London: J. Cassell, 1853. Item #05634
One of George Cruikshank's Teetotalling Pamphlets
With Eleven Fine Woodcut Engarvings
CRUIKSHANK, George. The Glass and the New Crystal Palace. With cuts. London, J. Cassell, 1853.
First edition of this pamphlet against alcohol.
Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; 222 x 140 mm.). 32 pp. Eleven woodcut engravings in the text.
Bound ca. 1900 by Tout in three quarter dark green morocco over marbled boards, ruled in gilt, spine with two raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered lettered horizontally in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Publisher's front and rear yellow printed wrappers bound in. The vignette on the title-page is repeated on the front wrapper. Front wrapper and title-page nearly detached, otherwise a near fine copy.
One of Cruikshank's teetotalling pamphlets inveighing against the opening of the Crystal Palace on Sundays and the attendant sale of alcoholic beverages.
With the distribution and consumption of alcohol permitted in the New Crystal Palace, Cruikshank "protested, with some justice, at the hypocrisy that permitted the rich unlimited indulgence while circumscribing the pleasures of the poor. Although several of the illustrations take a light-hearted view of the subject, the pamphlet jabs with right and left” (Patten, II, p. 325).