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An illustrated book entitled, 'Steamers v. stages; or Andrew and his spouse.' Bound as one of four narrative poems/ short stories (see related titles) in a marbled binding with a green spine.
Lettered on the title-page "By the author of 'York and Lancaster.' Illustrated with Six Humorous Designs by Robert Cruikshank." With the quotation:
"To be or not to be? This is the question, Whether 'tis better to proceed by steam, Or shape our course by land.- Manuscript."
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"London: William Kidd, 6, Old Bond Street. MDCCCXXX."
With the following illustrations, all accompanied with verses from the text except for the frontispiece and tailpiece:
1. Frontispiece. 'Steamers v. stages.'
2.'As scaling, love impelle'd a lofty wall/ One luckless night, he fell in vast alarm. etc'
3.'She thought they should, like Fanny Kemble, go/ Or, like the elephant upon the stage.'
4. 'And so he filled his glass with Bacchus then/ And told the boy to fill his pipe with bacco.'
5. 'The bills were paid, and Andrew and his wife/ Now left the ship and hastened to the boat.'
6. 'The cabin boy let fall a plate of eggs/ And broke them all, although he saved his bacon.'
7. 'Tailpiece' page 27.
Letterpress book with wood engraved illustration plates.
Wood engraved illustration plates on a letterpress book.
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Height: 154 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 91 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- For the entire volume, see: 1866,1013.861-880, 184.d.29/ 1-4.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: 'The Epping Hunt.' (Bound as part of the same book)
Associated Title: 'Monsieur Tonson.' (Bound as part of the same book.')
Associated Title: 'Steamers and stages.' (Bound as part of the same book)
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