[London] : Allan Bell and Co.,, 1836. Item #05647
Four Stories - Fifty Seven Woodcut Illustrations by George & Robert Cruikshank
CRUIKSHANK, George. CRUIKSHANK, Robert. Poetical Effusions, from Celebrated Authors. Illustrated with fifty-six engravings from original drawings, by Cruikshank. London: Allan Bell and Co., 1836.
First edition. Small octavo (7 1/8 x 4 1/2 inches; 181 x 114 mm.). 72 pp. Fifty-seven Title-page printed in red and black. Title-page and all illustrations surrounded by a decorative lilac border.
Contemporary quarter dark green pebble-grain morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. spine with four raised bands ruled and lettered in gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Some light foxing to preliminary blank leaves otherwise a near fine example.
"Fifty-six woodcut illustrations** (some of them are by R.V.), printed within ornamental borders. This is a scarce little book to find in good state. The woodcuts are the same as those in Nield's Juvenile Musical Library (No. 601." (Cohn, pp. 187-188).
** Cohn calls for fifty-six woodcut illustrations - in fact there are fifty-seven (DJB).
A delightful collection of light verse, illustrated throughout with engravings by George & Robert Cruikshank.
The four poems:
An Elegy on The Glory of her Sex, Mrs Mary Blaize by Oliver Goldsmith.
The Fakenham Ghost by Robert Bloomfield.
The History of John Gilpin, showing how he went further than he intended, and came safe home again by William Cowper.
The Hermit: A Ballad by Oliver Goldsmith.