The Humourist. A Collection of Entertaining Tales, Anecdotes, Repartees, Witty Sayings, Epigrams, Bon Mots, Jeu d'esprits, &c.

London: Printed & Published by J. Robins & Co. Albion Press, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, 1819, 1819, 1819 & 1820.

First edition, first issue, with the date on the title-page of volume one , p. 44 of vol. I has second issue title of "Epitaph on a Dyer" but lwith the volume number and with dates on plate 7 in volume 2 and plate 4 in volume 3. No dates on plate 5, Vol1; plates 1,4,10 in Vol. II'; plate 9 in Vol. II. With 40 hand colored illustrations by George Cruikshank. 226, [2]; 230, [2]; 222, [2]; 226, [2] pp. 4 vols. 12mo (157 x 950 mm.). Bound in full polished blue calf, gilt spine, a.e.g., by Root. Fine. Cohn 419: Patten, George Cruikshank...Vol I, 1792-1835. Item #246390

Cruikshank's inimitable illustrations, published 1819-20. "The Humourist...gave Cruikshank his first sustained opportunity to devise illustrations; Blanchard Jerrold calls it his first remarkable separate work. Robins issued forty six-penny parts, stitched into green wrappers with a colored etching in each, during 1819 and 1820. The parts were also bound in four volumes (as here). In several respects this format anticipates the one Dickens and his publishers revived for Pickwick Papers and the other serials ... " - Patten p. 190.

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