London: Charles Tilt [&] Richard Bentley [&] J. and F. Harwood, 1840. Item #04593
"Of Latin, there are three kinds: Latin Proper, or good Latin; Dog Latin; and Thieves' Latin"
LEECH, John, illustrator. CROWQUILL, Alfred, illustrator. LEIGH, Percival. The Comic Latin Grammar. A New and Facetious Introduction to the Latin Tongue with numerous illustrations [&] The Comic English Grammar; A New and Facetious Introduction to the English Tongue Embellished with upwards of fifty characteristic illustrations by J. Leech [&] The Tutor's Assistant, or Comic Figures of Arithmetic, Slightly Altered and Elucidated from Walking-Game, by Alfred Crowquill. London: Charles Tilt, 1840 [&] Richard Bentley, 1840 [&] J. and F. Harwood, 1843.
Three small octavo volumes (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 188 x 118 mm.). [ii], 164, [1, advertisements]; xii, 228 pp; xvi, 128 pp.
The Comic Latin Grammar with eight engraved plates and numerous engravings in the text by J. Leech; The Comic English Grammar with an engraved frontispiece and "upwards of fifty characteristic illustrations by J. Leech"; The Comic Arithmetic with a woodcut frontispiece and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text.
Uniformly bound in late nineteenth century full polished tan calf. Covers triple-ruled in gilt with corner fleurons, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, red and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, decorative gilt board-edges, and turn-ins, gray paper liners and end-leaves top edges gilt. Original gilt decorated cloth covers and spines bound in at end of each volume. A near fine set. Although unsigned the bindings were most definately executed by one of the great London firms - possibly Francis Bedford or W.T. Morrell.
Field and Osgood. John Leech on my Shelves, pp. 41 & 42.