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Reid 4642. Number 1 of 3 volumes of book entitled: "The Annals of Gallantry." Bound in blue card and illustrated with handcoloured etched caricatures.
Lettered on the title-page: "The annals of galantry; or the conjugal monitor being a collection of curious and important trials for divorces and actions of crim.con during the present reign; accompanied with biographical memoirs and anecdotes and illustrated with notes. By A. Moore, LL.D."
With quotations from Shakespeare beneath the title and the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"Vol 1. London. Printed for the Proprietors, and sold by M.Jones, No 5, Newgate Street, 1814."
On the verso: "London, Printed by M.Jones, No 5, Newgate Street."
Three of the illustrations are lettered with George Cruikshank's signature and described by GW Reid (see below). Other illustrations are by an anonymous artist/artists.
1. A portrait of "His Royal Highness Henry Frederick. Late Duke of Cumberland." Lettered beneath the image. London. Pub. by M.Jones, March 28.1814.
2. Reid 293. "Lady Grosvenor and Duke of Cumberland surprised by the servant." Lettered below the image "Pub'd March 1, 1814 by M. Jones, Newgate Str. (G.C.) An illustration to "The trail at large of Richard Lord Grosvenor against Henrietta Lady Grosvenor." His Royal Highness is seen hiding behind a tree while Dennison the footman is timidly standing near holding out a letter for the frightened lady.
3.Reid 294. "The unwelcome intruders." (G. Cruikshank, fect. Pub'd March 1 by M.Jones Newgate Street.) Another illustration to the same. Mr Stephens and his brother Matthew Stephens, surprising the Duke of Cumberland and Lady Grosvenor at the White Hart Inn, St Albans. The duke's portrait in his situation is by no means a flattering one. His sorry plight however, may be accounted for by his seeing the room suddenyl entered by a party headed by Stephens, sword in hand, who have broken open the door. Stephens is approaching the duke in a menacing attitude, while his brother Matthew, who is represented in a groom's livery is about to help up the lady who has fallen to the floor.
4. "The unwelcome attack." (Pub May 2, 1814.)
5. "Tètè à tètè in Kensington Gardens." (Pub May 2, 1814.)
6."John Watts the shoe maker watching M. Hacket and Mrs Mansergh in a tètè à tètè on the chairs."
7. "The shrubbery."
8. Reid. 295. "The elopement of Lady W-- with Lord Paget. A moonlight scene. A coach with four and two postillions awaiting Lady Paget and Lady Charlotte Wellesley who are approaching the vehicle, the door of which is held open by an old watchman.
9. "Peter Pindar and Mrs Knight Rehearsing., Vide Mr Parke's speech."
With a catalogue of books printed for Sherwood, Jones & Co, dated April 1, 1823 bound in the back of the book.
Letterpress book with handcoloured etched illustrations
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Height: 230 millimetres (approx. page height (note variation in page height.))
Width: 145 millimetres (approx. page width (note variation in page width))
- Curator's comments
- Number 1 of 3 volumes.
Not described in M. Dorothy George, "Catalogue of political and personal satires in the British Museum." Volume IX. 1949.
GW Reid (4642) "Three volumes, 8 vo, illustrated with etchings and portraits. Three of the designs only by G. Cruikshank which will be found in the first volume; but another artists of ability was employed on some of the plates.
AM Cohn (573) states that the "Annals of Gallantry of Conjugal Monitor" was first issued in eighteen parts, six to a volume. In this state there is only one complete copy known. The presence of catalogue of books published by Sherwood, Jones & Co dated 1823 at the back of this volume suggests that the pages were re-bound at a later date.
For unmounted versions of Cruikshank's illustrations, see 181, 0429.734, 1871,0429.733 and 1871,0429.732.
The list of associated persons is not exhaustive.
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