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JESSE, Captain.
Life of George Brummell, Esq., Commonly Called Beau Brummell.

Beau Brummell was a famous and conspicuous English dandy and fashion leader in 19th century Britain. His name is still associated with style and good looks. At one time, he was a close friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, but after the two quarreled and Brummell got into debt, he had to take refuge in France. Eventually, he died shabby and insane in Caen.

London: Saunders and Otley, 1844.
London: Saunders and Otley, 1844.

FIRST EDITION. This unique copy has been extended by the insertion of 100 extra illustrations (copper plates, steel engravings etchings, etc... many in colour). xvi 392; viii 396 pp. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Light blue half polished morocco over marbled boards. Top edges gilt, five gilt-tooled raised bands separating six gilt-tooled compartments to spine, matching endpapers. Bindings lightly rubbed and unevenly toned more so to spine; edges and preliminaries lightly toned as well; former owner's stickers to front paste-downs; light scattered interior foxing and penciled notations. Else interiors clean and bright; sound. Of the 111 illustrations, 48 are coloured (these fall loosely under the headings - 7 portraits, 31 fashion, and 10 landscape) 63 are uncoloured (52 portraits 4 fashion and 7 landscapes). Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. A Specimen of Good Manners. 2. Abadia de Woburn. Maison del Duque de Bedford. 3. [Not captioned] A pair of well-dressed gentlemen (image cropped?). 4. One of the Rakes of London. 5. Beau Brummell (In His Youth). 6. Belvoir Castle. The Seat of His Grace The Duke of Rutland. 7. Up - Town. 8. Sketch of a Ball at Almacks, 1815. 9. The Rt Hon Richard Earl Howe. 10. [Not captioned] Tombstone, with the inscription: 'ICI REPOSE. Mon meilleur ami. C'etaitmon frere. Octobre 1813. Isabel'. 11. Revd James Hackman. 12. Southill Park. The Seat of William Henry Whitbread Esq. 13. Door Mats. 14. Lord Melbourne (written in pencil) 15. Maccullomore (Duke of Argyll written in pencil). 16. [Not captioned] (Gambling Hall written in pencil). 17. A View of [The Duke of] Gloucester. 18. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. 19. A Good Whip. 20. [Not captioned] A well-dressed gentleman in the foreground, and another in the background (image cropped?). 21. [Caption unreadable due to cropping of the image]. Volume 2. 22. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. 23. English Military Uniforms (Cavalry) 1821 & 1822. 24. The Best Store in the Ordnance. 25. Paris. 26. Gentlemen's Fashions for July 1820. Morning and Riding Dresses. 27. Gentlemen's Fashions for October 1820. Riding and Promenade Dresses / Costume for a Royal Oak Archer. 28. A Spice of Pepper from the Stock of Arden. 29. A Party of Life Guards 1821. 30. Two Polite Nations. English versus French 1814. 31. Duchess of Berri. 32. [Not captioned] Arc de Triomphe. 33. Gentlemen's Fashions for December 1829. Fancy Costume / Evening & Morning. 34. [Not captioned] Gentlemen's Fashions. 35. [Not captioned] Lithograph of Lord Lytton? 36. Palais Royal. 37. Votaries of "The Goodness of Chance." St. James 38. [Not captioned] Gentlemen's Fashions. 39. Illustrations to Almacks. 40. [Not captioned] Place de la Concorde? 41. [Not captioned] A wealthy, well-dressed couple. 42. A View from Yarmouth to Hertford. 43. Crockford's Club House, St. James's Street. 44. Kang kook?