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The Comic History of England

&

The Comic History of Rome

By Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett

Illustrated by John Leech

c1850 - London - Bradbury, Evans, and Co.

8.75" by 5.75", Xviii, 2, 15-304; xii, 308pp. plus plates.

 

 
 
 
 

 

DETAILS

Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett's Comic History of England and Rome, with hand-coloured engravings by John Leech, which are considered to be some of his best work.

Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and decoration.

 Pages 3 to 13 of The Comic History of England are missing.

S. F. Widdrington's armorial nameplate on the front pastedown.

The Comic History of England has twenty hand-coloured plates, and Comic History of Rome has ten hand-coloured plates, both including frontis, collated complete. There are numerous black and white illustrations throughout, and red and black ink engraved title pages.

John Leech (1817-1864) was an English caricaturist and illustrator.

Gilbert Abbott Beckett (1811-1856) was an English humorist. He edited Figaro in London, and was one of the original staff of Punch and a contributor until his death. He was an active journalist on The Times and The Morning Herald, contributed a series of light articles to The Illustrated London News, conducted in 1846 The Almanack of the Month and found time to produce some fifty or sixty plays, among them dramatised versions of Charles Dickens' shorter stories in collaboration with Mark Lemon. He is perhaps best known as the author of Comic History of England, Comic History of Rome, Comic Blackstone, etc.

CONDITION

The binding of Rome is tight and firm. The binding of England is loose, with the rear inner hinge strained and the front inner hinge failed. There is some mild wear to the extremities, including some mild bumping. Internally the pages are bright with intermittent scattered foxing and the occasional handling mark. There is a small section missing from the half-title of Rome. The frontis of England is detached, but present, as is pages xvi-2 and 15/16. Pages 3-14 of The England are missing. Overall the condition of Rome is very good, and the condition of England good only. 


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