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Habits of New French Legislators
London: H. Humphrey, 1798. Gillray Punctures Parliament Complete and Exceedingly Scarce [GILLRAY, James]. Habits of New French Legislators and other Public Functionaries. London: H. Humphrey, 1798. First edition, complete; both series. Folio (platemarks c. 260 x 195 mm). Twelve hand-colored engravings, some stipple and aquatint, lettered with series title and plate number 1-12 above the image, lettered below the image with the title in French, engraver's name A"J.s.G.y.d. & f.t. and the publication line. Housed loose in a blue cloth portfolio. A very fine set. Not in Abbey, Tooley, or Ray. The copy in the British Museum Satires collection is incomplete. OCLC records only one complete copy, at the BNF. Only two complete copies at auction within the last ninety years, in 1926 and 1956. James Gillray (1756 or 1757 - 1815), was a British caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires, mainly published between 1792 and 1810. The name of Gillray's publisher and print seller, Miss Hannah Humphrey is inextricably associated with that of the caricaturist. Gillray lived with Miss (often called Mrs) Humphrey during the entire period of his fame. It is believed that he several times thought of marrying her, and that on one occasion the pair were on their way to the church, when Gillray said: "This is a foolish affair, methinks, Miss Humphrey. We live very comfortably together; we had better let well alone." The times in which Gillray lived were peculiarly favourable to the growth of a great school of caricature. Party warfare was carried on with great vi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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