London: James Cochrane and Co.,, 1831. Item #04585
“One of the Three Most Perfect Plots ever Penned” (Coleridge)
Illustrated by George Cruikshank
A Fine Exhibition Binding by Zaehnsdorf
CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator. FIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. With a Memoir of the Author by Thomas Roscoe, Esq. and illustrations by George Cruikshank. London: James Cochrane and Co., 1831.
First appearance of the illustrations by George Cruikshank.
Two small octavo volumes ( 6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 169 x 105 mm.). [iii]- xxiii, [i, blank], 454; [iv], 448 pp. Etched portrait of Fielding after Hogarth, and eight etched plates by George Cruikshank. One plate a little darkened in margins, otherwise a very clean example.
Bound by Zaehnsdorf ca. 1910 (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-ins). Full teal blue crushed levant morocco, covers triple-ruled in gilt with decorative gilt corner fleurons. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled nd lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, elaborate gilt turn-ins, marbled paste-downs and endleaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the decorative gilt Zaehnsdorf 'exhibition' stamp on rear paste-downs. Minimal uniform sunning to spines, still a fine set.
The above title represents volumes V & VI of Roscoe's Novelist's Library.