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Tales of Irish Life
London: J. Robins and Co., 1824. - Scarce With Illustrations In Two StatesCRUIKSHANK, George. [WHITTY, Michael James, text]. Tales of Irish Life. Illustrative of the Manners, Customs,and Condition of the People. With Designs by George Cruikshank. London: J. Robins and Co., 1824. First edition, complete with all advertisements. Two octavo volumes. [8], iv, 242, [2, adv.]; [4], 249, [1, blank], [2, adv.] pp. Six full-page woodcuts (three to each volume) each in two states: hand-colored and uncolored; a total of twelve plates.Bound c. 1910 by W.T. Morrell in full crushed forest green morocco with French fillets and tooled corner-pieces. Gilt ornamented and decorated compartments. Gilt-rolled turn-ins. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Small bookplate of the renowned collector, Dr. Adrian Fluehmann on front paste-down of volume one. Spines lightly and uniformly sunned to warm brown. A very fine copy - the first that we have ever seen with the plates in two states.".J. Robins, as successor to [Cruikshank publishers] Hone and Baldwin published many of Cruikshank's most important plates.In the same issue [of the Dublin and London Magazine] the plates for Tales of Irish Life were judged. 'superior to any thing that celebrated artist has ever yet done.'The London bindery of W. T. Morrell was established about 1861 as successor to the firm begun by Francis Bedford, who, in turn, had taken over the famous bindery of Charles Lewis. Prideaux in her "Modern Bookbindings" published in 1906, says that Morrell at that time had a very large business that supplied "all the booksellers with bindings designed by his men," bindings that were "remarkable for their variety and merit." Michael James Whitty (1795 - 1873), newspaper editor and proprietor, native of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, commenced his literary career in London, and among his earliest friends were Sir James Bacon and George Cruikshank. He was appointed editor of the London and Dublin Magazine in 1823. From 1823 to 1829 he contributed largely to Irish periodical literature, and was an ardent advocate of Catholic emancipation. He published anonymously in 1824 two volumes of Tales of Irish Life stories (which) depict the customs and condition of the people of his homeland, and were a great success, being reprinted in America and also translated into French and German. (Loeber W69)Cohn 841. [Attributes: First Edition]
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