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Author
ROWLANDSON, Thomas, [bound with Thomas Lord Busby].
Title
Characteristic Sketches Of The Lower Orders, Intended As A Companion To The New Picture Of London [BOUND WITH] Busby, Thomas Lord: Costume of the Lower Orders of the Metropolis.
Published
Printed by L. Harrison for Samuel Leigh & Published for T.L. Busby, London 1820
Description
FIRST EDITIONS. 14 1/2 x 9 cm. 2 pages of text in "Sketches" however, no text for Busby plates. "Lower Orders" with fifty-four hand-coloured plates by Rowlandson: a panoply of city life containing the costumes of street vendors through Rowlandson's colourful often affectionate delineation's of human character. Busby plates without title page: the frontispiece depicts man with trumpet. a poster draped from his right shoulder reads "Costume Of The Lower Orders of The Metropolis." Appears to be a variant of "Costume of the Lower Orders of London" noted by TOOLEY 123 with same plate count and similar street characters. See: TOOLEY 424 for Rowlandson. Bookplate [Rene Choppin] plates bright and clean slight rubbing to corners. Binding: leather bound 19th century full black morocco front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Near fine in fine matching black morocco pull-off case by Riviere & Son the latter with raised bands and gilt spine lettering.

Coloured plates in order:

Rowlandson "Characteristic Sketches..."

1. Frontispiece. Menagerie.
2. Drayman.
3. Cooper.
4. Last dying Speech.
5. Itinerant Musicians.
6. Raree-Show.
7. Old Clothes.
8. Pray Remember the Poor Sweeper.
9. Chairs to Mend.
10. Door-Mats.
11. Butcher.
12. Images.
13. Earthen-Ware.
14. Cucumbers.
15. Postman.
16. Milk.
17. Poodles.
18. Shoe Black.
19. Hot-Cross Buns.
20. Great News.
21. Sweet Lavender.
22. Gardener.
23. Roasting Jacks &c.
24. Oysters.
25. Coal Heavers.
26. Curds & Whey.
27. Baskets.
28. Flounders.
29. Past One O'Clock.
30. Saloop.
31. Hackney Coachman.
32. Walnuts to Pickle.
33. Billet Doux.
34. Buy My Sweet Roses.
35. Fire Men.
36. Ballad Singer.
37. Placard.
38. Band Boxes.
39. All Hot.
40. Cherries.
41. Dogs Meat.
42. Rhubarb.
43. Wine Coopers.
44. Tinker.
45. Baker.
46. Grinder.
47. A Peep at the Comet.
48. Roasted Apples.
49. Bagpipes.
50. Strawberries.
51. Singing Birds.
52. Sweeps.
53. Matches.
54. Distressed Sailors.

Busby "Costume of the Lower Orders of the Metropolis".

1. Title page.
2. Watchman.
3. Milk.
4. Matches.
5. Water Cresses.
6. Waterman.
7. Raree-Show.
8. Kettles to Mend.
9. Mackarel.
10. Onions.
11. Door-Mats.
12. Chickens.
13. Scavenger.
14. Ballad Singer.
15. Dray Man.
16. Coal Heaver.
17. Scissors Grinder.
18. Dogs Meat.
19. Post-Man.
20. Sweep.
21. Rabbits.
22. Beggar.
23. Old Clothes.
24. Pedler.

References
Tooley 424 for Rowlandson; Tooley 123 for Busby; Abbey Life 423 for Busby; Bobins II 626 for Busby; Bobins III 894 for Rowlandson.
Hand coloured plates
78. [54 + 24]
Binding/Size
Xs=12mo
Category
British Isles, Culture/Lifestyle, Rowlandson
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
680