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CRUIKSHANK, Robert; MATHEWS, Charles
Proteus the 2nd. Alias Metamorphosis ad Libitum
London: G. Humphrey, 1822. The Twelve Scarce Faces of Charles Mathews by Robert Cruikshank [CRUIKSHANK, (Isaac Robert, illustrator]. [MATHEWS, Charles]. Proteus the 2d alias Metamorphosis ad Libitum or An Old Friend with a New Face. "One Man, in his time... plays many parts." Multum in Parve! "All that sort of thing" and "Every thing in the World." "Pon my life is true" What'll you lay it's a lie? London: G. Humphrey, May 1st, 1822. [With] An ALS From actor Charles Mathews to A. Constable Esq.First edition. Tall octavo in accordion format (9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in; 244 x 162 mm). Extra engraved hand-colored title-page and twelve hand-colored plates in a continuous strip, each signed "IRC."Later nineteenth century full calf, gilt ruled. Gilt lettered and ornamented spine, gilt decorated turn-ins. Light damp stains to calf not affecting internal contents. A volume of extreme scarcity, with only one copy recorded in institutional holdings worldwide, at Harvard's Houghton Library. According to the ABPC Index, only two copies have come to auction since 1954. Not found in any of the usual sources.Isaac Robert Cruikshank, commonly known as Robert, was George's brother, not to be confused with Issac Cruikshank, their father. The etchings are portraits of Charles Mathews in the different characters played by him in his entertainment "At Home," with several lines of dialogue engraved beneath. Charles Mathews (1776-1835) was an English theater manager and comic actor, popularly celebrated during his career for his gift of impersonation and skill at table entertainment. His play, "At Ho … [Click Below for Full Description]
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