572 George Cruikshank's Magazine. George / ed. Frank E. Smedley Cruikshank.
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine
George Cruikshank's Magazine

Complete run (2 issues) of the illustrated George Cruikshank's Magazine, with all four folding plates by Cruikshank. In a handsome custom case.

George Cruikshank's Magazine

London: D. Bogue, 1854. 8vo, 2 magazines, each 8 3/4 x 5 5/8 (223 x 145 mm), January 1854 and February 1854 issues. Original pictorial yellow paper wrappers with price of 1s marked at top right. No. 1. Jan. 1854, contains two folding etchings, one glyphograph, and three woodcuts ; 8 pp. of advertisements; pp. 1-40. No. 2, Feb. 1854, contains one folding etching, one folding glyphograph (loose), and four woodcuts ; 16 pp. advertisements; pp. 41-80. The plates in both issues are dark, richly inked, with all fine details and lines printed clearly. Stab stitched; housed in a red cloth chemise inside a custom red half morocco and canvas pull-off case (9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches, 235 x 160 mm). The paper wrapper corners are bent with small minor tears and soiling to edges of the paper; No. 1 has a two-inch tear at the top fold of the paper wrapper. The Magazines includes the four folding images depicting The Comet of 1853, The Disagreeable Aspects of Smoking, Elephantine Performances, and Methods for Curing a Bear of a Sore Head.
[Cohn 185; Rosenbach Cruikshank/Widener, p. 161].

A very rare pair of the only two issues of Cruikshank's Magazine edited by Frank E. Smedley. "Only two numbers were published when the magazine came to an abrupt termination" (Cohn, Albert Meyer. George Cruikshank; a catalogue raisonné. New York, Collectors Editions, 1969; p. 63).

Frank E. Smedley (1818 – 1864) was and English novelist and satirist who gained considerable repute and whose works were often illustrated by George Cruikshank. He was handicapped since childhood but managed to live a full creative life. In his article about Smedley for The Marlow Society website Hugh Griece underlines that "His physical malady had kept his intercourse with the world so restricted, that while his mind was full, strong and manly, his experiences of certain sides of life were as pure and unsullied. ... he "was perhaps one of the most remarkable instances of the triumph of mental vigour over bodily infirmity that the history of literature recalls ... who yet by an effort of the strong will and stout heart that were given him, made himself a name in literature and a place in society, and lived an object of tender regard and affectionate esteem among all his friends." (Griece, Hugh: The Marlow Society website article "Frank Smedley, a handicapped Victorian author.").

Condition: Very Good.

Item number: 572

Price: $2,500.00

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