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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. Cruiksank).4. Constantina; or, The Daughter of Affliction. (G. Cruikshank).5. Dulvarno; or, The Blasted Hut of the Mountains. (G. Cruikshank).6. The Murdered Minstrel; or, The Solitary Castle of the Glen (later plain wrappers). (G. Cruikshank).7. Adelaide of Bavaria; or, Love, Honor, and Perfidy (later plain wrappers). (R. Cruikshank).Lacks Babelmunach, Kouli Khan, Becamorto, The Towers of Segovia, and The Spectre of Elwina. 1818 was a busy year for George Cruikshank. In that year, according to Patten, G.C. produced "upwards of 180 images" (Vol. I, p. 142)."Durang refers to the dramatist who is reputed to have done the version for Mr. Hackett, as 'Old Mr. Kerr,' an actor, who appeared in Philadelphia under the management of F. C. Wemyss. However much of an actor John Kerr was, he must have gained some small reputation as a playwright. In 1818, Duncombe [sic] issued Kerr's 'Ancient Legends,' and at the Harvard Library, where there is a copy of this book, the catalogue gives Kerr's position in London at the time as Prompter of the Regency Theatre. He must have ventured, with a relative, into independent publishing, for there was issued, in 1826, by J. & H. Kerr, the former's freely translated melodramatic romance, 'The Monster and Magician; or, The Fate of Frankenstein,' taken from the French of J. T. Merle and A. N. Bïraud. He did constant translation, and it is interesting to note the similarity between his 'The Wandering Boys! or, The Castle of Olival,' announced as an original comedy, and M. M. Noah's play of the same name" (Burke, Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: Rip Van Winkle, p. 28).Cohn 462. Douglas 31. Widener Collection, p. 50.
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