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Reid 4709. Number 1 of 4 volumes of "The Humourist: A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Repartees, Witty Sayings, Epigrams, Bon Mots, Puns &c."
Bound in light coloured card with a cover illustration of two figures standing on plinths holding up a book with two infants seated below holding masks.
With ten hand coloured etched illustrations bound at the front of the book, described by GW Reid as follows:
Each subject is enclosed in a border, having appropriate vignettes above and below, which illustrate those phases of the stories and anecdotes that are not represented in the principal composition. They are all signed "G. Cruikshank fect" excepting the second, which has merely "G.CK fect."
1. Reid 790. Frontispiece to Volume 1. "The Slippers." Bakarak, the miser of Baghdad, discovering Karabeg, the lover of his daugher Zelica, in his house, and ordering him to leave it.
2. Reid 791. "Vignette on the title-page of Volume 1." A fool seated under a tree reading to an old man and an old woman, who are both laughing immoderately.
(Lettered beneath the image: "Printed and Published by J. Robins & Co, Albion Press, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row. London.")
3.Reid 792. "The Three Beggars." The enraged landlord of an inn at Compiègne demanding the amount of his bill from his ragged guests, they have been tricked by the traveller who made it appear that he had given one of them a louis d'or.
4. Reid 793. "Conceit can Kill, and Conceit can Cure." The Charletan Dr. De La Retort, addressing the crowd from his platform, and calling their attention to the case of his old Master Gripish.
5. Reid 794. "The Well of St Keyne." The surprise of a countryman at his newly espoused wife having taken a bottle of water to church, so as to taste it sooner after their wedding than himself.
6. Reid 795. "The Conjurer." Robin having the turkeys brought before him to point out the one which swallowed Lady Simpleton's ring.
7. Reid 796. "Alfieri and the Tea cup." The Italian poet Alfieri sweeping from the sideboard Princess Carignani's tea service, on her telling him he had spoiled the set by breaking a cup.
8. Reid 797. "Foote and Jemmy Wright." The eminent comedian putting his head through one of the barber's paper windows and exclaiming: "Is Jemmy White at home?" While the facetious shaver is putting his head through another and replying: "No, he has just popped out."
9. Reid 798. "The Horned Cock." The virtuoso in his museum, showing his admiring friends the bird, which he styles the most uncommon, unnatural, inestimable curiosity that ever enriched the collection of a philosopher.
10. Reid 799. "The Imaginary Sickness." The interior of the bed-room of the "Roebuck;" Tom Ruby looking aghast at finding his waistcoat will not button by five inches, to the great amusement of his waggish friends who played the trick."
With a further title-page behind the illustrations.
Hand coloured etched illustrations to a letterpress book, bound in card.
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Height: 168 millimetres
Width: 105 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of four volumes.
Description from GW Reid "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of George Cruikshank." 1871.
- Not on display
- In fragile condition with loose pages and loss of spine.
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