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Cruikshank's Illustrations of Smollett, Fielding & Goldsmith, Cruikshank, George
1 Cruikshank, George Cruikshank's Illustrations of Smollett, Fielding & Goldsmith
London Charles Tilt 1832 First Edition Hardcover-Leather Very Good No Jacket Cruikshank 
Patterned Burgundy cloth boards with darker burgundy leather strip on spine with gold lettering and decorations. Gold gilt page edges all around. 12mo. Illustrations of Smollett, Fielding, and Goldsmith--in a series of 41 plates designed and engraved by George Cruikshank-famed illustrator of Dickens. Each plate is accompanied by descriptive extracts--fully explaining the subject. Cruikshank, even at the time of this publication, had his many loyal fans and collectors--of which many did not want to purchase Roscoe's complete Library of 10 volumes in order to obtain the engravings--so this book containing all of the engravings solved the problem. 82 pp with 6 pp of ads at rear. Slight edgewear to the spine and tips--although lettering is still quite bright. Tight and clean interior. Previous owner clean bookplate (small) on the front pastedown. 
Price: 245.00 USD
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Beauties of Johnson: Consisting of Maxims and Observations, Moral, Critical and Miscellaneous, Johnson, Samuel
2 Johnson, Samuel Beauties of Johnson: Consisting of Maxims and Observations, Moral, Critical and Miscellaneous
Dublin Price, Walker, Whitestone et al 1782 First Edition Full Leather Very Good No Jacket 
First Irish edition-printed in Dublin--collection of philosophical theses of Samuel Johnson--in the manner of the maxims of Duke De la Roche-Foucault. Clean and tight--. Full black mottled calf with gilt lettering to the spine. Wear is moderate (hand rubbing) to the spine-although the lettering is very bright. 262 pp. A small bit of paper is missing on the title page--not affecting the title or important information--also written in ink on the same title page is the name "Lauren Tellen"--(see photo) Johnson's views on everything from Affectation to Youth--in Alphabetical order. On the facing page opposite "Affectation" is the inscription from a previous owner (whose bookplate is pasted to the front pastedown) --"Compliments of W. C. Chapin--off the coast of Mexico-on board steamship "City of Sydney"--Arthur Crosby Esq. 19th April 1876". Scarce and collectible copy in very good condition. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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