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Reid 4772. A letterpress book with wood engraved illustrations entitled: 'Original tales from my landlord.'
Bound in marbled cardboard with a black spine lettered "Original Tales" in gold.
Lettered on the title-page: "Original Tales from my landlord, by William Gardiner, Late master of Lydney and Aylburton Grammar Schools, author of the Fortnight's Visit, Story of Pigou &c. Neatly embellished with engravings on wood by Branston, from designs by G. Cruickshank [sic]. New edition."
With the publications details at the foot of the page:
"London; Printed in stereotypes for D. Mackay, 53 Bartholomew-Close; W. Blackwood, Edinburgh; and J. Cumming, Dublin. Price 2s half bound."
With the following illustrations:
1. Reid 3187. Frontispiece. 'The Picture Gallery.' (Second State)
2. Reid 3189. 'The force of example.' (1)
3. Reid 3190. 'The force of example' (2)
4. A wood engraved tailpiece of a ship at the end of 'The royal Hungarian captives.'
5. Tailpiece of a rose at the end of 'The Silver arrow.'
6. Reid 3192. 'History of the Prince Hippoocoo, The Dwarf Sultan of Delhi.' (1)
7. A tailpiece of two quivers of arrows at the end of History of'Prince Hippoocoo, The Dwarf Sultan of Delhi.'
8. Reid 3193 'History of the Prince Hippoocoo, The Dwarf Sultan of Delhi.'(2)
9. Reid 3194 'The Sultan of Scind and his Knights.'
10. Tailpiece of a carriage and horses at the end of 'Abdallah.'
11. Reid 3195. 'Prince Iris.'
12. Reid 3196. 'The folly of extravagant riches.'
13. A vignette of a ship in 'Dispensations of providence.'
With advertisements for 'The tale's of my landlord's school and 'The story of Pegu, a Malay boy.' on the final page. "Plummer and Brewis Printers, Love Lane, Little-East Cheap." at the end of the text.
Letterpress and wood-engraving
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Height: 136 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 83 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Titles from, GW Reid, 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.'
One of six chapbooks by William Gardiner in the Department of Prints and Drawings (184.e.18-184.e.21.) Gardiner's stories were intended for the moral education of children and often engage with themes of nationality and race. The illustration plates are re-used throughout the series of books.
The illustrations were also used in 'The magic spell.' see 1865,1111.1256-1267. 184.e.17.
The same illustrations also appear in: 'The original tales of my landlord's school.' which is very similar in form and content to this text, see: 1865,1111.1239-1247. 184.e.19.
The tailpieces and wood engravings not attributed to Cruikshank have not been given collection numbers.
- Not on display
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