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Reid 4907. An illustrated book entitled "The Bee and the Wasp." In a blue binding, the title and date lettered in gold on the spine and marbling on the inside covers. With several blank pages at the beginning of the book and a yellow wrapper lettered: "The Bee and the wasp. A fable - in verse. With designs and etchings by G. Cruikshank. "In Tenui labor." London: Charles Tilt, 86, Fleet Street, 1832." On the verso "Bradbury and Evans Printer." The wording of the title-page is the same as that on the wrapper.
With four etched illustration plates described by GW Reid as follows: (Note plate No 3 is bound as the frontispiece in this edition.)
1. Reid 1563. "Mr Wasp introducing himself to the humble bee."
2. Reid 1564. "The new friends carousing."
3. Reid 1565. "Treachery of Mr Wasp."
4. Reid 1566. "Mr Wasp's cowardly onsluaght on humble bee's wife and children."
Letterpress book with etched illustration plates
- Production date
Height: 172 millimetres (approx. page height (illustration plates))
Height: 175 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 103 millimetres (approx page width (illustration plates))
Width: 107 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid: "A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank."
For unmounted versions of the illustrations see:
Reid 1563: 1987,U.177
Reid 1564: 1978,U.178
Reid 1565: 1978, U.179
Reid 1566: 1978, U.180
For the second edition, see 1864, 0213.366- 367. 184.d.7
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