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(London).  London scenes, or a visit to Uncle William in town. London: John Harris (pr. by S. & R. Bentley), 1824. 12mo (17.2 cm, "). xvi, 211, [1] pp.; 28 plts.
$400.00

"This is London! how do you like it?" asks the title-page of this tour through London for juvenile readers. The descriptions of the city's high spots and most exciting scenes are illustrated with => a total of 78 copper-engraved vignettes, given on 28 plates. This is => the first edition under this title, being a corrected, enlarged, and indeed "almost entirely re-written" version of A Visit to Uncle William in Town; the introduction offers a metafictional explanation for the reworking, adding another layer to the existing frame story. While many of the engravings come from the 1818 Visit, the frontispiece and several of the liveliest action scenes (including "Mad Ox on Blackfriars Bridge," "Skating on the Serpentine River," and "Guy Fawkes in Effigy") are => new to this version and dated 1824.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Moon, John Harris, 506; Opie H 94; Osborne Collection, pp. 808-09. Publisher's printed paper–covered boards with red roan shelfback; binding darkened and worn, spine with head pulled and leather cracked, extremities rubbed with front hinge (inside) cracked and front free endpaper lacking. Back pastedown with modern pencilled annotations. A very few scattered spots of foxing and some instances of mild to moderate offsetting from images, pages overall clean. => Externally worn, internally delightful.  (41544)   Please RESHELVE This.


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