SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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CRUIKSHANK, George (ills.)
Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man.

First edition of this rollicking and highly attractive colour plate book, among Cruikshank's "most brilliantly comic treatments of naval life capturing with incomparable vivacity the frolics of tars ashore and at sea" (Johnson, p. 7). A famous and popular early production of Cruikshank's, illustrating the nautical accounts of Matthew Henry Barker (1790-1846).

London: James Ribins, 1826.
Abbey Scenery 226.
London: James Ribins, 1826.

'By an Old Sailor.' Illustrated vignette on title page. 12 large humorous hand-coloured plates and 16 smaller woodcuts, all by George Cruikshank. [7] 200pp. 4to. Newhalf black morocco-backed marbled boards; spine lettered and ruled in gilt; uncut edges; top edge gilt; well-rubbed overall; occasional light foxing. MS signature 'E. Duncan'. top right of title page. *Ron Norman of Hartlepool carried out rebinding and restoration work on this book. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Billy Culmer & the Goose. 2. Jack's Trump of Defiance. 3. Flying Artillery or A Horse Marine. 4. Sailor's Carousing, or a peep in the Longroom. 5. The Point of Honour. 6. The Battle of the Nile. 7. Davy Jenkins. 8. Paying Off. 9. Sailors on a Cruise. 10. A Witness. 11. Crossing the Line. 12. Scud Hill.