937), who worked under the pseudonym "Kyd," was a British artist best known for his illustrations of characters from the novels of Charles Dickens. "As a character 'Kyd' emulated those of Dickens and his own illustrations – slightly larger than life. In his style and dress, he was mildly flamboyant for the period. He seldom varied his attire from a grey suit, spats, homburg hat, gloves and was never without a carnation or substitute flower in his button hole."

n.p. ca 1890
n.p. ca 1890

Quarto. Full blue morocco front cover ruled and lettered in gilt, spine with five raised bands, ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With leather bookplates of Kenyon Starling & William Self on paste-down. Bound ca. 1950 by Lewis and Harris (stamp signed in black on verso of front endpaper). 36 fine and original watercolour portraits of characters from Dickens novels, primarily from Pickwick Papers (24), and others Oliver Twist (3), David Copperfield (4), Bleak House (2), Little Dombey (1), The Old Curiosity Shop (1), and Martin Chuzzlewit (1). The artist signed original pen, ink, and watercolour drawings, each on fine-laid paper. Twelve drawings are watermarked 'J. Whatman 1885', others 'J. Whatman 1886'. Joseph Clayton Clark (1856-1937) worked as a freelance artist with a particular affection for Dickens, his Dickens illustrations first appearing in 1887 in Fleet Street Magazine, with two collections soon to follow: The Characters of Charles Dickens (1889) and Some Well Known Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens (1892). In the first decade of the twentieth century, five sets of postcards based on Dickens's drawings were published, and seven sets of non-Dickensian comic cards by him were issued. Beginning in the 1920s, he earned his living from watercolour sketches, mainly of Dickens' characters, which he sold to and through the London book trade. A superb, special, and most desirable collection of Dickensian. Unique and scarce. Coloured plates in order: THE PICKWICK PAPERS. 1. Mr. Pickwick. 2. Mr. Snodgrass. 3. Mr. Tupman. 4. Mr. Winkle. 5. Sam Weller. 6. Old Weller. 7. Mr. Jingle. 8. Job Trotter. 9. Dr. Slammer. 10. Dismal Jemmy. 11. Old Wardle. 12. The Fat Boy. 13. Ben Allen. 14. Bob Sawyer. 15. Stiggins. 16. Mr. Pott. 17. Cyrus Angelo Bantam, Esq. 18. Sergt. Buzfuz. 19. Mr. John Smauker. 20. Mrs. Cluppins. 21. Mr. Smangle. 22. The Chancery Prisoner. 23. The Cobbler of the Fleet. 24. Mr. Mivens? FROM OTHER DICKENS TITLES. 25. Oliver Twist. 26. Fagin. (Oliver Twist) 27. Mrs. Corney. (Oliver Twist) 28. Mr. Creakle. (David Copperfield) 29. Mrs. Gummidge. (David Copperfield) 30. Ham. (Mr. Markham from David Copperfield) 31. Old Peggotty. (David Copperfield) 32. Mr. Bucket. (Bleak House) 33. Mr. Tulkinghorn. (Bleak House) 34. Capt. Cuttle. (Dombey & Son) 35. Mrs. Jarnley. (The Old Curiosity Shop) 36. Tom Pinch. (Martin Chuzzlewit)