36 leaves plus numerous blanks. Small 4to. Vellum over boards. Endsheets a trifle dusty, bookplates front and rear of esteemed collector John Gribbel (his sale Parke-Bernet, 22 Jan. 1941, lot 161), engraved label of Byfield & Son, Booksellers & Stationers, on pastedown, otherwise very good. Half morocco box and folding chemise. Item #100691
With the ownership signature on the front endsheet of "J. T. Smith, Keeper of Prints British Museum," who is inferentially the party who oversaw the accretion of this collection of inscriptions, drawings and sentiments of visitors to the Print Room - several of the inscriptions incorporate mention of such visits. John Taylor Smith (1766-1833), himself a printmaker and draughtsman, was appointed to the post in 1816, and was "an attentive, informed and engaging figure in that role" - DNB. The highlight constituent elements of this album include: a) three pen and ink drawings by George Cruikshank, one signed and dated 22 November 1827, two of Fairy Library subjects; b) an original watercolor, dated 21 June 1824, by W. N. Pyne, of a seaport and wharves; c) a pen and ink drawing of Edward Kean as Othello by Robert Hunt, R.A. (captioned in Smith's hand); d) a pen and ink drawing of a dog's head by William Harvey, signed and dated 30 October 1827; e) an autograph poem by Agnes Strickland, signed and dated 25 April 1828; f) a two page account of his ascent of Mount Blanc signed twice by Charles Fellowes; g) a two page essay by Baron William Humboldt, signed and dated 16 June 1828 on a third page; h) a five page account of a visit with Robert Burns (asserting strongly Burns's complete sobriety during the visit), signed by R. Donne and dated 1 July 1828; i) a "Bridal Song Written for the Fairy-Opera of Aladdin, but omitted," signed and dated by George Soane 5 Feb 1828; and j) an 8 line poem ("Envy not the poet's name ..."), signed and dated by Robert Montgomery 12 November 1827. In all, a lovely and evocative period piece.
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