London: Published at the Punch Office, 85, Fleet Street, 1847-8. Two vols, 8vo., xii, -320; xii, -304 pp., title-page printed in black and red, ten hand-colored etchings and 120 woodcuts to each volume, including frontispieces. Contemporary half dark-blue calf ruled in blind, marbled paper boards, backstrip lettered and ruled in gilt. Scattered foxing and damp stains to both volumes, backstrip has some minor chips and boards are a bit rubbed; otherwise a good copy with lovely color plates. Bookplate of H. V. Harris to first pastedown in both volumes. First edition, illustrations by John Leech. This extremely popular work was originally printed in parts. Gilbert Abbott À Beckett (1811-1856) was a comic writer and police magistrate, The Comic History of England is one of his best known and widely reprinted works. His friends and contemporaries including Charles Dickens, Douglas Jerrold, George Cruikshank, Sheridan Knowles, and others. (Inventory #: 106004)
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