SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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A'BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot.
John Leech (illus.)
The Comic History of England.

Prepared at the height of the Victorian age, The Comic History of England quickly became one of Leech's and A'Beckett's great collaborative successes. It went through many editions. The Comic History combined the essential episodes of English history with wonderful literary and illustrative wit. It intended to "blend amusement with instruction."

London: Punch Office, 1847-1848.
Abbey 'Life in England' 434.
London: Punch Office, 1847-1848.

Two v. [20] leaves of plates: ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm - 8vo. Advertisements on wrappers and on extra pages tipped into some of the parts. Title pages in red & black with vignette. Half-titles in red. Numerous woodcut illustrations in text. In full diced calf with twin fillets in gilt and gilt cornerpieces, spine with raised bands in gilt, six separate compartments; four with elaborate and decorative embellishments in gilt, leather labels, lettered in gilt in the other two compartments, gilt edges, marbled endpapers - in good condition throughout. Coloured plates in order: Volume I. 1. Frontispiece. Landing of Julius Caesar. 2. William inspecting the Volunteers previous to the Invasion of England. 3. Terrific combat between Richard 'Cour de Lion' and Saladin. 4. King John Signing the Magna Carta. 5. Edward's Arm in the hands of his Medical Advisors. 6. Queen Philippa interceding with Edward III for the Six Burgesses of Calais. 7. Coronation of Henry IV (from the best Authorities). 8. [caption unreadable]. 9. Marriage of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. 10. The Battle of Bosworth Field, a Scene in the Great Drama of History. Volume II. 11. Henry VIII greeting Francis I. 12. Henry VIII and his Queen "out a Maying." 13. Henry VIII Monk Hunting. 14. Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh. 15. Discovery of Guido Fawkes by Suffolk and Mounteagle. 16. "Take away that Bauble." Cromwell is dissolving the Long Parliament. 17. The Royal Oak. The Penderell Family has no idea where Charles is!! 18. Evening Party - Time of Charles II. 19. The Battle of the Boyne. 20. Georgy Porgy the First, going out for a ride in his State Coach Poachy.