“THERE NONE CAN LOVE LIKE AN IRISH MAN…”
(CRUIKSHANK, George). TEGG, Thomas. Tegg's Prime Song Book. London: Thomas Tegg, [circa 1815]. Octavo, later full red calf, raised bands, top edge gilt, uncut. $1800.
Extremely scarce first edition, with full-color frontispiece and title page illustrations by George Cruikshank.
This collection of English ballads and drinking songs features two colored plates by noted 19th-century illustrator George Cruikshank. Remarkably rare, this volume is not included in Cohn's relatively exhaustive bibliography of Cruikshank's works. Armorial bookplate of Sir David Lionel Salomons, first director of the City of London Electric Lighting Company (DNB). Modern catalogue description pasted to front flyleaf.