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Sketches by Boz. Both Series. Proofs of the Etchings
[London: John Macrone, v.d., 1836-1852 - A unique volume assembled by Cruikshank's executor and pre-eminent collector, Henry Bruton, comprising proofs on India paper of Cruikshank's illustrations to Sketches by Boz, an original pencil sketch of the frontispiece, proofs of the original part 1 wrapper, and a proof of the 1852 edition frontispiece. Proofs of the illustrations on India paper are extremely rare - Bruton (who owned another set besides this one) had seen only 4 sets and noted that none appeared at the Sotheby's and Christie's sales held by Cruikshank's executors. Cohn does not mention a set on India paper. With a 4 pp. autograph letter, signed ("H.W. Bruton"), to B.B. MacGeorge thanking him for his library catalogue and expressing happiness at discovering where some of his "choicest G.Ck's repose -Forgive my being critical - but why have you omitted any reference to the proof of the wrapper of the parts which I inserted in the vol. of proofs to Sketches by Boz? I looked upon this wrapper as a most interesting item - it was the only one known to me -" Oblong folio. Original pencil drawing for the frontispiece of Sketches by Boz, signed at bottom ("George Cruikshank") and with a note in pen below, "The parties going up in the balloon are intended for the author and the artist," printed title-page, 28 etched proof plates before letters on INDIA PAPER (each 7-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches, two images per sheet as printed) mounted on 14 leaves and matted, the 12 proof images for "Series Two" are labelled "First Proof" and signed by Cruikshank in pencil. With 3 additional proofs for the frontispiece for the 1852 edition of Sketches by Boz and 2 states of the upper wrapper for Part 1 of Sketches, before and after the addition of "No. 1 Price 1 s.". Bound in full green morocco, by Riviere & Son, t.e.g. Light spotting to plates throughout, dampstaining to "Series One" proofs at left margin, not affecting images, otherwise fine. Cohn 232 & 233 (for published editions); Ray, England, 115 ("The fine draftsmanship of these small-scale illustrations is best seen in these India-paper impressions.") Patten, George Cruikshank's Life - Volume 2: 1835-1878, pp. 30-32. Provenance: Henry William Bruton (his signature on the first blank); B.B. MacGeorge (autograph letter, 10 June 1906, to him from Burton) [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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