London: Richard Bentley, 1864. Item #04545
A Highly Decorative Bayntun Binding
BAYNTUN of Bath, binder. INGOLDSBY, Thomas (pseudonym of Richard Harris Barham). The Ingoldsby Legends, or Mirth and Marvels. With Sixty Illustrations by George Cruikshank, John Leech, and John Tenniel. London: Richard Bentley, 1864.
Octavo (9 x 6 1/2 in; 228 x 165 mm). xii, 427,  pp. Sixty black and white text illustrations.
Decoratively bound by Bayntun ca. 1920 (stamp-signed in gilt "Bayntun, Binder, Bath, Eng." on front turn-in). Full dark green levant morocco, each covers decoratively bordered in gilt surrounding a gilt decorated panel containing eleven elaborate Tudor Roses. Spine with five raised bands, similarly decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Original gilt decorated purple cloth covers and spine preserved at rear. A fine copy.
"This edition of the Ingoldsby Legends contains all those rhythmical Poems on which the fame of this inimitable humourist rests. Although he has had imitators, Thomas Ingoldsby remains unapproached, and, like Hogarth, his genius is peculiarly English. This volume is enriched with rare felicity by George Cruikshank, John Tenniel, and John Leech, whose productions, executed com amore, will henceforth be associated with the now famous Thomas Ingoldsby." (Advertisement).
The Ingoldsby Legends were first printed during 1837 as a regular series of Richard Bentley's magazine, Bentley's Miscellany, and later in New Monthly Magazine. The legends were illustrated by John Leech and George Cruikshank. They proved immensely popular and were compiled into books published during 1840, 1842 and 1847 by Richard Bentley. They remained popular during the 19th century.