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One of six chapbooks on the actor Charles Mathews bound together in cardboard covers as 'The London Mathews.'
Lettered on the front cover: "The London Mathews containing all the entertainments of the initimable Charles Mathews viz Master Charley's youthful days; travels in air, earth and water; the theatrical wanderer, the trip of America, the memorandum book and invitations; with all the original characters and humorous songs with which they respectively abound and accurate likenesses of Mr. Mathews in Forty-Three Different characters. London: Printed for William Cole, 10 Newgate Street. Three shillings and sixpence."
The same lettering repeated on the title-page.
The first pamphlet in the series has an additional title-page lettered with the title and: "Containing an account of Master Charles Mathews' youthful days: with six original and humorous songs, viz. Trade-chusing, Stratford on a market day, An Irish rubber at whist, Volunteer field-day and sham fight, Crooskeen lawn, London green-rooms and The Jew and the pig. Embellished with eight copper plate engravings, representing him in the several characters he assumes in this entertainment. A new edition." Lettered at the end of the text: Printed by "G.H. Davidson, Ireland Yard, Doctors' Common."
The eight copper plate engravings are handcoloured and on the same folded sheet. Mathews is depicted as the following characters:
Nat servant of all work.
George Augustus Fipley.
Sir Shiveram Screwnerve.
Ap Llywelyn ap. Lloyd Esq.
Mr Mark Magnum.
Lettered above Mr Mathews in the various characters he assumes in his youthful days. Pub d by Hodgson & co 10 Newgate St.
Advertisements for books by the same publisher advertised under the heading "Songbooks, Jesters & C."
Letterpress chapbook bound in a book with an etched, handcoloured frontispiece.
Four pages of advertisements for "Amusing books, published by W. Cole, 10, Newgate Street. are bound at the end of the chapbook.
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Height: 128 millimetres (approx. height (sheet))
Height: 144 millimetres (approximate page height)
Width: 390 millimetres (approx. width (sheet))
Width: 90 millimetres (approximate page width)
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- One of six chapbooks bound together (184.f.25.)
The publishers Hodgson and Cole worked together during the early 1820s. In this case, Hodgson is identified and the publisher of the print (in the lettering below the image) and Cole as the publisher of the text (on the title-page.) Both were working from 10 Newgate Street.
Mathews was known for his aptitude for quick costume changes and the adoption of different characters. He is associated with the monopolylogue, a type of theatrical performance where one actor takes the part of all characters involved.
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