Publisher: London: Richard Bentley, 1840.
Edition: First edition as issued in the twelve monthly parts, January-December, 1840, here handsomely bound.
Bibliographical References: Wolff 76; Cohn, Cruikshank, 14; Sadleir (31) had only the cloth issue.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 20612
Description8vo, bound from the original parts issue, black half morocco by Riviere, marbled paper sides, gilt decorated and lettered spine, t.e.g. 40 plates and numerous illustrations in the text by Cruikshank. Bound in the rear are the original wrappers of parts 1, 2 & 12, followed by an eight-page Bentley catalogue and 60 pages of the advertising from five of the parts issues.
CommentsThe three plates noted by Cohn as being in two states are in the earliest state here, and all the plates are clean and bright. Tipped to the front free endpaper is a pencil sketch of a detail by Cruikshank.