CRIES OF LONDON. The Cryes of London. Engraved and Sold by J. Kirk, in St Paul's Church Yard. Also all sorts of English and Dutch toys.... a grotto and water works to be seen free, APPARENTLY UNRECORDED, [1754]
Lot 40
CRIES OF LONDON. The Cryes of London. Engraved and Sold by J. Kirk, in St Paul's Church Yard. Also all sorts of English and Dutch toys.... a grotto and water works to be seen free, APPARENTLY UNRECORDED, [1754]
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 25,212) inc. premium
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CRIES OF LONDON
The Cryes of London. Engraved and Sold by J. Kirk, in St Paul's Church Yard. Also all sorts of English and Dutch toys.... a grotto and water works to be seen free, engraved throughout, comprising title mounted on inner upper cover, 12 plates of tradesmen and women, and advertisement leaf mounted on inner lower cover, stitched in contemporary floral wrappers, edges slightly frayed, lacking backstrip, 32mo (94 x 65mm.), J. Kirk, [1754]

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  • AN APPARENTLY UNRECORDED SET OF 'LONDON CRIES', FROM THE FIRST SERIES PRODUCED FOR THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN. This is one of four sets published by John Kirk, a shopkeeper and metal worker who ran an engraving and die stamping business from St Paul's Churchyard in London, as advertised in the Public Advertiser of 21 December 1754 :

    "This Day is published, From four Copper-plates neatly engraved, each containing 12 Prints, of The most humorous CRIES of London... in Sheets, or stitched, in Little Books; likewise made up in Boxes or Rowlers, at 1s. a Piece, very fit to amuse children and help them forward in their Learning..." In addition to these four formats, the Cries were also adapted for use in sets of playing cards.

    All the formats are extremely rare: an article in the Princeton University Library Chronicle (vol. 59, 1997-1998) stated that only one copy of one of the four 'Little Books' was known (described by Karen Beall in Cries and Itinerant Trades, p. 135, and containing only 10 illustrations, with backgrounds), but announced that a second set had surfaced in the Virginia Warren Collection housed at the Lilly Library. Another set of the same series, this time in Kirk's 'rowler' format (a scroll mounted on spindles), can be found in the Cotsen Children's Library.

    Our copy contains the following illustrations, without backgrounds: 'Four pence a Peck green Hastings'; 'Buy my Rope of white-heart Onions'; 'Do you want any Small Coal Maids'; 'Fine Seville Oranges, or Limons'; 'A Dialogue between E. Canning & an Angel'; 'Cherries, fair Cherries, a pennya Stick'; 'Will you Buy my fine Singing Birds'; 'Buy my Dish of great Eels'; 'Buy any Ink, or fine Writing Pens'; '8 Rows apenny Pins, 8 Rows a penny'; 'Twenty a Groat fresh Herrings'; 'Buy a Sheet Almanack, or a Book Almanack'.
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