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Set of India Proofs to the first three titles of THE FAIRY LIBRARY: Hop o' My Thumb; Jack & The Beanstalk; and Cinderella and the Glass Slipper
[London: David Bogue, [1853; 1854; and 1855; and 1845]. FAIRY LIBRARY Proofs measure 6-1/2 to 7 inches x 4-1/2 to 5 inches; CUPID 9-1/2 x 6-1/4 inches. 18 etched plates from THE FAIRY LIBRARY by George Cruishank, on mounted India Paper; plus one other proof ("The Triumph of Cupid A Reverie") from TABLE TALK; in all, 19 etched proof plates. Mounted to larger sheets and bound together in a folio album of three quarter in contemporary red morocco and marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt "FAIRY TALES | G. Ck| PROOFS". One plate loose in binding, but all plates are clean and bright. Cohn 196, 197, 198 (FAIRY LIBRARY); and 191 (TABLE-TALK) . Superb set of proofs for three books from Cruikshank's perennially popular Fairy Library; with the addition -- indeed, the first plate in the album, of a Cruikshank masterpiece from Table Talk, featuring Cruikshank himself as the central, meditative figure smoking his meerschaum, amidst a phantasmagoria of Cupid's victims emerging from the pipesmoke. Rare
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      Biblio    

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