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Reid 4709. Number 4 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 820. "Frontispiece to Volume Four. Sermon on Malt. The Rev. Mr Dodd delivering a sermon from a hollow-tree on the word Malt, which had been chosen by some Cantabs in order to annoy him, as the reverend gentleman had offended the drunkards of Cambridge.
2. Reid 821. "Vignette on the title-page of Volume Four." The humourist appearing on the stage to bid farewell to the public.
3. Reid 822. "Mr St. Leger and the Scavengers." The general's father flinging the jeering man into the mud cart.
4. Reid 823. "Frank Hayman." The painter laughs at the hungry dog taking advantage of the tipsy porter's slumber to eat the hare, which however turned out to be directed to himself.
5. Reid 824. "Nicolas Pedrosa." The barber's mule bolting forward among the troop of mendicant friars, upsetting some and trampling on others.
6. Reid 825. "All for the best." Genealogy George released from the plate chest in which he had been packed when dead drunk, by the young gentleman of Caversham Park.
7. Reid 826. "New Readings." The surprise of the gentleman of New York at seeing the Hibernian turn on his head to read the inkeeper's sign which was hung upside down as a novelty.
8. Reid 827. "Tom Blanshard in Hamlet." The comedian who played the gravedigger presenting the Prince of Denmark with a bassoon instead of the flute to the great amusement of the audience.
9. Reid 828. "Tit for Tat, or The Officer and his Irish Servant." Teague, the Irish footman, insisting on having his shot at the candle to the great annoyance of his master, the drunken colonel.
10. Reid 829. "The Irish Gentleman and his Appletree." The Irishman cutting off the blasted branch of the tree and astonished at finding himself falling with the withered limb on which he had bestridden."
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 4 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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