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Messieurs les Ronds-de-Cuir, Le Train de 8 H. 47, Les Gaites de l'Escadron (Three Volume Set), Courteline, Georges.  Illustrations de Albert Dubout
81 Courteline, Georges. Illustrations de Albert Dubout Messieurs les Ronds-de-Cuir, Le Train de 8 H. 47, Les Gaites de l'Escadron (Three Volume Set)
Monte Carlo Aux Editions du Livre 1949, 1951, 1952 First Editions Thus, Limited Editions Half Morocco, Marbled Boards Near Fine 
All three volumes are of numbered limited editions (with large limitations of 5,000 each). Inimitable, zestful Dubout illustrations the perfect complement to the light satirical farces of Courteline. While the volumes were not issued as a set, the matching bindings make them perfect as such, and so they are being sold together. Minor soiling to the leather spine. All volumes are otherwise tight and immaculate. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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82 Cruikshank, George A Comic Alphabet
Leporello. Hardcover. Box. Fine 
N.d., but an early 20th century restrike of the 1836 original, with bright hand-coloring. Other than the freshness of the paper pastedown on the boards and the outer box which clearly was not the sort issued with a book in the early 19th century, this copy could pass for an exceptionally well-preserved copy of the original. 13.5 by 9 cm. 24 panels, mostly humorous and lightly satirical, but also a few with a more sentimental quality. The front cover resembles the original perfectly, stating "Designed Etched & Published by George Cruikshank No 23 Myddelton Terrace Pentonville 1836" just as the true first edition did, and the back cover headed by a "T", for "Tilt, 86 Fleet Street", the original publisher, and an etching presumably of Tilt himself at his shop. This is NOT the facsimile issued by the Arts Council of Great Britain in the 1970s! The outer box has wear, with one edge of the lower part missing. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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83 Cruikshank, George London Characters
London Joseph Robins 1827 First Half morocco pull-off slipcase with cloth board,  Very Good 
First edition in book form. 12mo. 16 by 10 cm. 24 hand-colored caricatures, including of parish beadle, tax gatherer, turncock, waterman, stage coachman, hackney coachman, sailor, sailor's lass, Greenwich pensioner, Chelsea pensioner, brewer's drayman, butcher's boy, baker, fishmonger, maid servant, footman, barber, old clothes man, market woman, last dying speech man. The illustrations are uniformly memorable although most of the trades depicted are now forgotten. Herein lies a glimpse of what life on the London streets must have looked like at the time. Foxing, mostly on tissue guards. Cohn 182. Plates generally bright and handsome. Light dampstains on rear. A band of darkening across front and back cover which we believe was a defect original to the printing of the cover, as we are aware the same band exists on another copy. Front joint repaired inconspicuously. Sunning to morocco spine of outer case. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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84 Cruikshank, George Points of Humour (Two parts in one)
London C. Baldwyn 1823-4 First edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 21.5 by 13.5 cm. 47, [1]; vi, 56, [1] pp. With two states of 20 plates, with one version hand-colored, the other not. The second, B/W suite of the plates, is all on India paper and bound in. Additional woodcut illustrations in text. Binding by Riviere & Son is a full orange morocco with gilt ruled borders and spine gilt decoration and gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Accompanying the book is the bookplate of and a long manuscript note dated 1907 by antiquarian bookseller extraordinaire and Cruikshank expert H.W. Bruton with comments on the plates. Cohn 176. Spine very slightly darkened, and some very light wear besides. Occasional light foxing. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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The Political House that Jack Built.  With Thirteen Cuts., Cruikshank, George
85 Cruikshank, George The Political House that Jack Built. With Thirteen Cuts.
London William Hone 1819 Twenty-fourth Edition NA Fair 
8vo. 21.5 by 13 cm. Unpaginated, 24 pages, including front and back. Series of light verse, ending generally with the same three lines: "That plunder the Wealth,/ That lay in the House,/ That Jack Built." Trenchant satire of political leaders, and George IV. First blank leaf brittle, heavily age toned. Few pages with chips, mostly around lower joint. Bottom thread binding pamphlet is gone, so looseness at bottom. Scattered soiling. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Queen's Matrimoial Ladder, A National Toy.  With Fourteen Step Scenes;  and Illustrations in Verse, with Eighteen Other Cuts., Cruikshank, George, illustrator
86 Cruikshank, George, illustrator The Queen's Matrimoial Ladder, A National Toy. With Fourteen Step Scenes; and Illustrations in Verse, with Eighteen Other Cuts.
