1847 The Greatest Plague of Life: or the Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Servant
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
Illustrated with a frontispiece, vignette title page, and eleven further plates, all the work of prolific British caricaturist George Cruikshank, termed 'the modern Hogarth' in his lifetime. Collated, complete.
The first edition of this satirical novel following the search for a good servant, undertaken by a lady who is shocked and dismayed at the options available to her.
The work of journalist and authors Henry and Augustus Mayhew, who collaborated on several works. Henry Mayhew co-founded the satirical Punch Magazine.
A charming and humorous work of Victorian literature, present in its first edition.
In a half calf binding, with marbled paper covered boards. Discolouration to back strip, with light rubbing to back strip head and tails and joints, resulting in small losses to the leather. Internally, firmly bound. Pages age toned, with light handling marks throughout, and instances of spotting, most prominent to page and plate perimeters. Tape repair to verso of one plate, with instances of further small closed tears to plate fore edges. Page 155-156 supplied in facsimile.
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