London: James Cochrane and Co., 1831. Cruikshank, George. Leather. Volumes I and II (Novelist's Library), sixmo size, 882 pp., in a custom binding. Near Fine. Item #SB1987
A stand-alone story, this story was part of the Novelist's Library (Vol. III). Edited by Roscoe Tobias, Esq. (1791-1871), himself an author and translator; his own works include mostly travel memoirs.
"The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle", by Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was published in 1751, revised and reissued in 1758; it is the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, and it provides a comic and caustic portrayal of 18th-century European society - the story influenced later authors such as Charles Dickens and George Orwell (info from Wikipedia).
___DESCRIPTION: Navy blue leather custom binding by "S. Kaufmann" (stamped on the front turn-ins) with gilt ornaments to all four corners of both the front and rear boards, same decoration in four of the six spine compartments, gilt lettering in other two with title and author, "Cruikshank Illustrations" in gilt at the tail of the spine, top edge gilt, gilt inner dentelles, plain endpapersl, frontispiece in each volume being a Cruikshank illustration, with three additional illustrations in each volume (8 total); pagination: Volume I, vi, 422 pp. with 2 pp. of publisher's ads at the rear; and Volume II, iv, 448.
___CONDITION: Volumes are overall in near fine condition, with strong, square text blocks, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; there is some light edgewear, especially to the head and tail of the spine and the joints, however, the leather has remained supple (although the blue color on the spine has sunned to an olive color) and the gilt remains bright.
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