1912 The Family Circle; Things in General; Stage, Study & Studio; Our Country Cousins and Our Warriors; Round the Town; Society & Clubland; Sports & Pastimes; In Animal Land and Elsewhere; Holidays and Travel
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Colour Plates, Illustrated, Original Binding, Publishers' Original Binding
An early edition. Dated from the British Library. Uniformly bound in the publisher's original, pictorial cloth binding. Profusely illustrated throughout by numerous artists including Fred Barnard, George Cruikshank and John Hassall. In addition, each volume has a delightful colour frontispiece. A collection of sketches, poetry and stories, written by various British humorists, on different topics such as holidays, sports and animals. Edited by J. A. Hammerton, the editor of the 'Punch Library of Humour'. Hammerton was a journalist and editor known for his work on encyclopedias and historical accounts. This set comprises of: 'The Family Circle', relating to family, friends and the home, with titles such as 'Household Songs', 'A Domestic Love Song', and 'The Sick Child'. 'Things in General', a variety of humorous pieces which defy classification. With titles such as 'The Wedding Breakfast', 'At Election Time', and 'Phantoms'. 'Stage, Study & Studio', giving a comic representation of authors, artists and actors. With titles such as 'Street Musicians', 'Mark Twain and the Key', and 'Lyceum Lyrics'. 'Our Country Cousins and Our Warriors', humorous pieces relating to the countryside, soldiers and sailors. With titles such as, 'A Rigid Sense of Duty', 'The Irishman's Panorama', and 'A "Dairy" Maid'. 'Round the Town', depicting city and urban life, specifically on the streets of London. With titles such as, 'The Muffin Man', 'Lord Mayor's Day', and 'The Poor Garotter'. 'Society & Clubland', showcasing high society and social satire. With sections on fashion, manners, dinner parties and society's children. 'Sports & Pastimes', showing a variety of comic sketches relating to the world of sport. From hunting and fishing to cricket, ballooning and athletics. Titles include, 'The Horse Dealer', and 'The Game of Football'. 'In Animal Land and Elsewhere', with sections on jungle animals, dogs, cats, fish, birds and more. 'Holidays & Travel', depicting the humor of the British seaside holiday. Titles include, 'Scarborough', 'The Incident at the Seaside', and, 'Little Billee'.
In the publisher's original full cloth binding. Externally, very smart with some light shelf wear to the edges. Some bumping to the spine. Light marks to the boards and spines. Small mark to the upper board of 'Stage Study & Studio'. Fading to the spine. Some scattered spots to the free endpapers. Offsetting to the rear free endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages lightly age-toned but otherwise very bright and clean. The odd handling mark and spot throughout. The occasional page is uncut. Two closed tears to the frontispiece of 'Stage, Study & Studio'. Cockling to the rear paste-down of 'Sports & Pastimes'. Mark to the edge of the title page of, 'In Animal Land'. Some spotting to the fore-edges.
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