CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE. 1792-1878. The Comic Almanack.  London: Charles Tilt, 1835-40; Tilt and Bogue, 1841-43; David Bogue, 1844-53.

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CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE. 1792-1878.
The Comic Almanack. London: Charles Tilt, 1835-40; Tilt and Bogue, 1841-43; David Bogue, 1844-53.

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CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE. 1792-1878.
The Comic Almanack. London: Charles Tilt, 1835-40; Tilt and Bogue, 1841-43; David Bogue, 1844-53.
19 volumes. Various sizes, 8vo and 12mo. 5 folding frontispieces, 4 colored, 190 etched plates, and engravings in the text by George Cruikshank. Original pictorial wrappers (first 15 vols.) and cloth gilt (last 4 vols.). Custom slotted box, with lid. Toning to margins of plates of a few parts, some light wear to bindings, neat repairs to a several backstrips and wrappers, spine of vol 10 (1844) cracked, chipping to spine of vol 5 (1839).
Provenance: Robert and Donna Jackson (book-label)
Exhibited: Grolier Club, Essential Parts, 1996, p 28.
WITH:
An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. London: Henry Hooper, 1840. Extra illustrated edition. 8vo inlaid to 4to, 180 illustrations. Gilt tooled green morocco by Morrell, some illustrations and leaves slightly browned or toned; WITH:
My SketchBook. London: Charles Tilt, [1834-36]. 9 original parts, oblong 4to, colored issue, original wrappers, later cloth box; WITH:
George Cruikshank's Table-Book. London: January - December 1845. 12 original parts, 8vo. Frontispieces and illustrations. Original wrappers. later blue cloth chemise and slipcase; WITH:
5 small pencil and pen and ink sketches by Cruikshank of character sketches.

FIRST EDITION OF THE COMIC ALMANACK IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS AND CLOTH. First issue of vol 14 (1848). With specimen colored plate in Naturalist's Library at back of 1837 (often lacking). Advertisements conforming to Cohn with the following exceptions: without small slip insert at front of volume 4 (1838), without ads at back of volumes 6 (1840), 11 (1845), and 14 (1848), without slip and ads at front of volume 12 (1846). Unusually good condition for a set in which "the backstrips are nearly always either badly broken or missing" (Cohn). Text contributions from the likes of Thackeray, Robert Brough, and the Brothers Mayhew appear throughout. Cohn 184.

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