The Comic History Of England. The Comic History Of Rome..
Bound in half red morocco over marbled boards; spines rebacked and decorated gilt, with contrasting black title labels, gilt. All edges and endpapers marbled. Extremities a little worn and occasional light foxing. Small torn areas on endpapers, but otherwise good condition. Gift inscription to Meynell Cruddas, 1881 (England vol. only) and later inscriptions of George Renwick Walton on half titles and armorial bookplates of Cruddas family on second free endpaper. Bookseller's label of T. Kerslake and Co. on rear pastedown (England) and J. Fawn and Son, 18 Queen's Road, Bristol on front pastedown (Rome).
Bradbury, Agnew and Co., 8, 9, and 10, Bouverie Street.,
[n.d. but c. 1880].
With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts, by john leech.
Two volumes. 8vo. 5.75 x 8.5 inches. The Comic History of England, 2 vols. in one xviii + 320 + 304 pp. Vol. II has separate pagination and register. The Comic History of Rome, xii + 308 pp. Half titles. Title pages in red and black.
Illustrated by 30 hand coloured steel engravings, by numerous wood engravings in the text and by title page vignette/pictorial title page.
I can do no better than the writer of the volume's preface, who summarises the author's intent thus '...to blend amusement with instruction, by serving up, in as palatable a shape as he could, the facts of English History.' First published by the Punch Office, 1847-48 (England) and in 1851-52 (Rome), the text of A' Beckett (1811-56) was admirably complimented by the illustrations of John Leech (1817-64).
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