Very Good. Item #6023
London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. Ld., [c. 1885-1887]. Quarto; Vol. I 284pp; Vol. II 276pp; Vol. III 268pp. Early (first?) but unspecified printings. Hundreds of editorial cartoons anthologized in each volume.
Red cloth with gilt pictorial stamping on front panels and spines, each volume's binding imagery unique. Lettering on all three is highlighted black within gold understamping. Beveled panel edges; gilt rules on front panels are repeated in blind on back panels. Black endpapers; two-color title pages. Textblock gilded on all edges.
Panel cloth bright and remarkably clean; spines sun-darkened, spine crowns and feet nudged, slightly frayed; no major tears. Slight scuffing to panel corners but unknocked. Minimal darkening and shelving abrasion to upper right quarter of back panel on Vol. III. Textblock edge gilding brilliant on all three. Light foxing in all volumes; tight and square textblocks suggest very little perusal.
These anthologies of editorial cartoons—comparable to current "New Yorker" collections—remain, for the most part, as decipherable in their humor as Dickens. As delicious as any BBC costume drama, and much more authentic.