Half Morocco. Marbled Boards.
by Illustrations by S. Slader and others, from the designs of Cruikshank, Seymour and Bonner
London: W. Kidd. Half Morocco. Marbled Boards. . Very Good/No Jacket. Slader, S. and others, from the designs of Cruikshank, Seymour and Bonner. 16mo - over 5¾ - 6¾" tall. Undated, circa 1830. Xrare, with only two copies turning up on OCLC Worldcat. With frontis plate and woodcut illustrations, two per section (with title and as tail piece at end). 36, 47, 36, 49, 32, 54 pp. In essence, six smaller books or pamphlets bound together, although it appears that these may have been originally issued as a single volume. Actual authorship of each installment is not given, but pseudonymous authors are One of "The Exclusives", A Member of "The Beef-Steak Club", A Lover of Nature, One of the Cognescenti, Amator, and Amicus Juventutis, respectively, with two of the sections, such as the first, Book of Fashion, supposedly "A Digest of the Axioms of the Celebrated Joseph Brummell, Esq." As the titles suggest, this is a mostly tongue-in-cheek etiquette primer as well as a wry send-up of the manners, mores and customs of fashionable society in Regency England. Tight, with some minor wear to red morocco. Interior clean. An attractive copy of a very scarce work.
(Inventory #: 001168)