first edition dutch floral board front cover dulled, lacking rear cover and spine, contents soiled and a bit stained.
July 19, 1744 · [London:]
by EROTICA --
EROTICA -- The SNUFF BOX PORTRAY'D. [London]: [George Bickham the Younger] sold in May's Buildings, Covent Garden, N. at the Glob[e] in Pater Noster Row, July 19, 1744. Copperplate Engraved title-page + 13 2/3rd-page portraits matching the likely client with his appropriate prostitute, engraved texts underneath identifying each figure plus a four-line verse. 16mo, pp with verso page 13 misnumbered 15 (lacking one leaf); dutch floral board front cover dulled, lacking rear cover and spine, contents soiled and a bit stained.
First and only printing, hitherto unknown and unrecorded, styled in format like an early children's book but hardly that. Characters illustrating the Captain, All'a Mode; Billy's Farewell, Miss Notenough; The Man in Blue, Wanton Polly, The Keeper, Polly Peachum; January and May; Wall-Pone, Nor-Saw; and a preacher-man missing its companion figure.
Despite its faults, an unique survivor from the Augustan underground, interestingly identifying a familiar actor from The Beggar's Opera [Threepenny Opera] by John Gay, 1728.
(Inventory #: BB093)