London: Read & Co… Ackermann & Co.,, . Item #02806
Saturday Night Fever In 1853
Or, The Hindostanee Shawl Dance, Etc. Burn Up The Floor
[DANCE]. [CONCANEN, Edward, et al]. Read's Characteristic National Dances; Including a Series of Tales by Popular Authors. London: Read & Co… Ackermann & Co., n.d. .
First edition. Quarto (10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in; 276 x 210 mm). , 101, [1, blank] pp. Thirteen hand-colored steel engraved plates heightened with gum arabic, including frontispiece and lithographed title. Plates dated Nov. 1, 1853.
Publisher's crimson morocco-grained cloth (designed by John Leighton, b. 1822 - d. 1912), recased. Paneled in gilt in an arboreal motif, the front cover pictorially gilt-stamped with a scene of dancing around a maypole, rear cover with a large arabesque lozenge. All edges gilt. Spine extremes strengthened. Contemporary gift inscription neat in ink to front free-endpaper.
"Realistic engravings illustrate a point in each of the twelve tales" (Niles & Leslie).
Little is known about Edward Concanen beyond that OCLC records five books authored by him, all, as here, published by Read & Co. Other contributing writers include Thomas Frost, Hannah Maria Jones, and R.H. Mason.
1. Frontispiece - The May-pole dance.
2. Engraved title.
3. The Highland fling.
4. The Irish jig.
5. Minuet de la Cour.
6. The Spanish fandango.
7. The Neapolitan dance.
8. The Swiss dance.
9. The Grecian dance.
10. The Mexican jarabe dance.
11. The Chinese sun & moon dance.
12. The Turkish saraband.
13. The Hindostanee shawl dance.
Magriel, p. 53. Niles & Leslie II, p. 441.