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Author
ALKEN, Henry.
Title
Involuntary Thoughts.
Published
London: Thomas McLean, 1824.
Description
Suite of eight hand-coloured lithographic plates. Oblong folio, 360 x 270 mm., bound in recent gilt-stamped 1/2 green morocco over matching cloth. Title in gilt to spine, small raised gilt edged bands. FIRST EDITION. A classic Alken book, full of humorous designs depicting the follies and foibles of the English Regency era; including such subjects as virtue, love, drinking and gluttony! A fine nicely coloured copy in a handsome new binding. Lacking title.

Coloured plates in order:

Involuntary Thoughts.

1. Five assorted scenes. Beginning with "May temptation never conquer virtue" and ending with "Involuntary Fun".
2. Four assorted scenes. Beginning with "Involuntary bondage" and ending with "...and love without fear".
3. "Going Post".
4. Three assorted scenes. Beginning with "a Man of some Weight in the Parish" and ending with "May the endeavour to Please be crowned with success".
5. Three assorted scenes. Beginning with "More friends and less need of them" and ending with "...and Days of Ease".
6. Three assorted scenes. Beginning with "A Water Party...very Dry" and ending with "A Fowl Conspiracy".
7. Three assorted scenes. Beginning with "May we never want a Friend & a bottle to give him" and ending with "May genius & merit never want a Friend".
8. Five assorted scenes. Beginning with "May we never feel want or want feeling" and ending with "...and Life to the man that has the courage to lose it".
References
Tooley 39
Hand coloured plates
8
Binding/Size
M=4to
Category
Alken, British Isles, Caricatures
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
1128