London: Printed for John Fairburn...Sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones [et al], 1822. Item #04311
"Life, Wherever it Exists in the Shape of Human Character,
Is Prolific of Events, and Full of the Materials of Amusement…"
[CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator]. CAREY, David. Life in Paris. Comprising the Rambles, Sprees, and Amours, of Dick Wildfire., of Corinthian Celebrity, and His Bang-Up Companions, Squire Jenkins and Captain O'Shuffleton; With the Whimsical Adventures of the Halibut Family; Including Sketches of a Variety of other eccentric Characters in the French Metropolis. London: Printed for John Fairburn... Sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones [et al], 1822.
First edition, early issue, bound without the half-title and the "To the Binder" leaf at rear.
Octavo (8 5/16 x 5 inches; 211 x 127 mm). [iii]-xxiv, 489, [1, blank] pp. twenty-one hand-colored aquatint plates including frontispiece. Twenty-two black and white woodcut text illustrations. Plates watermarked Whatman 1821 & 1822. Some of the plates very slightly soiled and some with minor expert marginal repairs, color plate facing page 304 very slightly just touching title. Overall an excellent copy of this uncommon Cruikshank title.
Late twentieth century full maroon morocco, covers double-ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Although unsigned the binding is of very high quality.
"One of the best imitations of Pierce Egan's Life in London, 1821... which had plates by Robert and George Cruikshank, the plates in this work being by George only. The frontispiece or engraved title here is similar in conception to that of Life in London" (Abbey, Travel).
Abbey, Travel, 112. Cohn 109. Tooley 129.