Eight Rare Satires In One Volume
ALKEN, Henry. EGERTON. D.T., EGERTON, M., HEATH, Henry. [Compilation Containing Eight Satiric Color-Plate Albums]: Good Dinners. Humourous Miscellanies. Involuntary Thoughts. A Day's Journal of a Sponge. The Necessary Qualifications of a Man of Fashion. Tutor's Assistant. Flowers From Nature. Fashionable Bores or Coolers in High Life. London: Thos. McLean; W. Egerton; W. Sams, 1823-1824.
First issues of each title. Oblong folio (9 3/4 x 13 1/2 in; 245 x 343 mm). A total of sixty-two hand-colored plates, many aquatints.
Bound in full early 20th century antelope brown pebbled morocco with fillet borders, large gilt-stamped cornerpieces, and titles in gilt within central diamond panel. Spine richly tooled in gilt. Expertly and almost invisibly rebacked with the original spine laid down. Tear to blank preliminary leaf neatly repaired. Bookplate of Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson (1856-1927), Baronet, Paddockhurst, Sussex, British engineer, oil industrialist, benefactor and Liberal politician, by W.P.B. dated 1904.
Each album in this compilation is quite rare.
The Albums, in order of appearance:
1. HEATH, William. Good Dinners. Dressed by W Heath and Served by Thos. McLean at his Hotel in the Haymarket. London: Thos. McLean, 1824. Fifty-two captioned vignettes on eight hand-colored plates; complete. Hand-colored engraved title page. OCLC locates only one complete copy (Indiana University). Princeton has only four of the nine plates (including t-p). Not in Tooley or Abbey.
2. ALKEN, Henry. Humourous Miscellanies. London: Thos. McLean, 1823. Six hand-colored aquatint plates; complete. 1. Learning to Drive a Dennett. 2. Learning to Drive Tandem. 3. The Prospect of Hunting all Right. 4. The Reality of Hunting all Wrong. 5. I don't know nothing about that ere... 6. Vy that ere's the Moon mixed with Gash light. With mounted clipped title from original wrappers. No copies recorded by OCLC. Tooley 30.
3. ALKEN, Henry. Involuntary Thoughts. London: Thos. McLean, 1824. Nineteen captioned vignettes on six hand-colored plates; lacks two plates. With mounted clipped title from original wrappers. OCLC records twelve copies. Tooley 39.
4. PASQUIN, Peter [pseud. of M. Egerton]. A Day's Journal of a Sponge. (London: W. Egerton, 1824). Six hand-colored aquatint plates; complete. Printed title page. OCLC records only one copy. Abbey, Life 289.
5. EGERTON, D.T. The Necessary Qualifications of a Man of Fashion. (London: Thomas McLean, 1823). Twelve hand-colored aquatint plates; complete. Printed title page. OCLC records only four copies. Tooley 204.
6. ALKEN, Henry. Tutor's Assistant, Containing a Variety of Amusing Scenes. (London: Thos. McLean, 1823). Twenty-three captioned vignettes on six hand-colored plates; complete. With mounted clipped title from original wrappers. Tooley 59.
7. PASQUIN, Peter [pseud. here of Henry Alken]. Flowers From Nature. (London: Thos. McLean, 1824). Thirty-six captioned vignettes on six hand-colored plates; complete. With mounted clipped title from original wrappers. OCLC records only four copies. Houfe, p.217
8. QUIZ, Peter ([pseud. of D.T. Egerton]. Fashionable Bores or Coolers in High Life. (London: W. Sams, 1824). Hand-colored title page and twelve hand-colored aquatint plates.OCLC records eight copies. Tooley 203. Item #02374
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