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School Master Abroad [and five other works - BROWNE Hablot Knight SEYMOUR Robert - 1834. 
1834 - (COLLECTION OF CARICATURES) SEYMOUR, Robert. The School Master Abroad. [London]: Thos. M'Lean, 1834. WITH: BROWNE, Hablôt Knight. Illustrations of the 5 Senses. London: Grant and Griffith, 1852. WITH: (CRUIKSHANK, George). [MARRYAT, Frederick. The Progress of a Midshipman]. London: Thos. M'Lean, 1835. WITH: DOYLE, Richard. Birds-Eye Views of Modern Society. [London]: Cornhill Magazine, . WITH: DARLEY, Felix Octavius Carr. Illustrations of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. [New York]: American Art-Union, 1849. WITH: TENNIEL, John. [Six cartoons]. London: Punch, 1861. Folio, late 19th-century three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, green cloth boards. $2200.Scarce first and early editions of six wonderful "strip cartoons" in the form of suites of plates"" altogether 50 large full-page caricatures (20 hand-colored) by Robert Seymour, Hablôt Knight Browne, George Cruikshank, Richard Doyle, Felix O.C. Darley and John Tenniel, handsomely bound.From Hogarth onward, the "strip cartoon" was a key component of the caricaturist's repertoire, "sometimes didactic, sometimes historical, in orientation" (Robert Patten). Dickens illustrator Robert Seymour began work in 1831 for a precursor to Punch called Figaro in London, for which he produced 300 humorous drawings and political caricatures. He enjoyed such popularity as a caricaturist that, paradoxically, it did much "to damage his reputation as an artist, for it caused the plates to be printed and reprinted until the impressions were mere smudges" (DNB). This first edition of his School Master Abroad appeared at the height of his prosperity, the same year as his famous Sketches by Seymour. Another Dickens illustrator, Hablôt Knight Browne (aka "Phiz"), in between David Copperfield and Bleak House, produced this first edition of Illustrations of the 5 Senses, in which, like all of his works, he "took endless pains to realize in vivacious and faithful detail the comic and dramatic scenes" (Ray, 78). In the winter of 1819, artist Frederick Marryat began work on his autobiography in the form of 11 large drawings, seven of which were engraved by George Cruikshank and published as The Progress of a Midshipman (1820). This copy is the third state, printed from the original plates in 1835. Richard ("Dicky") Doyle "always possessed an extraordinary power of fanciful and imaginative draftsmanship and sense of the grotesque" (Dalby, 10). This first edition of his Birds-Eye Views of Modern Society, among the most characteristic of his designs, displays "his whimsical fancy and quaint individuality of style" (Ray, 87). Considered by many as "The first major American illustrator" (Brandywine River Museum), Felix Octavius Carr Darley dominated American illustration for nearly half a century. This scarce first edition of his Illustrations of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, rendered in the style of John Flaxman, together with his Rip van Winkle (1848), established his fame. Interspersed between the previous five publications are six Punch cartoons by John Tenniel, who by the 1850s was producing, not only small "satires of manners" for Punch, but full-page political allegories of British reform, uncharacteristically justifying "rule by the sword, where rule by reason fails" (Roger Simpson). Without title page to The Progress of a Midshipman. Some plates were originally accompanied by texts (not present in most cases). All plates mounted on heavy stock. Cohn 1874 (Cruikshank). Fine condition, with only an occasional stray spot of foxing. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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