SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Humorist: A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Epigrams, &c

A late issue. Cruikshank's inimitable illustrations were first published in 1819-20. "The Humourist...gave Cruikshank his first sustained opportunity to devise illustrations; Blanchard Jerrold calls it his first remarkable separate work. Robins issued forty-six-penny parts, stitched into green wrappers with a colored etching in each, during 1819 and 1820. The parts were also bound in four volumes (as here). In several respects, this format anticipates the one Dickens and his publishers revived for Pickwick Papers and the other serials ... " - Patten p. 190.

London: John C. Nimmo, 1892.
London: John C. Nimmo, 1892.

4 vols. Number 47 of an edition limited to 260 copies. 40 hand coloured illustrations by Cruikshank, including a frontispiece and vignette in each volume. [220] [228] [224] [226] pp. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth. Contrasting paper lettering labels to spine top edge gilt, others uncut; Minor rubbing to extremities. Pressure points lightly bumped; corners are starting to wear. Head and heel lightly frayed. Spine lightly sunned; labels are starting to chip. Boards and page edges are mildly soiled. Pages slightly toned with faint scattered foxing, not affecting illustrations. Former owner's name in ink to front free endpapers. ('Marquand Ward') Various signatures starting. Overall quite good. Text crisp and bright. Binding secure. A lovely set. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Frontispiece. The Slippers. 2. Title page. 3. The Three Blind Beggars. 4. Conceit can Kill & Conceit can Cure. 5. The Well of St. Keyne. 6. The Conjurer. 7. Alfieri and the Teacup. 8. Foote & Jemmy Wright. 9. The Horned Cock. 10. Imaginary Illness. Volume 2. 11. Frontispiece. The Bashful Man. 12. Title page. 13. An Awkward Mistake. 14. The Whiskers. 15. The Witty Porter in the Stocks. 16. Cook the Actor, the Dirty Beau & Big Ben. 17. John Audley. 18. Daniel Lambert and the Dancing Bears. 19. The Biter Bitten. 20. Monsieur Tonson. Volume 3. 21. Frontispiece. The Credulous Chaldean. 22. Title page. 23. The Pilgrim and the Peas. 24. Choang and Hansi. 25. Trotting. 26. A Present Returned. 27. The Mistaken Marriage. 28. Linnet, the Strolling Player. 29. Cure for a Mischievous Monkey. 30. John Gilpin. Volume 4. 31. Frontispiece. Sermon on Malt. 32. Title page. 33. Mr. St. Leger and the Scavengers. 34. Frank Hayman. 35. Nicolas Pedrosa. 36. All for the Best. 37. New Readings. 38. Tom Blanchard in "Hamlet." 39. Tit-for-Tat or The Officer & his Irish Servant. 40. The Irish Gentleman and his Apple Tree.