Very Good. Item #9470
London: Bell and Daldy, 1869. "New Edition"—First Thus Revised Reprint of 1841 edition. Octavo (24x16.5x3cm); viii + 300pp. Twenty-two "steel etchings" and 78 "wood-cuts." Publisher's royal blue percaline with gilt spine lettering and rules; gilt stamping to front panel; beveled panel edges with blind-stamped borders. Dark peacock-blue coated endpapers.
Binding is frayed at spine crown and foot; spine darkened, showing one vertical scratch; panel edges slightly browned, and corners a bit eroded; a few dark stains (ink?) on the back panel. Ex-library, but almost Cruikshankianly so: the front pastedown has a bookplate from the "J. Russell Parsons' Library [in] Hoosick Falls, N.Y." A small blue oval stamp retails the same Hoosickian information on the title page, and a librarian, in an elegant hand, in pencil, has rewritten the same information within a curling cartouche on the front free endpaper at a rakish angle—only discernable if you hold the volume just so in the light. It is perhaps that same librarian who has amateurishly, but carefully, reglued the hinges front and back. No other signs of library tampering or patron usage.
Some foxing throughout, most noticeable on the coated stock used for the steel etchings, especially the frontispiece. The binding is robust, on the whole, and will still allow for easy reading and rereading.
A pleasantly silly satiric compendium from the favorite illustrator of Dickens and Thackeray, in which Laman Blanchard has presented Cruikshank's drawings with the parodic essays, anecdotes, poems, and epigrams by both Cruikshank and Blanchard that inspired them. "Merry" is the word.