SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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EGAN, Pierce.
Life in London; or the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., and Corinthian Tom. Accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees through the Metropolis.

A delightful series of comic plates. The main characters, Tom and Jerry, revel in Beau Brummell’s perfectly tailored dandyism of linen shirts, high collars, and trousers (which he popularised). Other aspects of fashion are present: sideburns, ‘Brutus’ hairstyles (no periwigs or powder), tight breeches, silk stockings, and cravats. For high society women, afternoon or evening dress was the choice: high waistlines, cone-shaped skirts, exposed shoulders, hem and neckline decorations, and pinched sleeves.

London: G. Virtue, 1830.
Tooley 196; Bobins II 640; Abbey Life 281.
London: G. Virtue, 1830.

Fourth edition. Embellished with 36 scenes from real life in colour and with numerous b/w woodcuts. Illustrated by I. R. & G. Cruikshank. 376 pp. Hardcover. 8vo. Red 1/2 leather over marbled boards. Five raised gilt bands separating six decoratively gilt-tooled spine compartments; gilt ruling to boards; marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt; Extremities rubbed; spine and boards soiled; edges and pages lightly toned; light foxing scattered throughout. Else interior clean; sound. Very good. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece (five vignettes within a column). 2. Jerry is in training for a "Swell." 3. Tom & Jerry, sporting their "bis of blood" among the Pinks in Rotten Row. 4. Tom & Jerry in the Saloon at Covent Garden. 5. Tom & Jerry asking Blue Ruin after the Spell is broke up. 6. Midnight. Tom & Jerry at a Coffee Shop near the Olympic. 7. Tom & Jerry in Trouble after a Spree. 8. Bow Street. Tom & Jerry's sensibility awakened at the pathetic tale of the elegant Cyprian, the feeling Coachman, and the generous Magistrate. 9. Tom & Jerry larking at a Masquerade Supper, at the Opera House. 10. Art of Self Defence. Tom & Jerry receiving Instructions from Mr. Jackson, at his Rooms in Bond Street. 11. Cribb's Parlour. Tom introducing Jerry and Logic to the Champion of England. 12. Tom & Jerry sporting their blunt on the phenomenon Monkey, Jacco, Macacoo, at the Westminster Pit. 13. Tom getting the best of a Charley. 14. A "look in" at Tattershal's. Tom taking Jerry's judgment in purchasing a "Prad." 15. An Introduction. Gay moments f Logic, Jerry, Tom, and Corinthian Kate. 16. Fencing. Jerry's admiration of Tom in an "Assault" with Mr. O'Shaunessy, at the Rooms in St James's St. 17. Tom & Jerry catching Kate & Sue on the Sly, having their fortunes told. 18. The "Nu Plus Ultra" of "Life in London." - Kate, Sue, Tom, Jerry, and Logic, viewing the Throne Room at Carlton Palace. 19. Life in London, Peep o' day Boys. A street .row. The Author losing his "reader," Tom & Jerry "showing fight," & Logic floored. 20. Symptoms of the finish of "Some Sorts of Life" in London - Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in the Press Yard at Newgate. 21. The Royal Exchange - Tom pointing out to Jerry a few of the primest features of Life in London. 22. Lowest "Life in London" - Tom, Jerry, and Logic among the unsophisticated Sons and Daughters of Nature at "All Max" in the East. 23. Highest life in London. Tom & Jerry "Sporting a Toe" among the Corinthians, at Almacks in the West. 24. Tom, Jerry, and Logic baking Tommy, the Sweep, at the Royal Cockpit. 25. A Game of Whist. Tom and Jerry among the Swell "Broad Coves." 26. Tom, Jerry, and Logic in characters at the Grand Carnival. 27. The Green Room at Drury Lane Theatre. Tom & Jerry introduced to the Characters in Don Giovanni. 28. Tom, Jerry, and Logic "tasting" Wine in the Wood, at the London Docks. 29. Outside of the Opera House at Night. Gallantry of Tom and Jerry. 30. Tom, Jerry, and Logic are making the most of an Evening at Vauxhall. 31. A Shilling Well Laid Out. Tom and Jerry at the Exhibition of Pictures at the Royal Academy. 32. Tom and Jerry "Masquerading it" among the Cadgers in the "Back Slums" in the Holy Land. 33. Tom and Jerry taking a hint at Logic's being blown up at "Point Nonplus"; or, long "wanted" by John Doe and Richard Row and must "cone." 34. A Whistling Shop. Tom & Jerry visiting Logic "on board the Fleet." 35. Jerry "beat to a standstill!" Dr. Please 'em's Prescription, Tom and Logic condolence, and the "Slaveys" on the alert. 36. White Horse Cellar, Piccadilly. Tom and Logic bidding Jerry "goodbye" upon his going into training & his return to Hawthorn Hall.