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Reid 4835. A book of 225 pages entitled: "Hans of Iceland." Bound in cardboard with illustration plates by George Cruikshank.
Lettered on the title-page:
"Hans of Iceland." With the quotation:
"Some say the monster was a witch/ some say he was a devil.- Dragon of Wantley."
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"London: J. Robins and Co. Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row. 1825."
The illustrations are described by GW Reid as follows:
1. Reid 1289. Frontispiece. Hans of Iceland seated in his cave, with the quotation from the Dragon of Wantley beneath. (J. Robins & Co. London 1825 lettered below the image.)
2.Reid 1290. Hans of Iceland interrogratin Spiagudry in the Spladgest.
3. Reid 1219. Hans about to destroy Spiagudry near the exile's tower.
4. Reid 1292. The Bear Assisting Hans to escape from Count d'Ahlefeld and his companions.
On the back page: J. Robins & Co, Albion Press, London."
With two pages of advertisements for "Works publishing by J. Robins & Co." bound at the end of the volume.
Letterpress book with etched illustrations
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Height: 205 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 124 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description from GW Reid: "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of George Cruikshank."
According to A.M. Cohn: India proofs of the plates on large paper (Sm.4to) were published with the sae date. There is a later reissue of the book without the preliminary note and advertisement leaf at the commencement.
GW Reid states that another edition by the sae publishers was issued in 1837 and a further edition was published by Geo. Pearce, 310 Strand in 1845.
The text is based on "an anonymous French Romance of the same title." (See preface.)
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