London: William Hone, 1819. Item #05576
A Poetic Presentation of Letters between the Country Cousin, Jack Jingle,
and the City Sharp, Bob Blazon
The Sir David Salomons Copy with the Frontispiece in Three States
[CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator]. MOORE, Francis. The Age of Intellect: or Clerical Showfolk, and Wonderful Layfolk. A Series of poetical epistles between Bob Blazon in town, and Jack Jingle in the country. Dedicated to the Fair Circassian. With notes critical, ethical, satirical, physiological, craniological, and astrological. By Francis Moore, Physician. London, Printed for William Hone, 1819.
First edition. Small octavo (7 x 4 1/8 inches; 178 x 105 mm.). [2, title with imprint on verso], [i-v], vi-xxiii, [xxiv, blank], , 26-172, [8, index] pp. Title-page printed in red and black. Frontispiece in three states:
1. Hand colored aquatint before letters.
2. Hand colored aquatint with letters.
3. Plain aquatint with letters.
Bound ca. 1890 by [Rivière] for Bumpus in full tan polished calf, covers ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Original drab wrappers bound in at end. Spine and corners a little rubbed. With the armorial bookplate of Sir David Salomons on the front paste-down. An excellent example.
"The frontispiece is found in plain or coloured state" (Cohn, p. 170)
We have been unable to locate any other examples with the frontispiece in three states.