Publisher: London: Printed for E. Morris, [1757 or 1758].
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC 43943.
Condition: Title-page a little smudged; fine copy.
Book ID: 27322
Description12mo, early 20th-century brown morocco bound for Brentano's, gilt rules, decorations and lettering, a.e.g. 13 pages of explanatory text followed by 75 etched plates, the majority of which are by Darly & Edwards, dated variously Sept. 16, 1756 to late 1757.
CommentsAn engaging series of caricatures of English society, fashion, culture, religion, and politics, a few of which are entitled “Hieroglyphics,” and are decrypted in the explanatory text. Several of the caricatures also employ captions in balloons, an early example of a technique that would become common and popular in later decades, leading up to the modern comic book. There were four subsequent editions that covered years 1758-60, with additional plates. All the editions are scarce, in institutions and the trade. ESTC states "contains reduced copies of large plates, as well as original designs," and attributes the publication in part to the printmakers Edwards and Darly.