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Tales. A Sammelband of Seven Pamphlets or Original Books Published Chiefly by William Kidd, Probably from Kidd's Fashionable Library or a Similar Publication.


Published by William Ingham (3; 2 for W. Kidd) and William Kidd (4). [1836?37]., London., 1836
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Illustrated. Frontispiece and woodcut illustrations, head and tail pieces. By Robert Seymour (1798?1836), Robert Cruikshank (1790?1856) and, possibly, others. 36, 34, 36, 36, 49, 36, 33 pp. 24mo. 3/4 black calf with marbled boards. Titled and decorated n gilt on spine. Blue end papers. Refs.: Oxford DNB (for William Kidd). Patten, George Cruikshank's Life, etc, Vol I, 17-18. 337, An assemblage of pamphlets, published either collectively (unlikely), as here, or separately and here collected in one volume. Publshed by William Kidd (1803-67), a well-known London publisher and ornithologist. Three of this collection were published by Wiliam Ingham, but two of the three are stated to be published by him for Kidd. They shared an address, suggesting that they might have merged. The illustrations are, at least in part, by [Isaac] Robert Cruikshank (brother of George Cruikshank) and by Robert Seymour (the illustrator of Dickens's Pickwick Papers). Kidd, according to DNB was "an independent and eccentric thinker." He spoke often and lectured on religious and social subjects, similar to the titles in this volume. Also, as a naturalist he published on canaries, goldfinch and other British song birds. He also published various weekly journals, The London Journal and a monthly Kidd's Own Journal, and numerous essays. "Kidd's Guides" were advertised in The Idler and in The Breakfast Table Companion. The titles in this volume are: (1) Teasing Made Easy; A New Pocket Manual for All Who Would Excel in This Fashionable Accomplishment and Most Important Branch of the Fine Arts. By a Popular Female Practitioner; (2) Ways and Means; Showing, "How to Make Every Body Comfortable." Arranged on a Novel and Ingenious Plan, and Adapted to the Capacities of Men, Women, and Children. By a Senior Wrangler of Trinity College, Cambridge; (3) Six Hints to Bachelors; or, Wherein Does True Happiness Consist? By a Volunteer; (4) Kidd's Practical Hints on Etiquette and Politeness: Exhibiting the Various Manners and Customs Observed in Polite & Fashionable Life. By the Author of "Chesterfield Modernised;" &c., &c., &c.; (5) The Book of Refinement; or, Speculum Mundi. Interspersed with Anecdotes of the Celebrated Joseph Brummell, Esq., and Other Popular Characters. By One of the Cognoscenti; (6) The Book of Elegance; or, The Ladies Mirror. By a Lover of Nature; (7) Kidd's Practical Hints for the Use of Young Carvers; with Thirty-Nine Engravings. On the engraved tailpiece of No. (3), the subject is reading "Kidd's Guide." According to WorldCat, only a very few copies of three or four of these seven exist in a very few libraries scattered throughout the world. WorldCat, in error, attributes the Cruikshank illustrations to George, rather than to Robert, who signed some of them "R.K.", as usual for him. Patten also points out, in discussing the confusion of Robert and George Cruikshank, that William Kidd was Robert's publisher and not George's (op cit, I, 17-18), though in 1831 Kidd published George's Robinson Crusoe and Gentleman in Black. Subsequently, George had violent fights with Kidd over Kidd's reuse of the few illustrations done for him by George without George's permission and Kidd's publishing Robert's works in a way that conflated Robert with the more famous George in the public's eye (Patten, op cit, pp. 368-70, 372). In some publications in Kidd's Fashionable Library, the illustrations were engraved on wood by "S. Slader" [?] and a few of the illustrations were identified as by [W. C.] Bonner. Quite rare. Wear at edges. Closed tear on pp. 21/22 and some pages bound out of order in Ways and Means. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 11512

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Title: Tales. A Sammelband of Seven Pamphlets or ...

Publisher: William Ingham (3; 2 for W. Kidd) and William Kidd (4). [1836?37]., London.

Publication Date: 1836

Edition: First Edition.

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