Greenwich Hospital: CRUIKSHANK, George; BARKER, Matthew Henry Greenwich Hospital: CRUIKSHANK, George; BARKER, Matthew Henry

Greenwich Hospital

CRUIKSHANK, George; BARKER, Matthew Henry

Published by London: James Robins and Co., 1826
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"In the Original Boards it is Extremely Scarce" (Cohn)Last Copy At Auction In 1944[CRUIKSHANK, George, artist]. AN OLD SAILOR [pseudonym of M.H. Barker]. Greenwich Hospital. A Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-O-War's Man. By an Old Sailor. With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. London: James Robins and Co., 1826. First edition. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 8 7/8 in; 286 x 223 mm). iv, 200 pp. Eleven hand-colored etched plates including frontispiece and one hand-colored aquatint plate (#8 "Paying Off"). Plates watermarked "J. Whatman 1825 & 1826". Sixteen text woodcuts. Publisher's original gray paper printed and pictorial boards entirely uncut. Small light marginal stain affecting first eight text gatherings (pp. 1-56), otherwise a very fresh copy. Spine ends, joints and corners expertly and almost invisibly restored. Still an exceptionally fine copy of a book rarely found in this state. Chemised in a felt-lined full dark blue morocco slip case."Originally published in four parts, and then in pink or gray paper picture boards, with woodcuts on the top and bottom covers duplicated from those in the text. In the original parts the work is of the utmost rarity, while in the original boards it is extremely scarce. Bound copies are much more usual. There is a reissue of this item with the plates coloured in a very inferior manner. This should be avoided" (Cohn).According to the ABPC Index, it has been seventy-two years since the last copy in original boards came to auction, in 1944.Of George Cruikshank (1792-1878), little need be added here beyond the fact that he followed his father, Isaac Cruikshank, into the trade and was the successor to Thomas Rowlandson; he was the greatest caricaturist of his era, known as "the Modern Hogarth." "Matthew Henry Barker,(pseud. the Old Sailor, 1790-1846), sailor and writer. served in the Royal Navy. After retiring from the service in 1813, he commanded a hired armed schooner. and was employed . in carrying dispatches to the English squadrons on the southern coasts of France and Spain. On one occasion he fell into the enemy's hands and was detained for some months as a prisoner of war. In 1825 he became editor of a West India newspaper and was afterwards employed, from 1827 to 1838, in a similar capacity at Nottingham."Under the pseudonym the Old Sailor, Barker wrote a number of lively and spirited sea tales, very popular in their day. These included such works as Land and Sea Tales (1836); Topsail-Sheet Blocks, or, The Naval Foundling (1838), which ran into several editions; The Naval Club, or, Reminiscences of Service (1843); and The Victory, or, The Wardroom Mess (1844). He was naval editor of the United Service Gazette and a frequent contributor to the Literary Gazette, the Pictorial Times, and Bentley's Miscellany, the last at the time under the editorship of Charles Dickens, who came to value the consistent quality of the contributions of 'the old Sailor'. Barker was a friend of George Cruikshank, who illustrated seven of his works. One of the most attractive of these was the reprint of a series of sketches originally published in the Literary Gazette as 'The Life of a Man-of-War's Man'. The volume edition was called Greenwich Hospital (1826) and was a great success with the public, going into an almost immediate reissue. Two other of his works illustrated by Cruikshank were Tough Yarns (1835), which he dedicated to Captain Marryat, and Nights at Sea (1852). He was also a chief contributor to Cruikshank's Omnibus."Barker felt that his publishers were less than generous with him, and the situation became worse as his sea tales fell out of fashion. He was married, but had increasing difficulty in supporting his family. He died, in poverty, on 29 June 1846" (Oxford DNB).Cohn 53. Abbey, Scenery, 226. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Greenwich Hospital
Publisher: London: James Robins and Co., 1826

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Book Description London James Robins and Co. 1826., 1826. CRUIKSHANK, George - 3 Bl. 200 S. Quart. Zeitgenössischer Halblederband mit dekorativer Rückenvergoldung, goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, marmorierten Deckelbezügen, Lederecken, dreiseitigem Farbschnitt. Einband berieben, Titelblatt leicht fleckig und am Außenrand teils mit kleinen Papierläsionen, vereinzelte kleine verblasste Fleckchen im Rand. Die montierten handkolorierten Radierungen in klaren, sauberen Abzügen, papierbedingt teils minimal gebräunt. Im ganzen ein gut erhaltenes Exemplar des seltenen Werks. Siehe Cohn, 53. Bookseller Inventory # [Bestell-Nr 25265]

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Barker, Matthew Henry]. Illustrated by George Cruikshank
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Book Description James Robins, London, 1826. Quarter Morocco. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 4to. (28 by 20 cm, or 11 by 9 inches.) Twelve hand-colored engraved plates plus sixteen textual woodcuts. Cohn 53. Contemporary morocco over boards. Leather is very rubbed and scuffed, and boards have wear, with paper laid on lifting in a few minor spots. Interior is tight and mostly clean -- there is some scattered light soiling -- and plates themselves are bright and crisp. Bookseller Inventory # 001944

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Barker, Matthew Henry]. Illustrated by George Cruikshank
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Book Description James Robins, London, 1826. Half Morocco, Marbled Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 4to. 28.5 by 22 cm. 200 pp. Twelve hand-colored engraved plates plus sixteen textual woodcuts. Cohn 53. Rebacked with dark navy morocco, contemporary marbled boards. Some scattered light foxing. The plates, though, are especially bright, and generally clean. Bookseller Inventory # 004675

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