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Twenty Etchings illustrating the Life of Sir John Falstaff, as drawn by William Shakespeare.

Sir John Falstaff, one of the most famous comic characters in all English literature, appears in four of William Shakespeare’s plays. Entirely the creation of Shakespeare, Falstaff is said to have been partly modeled on Sir John Oldcastle, a soldier and the martyred leader of the Lollard sect.

London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, n. d. [1858]
Cohn, 96 : sans mention d’exemplaires en couleur
London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, n. d. [1858]

Album in-4 de 1 titre sur papier brun et 20 planches, en feuilles, sous étui de toile, dos en maroquin noir à grain long. Tirage à part, au format in-quarto, des vingt gravures originales de George Cruikshank pour The Life of Sir John Falstaff. Le premier plat de couverture, qui fait office de titre, a été conservé. Cohn fait remarquer que ces suites ont été éditées sous une enveloppe imprimée de papier brun portant le titre imprimé sur le premier plat, qui a été seul conservé ici. Toutes les planches ont été délicatement coloriées à l’époque. Ex-libris de la collection de Marie L. Herrman. On joint une lettre manuscrite à en-tête de Belle Sauvage Printing Works, datée de 1866 et adressée à George Cruikshank : “Will you please let me have drawing of Falstaff as soon as you can". En pied, on trouve une esquisse originale de Cruikshank au crayon figurant un peintre face à son chevalet entouré de différents personnages et, au dos, une esquisse d’une femme nue en pied. In-4 album of 1 title on brown paper and 20 plates, in sheets, in a canvas slipcase, spine in long grain black morocco. Offprint, in quarto format, of the twenty original etchings by George Cruikshank for The Life of Sir John Falstaff. The first cover plate, which serves as the title, has been retained. Cohn points out that these suites were issued in a printed envelope of brown paper bearing the title printed on the front cover, which alone has been preserved here. All the boards were delicately colored at the time. Ex-libris from the collection of Marie L. Herrman. Attached is a handwritten letter on Belle Sauvage Printing Works letterhead, dated 1866 and addressed to George Cruikshank: "Will you please let me have drawing of Falstaff as soon as you can". Cruikshank in pencil depicting a painter facing his easel surrounded by different characters and, on the back, a sketch of a naked woman in full length. In a red cloth folder with matching red cloth slipcase with morocco spine with title in gilt. With loose MS note. Plates loose, original title paper wrapper, 20 coloured plates with waxed paper guards. Coloured plates in order: 1. Sir John Falstaff, Knight. 2. Jack Falstaff, when Page to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, breaking Skogans head, at the Court gate. Henry IV, Part II, Scene II. 3. Falstaff, giving his account of the affair at Gadshill...Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV. 4. Falstaff enacting the part of the King - Henry IV, Part I, Scene IV. 5. Falstaff's Ragged Regiment - Henry IV, Act V, Scene II. 6. Sir John Falstaff's grand manoeuvre at the Battle of Shrewsbury! 7. Sir John Falstaff arrested, at the suit of Mrs. Quickly! 8. Sir John Falstaff, by his extraordinary powers of persuasion, not only induces Mrs. Quickly to withdraw her Action but also to lend him more money !!! Henry IV, Part II, Scene IV. 9. Sir John Falstaff driving Pistol from his presence - Henry IV, Part II, Scene IV. 10. Sir John Falstaff at Justice Shallows, exercising his wit & judgment in selecting men to serve the King - Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene II. 11. Pistol informing Sir John Falstaff of the Death of Henry the fourth - Henry IV, Part II, Act V, Scene III. 12. Sir John Falstaff is receiving a most unexpected rebuke from King Henry the fifth - Henry IV, Part II Act V, Scene V. 13. Sir John Falstaff on a visit to his friend Page, at Windsor - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Scene I. 14. Sir John Falstaff in the Buck-basket - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III, Scene III. 15. Sir John Falstaff thrown in "the muddy ditch close by the Thames side" - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III. 16. Sir John Falstaff, disguised as "Mother Prat," cudgled and driven out by Mr. Ford - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act IV, Scene II. 17. Sir John Falstaff and the Fairies, at Herne's Oak - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act V, Scene V. 18. Sir John Falstaff, discovering that Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page have been making a fool of him ! - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act V, Scene V. 19. The Prince & Poins driving Falstaff, Gadshill, Peto & Bardolph, from their Plunder at Gadshill - First half of Henry IV, Act II, Scene II. 20. The last scene, in the life of Sir John Falstaff - Henry V, Act II, Scene III.