London William Hone 1820 Thirty-fourth Edition NA Good 
4to. 23 by 14.5 cm. Unpaginated, 12 leaves, including front and back. Some looseness to the pamphet, with only one binding thread holding. Age toning to cover. Leaf edges somewhat rough. Paper has brittleness. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Green Bag:
87 Cruikshank, George, illustrator. The Green Bag: "A Dainty Dish to Set Before a King;" A Ballad of the Nineteenth Century, By the Author of "The Political A, Apple Pie." With Thirteen Cuts.
London J. Robins and Co. 1820 Seventh Edition NA Very Good 
8vo. 21 by 13 cm. 23, [1] pp. With 13 half-page etched illustrations by Cruikshank. Rear cover a publisher's ad. Light satiric verse mocking King George IV and his cabinet shortly after his coronation, with his divorce case against Caroline still looming. Condition: moderate wear, with age toning around perimeters of leaves. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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88 Cruikshank, Isaac, Robert, and George. Song lyrics by various authors. The Cruikshankian Momus. The Three Cruikshanks. Isaac, Robert, & the Great George Pictorial Broadsides and Humorous Song-Headings. Fifty-two Comic Designs to Popular Ballads by the Three Cruikshanks. Coloured by Hand (After the Originals)
London John C. Nimmo 1892 First Cloth Very Good 
No. 157 of 520 copies. 4to. 29 by 19 cm. vii, [1], 136 pp. 52 hand-colored plates. Spine extremities chipped. Other moderate wear to original cloth. Interior age toned but clean. A tight copy. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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Death's Doings;  In Twenty Four Plates. Illustrations in Prose and Verse.  The friendly Contributions of Various Writers., Dagley, R.
89 Dagley, R. Death's Doings; In Twenty Four Plates. Illustrations in Prose and Verse. The friendly Contributions of Various Writers.
London J. Andrews. Printed by G. H. Davidson 1826 First Full Calf Very Good 
Rare hand-colored version of this work. 8vo. xviii, [2], 369, [2] pp. 24 hand-colored plates. Condition: loose calf along front joint. Dryness and darkening of spine calf. Scattered foxing. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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90 Darjou, A. [Alfred Henri] Watercolor and Pen-and-Ink Caricature of a Stern Man with an Outlandishly Long Mane of Hair Who is Holding a Mask that Says "Masque le Moliere" and Has "Corsaire" Written on His Belt, Stockings and Breeches
NA. Framed FIne 
N.d., mid-19th century. Alfred Henri Darjou (1832-1874) was a French painter and illustrator, best known for his contributions to "Illustration" and "Monde Illustre". 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Spectacular Whimsical Album of Cuban Cigarette Cards and Die-Cuts, 1869 to 1871, de Dios Yvañez y Valera, Juan (?)
91 de Dios Yvañez y Valera, Juan (?) Spectacular Whimsical Album of Cuban Cigarette Cards and Die-Cuts, 1869 to 1871
Habana (Havana, Cuba) Full Morocco Very Good 
Oblong, 23 by 34 cm. 142 leaves, with cards and surrounding decoration only on rectos. Containing a total of 547 chromolithographic cards, plus countless pieces of chromo die-cuts and cut-outs which provide most of the elaborate decoration, and which crucially make this album an extraordinary, unique work of "folk art". The paramount value of this album is its artistic pizazz as a piece. This is not to minimize the value of the collection of cigarette cards printed in Cuba. We believe a collection of cards this extensive is in all probability a rarity, but we can not so represent with 100 percent confidence. But we trust our eyes and experience to assert with such confidence the overarching aesthetic quality of the whole. The cards are organized by series, and these include a zoological ABC, scenes with Sancho Panza in "Don Quixote", Antoño y Ogoño, the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1867, an ornithological alphabet, children's games, animal hunting, months of the year (comical scenes relating to the months), an Englishman in America (depicting his bewilderment and ineptitude), vice and virtue (children acting as adults, with most scenes shown with characters in eighteenth century garb), African large mammals, a Cuban gallery, Spanish costume and types, flowers, tobacco (modes of smoking), Ottoman military uniforms, worldly things (humorist depictions of sophisticates), Gil Blas, dress of noblemen, medals, famous buildings, bicycles, juicy scenes (comical scenes of mayhem), Spanish regions, escutcheons of Spanish cities, famous women, absurdist situations (no title to this grouping of humorist caricature), anthropomorphic animals, equine circus and mythological figures. Following, a section entitles "Caprichos", are fifteen pages of chromolithographs, several pages of obects (vases, boxes) which have actual paint applied to them, and there are three pages of photographs worked into the die-cut collage designs (and one page with the photos apparently whited out). It is a tribute to the compiler/artist that while the cards themselves are clearly chromolithographs, all the intricate decoration is not, and one can easily mistake it for actual painting. Undeniably, the meticulous cutting and inspired placement of these decorative elements represent an artistry unto itself. The highlight of the album are the sections' title pages -- these do not have tobacco cards on them -- in which the artist often plays with the subject matter of the cards to come. Thus, for the first section, "Alfabeto Zoologico", the letters are made of cut-outs of frolicsome monkeys, as is the surrounding framing. We marvel how the artist was even able to find the pieces to assemble this. As to the creator, we are not sure. Juan de Dios Yvañez y Valera may just be the dedicatee. Condition: light to moderate soiling. Last page with a neat square hole where a card had once been. Binding scuffed, stained, etc. but still highly attractive and sound. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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Album-Revue des Opinions.  Annee 1914, Devries, Maurice, ed.
