Greatest Plague of Life

Augustus Septimus MAYHEW   |   George CRUIKSHANK

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“ADVENTURES OF A LADY IN SEARCH OF A GOOD SERVANT”: ILLUSTRATED BY CRUIKSHANK, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND

(CRUIKSHANK, George) MAYHEW BROTHERS, eds. The Greatest Plague of Life: or the Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Servant. By One Who Has Been “Almost Worried to Death.” London: David Bogue, [1847]. Octavo, early 20th-century full tan polished calf gilt, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. $850.

First edition, with 12 plates and title page vignette by George Cruikshank.

“George Cruikshank attained great celebrity as an artist of rare talents, both in humor and pathos” (Allibone, 456). “Cruikshank was at his best as an interpretive illustrator in books that permitted him to exercise his talent for comic exaggeration without distorting the author’s intent” (Hodnett, 114). Cohn 544.

Scattered light foxing. A near-fine copy, beautifully bound by Riviere & Son.

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