Item #126150 The Humourist. A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Epigrams, Bon Mots, etc. George Cruikshank.
The Humourist. A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Epigrams, Bon Mots, etc.
The Humourist. A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Epigrams, Bon Mots, etc.
The Humourist. A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Epigrams, Bon Mots, etc.

The Humourist. A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Epigrams, Bon Mots, etc.

1819. London: J. Robins and Co., 1819-1820.

4 vols, 8vo. Forty hand-colored etched plates after Cruikshank, including four frontispieces and four vignette titles. Full brick red morocco, backstrips lightly sunned, scattered foxing. Bookplates of Albert Ramsay-Cohn and of one other; early ownership inscription of Adam Paterson on front blank in each vol. Very good.

§ First edition with second issue of Vol. 1 title page (with "Vol.1" and dated 1819) but with all other first issue points: "Dr Johnson" title on Vol.1 page 44, and undated imprints on all four vignette title pages, on plate 7 of Vol. 2, and on plate 4 of Vol. 3.

The Humourist “gave Cruikshank his first sustained opportunity to devise illustrations; Blanchard Jerrold calls it ‘his first remarkable separate work.’ Robins issued forty six-penny parts…with a colored etching in each, during 1819 and 1820…The vignette title page for volume 4 shows a grotesque dandy holding a cocked hat, grinning at the audience from a stage whose proscenium arch is decorated with swagged curtains and comic masks. The illustrations preserve that sense of theater: each scene takes place within a frame surmounted by emblematic props aspiring to a pedimental shape and supported by a base on which the title is inscribed, along with additional scenes and props” (Patten, George Cruikshank’s Life, Times, and Art, I, p. 190). Cohn 419. Item #126150

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