London: E. and C. McLean, 1824. Item #02783
Shakspeare's Seven Ages of Man
ALKEN, Henry, illustrator. Shakspeare's Seven Ages of Man, Illustrated by Henry Alken. London: Published by E. and C. McLean, 1824.
Oblong folio (10 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches; 273 x 368 mm.). One page of text, plus seven large hand-colored etchings.
Original printed paper wrappers. A bit of edgewear to wrappers, two plates with short, narrow creases at upper right fore-edge, otherwise an excellent copy. Housed in a red cloth portfolio with internal bookplate.
OCLC/KVK locate only seven copies in institutional holdings worldwide.
The plates are titled:
The Infant (June 20th. 1824)
The School-Boy (June 15th, 1824)
The Soldier (June 20th. 1824)
The Lover (June 15th. 1824)
The Justice (June 20th. 1824)
The Sixth Age (June 20th. 1824)
Last Scene of all (June 20th. 1824)
"This is of a very different sort from Stothard's Seven Ages. It represents a satirical treatment of that speech, with hand-coloured etchings by Henry Alken which are very amusing" (Colin Franklin).
Abbey, Life in England, 256; Tooley, 47; Jaggard, p. 288.