MERRIE ENGLAND In the Olden Time

(London: Richard Bentley, 1842).

FIRST EDITION AND A LOVELY COPY IN A FINE SIGNED BINDING OF POLISHED CRIMSON CALF, HANDSOMELY TOOLED IN GILT. As Daniel writes in his introduction, about the course of this very pleasing book, a look back upon England through its ages: "Gentle Reader, we are old enough to have enjoyed, and young enough to remember many of the amusements, wakes, and popular drolleries of Merrie England that have long since submitted to "the tooth of time and razure of oblivion...we have all our life been a hunter after oddities. We have studied attentively the past...We have lost our friend rather than our joke, when the joke has been the better of the two.."...will thou accept us for thy Cicerone through a journey of strange sights ? the curiosities of nature, and the whimsicalities of art. We promise thee faster speed than steamboat and railroad: for thou shalt traverse the ground of two centuries in two hours ! With pleasant companions by the way, free from the perils of fire and flood,
"Fancy, like the finger of a clock,
Runs the great circuit, and is still at home." Item #31479

First Edition. Illustrated with 28 fine engravings throughout, both full page and within the text, the illustrations by Leech and Cruikshank, the facsimiles by Gilks. 8vo, handsomely bound by Bayntun of Bath, England in full crimson polished calf, the spines with raised bands gilt ruled and stopped, the compartments of the spine with central gilt ornamental devices, two compartments lettered in gilt, the covers with gilt tooled panels at the centers of each cover, corner pieces tooled in gilt to match the spine tooling, turnovers richly gilt, finely marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. vi, [2], 292; [iv], 296 pp. A fine and beautiful copy, the text clean and fresh and sound, no evidence of spotting or age to the paper whatsoever, the bindings are in fine condition, strong and showing only very minimal age evidence, a fine set, handsome and solid.

Price: $450.00