SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ALKEN, Henry.
Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man.

Published
London: Published by E. and C. McLean, 1824.
References
Bobins II 611; Abbey Life in England 256; Tooley 47; Jaggard p. 288
Plates
7
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
London: Published by E. and C. McLean, 1824.
Ref
660

VERY SCARCE. Oblong folio (10 3/4" x 14 1/2"; 273 x 368 mm.) One page of text plus seven large hand-coloured etchings. Text leaf watermarked 1824 - plates watermarked 1823. Original printed paper wrappers bound in. Late twentieth century half dark brown morocco over marbled boards decoratively ruled in gilt. Tan morocco label on front cover lettered in gilt. A fine copy. This is of a very different sort from Stothard's Seven Ages. It represents a satirical treatment of that speech with hand-coloured etchings by Henry Alken which are very amusing. Coloured plates in order: 1. The Infant (June 20th. 1824). 2. The School-Boy (June 15th 1824). 3. The Soldier (June 20th. 1824). 4. The Lover (June 15th. 1824). 5. The Justice (June 20th. 1824). 6. The Sixth Age (June 20th. 1824). 7. Last Scene of all (June 20th. 1824).