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Reid 4709. Number 2 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 illustration plates, 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 800. "Frontispiece to Volume 2. The Bashful Man." A Dinner party at Sir Thomas Friendly's where an unfortunate guest is upsetting the scalding soup in his lap on bowing to Miss Dinah.
2. Reid 801. "Vignette on title-page of Volume Two." Two bumpkins on a platform, and grinning through horse-collars, to the infinite amusement of four lookers-on.
(With an additional title-page behind these illustrations.)
3. Reid 802. "An Awkward Mistake." Fright of the invalid and her two sisters on discovering the supposed apothecary to be the upholsterer.
4. Reid 803. "The Whiskers." The Swiss captain's astonishment at the object of his affection requesting him to cut off his whiskers or resign his claim to her hand.
5. Reid 804. "The Witty Porter in the Stocks." Beau Nash addressing one of his friends, while condoling the delinquent, who is undergoing punishment for making a fool of the mayor.
6. Reid 805. "Cooke the Actor, The Dirty Beau and Big Ben." The actor driving the beau from the coffee-room by aid of a red hot poker, to the intense gratification of Perrins, the pugilist, and the rest of the company.
7. Reid 806. "Audley." John jumping from his chair, with the Bible attached to his breeches with cobbler's- wax, to the great amusement of Mr. Errant and the surprise of Dorothy.
8. Reid 807. "Daniel Lambert and the Dancing Bears." The bear taking off his hat to Lambert, as if in submission, after witnessing the defeat of its companion.
9. Reid 808. "The bitter bitten." The miller accepting the offer of five shillings from the sportsman for a single shot at his favourite ducks.
10. Reid 809. "Monsieur Tonson." The politeness of the poor refugee, who is shivering at his door and answeing Tom King's question as to Mr. Thompson's where-a-bouts.
Hand coloured etched illustrations to a letterpress book, bound in card.
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Height: 168 millimetres
Width: 105 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Volume 2 of 4 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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