Publisher: London: Bradbury & Evans, [1851-52].
Edition: First edition in the original monthly parts.
Bibliographical References: Abbey, Life in England, 435; Field, John Leech on My Shelves, pages 160-170; NCBEL III, 1143.
Condition: A made-up set, as is often the case with books in parts, with two different ownership signatures on two parts, and the other eight without signatures; two parts with skillfully repaired wrappers; some slight wear and soiling; a very good set.
Book ID: 28273
DescriptionTen monthly serial parts in nine, as issued, 8vo, original pictorial blue-green wrappers. Ten colored steel engravings and 98 woodcuts in the text. Pictorial title-page, introduction, list of illustrations and contents leaf in parts nine/ten.
CommentsA sequel to Gilbert à Beckett's Comic History of England (1846), which were both masterfully illustrated by John Leech. Together they were two of the most popular and often reprinted works of Victorian comic literature. With the exception of two variants (one outside the rear wrapper of part five and one inside the rear wrapper of parts 9/10), the advertisements, both inserted and printed, agree with those described in Abbey.