92 Devries, Maurice, ed. Album-Revue des Opinions. Annee 1914
Paris 1913 Full Leather Very Good 
17 by 13 cm. One caricature per page, for a total of 366 caricatures (one per day, plus an introductory illustration), each in color, almost all accompanied by a few lines of light verse. The caricatures are of the famous of the day, from all walks of life -- theater, politics, the military, literature and graphic arts, high society, commerce, etc. -- and a few of an earlier time (Alfred de Musset, Cyrano du Bergerac, Jesus), not all of whom were French. The non-Gallic caricatures include people such as Andrew Carnegie, John Jacob Astor, Rockefeller and Paderewski. A few of the drawings are of fictional characters -- debatably this might include Cyrano or Biblical characters such as Methusaleh, and then some non-human characters such as Chanticler. Altogether it is a smorgasbord feast of colorful absurdist portraiture that can probably only be fully absorbed over many days. Contributors include, among the artists, Rip, Sem, Hemard, Mich, Poulbot, etc. -- a who's who of French comic illustrators of the day, in other words, some of whom are themselves depicted in the illustrations -- with the verses and captions by Jean Bastia, Numa Bles, Dominique Bonnaud, etc. Spine on top, and opens verticallly, or in typical calendar style, with the first half of the year represented on one side of the leaves, and then the book is flipped to reveal the second half on the verso of the leaves. Light wear to the binding. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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93 Dighton, Richard [Print] A London Nuisance Ple. 6th. An Unlucky Hit
Thos. McLean 
Hand-colored humorous print, man carrying chest, not seeing where he is going, hitting an elderly woman on her forehead with the piece of furniture. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 26 by 21 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 30 cm. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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94 Dighton, Richard [Print] A London Nuisance, Ple. 1st. Passing a Mud Cart
Thos. McLean 
Hand-colored humorous print. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 26 by 21.5 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 36 cm. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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95 Dighton, Richard [Print] Presenting a Dropt Garter. Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense
Thos. McLean 
Hand-colored humorous print of a fancy ball. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 20 by 27 cm, oblong, and matted, it is 30 by 41 cm. Minor damage, or small hole, by caption, not affecting picture and not very conspicuous. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Commerce et Qualité, Effel, Jean, cartoonist
96 Effel, Jean, cartoonist Commerce et Qualité
Lyon Consortium General de Publicite de Lyon. Printer: Les Presses des Audin Automne, 1949 First Wraps Very Good 
Unusual comical promotion for 15 varied luxury businesses based in Lyon, including a watchmaker, a jeweler, a furrier, a florist, a shirtmaker, a couturier, an optician, a ceramist/glassmaker, a high-end shoe store, a handbag and glove business, a music store. For each, the business name, address and type are written on the cover of a folded sheet, accompanied by a cartoonish corner vignette, and then inside the folded sheet one comes upon a full-page cartoon with a jokey caption. 4to. 27.5 by 21.5 cm. 17 leaves, 15 of which are folded. (34 pages of mostly visual content, including the inside rear cover. Folded leaves have content on front and inside recto.) The artwork and humor is very broad, a bit vulgar, and might bring to mind the naughty cartoons of a Shel Silverstein or the strip cartoons of "B.C." Illustrations have orange/fleshy tinting. On the cover is a short manuscript inscription by the cartoonist, Effel, to a recipient, signed with his very singular artistic signature -- it is a loopy round swirl. Scarce, with only two copies found on OCLC -- at BNF, and Lyon. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Life in London; or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, Accompanied By Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis, Egan Pierce
97 Egan Pierce Life in London; or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, Accompanied By Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis
London Sherwood, Neely and Jones 1821 First Full Calf Near Fine Cruikshank, George and I. R. 
