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Cruikshank, George. The history of Jack & the bean-stalk. London: David Bogue, . Sm. 4to (17.5 cm, 6.89"). 32 pp.; 6 plts. $250.00
From the "George Cruikshank's Fairy Library" series: the classic story, edited and illustrated by Cruikshank with => six steel-engraved plates. This is the second title in the library, here in an => early issue of the first edition, matching these points listed by Cohn: "Jack, Climbing the Bean Stalk" is used as the frontispiece, the back wrapper advertises the already published Hop O'My Thumb and promotes the soon-to-come Cinderella, and the list of illustrations appears on the verso of the front fly-leaf.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Cohn, George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné, 197; Osborne Collection, p. 596; see Gumuchian 1964–1968. Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; wrappers showing dust-soiling, spine sunned and rubbed, front wrapper with small scrape at upper inner corner, none of this devastating. Title-page with short closed tear from outer margin, just touching title-frame; paper of text age-toned but clean. => A very solid copy, used in its time but never abused. (41680) Please RESHELVE This.
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