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Moore, Francis [pseud.].  The age of intellect: Or clerical showfolk, and wonderful layfolk. A series of poetical epistles between Bob Blazon in town, and Jack Jingle in the country. London: Pr. for William Hone (by Plummer & Brewis), 1819. 12mo (18.4 cm, 7.25"). Frontis., [2], 172, [8 (index)] pp.
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First edition of this comedic epistolary poem, "with notes critical, ethical, satirical, physiological, craniological, and astrological." Sometimes attributed to Henry Andrews and sometimes to publisher William Hone himself, the work is satirically dedicated to Delaram, wife of the Persian ambassador (although she is herein named only as "the Fair Circassian"), and mocks figures including barmaids, surgeons, bishops, music composers, velocipede riders, "the proprietor of the automaton chess player," and George IV himself. The => frontispiece by George Cruikshank appears here in its original uncolored state; the title-page is printed in red and black.
        Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Cohn, Cruikshank, 574; NSTC 2A12367. 19th-century three-quarter dark red morocco with red cloth–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title, author, and date, and top edges gilt; extremities lightly rubbed, spine slightly darkened and rubbed. Front fly-leaf with old slip of printed cataloguing (referring to a different copy) affixed; preliminary matter bound slightly out of order. Pages with edges untrimmed; intermittent minor foxing. => A fine instance of "English humor" in a solid, very decent copy.  (41199)   Please RESHELVE This.


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