Lessons Of Thrift. Published For General Benefit By A Member Of The Save-all Club.
Thomas Boys, Ludgate Hill.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. xiv + 1-38 + 43-86 + 111-162 + 179-240 pp. [i.e.193 pp.]. The breaks in pagination are explained by the not on p. xvi as the withdrawal after printing of 'digressions... on subjects too abstruse to be generally interesting.' Bound in nineteenth century red morocco, possibly by Zaehnsdorf, but unsigned; boards with gilt borders enclosing foliage decoration in corners; spine in compartments with raised bands, elaborately decorated gilt. All edges gilt. Upper boards slightly discoloured and some foxing of fly leaves; otherwise a very good copy, with plates in fine condition. Leather armourial ownership disc in cream and gold of Alexander Lawson Duncan (possibly Sir Alexander Lawson Duncan (1899-1974) of Jordanstone, 1st Baronet, Conservative MP for Kensington North, 1931-45 and National Liberal MP for South Angus, 1950-64. Illustrated by 12 aquatint plates by I. R.. Cruikshank and by hand coloured engraved title. A humorous work satirising practitioners of savings and economies and a parody of the merits of thrift; 'The weekly dinner of the Club shall consist of tripe and mutton-chops, with potatoes or other cheap vegetables. Each member his pint of porter.' The author of the text has been identified as John William Roy Crawford. The splendid aquatints are by Isaac Robert Crawford (1789-1856), bother of the famous illustrator George Cruikshank. He is said to have been a pioneer of the use of speech bubbles in narrative cartoons. A handsomely bound copy. (Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 22962; Tooley, no. 165; Abbey Life 276).
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