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Bisset, J.  Dandyism displayed, or, the follies of the Ton; humbly dedicated (without permission) to a lord of the Willow-Boys; to the noble Sham-Peter & his white charger, prince of the dandy blood royal; and to that renowned son of Mars and Venus, the great captain ... To which is added, What is a dandy? London: Duncombe, [ca. 1820]. 8vo (16.8 cm, 6.61"). Frontis., [2], [7]–28 pp.
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Uncommon chapbook: a sarcastic look at the manners and customs of dandies, addressed directly to a variety of subcategories including actors, booksellers, undertakers, staymakers, pastry cooks, and "salesmen and pawnbrokers of the Jewish persuasion" — as well as to dandy concubines and "celebrated ladies of the Ton" including the Opera House Sisters, Mother Bang, and the Misses G – y.
        This is the stated second edition, with => a frontispiece offering four sketches by George Cruikshank: a woman and man each shown in morning and evening dress. In this copy, the man in each pair has been brightly hand-colored with a fair amount of delicacy, leaving the woman uncolored. The work is rarely encountered in any form, with a search of WorldCat finding => no reported U.S. institutional holdings and vanishingly few overseas.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Cohn, George Cruikshank: A catalogue raisonné, 221. Later speckled paper wrappers, rubbed and chipped, splitting at joints with covers essentially separated. Age-toned; offsetting from frontispiece to title-page. => Scarce, and worthy of recasing.  (41802)   Please RESHELVE This.


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