Hand-colored copy of a work generally not encountered so! 8vo. 18 by 13.5 cm. 30, 32, 31, 40 pp. Hand-colored title page, plus 24 colored plates, with 28 illustrations (a few plates have two illustrations). These famous tales are retold and slightly adapted by Cruikshank. A curiosity about this work, apart from the fairy tales, is Cruikshank's warning about works being published by his nephew, Percy Cruikshank, in a preliminary note. Pebbled full calf binding by R. Wallis. Raised bands and gilt decoration on spine. Original blindstamped cloth cover (Front board and spine) bound in. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: George Cruikshank's Fairy Library. Hop O' My...
Publisher: Routledge and Sons
Binding: Full Calf
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition Thus
Book Description London: Routledge & Sons and F. Arnold n.d. but, 1865. First edition thus of the four titles together, comprising frontispiece, pictorial general title & 23 plates with tissue guards (as called for). 8vo (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches), pages: 30:32:31:40, original pebble grain blindstamped brown cloth pictorially blocked in gilt to spine and upper cover. Five of the plates detached and worn on foremargin, one with several short tears, upper inner joint cracked, cracked at one gutter, some foxing. There is no list of plates accompanying Puss and Boots which is correct and confirmed by the pagination. The binding bright and in exceptional condition.The last three pages of Cinderella (pages 29-31) is an address "To the Public" in which Cruikshank rebukes Harriet Beecher Stowe and justifies his version of "Jack and the Bean-stalk". Cruikshank altered the stories to express his views on total abstinence and incurred the sharp censure of Charles Dickens who published an article "Frauds on the Fairies" in Household words. Cruikshank's answer to Dickens's attack appears on the last 13-pages of "Puss in Boots" as "An Address to Little Boys and Girls" & "To Parents, Guardians, and all Persons intrusted with the Care of Children". Another address on the verso of the general title draws attention to the confusion resulting from the similarity of the names of himself, his nephew Percy and great-nephew George. Very rare especially in the original cloth and in this condition. Only two copies recorded in British & Irish libraries, those in the V & A and Trinity College, Dublin. Bookseller Inventory # 13302
Book Description ., 1870. Pictorial title page and 24 etched plates by Cruikshank. Reprint. 8vo., original red pictorial cloth gilt, ruled in black. London, Bell and Daldy. A presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper 'To Mrs William H. Budgett with the kindest regards of Mr. and Mrs. George Cruikshank in the hope that the ?Fairy Tales? will amuse her dear children, May 5th 1873'. Re-backed in new red cloth, the old spine laid down, new endpapers, the old spine with considerable loss at the tail, corners bumped, covers spotted, some small foxing to some of the plates. 'Cinderella' and 'Puss in Boots' lack the list of illustrations leaf. Bookseller Inventory # 217399