London, South Kensington
1 September 2008
Life in London; or the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom ... in their Rambles and Sprees through the Metropolis. London: 1821. 8°, hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece and 35 hand-coloured plates after I.R & G. Cruikshank, half-title, 3 folding sheets of engraved music, 8 pages of advertisements at end (light marginal staining and very occasional light spotting), red morocco by Morrell, spine gilt in compartments with boxing motifs, top edge gilt, others uncut.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. The novel brought Egan instant success, "setting the misery of low life against the prodigal waste and folly of high society ... vivacious dialgoue and lively description were accompanied by the excellent illustrations of the Cruikshanks" (D. Brailsford, ODNB). The plates include scenes of boxing, fencing and cocking. The first issue has no footnote on p. 9, and the first sheet of music is unnumbered. Abbey Life 281; Cohn 262; Hartley 591; Tooley 196.
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