London: Printed for Charles Baldwyn, 1824. Item #03846
George Cruikshank's Own Copy
Signed and Dated by Him on the Title-Page
CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator. [ROSCOE, Thomas]. [Italian Tales]. Tales of Humour, Gallantry, & Romance, Selected and Translated from the Italian. With Sixteen Illustrative Drawings by George Cruikshank. London: Printed for Charles Baldwyn, 1824.
George Cruikshank's copy, signed "George Cruikshank 1824" at top of title-page.
First edition, mixed issue. Octavo (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches; 199 x 123 mm.). viii, 253, [1, imprint], [8, advertisements] pp. Fifteen engraved plates and woodcut on title-page "The Pomegranate Seed".
Publisher's quarter dark green canvas over red paper boards, spine with original printed paper label (worn), edges uncut. Front joint worn but sound, inner hinges expertly strengthened. With the engraved bookplate of William Hartmann Woodin on front paste-down and ink signature on front free end-paper. An excellent copy chemised in a quarter blue morocco slipcase.
A complicated collation.
According to Cohn the first issue has a plate to the tale "The Dead Rider" at p. 58, and no woodcut on the title page.
Our copy has the second issue title page with the woodcut "The Pomegranate Seed" but it also has the plate "The Dead Rider" facing page 62.
According to Cohn the first issue has a misprint at p. 32, line 10, the word "creditor" being used in mistake for "debtor".
Our copy has the fist issue "creditor"
According to Cohn there are seventeen illustrations including the woodcut on the title-page
Our copy has sixteen illustrations including the woodcut on the title-page.