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Reid 4881. Twelve sketches illustrative of Sir Walter Scott's 'Demonology and Witchcraft' by George Cruikshank. In a brown paper wrapper. Bound with two other texts in a brown, leather effect book lettered on the spine:
"Illustrations by G. Cruikshank- 1830."
Lettered on the wrapper: "Twelve sketches illustrative of Sir Walter Scott's Demonology and Witchcraft, by George Cruikshank."
Lettered on the title-page: "Price Two shillings. India Proofs, Four shillings." and on the title-page:
"Twelve sketches illustrative of Sir Walter Scott's 'Demonology and witchcraft' by George Cruikshank. London: Published for the artist, by J. Robins and Co. Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row. 1830.
With twelve illustrations, each accompanied by a quotation:
1. Reid 1471. 'The corps de ballet.' The gree figurantes rejoiced at meeting the patient at the old manor house.
2. Reid 1472. 'The spectre skeleton.' Alarming the doctor in spite of his philosophy.
3. Reid 1473: 'The goddess Freya attacking the traveller.'
4. Reid 1474. 'Elfin tricks.' Transporting individuals from place to place.
5. Reid 1475. 'The persecuted butler.' Prevented from falling to the ground by Lord Orrery and the bishops.
6. Reid 1476. 'Elfin arrow manufactory.'
7. Reid 1477. 'Fairy revenge. In consequence of having a brown loaf and a cobb of herrings substituted for the cream and white bread which they had been in the habit of partaking of.'
8. Reid 1478. 'Puck in mischief. Disguised as a stool, in order to induce an old gossip to commit the egregious mistake of falling down on the floor, when she expected to repose on a chair.'
9. Reid 1479. 'Black John chastising the witches for irreverently speaking of him behind his back.'
10. Reid 1480. 'Witches frolic. Embarking on the ocean in sieves, and following the arch fiend rolling before them on the waves.'
11. Reid 1481. 'Tak aff the ghaist! Addressed by a horseman to his servants on arriving at his own house, with a spirit seated behind him, having her arms around his waist.'
12. Reid 1482. 'The ghost of Mrs Leckie. kicking a doctor of physic for his want of attention.'
Advertisements for works illustrated by George Cruikshank on the last two pages and on the back of the wrapper: "Preparing for publication, scraps and sketches."
Etching and letterpress
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Height: 158 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 90 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid, 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.'
Cohn refers to India proof versions and later coloured versions of this publication.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: 'Bombastes furioso.' (Bound in the same volume)
Associated Title: 'Tom Thumb.' (Bound in the same volume)
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