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CRUIKSHANK, George (1792-1878). Comic Alphabet. London: Tilt, 1836. Small 8° (125 x 85mm). 24 etchings, all hand-coloured, on three sheets joined and concertina-folded. (Neatly torn and detached at first fold, one plate with short tear in the blank margin, light offsetting, light soiling.) Original illustrated boards (spine chipped, some wear and soiling). Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate; his sale, Christie's London, 26-27 January 2006, part lot 668).
CRUIKSHANK, George (1792-1878). Comic Alphabet. London: Tilt, 1836. Small 8° (125 x 85mm). 24 etchings, all hand-coloured, on three sheets joined and concertina-folded. (Neatly torn and detached at first fold, one plate with short tear in the blank margin, light offsetting, light soiling.) Original illustrated boards (spine chipped, some wear and soiling). Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate; his sale, Christie's London, 26-27 January 2006, part lot 668).

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CRUIKSHANK, George (1792-1878). Comic Alphabet. London: Tilt, 1836. Small 8° (125 x 85mm). 24 etchings, all hand-coloured, on three sheets joined and concertina-folded. (Neatly torn and detached at first fold, one plate with short tear in the blank margin, light offsetting, light soiling.) Original illustrated boards (spine chipped, some wear and soiling). Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate; his sale, Christie's London, 26-27 January 2006, part lot 668).

COLOURED ISSUE OF THE FIRST EDITION -- 'OF VERY GREAT RATITY' (Cohn). Not to be confused with the coloured versions of later reissues. This copy is as described by Cohn, with the advert for The Comic Almanack dated 1836. Cohn notes only two copies: his, later sold to Pickering, and the Barton-Townsend copy. Cohn 189.

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