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Reid 4805. 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 title page and opening pages are missing from this book which starts on page iii under the page heading "Contents" with a text continued from the previous page and the beginning of a script for 'The wild goose chase or the inn at Baltimore.'
The folded frontispiece (Reid 1150) represents Mathews in the following characters
Signed lower left hand corner, "GCk, fect." Lettered above the illustration "Mr Mathews in his various characters in a wild goose chace or the inn at Baltimore." With the publisher's line below the image "Pub'd Jan'y 18 1823 by Hodgson & Co Newgate St."
An advertisement for "Song-books, Jesters & c. By the same Publisher." on the back cover of the book.
Letterpress chapbook with handcoloured, etched frontispiece illustration.
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Height: 136 millimetres (approx. height (sheet))
Height: 144 millimetres (approximate page height)
Width: 405 millimetres (approx. width (sheet))
Width: 90 millimetres (approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- The third of six chapbooks bound together (184.f.25.)
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.
Earlier chapbooks in this series were published by Hodgson and William Cole of 10 Newgate Street with Hodgson credited as the publisher of the illustration and Cole as the publisher of the text. Hodgson may have been the sole publisher and printer of this issue as the publisher's line at the end of the text on page 36 reads: 'Printed by Hodgson & Co. Juvenile Press, 10 Newgate Street.'
This is the only chapbook in 'The London Mathews' that contains illustrations attributed to George Cruikshank.
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