Publisher: London: Printed for E. Morris, [1757 or 1758].
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T43943.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 28263
Description12mo, recent brown quarter calf period-style, marbled paper boards, red morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. 13 pages of explanatory text followed by 75 engraved plates, the majority of which are by Edwards and Darly, dated variously September 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 recorded in ESTC that cover 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.