SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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CRUIKSHANK, George.
London Characters.

Published
London: Joseph Robins, 1827.
References
Cohn 183.
Plates
24
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Value
0-5000
Published
London: Joseph Robins, 1827.
Ref
518

FIRST EDITION. 4to (23.5 x 19 cm approx) letterpress title. 24 hand-coloured etched plates by and after Cruikshank - plates watermarked "J Whatman 1827"; light offsetting from plates. Contemporary cats-paw calf; red morocco lettering piece to spine; expertly re-backed, marbled end papers, all edges gilt, gilt inner dentelles. Provenance: Dudley C. Marjoribanks (book label). Large paper copy of the first edition: a very good clean example. The work is scarce in any state but Cohn describes this large paper issue as of "utmost rarity, only four copies being known". The plates include 'Dustman' 'Chimney- sweeper' 'Hackney Coachman' etc. With fine provenance: Marjoribanks; later the first Baron Tweedmouth was a Liberal Party politician and well-known art collector. Coloured plates in order: 1. Parish Beadle. 2. Tax Gatherer. 3. Turncock. 4. Waterman. 5. Stage Coachman. 6. Hackney Coachman. 7. Sailor. 8. Sailor's Lass. 9. Greenwich Pensioner. 10. Chelsea Pensioner. 11. Brewer's Drayman. 12. Butcher's Boy. 13. Baker. 14. Fishmonger. 15. Maid Servant. 16. Footman. 17. Barber. 18. Old Clothes Man. 19. Market Woman. 20. Dustman. 21. Chimney Sweeper. 22. Bricklayer's Labourer. 23. Watchman. 24. Last Dying Speech Man.