Binding Half Morocco. Marbled paper pasted onto boards.
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher London Thomas McLean 1822
Seller ID 006104
Oblong, 28 by 40.5 cm. 14 hand-colored aquatint plates after Alken and James Barenger, from two series of seven plates each. Each plate has one to six illustrations, with the multiple illustrations on a single plate sometimes set up almost like cartoon cells and yet also having something of a collage arrangement inasmuch as there isn't necessarily a clear demarcation between one image or the next. Regency humor, sometimes obscure in its brief captions, but the physicality and slapstick of the visual humor very accessible. Being Alken, there is a surfeit of equestrian humor -- clumsy or unskilled riding, misbehaving horses, etc. -- but there is plenty of other subject matter as well, with many scenes set in interiors, with domestic manners and pretensions, politicians, lawyers, gentlemen and ladies, the old, the infirm, etc. coming in for light ribbing. Brightly colored throughout. Condition: a few repaired closed tears, and some light scattered soiling. Generally clean and fresh. Modern half morocco, with leather title label on front board, and original such label pasted onto FEP.