With an Autograph Letter Signed by George Cruikshank[George Cruikshank]. Blanchard Jerrold. The Life of George Cruikshank. In Two Epochs. With Numerous Illustrations. In Two Volumes. London: Chatto and Windus, 1882.
First edition. Two small octavo volumes (7.3125 x 4.9375 inches; 186 x 125 mm.). xvi, 284; viii, 280 pages. With eighty-four wood-engraved illustrations, including twenty-two plates, sixty text illustrations, and two title vignettes, all after Cruikshank.
Bound by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper) in royal blue calf. Covers with gilt double fillet border and gilt floral corner ornaments, spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with three brown morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume with the original brown cloth front cover and spine bound in at the end. Previous owner's ink presentation inscription on verso of front free endpaper of each volume.
Bound in at the front of Volume I is an Autograph Letter Signed by George Cruikshank to A[ngus] B. Reach, 20 June 46. Two small octavo pages on the recto and verso of half of a folded leaf, with Cruikshank's signature and the address on the verso of the second half of the leaf: "A. B. Reach Esqr / 13 Arundil [sic] / Street / Strand." Small piece torn from the blank margin of the second half of the leaf, where the wax seal was opened.
"My dear Reach / I got a note from / you this morning / undated-and as you / talk [crossed out] propose coming / here before dinner / and as it is now / past dinner time- / I suppose your [inserted] 'tomorrow' / means Sunday- / now it does so / happen that the Missus / is a going out of town / tomorrow, early-and / I am going to take / my work with me- / but will most certainly / return the same [?]. / So that you may be / pretty sure of finding / me at home any / time on Monday / but you know / between-3 & 5-suits / me best."
"If you do meet a friend this [?] / He is sure to be a warm one."
Angus B. Reach (1821-1856) "joined the Punch coterie in 1849 and collaborated at various times with Shirley Brooks and Albert Smith. (With Smith he brought out the bestselling comic serial A Man In The Moon, 1847-49.) Reach also hit the public taste of the late 1840s with a series of 'social zoologies', notably The Natural History Of Bores (1847) which was quickly followed by similar histories of 'Humbugs' and 'Tufthunters'. Among much other writing, Reach produced two rollicking novels: Clement Lorimer, Or The Book With The Iron Clasps (published in monthly parts, 1848-49, with illustrations by George Cruikshank) and Leonard Lindsay, Or The Story Of A Buccaneer (1850)" (John Sutherland, The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, p. 521). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.
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