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Thackeray, William Makepeace; W.E. Church, ed.; George Cruikshank, illus. On the genius of George Cruikshank ... reprinted verbatim from "The Westminster Review." Edited with a prefatory note on Thackeray as an artist and art-critic. London: George Redway, 1884. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.875"). Frontis., , xvi, 60, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 1 plt. $125.00
First book-form edition of a tribute originally published in The Westminster Review in 1840 — advertised by the publisher as "the most delightful of Thackeray's critical essays" (Book-Lore, Dec. 1884). In addition to the => more than 40 woodcut illustrations, this printing includes a "new portrait" of Cruikshank, etched by F.W. Pailthorpe.
Binding: 19th-century half red morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, leather edges ruled in gilt double fillets, spine with raised bands, gilt-stamped title, and gilt-stamped floral compartment decorations. Signed binding: front free endpaper stamped by Root & Son.
Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
NCBEL, III, 856. Binding as above, joints and extremities rubbed. Pages mildly age-toned; two leaves with very small chips from outer margins; two pages with one small spot of staining each. A very nice copy of a work of both literary and artistic interest. (39846) Please RESHELVE This.
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