Cruikshank Proof Etchings on Undivided Plates

    George Cruikshank. Complete Series of Eleven Proof Etchings and an Etched Sheet of Music on Four Undivided Plates for "The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman." London: 1839.

    Large folio. Three undivided plates of four proof illustrations each pasted down on rectos with thin paper guards.

    Brown half morocco over marbled paper boards. Marbled endpapers. Binding worn and noticeably abraded in several spots. Chipping to spine ends. Corners bumped and rubbed. Bookplate and previous catalog description on front pastedown. Large marginal dampstain to bottom gutter. Foxing throughout, lighter on the plates. A unique item in very good condition.

    William Makepeace Thackeray (or possibly Charles Dickens, or even Cruikshank himself) adapted the traditional ballad "The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman" in 1839. The text of the 1839 edition is generally attributed to Thackeray or Cruikshank, and the notes and introduction to Charles Dickens.

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