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Reid 4925. An illustrated book entitled: "Tough Yarns; A series of naval tales and sketches." Bound in blue cloth with a gilt flag design on the back.
With illustrations by George Cruikshank, described by GW Reid as follows:
1.Reid 1648. The frontispiece illustration. "Greenwich Pensioners." An assembly of pensioners seated round a table smoking and drinking grog; one of them, an old fellow with one eye, sings at the top of his voice.
2. Reid 3826. Vignette on the title-page. Representing the figure-head of a ship, of a merman half sailor, half fish. "Tough Yarns" inscribed on a flag which is attached to a ramrod.
Lettered above the illustration: "Tough Yarns; A series of naval tales and sketches to please all hands, from the swabs on the shoulders down to the swabs in the head. By the Old Sailor. Author of "Greenwich Hospital" &c." With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange. 1835."
3.Reid 3827. "Vignette to Greenwich Hospital." Being a view of the hospital from the Thames in a border of foliage.
4. Reid 3828."Vignette to Greenwich Hospital." Representing the devil seated on a shell, towing a seaman who is tied to his tail.
5. Reid 1649. "Land Crabs." A seaman calling his messmates' attention to what he supposes to be the skeleton of Corporal Jack, walking off with his head under his arm.
6. Reid 1650. "Mother mount's rats." Captain Hammond's astonishment, on creeping up the companion, at discovering the cause of his waking to be the monstrous rats which are acting as sailors and managing the vessel.
7. Reid 3829. "Vignette to Greenwich Hospital." A rat dressed as a pirate.
8. Reid 3830. "Vignette to Greenwich Hospital." A rat in a man's attire, and smoking a pipe as he goes on a journey.
9. Reid 1651. "Jack and the custom house officer." The "Spaniard" chasing Tom Crampton down the jetty at Buenos Ayres [sic] thinking his bag contained prohibited dollars.
10. Reid 1652. "Bow chasers." The master, Mr Soundings, with a pistol in each hand, compelling the three French dragoons to march before him as prisoners.
11. Reid 1653. "Trowbridge and the Count." The Neapolitan officer [being kicked] by the commodore whom he deceived about his troops attacking the fort which was manned by the French.
12. Reid 1654, "Old Mike and Mrs Rowley." The captain's wife in joy at going aboard her husband's frigate.
13. Reid 3832. "Tail-piece to the story of Tom Brookes." The corpse of Brookes floating on a broken mast.
14. Reid 1655. "It is only uncle Joey." The corporal of volunteers awoke from his nap in the arm-chest by the affrighted officer who mistook the chest for a coffin and Toby for a spirit.
15. Reid 3833. "Tailpiece to the story of The red flag at the fore." A little flag hoisted on a man's rubicund nose.
16. Reid 3834. "Tailpiece to the veteran soldier." The stern of a vessel, with her flag run down, on it is inscribed "Final."
Letterpress book with etched illustration plates and wood engraved vignette and tailpiece illustrations.
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Height: 170 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 105 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid, "A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank." 1871.
Reid catalogues etchings and wood engravings seperately therefore the catalogue numbers are not consecutive.
Description of binding from AM Cohn, "George Cruikshank, Catalogue raisonné." 1924
Dedicated to Captain Marryatt.
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