27 October 2010
LAURON, Marcellus (1679-1774, illustrator). The Cryes of the City of London. London: Henry Overton, 1733.
2° (309 x 196mm). Title and captions in English, French and Italian. 74 numbered engraved plates by P. Tempest after Lauron, including two titles. (Some light soiling and occasional stains, mainly marginal, slight cockling at bottom margins, plates 51-52 lightly browned, plate 54 with small stain to image.) Contemporary blind-panelled half calf (joints splitting, front inner hinges split). Provenance: Henri Auguste de St. George (early signature on front pastedown).
Lauron's designs, first published c. 1711 and later copied by Boitard, are among the earliest in this genre and show the extraordinary variety of itinerant traders selling their wares or their skills on the streets of 18th-century London. Colas 1794; cf. Brunet III: 882; Lipperheide GCb1; Vinet 2188.
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