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Hone, William; George Cruikshank, Samuel Williams, et al., illus. The every-day book, and table book; or, everlasting calendar of popular amusements, sports, pastimes, ceremonies, manners, customs, and events, incident to each of the three hundred and sixty-five days, in past and present times ... London: William Tegg & Co.; Glasgow: R. Griffin & Co.; Dublin: Cumming & Ferguson (pr. by J. Haddon), 1826–28. 8vo (22.8 cm, 8.98"). 2 vols. (of 3). I: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), viii pp., 1720 col., 8 (adv.) pp.; illus. II: Frontis.,  pp., 860, 888 col.; illus. $250.00
Originally issued as weekly numbers and here in their first book form: descriptions of the customs and traditions associated with various celebrations, many now obscure. Hone (1780–1842), a bookseller, author, and reformer noted for battling censorship and other injustices, here takes advantage of the topic's broad scope to incorporate an impressive variety of antiquarian anecdotes, folklore, natural history, travelogues, historical tales, and literary quotations (plus the odd scrap of sheet music) along with the hagiographies found in the Every-Day volume — though the Table Book, written in response to the success of the first series, dispenses with many of the religious associations and generalizes shamelessly in its topics. "These publications were at once popular, educational, quaint, and socially pertinent," says the DNB. Assorted contributors including Charles Lamb supplied the pieces not written by Hone himself for this entertaining grab-bag, illustrated with => over 200 wood engravings, some of which were done by George Cruikshank.
Evidence of Readership: In addition to one mischievous artistic addition (pencilled glasses and a mustache on the illustration of Blind Hannah), there are several highly indignant comments regarding an account of duelling in Charleston, South Carolina: "A lie! . . . how English these lies are! English lies!" — obviously suggesting an American reader.
Cohn, George Cruikshank, 402 & 403; NCBEL, III, 1285. On Hone, see: DNB (online). Publisher's brown cloth, covers with blind-stamped arabesques, spines with gilt-stamped title and volume number; second volume of Every-Day Book not present here (and our promise of "over 200 wood engravings" considers that). Both volumes worn overall, cloth splitting along spines of these hefty volumes, front covers and spines sunned, hinges (inside) starting. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplates, call number and paper label on endpapers, title-pages pressure-stamped. Some signatures opened slightly roughly in vol. I, more notably so in vol. II, with chipping; vol. II with occasional pencilled markings, including those embellishments to the image of Blind Hannah (col. 221/222), and one page with faint markings in light blue. => Despite absence of the second Every-Day series, still a massive amount of wonderfully various reading, with engaging evidence of readership and lots and LOTS of evocative illustrations. (27545) Please RESHELVE This.
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