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Taylor, John; Robert Cruikshank, illus. Monsieur Tonson. London: Marsh & Miller; Edinburgh: Constable & Co. (pr. by Samuel Bentley), 1830. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). Frontis., 19,  pp. (1 adv. f. lacking); 6 plts. $185.00
First edition featuring Cruikshank's entertaining illustrations. This comic tale of a prank played on a Frenchman by a notorious trickster was popular in a number of forms, including on stage and in children's adaptations. It appears here in its original verse, this being the first appearance of the => frontispiece and six plates after designs by Cruikshank (with assistance from brother George, as per Cohn), wood-engraved by George Wilmot Bonner and Samuel Machin Slader.
Binding: Contemporary olive calf, covers with gilt-stamped corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped title, turn-ins with gilt roll; marbled endpapers and all edges gilt.
Provenance: Bookplate of artist, collector, and art dealer Samuel Putnam Avery laid in. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Cohn, George Cruikshank: a catalogue raisonné, 783. Bound as above, spine and board edges sunned and rubbed with small scuffs to sides. Bookplate laid in as above, final leaf of publisher's advertising lacking; endpapers and fly-leaves lightly foxed, with a few faint spots to pages and plates. => A lovely little book and one with nice provenance. (41590) Please RESHELVE This.
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