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George Cruikshank, W.R. Macdonald
1837 A Comic Alphabet, George Cruikshank (bound with Robert's). Fine binding.
London: George Cruikshank, D. Martin, 1837. See pictures. Beautiful book. Light rubbing at upper-front joint and a touch at corners. The silk ribbon has expired from the top endband. Tiny bump at bottom of flyleaf. Somewhat erased pencil bookseller marks on 1st blank unpaginated leaf. Robert's title page has largely oxidized. All of the Robert's leaves have a light wrinkle near bottom edge because the George plates were smaller and they have impressed on the facing Robert's pages. All pages with light toning. Occasional dog-ear just at corner (very small). A little dust inside rear board on endpaper, with a rub to the marbling. A very handsome and attractive little book. 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 des … [Click Below for Full Description]
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