SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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London Characters.

It is a charming suite of engravings that includes many images of London trades (the Tax Gatherer, Sailor's Lass, Fishmonger, Barber, etc., all memorably depicted. George Cruikshank (1792-1878) was an English artist, caricaturist, and illustrator who, beginning his career with satirical political cartoons and later illustrating topical and children's books, became one of the most prolific and popular masters of his art.

London: Joseph Robins, 1827.
Cohn 183.
London: Joseph Robins, 1827.

FIRST EDITION. 4to (23.5 x 19 cm approx) letterpress title. Twenty-four 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 endpapers, all edges gilt, gilt inner dentelles. Provenance: Dudley C. Marjoribanks (book label). A large paper copy of the first edition: an excellent clean example. The work is scarce in any state, but Cohn describes this large paper issue as the "utmost rarity, only four copies 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.