London: John Camden Hotten, 1861. With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Item #20182 .
12mo. (6), 332pp. followed by 8pp publisher's catalogue. Contemporary purple T-grain (or a variant of it) cloth blocked in gilt on the upper board and spine. The frontispiece was designed by Cruikshank especially for this book. Additional Cruikshank illustrations appear in the text as the publisher had found them "admirably adapted to illustrate our subjects." These etched plates are from his 'Comic Almanacs'>
Spine gilt darkened and light traces of soil and wear else a near fine copy, though we do note the last two pages have closed marginal tears not affecting the text. With the full color bookplate of Edward Ludlow Parker.