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Reid 5006. An book with wood engraved illustrations entitled: 'Tales about Christmas and New Year's Day.' With 87 wood engraved illustrations.
In a blue textile binding with the title and a floral pattern in gold on the spine, "Christmas" written in gold on the front cover.
On the title-page, the title is presented within an ornate circular border with a pattern composed of fruit, figures and decorative lettering which reads "anniversarie". Beneath the title:
"By Peter Parley. Third Edition, corrected and enlarged." London: William Tegg & Co, Cheapside. MDCCCXLVIII."
Verso: "Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars."
An advertisement for 'The girls own book' with extensive text on the final pages.
Letterpress and wood engraving.
- Producer name
Print made by: George Cruikshank (Prints allocated Reid catalogue numbers are by George Cruikshank.)
Published by: William Tegg
Printed by: Bradbury & Co
Block cut by: Ebenezer Landells (See pages 164, 166 and 199.)
Block cut by: Frederick William Branston (See pages 136, 191, 210, 220, 230, 241, 247, 251 (?), 256 and 259)
Block cut by: Thomas Williams (See pages 327, 348, 377 and 381)
- Production date
Height: 134 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 101 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Illustrations have evidently been produced by different artists and block cutters.
Those illustrations attributed to G. Cruikshank are identified with Reid numbers.
The wood engravers G. Landells, F. Branston and Thomas Landells have also signed several plates particularly in the latter part of the book. See 'Production' for the page numbers where the wood engraver is identified by a signature or their initials.
"17 Geo Cruikshank woodcuts" pencilled on the first blank page of the book (in Cruikshank's hand). With 2 additional plates originally published elsewhere.
Reid gives the publication date of the third edition as 1848 stating that 17 woodcuts from earlier editions have been used as illustrations.
Cohn 640 refers to an earlier version published by Thomas Tegg & Son in 1838 with: "Numerous woodcuts, of which 26 are by Cruikshank." (The illustrated page numbers do not correspond with the third edition.) Cohn also states that:
"The 1838 issue is not known to Reid, who only refers to the later edition published in 1840. This edition has different woodcuts among them, some of them the 'Muchausen' cuts, three of which first appeared in the nineteenth edition of 'The Looking glass of the mind.' and were subsequently used by the same publishers for an edition of Baron Muchausen issued in 1867." However Reid's catalogue entry 5006 refers to the 1848 edition.
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