Title Four works by George Cruikshank bound together, including: (1) Phrenological Illustrations, or An Artist's View of the Craniological System of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim. (2) Illustrations of Time. (3) Scraps and Sketches. To be Continued Occasionally. (4) Scraps and Sketches, Part the Second.
Binding Half Calf. Marbled Boards.
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher London Cruikshank himself. Sold by J. Robins and Co. 1827, 1827, 1828, 1829, respectively
Seller ID 004371
Oblong, 26.5 by 37.5 cm. 24 hand-colored plates. Note that all of these are works often encountered in black and white, or without hand-coloring. One of the plates for Scraps and Sketches, the first part, is grouped in the Part the Second -- both are supposed to have six plates. (Title, 3, six hand-colored plates, blank, title, six hand-colored plates, blank, title, five hand-colored plates, blank, title, seven hand-colored plates, blank.) The four works, while separate, are all of a piece in their oblong dimensions, their general format and humor, their publication details (self-published, with Robins as the vendor). Phreonological Illustrations here was issued one year after the first edition, but the plates are all watermarked August 1826. The Illustrations of Time is a first edition. Cohn 178 and 179. The Scraps and Sketches are both first editions. Cohn 180. Two other installments, those of 1830 and 1831, are not included here. Light scattered foxing and soiling (finger smudges) throughout, with most of it on the tissue guards. On the prelims and two text pages of Phrenological Illustrations the foxing is a bit more prevalent. Edgewear to the binding, with rubbing along the edges especially at the corners. Rebacked, with matching leather. Newer endpapers. Handsome original leather label on front board.