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SMEDLEY, Francis Edward.
G. Cruikshank (ills)
Frank Fairlegh or Scenes From the Life of a Private Pupil. With Thirty Coloured Illustrations by George Cruikshank

London: George Routledge & Sons, [1870's]
28 + 2
London: George Routledge & Sons, [1870's]

Octavo. Early 20th-century red half morocco by Zaehnsdorf spines lettered gilt compartments ruled in gilt raised bands marbled sides and endpapers top edge gilt others uncut. Frontispiece extra engraved title and 28 plates by Cruikshank all hand-coloured. A fine copy. Reprint with coloured plates of the first and best book of Francis Edward Smedley (1818-1864) based on the author's few months as one of the private pupils of the Rev Charles Millett at Brighton Sussex. The book was first published in book form in 1850. "The book was popular and its early chapters are still fresh and funny with stories of practical jokes and teasing" (ODNB) Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Pictures of Life. 2. Title page. The Latch-key. 3. Frank Farleigh caught in the Booby Trap. 4. Lawless ornamenting Frank's Writing-desk. 5. Mad Bess. 6. Lawless finds his Level. 7. The Doctor makes a Discovery. 8. The Doctor expels a Pupil. 9. Frank rescues Colman. 10. The Fall of the Candelabrum. 11. Freddy Coleman mystifies the Beadle. 12. Lawless eloping with the Fire Engine. 13. The Wine Party. 14. The Roused Lion. 15. The Results of giving Satisfaction. 16. Fairleigh to the Rescue. 17. Hurra ! Hurra ! room for the Governor ! 18. The sly young Gentleman favours the Company with a Song. 19. A Mysterious Bonnet. 20. An unexpected Reverse. 21. The Discovery. 22. The Lovers Leap. 23. A Charade not all acting. 24. A new Cure for the Heart ache. 25. A Striking Position. 26. The Reconciliation. 27. Mammon Worship. 28. A Messenger of Evil. 29. The Retribution. 30. The Rescue.