CRUIKSHANK, George (1792-1878). Fairy Library. A complete set, comprising: Hop o' my Thumb; The History of Jack and the Bean Stalk; Cinderella and the Glass Slipper; and Puss in Boots. London: David Bogue [vols. 1-3] and Routledge and others [vol. 4], [1853, 1854, 1854, 1864]. 4 volumes, small 4° (173-185 x 138-140mm). Complete with 6 plates in each volume. (Light soiling, the first work with a few short marginal tears, some spotting.) Original blue illustrated wrappers printed in black (the first work rebacked, the last chipped at spine ends, more heavily soiled and spotted than others); together in one red morocco-backed solander-case.
FIRST EDITIONS. A COMPLETE SET, EACH VOLUME WITH AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM CRUIKSHANK. The first, signed in full, to James Grant Wilson, 1 January 1878, thanking him for a New Year's gift of American apples; the second, to Robert Hunt, 28 October 1864, on his difficulties in creating drawings for the book; the third, to Mr Gibbs, 1 March 1870, concerning a paper delivery and promising a proof; the last, to 'My dear Charles', undated, concerning meeting a solicitor. Each volume in first issue, other than Jack and the Beanstalk which is a first edition, mixed state with the first issue frontispiece and first issue plates on white paper. Cohn 196-198.