Illustrations from Comic Almanacs. by CRUIKSHANK, George (1792-1878).

CRUIKSHANK, George (1792-1878).

Illustrations from Comic Almanacs. Designed Etched & Published by George Cruikshank London, 1838-1842.

8vo album (222 x 150 mm), 26 engraved plates: 12 plates from 1838 measuring 100 x 140 mm, mounted in landscape and 12 plates from 1842 measuring 170 x 102 mounted in portrait, with one plate from 1836 (85 x 92 mm) and another measuring 68 x 10 mm, a number of blank leaves at the end where plates have clearly once been pasted but are no longer present, in a late nineteenth century binding (slightly sprung), half calf over marbled boards, with a later thumbprint heraldic bookplate and the ownership inscription in the rear of Thomas Boddington 1886.

An album of plates taken from Cruikshank’s Comic Almanacs, including the complete twelve plates for the years 1838 and 1842 and two additional plates. This was clearly at one point a larger compilation and a number of engravings have been removed from the final pages. Nonetheless an interesting compilation with some amusing engravings.

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