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C. Taylor. The Elegant Repository and New - Print Magazine. London: C. Taylor, Jan. 1791-Jan. 1792. Quarto. Rebound in 1/4 leather. 35 copper engravings and text. Missing Plate II, No. VIII. Some foxing throughout and a few other blemishes. Overall, a handsome volume.

An attractive volume containing "Engravings from Original Pictures of the most pleasing Subject, furnished by the Art of Design." The images are split between stipple genre scenes (such as "Enjoyment" and "Moderation"...) and engraved scenes of England and elsewhere. The views are not attributed, but the stipples are by Taylor. An unusual and delightful plate book. $650



Joseph Strutt. Sports and Pastimes of the People of England. London: White & Co. and seven others, 1810. Second edition. Quarto. 40 hand colored engraved plates include frontispiece. A few of the plates are out of sequence. Half leather with marbled boards, rehinged and rebacked. Gentle time toning throughout, colors bright, slight foxing on initial and terminal leaves. A fine example. Not in Tooley, English Books with Colour Plates. Collates complete with directions to binder.

A lovely example of a British study of various sports in England using illustrations from illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows, which were the obvious inspiration for these lovely prints. The study of games for all the classes, jousting and hawking for the nobility, chess and backgammon for the intelligentsia, wrestling and bowling for the commoners, and field games for children are all included. An English color plate book that uses pictorial sources for its primary authority. $750



Rudolph Ackermann. A History of the University of Oxford, its Colleges, Halls and Public Buildings. London: R. Ackermann, 1814. 2 large quarto volumes. Large paper copy. 81 hand - colored, aquatint plates. Half leather with marbled end papers. Tooley: 5. This is a particularly superior example of Ackermann's Oxford.
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A marvelous copy of this classic study of Oxford University. Ackermann's two volume set includes copious text on the history of the university and its colleges, but its glory lies in the 81 superb aquatints. These include general views of the city, images of the colleges, and a series of portraits of the various dress of instructors and students at Oxford. Tooley states that "only one copy on large paper was printed for 20 on small paper." Tooley also writes, "Of the forty or fifty copies I have examined, not one has contained all the...plates in the first state. The British Museum copy has all but two in the first state, and the Victoria and Albert Museum copy has likewise all but two...." This copy has all but four in the first state and it fulfills all five points that Tooley requires for a "really choice" copy." $5,600



George Cruikshank. The Genius of George Cruikshank. 2 vols. Large quarto. Each volume has the same spine title and half title, but one has title: An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray and the other An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank by John Wilson. London, 1840 and 1843. These two essays provide octavo title pages and text that precede many leaves of text and prints that are inlaid into large quarto leaves. Volumes contain 234 leaves and 211 leaves respectively. Half leather binding with some water induced distressing to the boards. Gold stamping on spines and boards. A lovely and interesting set.

These unique, extra illustrated books provide a splendid study in word and example of George Cruikshank's art. The art pieces range from small woodcut and steel engraved book illustrations to foldout hand colored separately issued caricatures. There are seven examples of the latter, and eleven aquatints from W.H. Ireland's Life of Napoleon Bonaparte (1823) [see Tooley, 278], 12 colored plates from The Wit's Magazine, among others. A more detailed list of illustrations can be provided upon request. $3,600



Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett. The Comic History of England. London: Published at the Punch Office, 1846 wrapper, 1847-48. First edition. Two octavo volumes. Half title printed in red. With engravings by John Leech; 20 hand colored steel engravings and numerous wood cuts. Ref.: Tooley, see 295. Exquisite full leather with gold stamping to spines and boards. All page ends gilt. A superb set.

Beginning in the 1840's, comic versions of series subjects became quite popular, and a major part of their appeal were the humorous illustrations that accompanied the works. The most popular of these artists was John Leech (1817-1864), whose warm and generous wit perfectly fit the temper of the period. This volume, with a humorous text by Gilbert a Beckett, contains twenty lovely hand colored illustrations and 240 woodcut illustrations of scenes from British history. For school students steeped in serious history, here was wonderful comic relief. Tooley concludes that this is "among the most popular and best of Leech's work." (See p. 244-5). $750



Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett. The Comic History of Rome. London: Bradbury and Evans, [1851]. Octavo. xii, 308. With engravings by John Leech; 10 hand colored steel engravings and numerous wood cuts. Exquisite full leather with gold stamping to spines and boards. All page ends gilt. Ref.: Tooley, 298.

Beginning in the 1840's, comic versions of series subjects became quite popular, and a major part of their appeal were the humorous illustrations that accompanied the works. The most popular of these artists was John Leech (1817-1864), whose warm and generous wit perfectly fit the temper of the period. This volume, with a humorous text by Gilbert a Beckett, contains ten lovely hand colored illustrations of scenes from Roman history. For school students steeped in classics, here was wonderful comic relief. $375



Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett. The Comic History of England. Two volumes. London: Published at the Punch Office, 1855. Second issue after the separate parts edition. Octavo. Original publisher's gold stamped cloth covers show Clio instructing the British lion in history, which is also on the title page. Half title printed in red. With engravings by John Leech; 20 hand colored steel engravings and numerous wood cuts. Ref.: Tooley, see 295 for an earlier variant. Denver.

Beginning in the 1840's, comic versions of series subjects became quite popular, and a major part of their appeal were the humorous illustrations that accompanied the works. The most popular of these artists was John Leech (1817-1864), whose warm and generous wit perfectly fit the temper of the period. This volume, with a humorous text by Gilbert a Beckett, contains twenty lovely hand colored illustrations and 240 woodcut illustrations of scenes from British history. For school students steeped in serious history, here was wonderful comic relief. Tooley concludes that this is "among the most popular and best of Leech's work." (See p. 244-5). $450


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