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Reid 4863. Number 2 of 3 volumes of an illustrated book entitled "Philosophy in Sport made Science in Earnest; being an attempt to illustrate the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of popular toys and sports."
With the title and volume number printed on the first page. On the verso and eight line quotation from Cowper's Tirocinium and the printer's details at the foot of the page: "London: Printed by A & R Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square."
1. Reid 3507 With a vignette illustration on the title-page used for all volumes which represents a trap and ball; a kitten playing with the latter. G.C. on the trap.
Lettered beneath the illustration:
"In three volumes. Vol.2. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, Paternoster-Row. 1827." The illustrations are printed as chapter headings and tailpieces throughout the text, described by W Reid as follows:
2. Reid 3522. "Headpiece to Chapter I. Vol II." The game of marbles. The vicar and Tom playing a ring-taw; Mr Seymour demonstrates the game in reference to the colliding of bodies.
3. Reid 3523. "Headpiece to Chapter II." G.C. Wright, sc. A view of the yard attached to Mr. Seymour's house. Tom plays with a sucker; his younger brother annoys one of the servants with a syringe; illustrative of the attraction of cohesion, &c.
4. Reid 3524. "Headpiece to Chapter III." Boys blowing bubbles, illustrative of the pressure of air.
5. Reid 3525. "Headpiece to Chapter IV." Boys flying kites, illustrative of the philosophy of the toy.
6. Reid 3526. "Headpiece to Chapter V." Louisa and Tom playing at bat and shuttlecock, illustrative of the flight of the latter.
With additional small diagrams throughout the book, not described by Reid.
Wood engraved illustrations to a letterpress book
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Height: 187 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 101 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid. "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of George Cruikshank."
According to Reid: "The after editions were published in one volume with the matter condensed, and with additional cuts while others are omitted; for instance, the one of Dr Doseall's unfortunate experiment.
Reid's catalogue entries give names and initials as well as or instead of George Cruikshank or G.C. for a number of illustrations in the volumes of this book which may refer to other illustrators or wood block cutters. However, it is not possible to conclusively identify these producers due to lack of information.
- Not on display
- Amateur drawings sketched beneath the vignette on the frontispiece and in the first volume.
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