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The Odd Volume; or, Book of Variety; Illustrated by Two Odd Fellows,- Robert Seymour and Robert Cruikshank. The Engravings by Samuel Slader.

Seymour, Robert and Cruikshank, Robert (Illustrators).-

Published by London. W. Kidd. N.D. [? 1836]., 1836
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First Edition? Heavily illustrated,probably by both Robert Seymour and Robert Cruikshank. Pages 348 pp.12mo in 6's Brown embossed publisher's cloth with gilt caricatures and lettering on spine. Yellow end papers. First Edition? Not in Cohn, Patten, George Cruikshank's Life, or Patten's Revaluation. A series of comic anecdotes illustrated with plates, generally wood engravings.Since it is by Robert Seymour, the work was originally published in or prior to 1836, when Seymour died suddenly (suicide) during work on "The Pickwick Papers" with Charles Dickens. These anecdotes illustrated with a single plate conform to Seymour's usual mode of publication with the text viewed as hack work, perhaps not worthy of attribution. Most of the illustrations are more consistent with Seymour's work than with Cruikshank's. They lack the lighter, more Hogarthian touch of Cruikshank's work. The preface to "The Odd Volume" states that it was to be the fourth volume of the series, but the intention was changed because the Cruikshank brothers were then arguing over their relative skills and Mr. Seymour, an even more skillful artist (though lesser known because of his recent arrival in London), had to be brought in. Patten points out (Cruikshank, Life, I) that Seymour had parodied Cruikshank and briefly borrowed his name (as "Shortshanks") in 1827 until Cruikshank complained vehemently. On the other hand, Robert Cruikshank likely was involved in a collaboration with Seymour. Among the articles is a gem on how to tie a cravat. The final article is a parody of the Phrenology of Dr. Gall, and is likely a very early work on this subject. Elegant nautical bookplate of George Duncan on front pastedown. Wear at hinges, corners and ends of spine, which shows 12 cm loss at each end. Hinges cracked.Page edges slightly browned. Unfoxed with crisp illustrations. Else, Very Good for such a fragile item. Bookseller Inventory # 9186

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Title: The Odd Volume; or, Book of Variety; ...

Publisher: London. W. Kidd. N.D. [? 1836].

Publication Date: 1836

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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