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[CRUIKSHANK, George and Robert, illustrators] | KERR, John |
Ancient Legends
, c.1818 . c.1818 . first edition. Extremely Scarce CruikshankWith Hand Colored Plates[CRUIKSHANK, George and Robert, illustrators]. [KERR, John]. Ancient Legends. London: Printed and Published by D. Carvalho, n.d. [c. 1818]. First editions, seven of twelve original parts with duplicates or triplicates to three titles. Twelve twelvemo volumes. Each part with hand-colored engraved frontispiece by G. or R. Cruikshank; a total of twelve hand-colored wood-engraved plates. Original printed wrappers except where noted otherwise. Original wrappers soiled with some wear.Chemised and housed in a red cloth slipcase. A Cruikshank title of extreme rarity, with OCLC noting only two complete copies in institutional holdings worldwide, at Harvard, and Princeton. The copy at Yale contains only nine of twelve parts. The copy at the Ransom Center has only four of twelve parts. The last copy to come to auction was in 1943, an incomplete set with nine of twelve parts (probably the copy now at Yale)."The wrapper to the first number speaks of thirteen parts, but it is practically certain that only twelve were published. Either the thirteenth part was merely an extra containing the title page to the volume, index, etc., or the part was not issued. In the reissue by Carvalho the twelve parts only are referred to on the wrappers." (Cohn).Includes:1. Bellamira, or The Fall of Tunis (3 cc, one in later plain wrappers). (R. Cruikshank).2. Don Phantissima, or Fortune & Folly (2 cc, one in later plain wrappers). (G. Cruikshank).3. Dopinique and His Mandouine (3 cc, 2 with later plain wrappers). (R. Cr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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