8vo. 24 by 15.5 cm. xvi + 376 pp., 36 color aquatint plates by I.R. and George Cruikshank, with fold outs of song. No footnote on page 9 and first song fold-out without numeration, indicating first issue. Full calf by Lloyd, Wallie & Lloyd is bright and healthy, with some rubbing long joints. Offsetting onto tissue guards. Generally pages and plates generally clean. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Real Life in London;  or, The Rambles and Adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and His Cousin, The Hon. Tom. Dashall, Through the Metropolis; Exhibiting a Living Picture of Fashionable Characters, Manners, and Amusements in High and Low Life.  By an Amateur.  Embellished and Illustrated With a Series of Coloured Prints, Designed and Engraved by Messrs. Alken, Dighton, Brooke, Rowlandson, &c.  (Two Volumes), Egan, Pierce.  Henry Alken, artist
98 Egan, Pierce. Henry Alken, artist Real Life in London; or, The Rambles and Adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and His Cousin, The Hon. Tom. Dashall, Through the Metropolis; Exhibiting a Living Picture of Fashionable Characters, Manners, and Amusements in High and Low Life. By an Amateur. Embellished and Illustrated With a Series of Coloured Prints, Designed and Engraved by Messrs. Alken, Dighton, Brooke, Rowlandson, &c. (Two Volumes)
London Jones & Co. 1821-1822 First Full Morocco Fine 
2 volumes with stunning Zaehnesdorf full red morocco bindings. 8vo. 23.5 by 15 cm. x, 656, ix, 668 pp. With 18 and 12 hand-colored plates, respectively, plus two hand-colored engraved title pages, for a total of 32 hand-colored plates. Abbey 280. A beautiful copy overall -- clean and fresh within, and a gorgeous binding, with a few very minor rub spots, and one tiny abrasion on the rear cover of the second volume. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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Diorama Anglais ou Promenades Pittoresques à Londres, renfermant les notes les plus exactes sur les caractères, les moeurs et usages de la nation anglaise, prises dans les différentes classes et la société, Egan, Pierce.  Jean-Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan. Illustrations by George and Robert Cruikshank
99 Egan, Pierce. Jean-Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan. Illustrations by George and Robert Cruikshank Diorama Anglais ou Promenades Pittoresques à Londres, renfermant les notes les plus exactes sur les caractères, les moeurs et usages de la nation anglaise, prises dans les différentes classes et la société
Paris Chez Jules Didot l'Ainé and Badouin Freres 1823 First edition Full Calf Very Good 
A French adaptation of Egan's "Life in London" -- not a straightforward translation. 8vo. 21 by 14.5 cm. 235 pp. 24 hand-colored plates taken from the English work. Gorgeous full mottled calf binding. Foxing, heavy-ish at times, on the text leaves. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Fashionable Bores or Coolers in High Life, Egerton, Daniel Thomas [Peter Quiz]
100 Egerton, Daniel Thomas [Peter Quiz] Fashionable Bores or Coolers in High Life
London W. Sams 1824 First Modern Cloth Portfolio Folder Good 
Oblong, 26.5 by 37.5 cm. Title with hand-colored aquatint followed by 12 hand-colored aquatint plates. Abbey Life 287. Tooley 203. Acerbic observations of common types in Regency Society. Condition: modern portfolio housing the suite of plates is plain and utilitarian. Notwithstanding the title label on its spine, it does rise above the functional. Title plate is heavily soiled. Plates afterward are sometimes rough around their edges, with heavy soiling -- finger smudging, grime, etc. -- and some short close tearing now repaired. Holes from the original thread binding the plates, long gone, are apparent and add to the marginal roughness. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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