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George Cruikshank
1837 A Comic Alphabet, George Cruikshank (bound with his brother Robert's Alphabet). Fine binding.
George Cruikshank, D. Martin, London, 1837. A wonderful fine-binding holds the dueling Comic Alphabet's of George and Robert Cruikshank. George Cruikshank's 24 plates of A Comic Alphabet, are bound facing Robert Cruikshank's The Comic Alphabet, Containing Twenty-Six Illustrations by Cruikshank. George Cruikshank's A Comic Alphabet, was released in 1836, printed on one thick plate, then folded in an accordion style. It was quite successful, and emanated his characteristic humor that pushed boundaries. For example, W shows the "waistcoat" of Edward Bright, "The Fat Man of Maldon", filled with seven men at the time of his death. This copy was printed in 1837, per the cover and illustration of Tilt (book behind him dated). Robert Cruikshank's Alphabet is undated, but likely followed close behind. In 1879 William Bates wrote, "When George published his Comic Alphabet, Robert was not long in 'following suit'. I have before me The Comic Alphabet.The designs are circular, well cut on wood, and in spirit and force worthy of the rival artist." In this copy, Robert's plates are colored. Robert's work is rare, and OCLC records one copy in the world's libraries, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. OCLC #1008118207 Both the covers are bound into this volume. George's softcover is complete with the spine and his illustration of his bookseller, Tilt, selling his works (bound at the rear). A similarly bound work was sold in 2013 at Bloomsbury's The Library of a Gentleman sale. The excellent signed binding was executed by "Tout. Binder", and is attractive and bright. The top-edge is free from … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rare Tome [Newberg, OR, U.S.A.]
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