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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



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



George Cruikshank Sr. (1792-1878). Two illustrated narratives. The Bottle (1847). 8 prints. / The Drunkard's Children (1848). 8 prints. Glyphography. 10 1/2 x 14 3/4 (sheets). Old and probably original marbled covers with deteriorated leather spine and corner tabs. Some soiling to the pages. Complete with full impact.

This artist/publisher produced hundreds of illustrations for books and prints wherever a need arose. These two books turned on a protest against alcohol consumption in England in the mid-century. The pictorial narrative illustrates the destruction of a family followed by death for individual members.

The first set of eight pictures show a family destroyed from their respectable middle-class home by first drinking a single glass, then through a sequence of eight pictures being destroyed. Everything takes place within the four walls of their home. The second book shows the two children of the family in low class company falling into debauchery and death due to alcohol. A passionate protest against excessive drinking and a fabulous item for the temperance collector. $1,200





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