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Reid 4840 Illustrated book of 226 pages entitled: "Smiles for all Seasons." Bound in light coloured card (the lettering on the front cover are largely illegible due to fading.)
The frontispiece illustration, Reid 1315, represents:
"Five vignettes, in an ornamented border. The first illustrating "A Lesson;" a foot-boy personating Dean Swift and offering him half-a-crown for bringing a turbot. The second, "The Tobacco Stopper;" Sir Isaac Newton making use of the finger of his betrothed wife to press down the weed in his pipe. The third "An Orthographical Error" resulting in the arrival of fifty apes from Malabar instead of two such creatures. The fourth "The Scrupulous Tanner," refusing to help the surveyor from the pit until he informs the excise man. The fifth "Too much help;" a country squire complaining of Love giving him more assistance than he wanted as he lay sprawling in the mire after tumbling over the crupper of his horse."
Lettered below the image "Geo-r Cruikshank" (The artist's signature in print). "Smiles for all Seasons," Published by Bladwin, Cradock and Joy, London, Nov-r 1, 1825.
Lettered on the title-page:
"Smiles for all seasons: or Mirth for Midsummer, Merriment for Michaelmas, Cheerfulness for Christmas, Laughter of Lady-Day. Forming a collection of Parlour Poetry, and Drawing Room Drollery. And supplying Solace for Summer, Amusement for Autumn, With for Winter, Sprightliness for Spring."
With quotations below:
"Mirth- merriment- cheerfulness- laughter. Johnson's Dictionary."
"This book should be in every Ship's Cabin, and on the table in the waiting room of every medical man." Morning Paper.
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"Second edition. With more than a hundred additional articles, and a frontispiece drawn and engraved by Cruikshank. London: Printed for Baldwin, Cradock and Joy. 1825."
With an advertisement for "Old friends in a new dress" by the same author.
Letterpress book with etched frontispiece
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Height: 174 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 96 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of George Cruikshank." 1871.
According to AM Cohn, "George Cruikshank a Catalogue raisonné" the first edition was published in 1823 without the heading "Smiles for all Seasons" and had no frontispiece.
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