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Ask Mamma;" or, The Richest Commoner in England

Surtees, Robert Smith]

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With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., no date (ca. 1897). Octavo, original bright red cloth, decoratively stamped in gold and black. Pp. [xii] 423, plus 2 pp. ads. Illustrated with 13 hand coloured steel-engraved plates plus a hand coloured vignette on the title, 19 wood engraved plates, and 51 further wood engravings in the text. Endpaper cracked at front inner hinge, but still a solid copy in very good to fine condition. "It may be a recommendation to the lover of light literature to be told, that the following story does not involve the complication of a plot. It is a mere continuous narrative of an almost every day exaggeration, interspersed with sporting scenes and excellent illustrations by LEECH." (the Preface). John Leech (1817-1864) learned to engrave in wood from Orrin Smith, and also studied at Paris under a French caricaturist in 1836. "His humour was like his talent, gentle, warm-hearted and positive, his world, the ups and downs of middle class life, the sports of the squirearchy, and the peccadilloes of army officers and undergraduates.In August 1841 he contributed his first block to the newly established satirical journal Punch; Leech's art was ripe for this type of pictorial satire and within a few months he had made it his own, establishing a convention of social humour that was to last until the 1920's." (Houfe, Simon "Dictionary of 19th Century British Illustrators"). Robert Smith Surtees (1803-1864), English novelist and sporting writer, was founder, in 1831, of the New Sporting Magazine, of which he was the editor for the next five years. ".To this periodical he contributed between 1832 and 1834 the papers which were afterwards collected and published in 1838 as Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities. This humorous narrative of the sporting experiences of a cockney grocer, which suggested the more famous Pickwick Papers of Charles Dickens, is the work by which Surtees is chiefly remembered, though his novel Handley Cross, published in 1843, in which the character of " Jorrocks " is reintroduced as a master of fox-hounds, also enjoyed a wide popularity. illustrated by.John Leech, whose pictures of Jorrocks are everywhere familiar and were the chief means of ensuring the lasting popularity of that humorous creation. In 1838, on the death of his father, Surtees, whose elder brother had died in 1831, inherited the family property of Hamsterley Hall, where he lived for the rest of his life." (Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition). Bookseller Inventory # 11245

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Title: Ask Mamma;" or, The Richest Commoner in ...

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: John Leech

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