London: Albert Jackson, 1894. Item #05518
Lost for Forty-Seven Years
Thomas Onwhyn's Additional Illustrations to Pickwick
ONWHYN, Thomas, illustrator. DICKENS, Charles. 12 Illustrations to the Pickwick Papers. London: Albert Jackson, .
First edition. Large octavo (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches; 270 x 184 mm.). Facsimile green wrapper "12 Illustrations to the Pickwick Club", verso blank; hand colored vignette title-page "12 Illustrations to the Pickwick Papers", verso blank; Advertisement dated January 1894, verso blank; Illustrations to Pickwick, verso blank; plain green wrapper. Hand colored etched vignette title and twelve hand colored etched plates. The plates were colored by Pailthorpe.
Bound by Blackwell (stamp-signed on verso of free endpaper) in three quarter red morocco over marbled boards, spine with five raised band decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments,marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With the engraved bookplates of Louis and Anne Marie Davidson on front paste-down and front blank.
A very fine example.
"Illustrations to the Pickwick Club. - Twelve etchings on steel, 1847. Published in green wrapper by A. Jackson, 224 Great Portland Street, in 1894. Prices, per set, india-proofs 30s.; coloured by Pailthorpe, 25s.; plain 18s.…
The twelve plates etched by Onwhyn in 1847 to illustrate the first Cheap Edition of "Pickwick" were intended for independent publication, to complete the series of extra engravings by Gilbert; but before there was time to complete the necessary arrangements the set of etchings produced by him in 1837 were re-issued. This took the artist by surprise, and he therefore abandoned the idea of circulating the new designs. The plates were put aside, and their existence forgotten until 1893, when they were unearthed by the Onwhyn family, and subsequently purchased by Mr. Albert Jackson, of Great Portland Street, who published them in 1894." (Kitton. Dickens and his Illustrators, p. 235-241).
Thomas Onwhyn (1811-1886) was an English artist, illustrator, engraver, satirist, and cartoonist. He also published an illustrated pirate edition of The Pickwick Papers in 1837 under the pen-name of "Samuel Weller", after Dickens's character in the book. He may have also used other pseudonyms including Peter Paul Palette. He also published tourist guides to various parts of England and Wales.
Frederick William Pailthorpe (1838-1914). Etcher and illustrator. Pailthorpe illustrated works by Charles Dickens and copied the work of George Cruikshank for reissue. He also dealt in the work of Cruikshank.