George Cruikshank; Robert Cruikchank. First Edition. Very Good. Item #4979
London: Hurst, Chance, and Co., 1828. First Edition. Octavo; viii, 184pp. Six plates including frontis, all present. Harvard University Library binding in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Harvard College Library bookplate on front pastedown with circular deaccession/"released" stamp on plate and small, blind-embossed Harvard University Library stamp on title page and first page of text, but no other library marks, pockets, or additions. Boards are sturdy and square with light wear to corners and spine ends and a bit of fading along top edge. Previous bookseller's brief description in pencil at top of front free endpaper, with a small patch of abrasion on back pastedown. Some offsetting opposite plates, else pages clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
Satirical collection of dialogues and poems written in Collier's take on Lancashire dialect, "rendered intelligible to general readers by a literal interpretation." This copy, after its release from Harvard, from the personal library of author, journalist, and speechwriter William Safire, whose On Language column ran in The New York Times Magazine for 30 years.