London: Published by the Artist…and sold by James Robins and Co., 1827. Item #04282
"There is a Time for all things"
"Tempus Edax Rerum"
CRUIKSHANK, George. illustrator. Illustrations of Time, by George Cruikshank. London: Published by the Artist… sold by Js. Robins and Co., 1827.
First edition, first issue. Oblong folio (10 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches; 260 x 362 mm.).
Engraved vignette title page and six hand-colored engraved plates with multiple images showing thirty-five humorous scenes. The second and fifth plates are watermarked "Whatman, Turkey Mill, 1826" (Cohn's copy was watermarked 1827, and Abbey's copy was watermarked 1828). All 0f the plates are interleaved but not with the original tissue guards.
Bound by Zaehnsdorf ca. 1920 (stamp-signed on verso of free end-paper). Three quarter red morocco over red cloth boards ruled in gilt. Front cover with rectangular red morocco label, bordered and lettered in gilt. Smooth spine lettered in gilt, Cockerel end-papers, all edges gilt. Spine extremities a little worn, otherwise near fine.
""There is a TIME for all things" is balanced (perhaps overbalanced) by the darker and larger legend, "Tempus edax rerum." [Time, devourer of all things]… These illustrations speak to two related themes: the misuse of the present, figured as concentrating on the illusory instead of the actual, and the inevitable declension of life from promise to impoverishment." (Robert Patten. George Cruikshank. His Life and Times. Vol. I, pp. 292 & 296.)
1. Time-Called & Time-Come (five sketches)
2. Behind Time (seven sketches)
3. Time Thrown Away (six sketches)
4. Hard Times [&] Term Time (five sketches)
5. Time Badly Employed (five sketches)
6. Christmas Time (seven sketches)
Cohn 179; Abbey. Life in England, 274.