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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 title-page of this issue reads:
"Mr Mathews' New entertainment for 1826 called invitations; including a variety of new comic songs, among which are The twopenny post, Gipsying excursion and quadrilles, Visit to the opera, London at five in the morning, A bunch of keys and The general election and an admirable monopolylogue entitled The city barge. The whole illustrated by seven coloured fac-similies of the performer in his various transformations. London, Printed by William Cole, 10 Newgate Street, Six pence."
The folded frontispiece represents Mathews in the following characters:
Mr Harry Skelter
Mrs Georgina Gritts
Lettered at the end of the text p.36, "Printed by GH Davidson, Ireland Yard, Doctor's Commons."
An advertisement for "Song-books, jesters, &c" by the same publisher is printed on the back cover
Letterpress chapbook with handcoloured, etched frontispiece illustration.
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Height: 140 millimetres (approx. height (sheet))
Height: 144 millimetres (approximate page height)
Width: 379 millimetres (approx. width (sheet))
Width: 90 millimetres (approximate page width)
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- The sixth 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 appears to have been the sole publisher of the the third issue while Cole is credited as the publisher of both print and chapbook in this issue.
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