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Adventures of Johnny Newcome in the Navy, The
London: W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1818. In the Original Boards [ROWLANDSON, Thomas, illustrator]. BURTON, Alfred. The Adventures of Johnny Newcome in the Navy. A Poem, in Four Cantos: With Plates by Rowlandson, From the Author's Designs. London: W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1818. First edition. Octavo (6 7/8 x 5 1/8 in; 226 x 132 mm). [2], 259, [1, errata] pp. Untrimmed. Sixteen hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece, designed by Rowlandson and engraved by W. Read. In the original drab boards with printed spine label. With the bookplate of Hon. John Wayland Leslie and bookseller's ticket. Some distress to spine as expected otherwise an internally clean, fresh, and fine copy. Chemised and housed in a full red morocco pull-off case. Not to be confused with a subsequent book - also a poem in four cantos - with the same title by John Mitford with illustrations by Charles Williams published in 1819. It is a common mistake to presume that Alfred Burton was a pseudonym for John Mitford and that the two books are one and the same; many library records are littered with this misinformation, as is Wikipedia. Hardie declares that the Mitford was an "open imitation" of the Burton. "Johhny Newcome" was British slang for a raw recruit, Army or Navy. Hon. John Wayland Leslie (1909-1991), a celebrated collector of color plate books, was son of the 19th Earl of Rothes. The Plates: 1. Leaving-Home. 2. Sheerness Boat. 3. The Admiral has made it Sunset, Sir! 4. Turning-In. 5. Sea-Sick. 6. Sent to hear the Dog-Fish Bark. 7. The Captain's going out of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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