SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact:

HEMPEL, Charles William.
CRUICKSHANK, Robert (illis).
The Commercial Tourist or Gentleman Traveller. A satirical poem in four cantons; embellished with coloured engravings

London: 1839.
London: 1839.

8vo volume in half calf with marbled boards, title in gilt to spine, raised gilt bands dividing spine into six compartments, lettered in the second. Newly inserted leather spine, reinforced corners, with newly inserted internal cloth hinges Boards are scuffed and worn. Bookplate of 'Arthur Haynsworth Masten' and the earlier signature of 'Thomas B. Wilmshurst' on front pastedown. RARE. The Fourth edition. Hempel (1777-1855) was an organist at St. Mary's Church in Truro, Cornwall. In comic verse is told the story of he many trials and tribulations that befell travellers in England in the days prior to he Railways being established. Harvard comments that "this is the first appearance of the engravings of Robert Cruickshank. *Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. "This Ham, depend upon it, thoul't not take hence..." 3. "Then mounts his Gig impatient of delay..." 4. "Let her at once attend, - in nature's plan..." 5. "Thus rescued from assassins, I appear..."