London: Bradbury, Evans & Co., 1866. Item #04126
Twenty-One John Leech Hand-Colored Frontispieces
LEECH, John. Follies of the Year. A Series of Coloured Etchings from Punch's Pocket Books 1844-1864. With Some Notes by Shirley Brooks. London: Bradbury, Evans & Co., n.d. .
First edition. Oblong quarto (8 3/8 x 12 1/8 inches; 213 x 308 mm.). Engraved decorative title with hand colored vignette, [vi], twenty-one unnumbered leaves of text and twenty one hand-colored etched plates heightened with gum arabic (all but one with a tissue guard).
Publisher's half red morocco over blue cloth boards ruled in gilt. Front cover pictorially stamped and titled in gilt, lower cover pictorially stamped in gilt. Smooth spine lettered in gilt. Original blue cloth mounted to inner front and rear covers. Light rubbing to binding extremities, otherwise near fine.
"I have annexed as letter-press to these pictures from Mr. Punch's Pocket-Books a very slight, gossiping chronology of the years in which the drawings respectively appeared, jottings - it might be - from one's private entries in those pocket-books themselves. The work is, of course, quite out of the jurisdiction of criticism; and if the memoranda should enable any of my younger friends to adjust a single drawing room dispute without walking paterfamilias from his after-dinner nap, I shall - if apprised of the fact - be perfectly contented." (Shirley Brooks - Introduction).
"Twenty-one etched prints by Leech which were used as frontispieces to Punch's Pocket Books from 1844 to 1864, and which show an interesting development in his work" (Field). The accompanying text is by Shirley Brooks.
Fashions for 1844; Farming for Ladies; Hyde Park as it will be; The Matrimonial Tattersall's; Conversazione of Ladies; Higgledy-Piggledy; A Social Sketch; Preparatory School for Young Ladies; Progress of Bloomerism; Alarming Prospect;
Topsy-Turvy; A Prize-Baby Show; The Quiet Street; Dressing for the Ball; A Substitute for the Sea-Side; A Pic-Nic in the Drawing Room; Swimming for Ladies; Volunteer Movement; A Croquet Match; Some Sea-Side Fashions for 1863;
A Rather Fast Steeple-Chase.
Field, p. 101.