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Author
CRUIKSHANK, George.
Title
Vol. 1 of My Sketch Book.
Published
London: G Cruikshank, Pentonville [1834]
Description
Illustrated title-page and 36 plates in contemporary hand-colouring. Oblong 8vo., bound in original green cloth, re-backed. Titled and signature in gilt to upper board. Prelims toned, corners worn, uncut. Sold by: Charles Tilt, 1834-1836. FIRST EDITION. A fine series of etchings by George Cruikshank done in his famously distinctive style, most of which are humorous observations of everyday life, however a few provide social commentary that reflects Cruikshank's well known temperance point of view. THIS IS GEORGE CRUIKSHANK'S OWN COPY, it is most boldly signed by him on the front free endpaper, and with his handwritten annotations on two of the plates. From the library of Graham M. Adee with his bookplate pasted onto the front pastedown.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Title page.
2. Sixteen small vignette etchings beginning with 'Grog blossom' and ending with ' a Hot dinner'.
3. Eleven small vignette etchings [no titles]
4. Nine small vignette etchings 'The Tomb of Napoleon' the middle one.
5. Twelve small vignette etchings beginning with 'Portrait of an Oddfellow' and ending with 'Portrait of a Gentleman, Framed and Glazed'.
6. Sixteen small vignette etchings 'The Pillars of a Gin Shop' in the middle.
7. Eight small vignette etchings 'Archery' in the middle.
8. Eleven small vignette etchings 'Leap-Frog' in the middle.
9. Eleven small vignette etchings 'Shakespeare's Cliff' or 'Sketches about Dover'.
10. Five etchings 'The Fox and the Goose' being the largest and in the middle.
11. Ten etchings 'Montpellier Rotunda - Chellenham' (sic) being the largest and in the middle.
12. Eleven etchings 'The Morning Promenade' being the largest and in the middle.
13. Eight etchings 'St. Swithins Chapel. "Cold bath fields" ' being the largest and in the middle. (HAS MARGINAL NOTE BY CRUIKSHANK)
14. Ten small vignette etchings beginning with 'some animals that were seen going about loose, in the Zoological Gardens' and ending with 'A Species of Macaw'.
15. Eleven small vignette etchings beginning with 'Abstraction' and ending with 'On the Preventive Service'.
16. Nine small etchings 'A Ball going to an Officer' the middle one.
17. Numerous small vignette etchings 'Recollections of The Court of Common Pleas'.
18. Eight etchings 'A Chapter of Noses'.
19. Eleven etchings 'The Worship of Wealth'.
20. Numerous small vignette etchings 'Mathews at Home' upper middle.
21. Eighteen small vignette etchings beginning with 'what a very pretty doll' and ending with 'A Negro Driver'.
22. Ten etchings beginning with 'The Antiquarian' and ending with 'The Atheist'.
23. Six small vignette etchings 'The Toad Eater' the midle one.
24. Six small vignette etchings 'Bath Coach!' the middle one.
25. Six small vignette etchings 'First Steps' the middle one.
26. 'The Gin Juggarnath', or The Worship of the Great Spirit of the age.
27. Eleven small vignette etchings 'The Design for an Album' the upper middle one.
28. Six small vignette etchings 'Making the Green One Red' upper middle.
29. Six small vignette etchings 'Ugly Customers' in the middle.
30. Twelve small vignette etchings beginning with ' I'd be a Butterfly' and ending with 'The Sun of a Sign Painter'.
31. Fifteen small vignette etchings 'Horse Hospital' being the largest and in the middle.
32. Six small vignette etchings 'DRUNK - according to act of Parliament' lower middle.
33. Twelve small vignette etchings 'Lumber-Troopers' in the middle.
34. 'Pit Boxes & Gallery'.
35. Ten small vignette etchings 'Cockney Whips' the middle one.
36. Six vignette etchings 'The Three Mr Rodds' the largest and in the middle.
37. 'Giraffes - Granny-Dears & other Novelties'.
References
Cohn 181; Abbey Life 275.
Hand coloured plates
37
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
British Isles, Caricatures, Cruikshank
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
1064