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 scarce collection of series one to five of John Leech's Pictures of Life and Character From the Collection of Mr. Punch. Highly illustrated with Leech's drawings to each page. Five series bound in one volume. John Leech (1817-1864 in London) was an English caricaturist and illustrator. It was in 1841 that Leech's connection with Punch began, a connection which subsisted until his death, and resulted in the production of the best-known and most admirable of his designs. 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, and by 1849 the artist was strong enough to produce the splendidly humorous national personification which appears in Disraeli Measuring the British Lion. About 1845 there was the first of that long series of half-page and quarter-page pictures of life and manners, executed with a hand as gentle as it was skillful, containing, as Ruskin has said, admittedly the finest definition and natural history of the classes of our society, the kindest and subtlest analysis of its foibles, the tenderest flattery of its pretty and well-bred ways, which has yet appeared. Condition: Rebacked in cloth, preserving cloth oforiginal illustrated to front board and spine. Externally, sound but with some wear to extremities, occasional rubbing, marks and stains toboards. Cloth lifting slightlyto backstrip. Internally, generally firmly bound although slightly strained in places. Bright but with occasional scattered foxing and handling marks. With loss and previous repairs to some pages, notablyto title and pages 1-10 to series one and to last page. With the occasional slight closed tear and tape repair. Overall: GOOD.
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.
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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