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Reid 5049. A book entitled, "Old Faces in New Masks." Comprised of 391 pages with frontispiece and title page illustrations by George Cruikshank. Bound in green cloth with a gold, figured design on the spine with the title and publisher's details lettered in gold. An ornate design of leaves impressed in both covers.
1. The frontispiece illustration, Reid 2630, represents eight vignettes illustrating the principal articles, ie: "Fishwives," "Scholastic doctors," "Drowning an eel," "Pike," "The Dance of Death" (two of the subjects) "Hermit Literature" and "Lobsters and Crabs." Lettered beneath the illustration: "Designed and etched on copper by George Cruikshank and faced with steel by F. Joubert's Acierage process."
2. Reid 2631. The title page (Geo.Ck) represents ornamental letters and a group of seven masks of the characters in text forming a support with the publisher's name "W. Kent & Co (late D. Bogue) 86 Fleet Strt." beneath and the date, "1859."
With an additional title page lettered as follows:
"Old faces in new masks by Robert Blakey, Ph.D. Author of "The History of the Philosophy of the Mind." etc, etc."
With a quotation below: "It is often both profitable and pleasant to wander a little from the beaten tracks of knowledge, into the lanes and by-paths of literature."- Shenstone.
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"London: W. Kent & Co (Late D. Bogue) 86, Fleet Street. MDCCCLIX, [The right of translation is reserved.]
On the verso: "London: Thomas Harrild, Printer, Salisbury Square, Fleet Street."
Letterpress book, bound in textile with etched frontispiece and title page
Height: 181 millimetres
Width: 117 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid "A descriptive catalogue of the work of George Cruikshank." 1871.
The text is a collection of essays on miscellaneous subjects including "An historical sketch of British caricature." pp 164-206.
- Not on display
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