1882. London: Chatto and Windus, 1882.
2 vols., 8vo, xvi, 284; viii, 280 pp. Extra-illustrated with about 100 plates (many colored), some two to a page inlaid to size, plus the eighty-four text vignettes and full-page plates of the standard edition. Dark green straight-grain morocco extra, covers ruled in gilt, backstrips richly gilt and partly faded to brown, gilt tops, a very good set.
§ The standard text at the time on Cruikshank and a favorite book to extra-illustrate. At the time of cataloguing (May 2020) there were eight extra-illustrated sets on the market. David Brass noted (2020) of his set: "Jerrold's two volumes reigned for over a century as the standard authority" (Patten), until Patten's definitive two-volume biography, George Cruikshank's Life, Times, and Art (1996). Blanchard Jerrold (1826-1884), journalist and playwright, was acquainted with Cruikshank through his father, Douglas, a friend of Cruikshank and also a journalist and playwright. "In London Jerrold belonged to a set of young bohemian journalists, miscellaneous writers, and general bons viveurs, including George Augustus Sala, Peter Cunningham, and two of Dickens's younger brothers, that met to dine 'three or four nights a week at certain favourite restaurants'." (G. A. Sala, Life and Adventures, 1, 1895, 441). Item #123160