London: Tilt and Bogue, 1835-1853.
Cruikshank, George. First edition. Each with 12 full-page monthly plates, a total of 4 hand-colored folding plates, and other illustrations by Cruikshank, as well as "divers humorous cuts by other hands". 9 vols. Sm. 8vo. A Complete Run of Cruikshank's Comic Almanacs. Attractively bound in dark brown 3/4 morocco over marbled boards, t.e.g., by Tout, Binder; spines uniformly summed, else fine. Armorial oval book label of Alexander McGrigor. Cohn 184; Patten, George Cruikshank, II, p. 9. Item #226214
Quintessentially Cruikshank, the 19 issues of The Comic Almanack are a high spot of British humorous periodicals. In 1840, Thackeray recalled that the first issue showed “a great deal of comic power, and Cruikshank's designs were so admirable, that the ‘Almanack’ at once became a vast favourite with the public and has remained so ever since”. Patten, in whose biography of the artist the above quote appears, states that circulation of the work approached twenty thousand copies, and that for the nine years of its existence it was Cruikshank's primary source of regular income. Runs of the Almanac are increasingly rare, and the set we offer is a particularly handsome one.
Price: $2,500.00 Free International Delivery