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Commercial Tourist; The
London: Sold by G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1822. - With Five Humorous Hand-Colored Aquatints[CRUIKSHANK, Robert, illustrator]. HEMPEL, Charles William. The Commercial Tourist; or, Gentleman Traveller. A Satirical Poem in Four Cantos; Embellished with Colored Engravings. The Second Edition, Greatly Enlarged. 1822. London: Sold by G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1822. Second edition (first illustrated edition). Octavo (8 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 225 x 145 mm). [4], 140 pp. Five hand-colored aquatint engravings, including frontispiece signed I.R. Cruikshank. Handsomely bound by RiviƩre & Son (stamp-signed on front turn-in) ca. 1920 in full green crushed levant morocco, covers triple-ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board-edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, maroon coated endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Original drab wrappers bound in at end. Armorial bookplate of John F. Talmage on front pastedown. Printing flaw affecting text on p. 103, some very light scattered foxing, minimal fading to spine, still a very fine copy. The Plates:1. Frontispiece - General, Sporting accessories, etc.2. This Ham depend on it, thoul't not take hence.3. Then mounts his gig impatient of delay.4. Let her at once attend in nature's plan.5. Thus rescued from assassins I appear.Charles William Hempel (1777-1855) was devoted to music and drawing. In 1804 he was elected organist at St. Mary's Church, Truro (which later became Truro Cathedral). He held this post for forty years, supplementing his income by teaching music. In 1805 he composed and printed "Psalms from the New Version for the use of the Congregation of St. Mary's," and in 1812 "Sacred Melodies" for the same congregation. These melodies became very popular, and some of them are still found in musical collections. "A Morning and Evening Service, twenty Original Melodies, and two Anthems," dedicated to the Hon. George Pelham, bishop of Lincoln, was published in 1820. For the use of his pupils in 1822 he printed an "Introduction to the Pianoforte, comprising Elementary Instruction, with a series of Practical Lessons." Hempel also became known as a poet in 1822 by his work entitled The Commercial Tourist; or, Gentleman Traveller, a Satirical Poem in Four Cantos. This book was embellished with colored engravings designed and etched by J. R. Cruikshank, and in 1832 went to a third edition.Abbey, Life 305. Tooley 259.
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