Publisher London Various, including Soffe, Spooner, Brookes, Treager
Seller ID 005603
A collection of whimsical caricature plates created by the Heath brothers. N.d., circa 1820s and 30s. Folio, 36.5 by 28.5 cm. 68 mounted hand-colored caricature and humorous plates, including title page. As the two brothers had similar styles and many of the plates do not credit the artist, we do not always know who did what. Included are two complete series, "Spirited Subjects" and "Flowers of Loveliness", and a number of partial series and other miscellaneous prints. Who would not be smitten with "Spirited Subjects", in which bottles, glasses and other bar paraphernalia are animated into people? Perhaps ever slightly more convention is "Flowers of Loveliness", in which human subjects are in some way likened to flowers, or the flowers are somehow worked into the illustration in an imaginative manner. Other series drawn upon include "Music Pieces", "Newspapers", "First of September" and "Sporting Oddities". Quite a few plates not identified with a series have a sporting subject, and most often, shooting is the sport. Yet the subject matter ranges widely, taking in politics, culture, society, etiquette, etc. The red crushed morocco, which dates to about 1900, has gilt ruling, lettering and simple decoration. There are a few abrasions along the board edges, and typical edgewear, but overall, it is a handsome luxurious binding. The plates are mounted on heavy card stock, which adds to the luxuriance of the album, together with the gilt edging to these thick leaves.