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Mornings at Bow Street - Jon Wight - 1824. 
London - Charles Baldwyn, 1824 Book. Good. Hardcover. First edition.. Two volumes of humorous anecdotes regarding the goings-on at Bow Street Magistrates'Court. Great to see these together in the original publisher's binding. With forty six illustrations acrossthe two volumes, some vignettes and some plates, by George Cruikshank. Collated, complete. The illustrations are by the internationally popular illustrator and caricaturist, George Cruikshank. Cruikshank was the son of one of the leading caricaturists of the 1790's and began his own career as his father's apprentice. He illustrated many works by famous authors such as Dickens' Sketches by Boz and Oliver Twist. From the library of John Lewis, FSIA. Lewis was a tutor in typography at the Royal College of Art. He was also the founder of the Lion & Unicorn Press. The enterprise aimed to capture the sentiment of Richard Guyatt's inaugural lecture delivered at the Royal Society of Arts in 1950. To the second volume is a gift inscription from the author stating 'Richard Price Esq with the Author's compliments'. The first volume, Mornings at Bow Street is a selection of 'the most humorous and entertaining reports which have appeared in the morning herald'. Wight was a reporter for the Herald and due to the favour his column met he had a selection of his articles compiled to this book. Following the success of the first publication, a further title More Mornings at Bow Street was published in 1827. Both volumes are first editions, bound with half titles. Tothe start of volume I is bound thescarcepublisher's advertisements. Condition: In original quarter cloth publisher's bindings with paper spine labels. Externally, sound with slight rubbing, particularly to th head and tail os spines. Spine labels are discoloured to both volumes with a small loss to the spine label of volume I. Loss to spine of volume I at the head and tail. Bumping to the head and tail of volume II. Cloth to the spine of volume I is sunned. Handling marks to boards of both volumes. Both front and rear joints to volume I are tender. Front hinge to volume I is starting but firm with the rear hinge tender with cords showing. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, John Lewis. Prior owner's signature to the recto of the front endpaper. Binding to volume I is tender to the first few gatherings and generally firmly bound to the rest. Volume II is firmly bound. Pages are bright with scattered spots throughout. Overall: GOOD..
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