1st edn. 4to. Original gilt tooled morocco, marbled endpapers (edges a little scuffed-otherwise VG). Pp. 268, illus throughout with b&w drawings from Punch (previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down and neat inscription on title page).
Very Good. Book A decorative, extensive compendium of illustrations from Punch magazine, in three volumes. Each volume comprises John Leech's humorous illustrations, with captions, from the collection of Mr. Punch, 1842-1864. John Leech(18171864), humorous artist and illustrator...became aregular contributor [to Punch] from the end of 1842. In July 1843 he began a series of Cartoons, full-page subjects satirising the Westminster Hall murals. The name stuck and so Leech effectively gave to the English language the meaning of cartoon as a large satirical print. For the next twenty years he produced hundreds of brilliant and incisive sporting and domestic illustrations for the weekly magazine. They were collected together as Pictures of Life and Character (185469) and reissued again in the 1880s (DNB). Complete in three volumes. Condition: In decorative red cloth bindings with gilt detailing. Externally smart, though with some marks to the boards and some light bumping to the head of the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and mainly clean, though with the odd spot and some staining to the first few pages of volume III. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.
Very Good. Book A complete collection of the John Leech's Pictures of Life and Character, bound in one volume. The First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Series. John Leech (29 August 1817 29 October 1864 in London) was an English caricaturist and illustrator. It was in 1841 that Leech's connection with Punch began, a connexion which subsisted until his death, and resulted in the production of the best-known and most admirable of his designs. His first contribution appeared in the issue of 7 August, a full-page illustrationentitled Foreign Affairs of character studies from the neighbourhood of Leicester Square. His cartoons deal at first mainly with social subjects, and are rough and imperfect in execution, but gradually their method gains in power and their subjects become more distinctly political. Condition: In original cloth covered binding with gilt decoration. Externally, sound with wear and bumping to extremities. Hinges strained. Slight marks to boards and slight evidence of past worming to rear board. Internally, binding loosening very slightly in one place. Bright with the odd handling mark. Overall: VERY GOOD.
black-&-white illustrations. Bound in original red "pebbled" cloth, spine lettered in gilt. 4to, pp. 200. All illustrations taken from "Punch" magazine, as published during the period 1842 to 1864. Marked (volume? ) "3" on spine. Small discoloration to lower left of front board. Very light overall shelf wear. Former owner's bookplate on inside front board. Else, clean, tight, and in good plus, to very good, condition.
Very Good- Hardcover. 3 vols. bound in 1. VG-very thick 4to., 3/4 red leather bound red cloth with gilt trim. Raised bands with gilt tooling and titling to spine; full gilt edges. Heavy wear to front interior hinge; dark discolorations to edge of both boards. Front free marbled endpaper detached; binding loose from spine and boards in rear but pages quite tight. Interior yellowed with some light foxing. Frontis, red & black illustrated title page. Filled with hundreds of wonderful illustrations. HUM/3133.
John Leech's pictures of life and character
by John Leech
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