BUTLER, Samuel (1613-1680). Hudibras, A Poem ... with Notes selected from Grey and other authors: to which are prefixed, A Life of the Author, and A Preliminary Discourse on The Civil War, &c ... A New Edition. London: by W. Lewis for Thomas M'Lean, 1819.
2 volumes, 8° (211 x 125mm). Letterpress titles. Etched and aquatinted frontispieces and 10 plates by and after J.H. Clark, extra-illustrated with Clark's 12 original grey-washed pen and ink drawings signed 'I.H. Clark' and captioned in manuscript bound in facing the frontispieces and plates. (The text with small paper flaws on a few leaves and spotting on some gatherings, the plates with variable light browning or offsetting from the text, some drawings very light browned or slightly spotted.) Early 20th-century crimson crushed morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, the boards with gilt double-fillet borders, gilt board edges and gilt turn-ins, the spines gilt in 6 compartments divided by raised bands, titled in 3 compartments and dated at the foot, the other compartments decorated with gilt frames, gilt edges (spines a little faded). Provenance: occasional pencilled corrections on the text.
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH CLARK'S ORIGINAL PEN AND WASH DRAWINGS FOR THE WORK. The original drawings provide an interesting commentary on several aspects of the finished plates. Firstly, they explain the apparent inconsistency between the two quite different plates - volume I frontispiece and the plate opposite volume I, p.292 - which both purport to illustrate Part 2, Canto I, line 115: the manuscript caption to the frontispiece of volume I bears the correct textual reference 'Part 1. Canto 3. line 768', which the plate clearly relates to. The drawings are all signed 'I.H. Clark', and the plates all appear to be signed 'I.H. Clark del' on the image, although the signature is frequently obscured by the texture of the aquatint ground. The caption below the image, however, uses the format 'I. Clark del. et sc.', possibly to avoid confusion with the contemporary artist and engraver John Heaviside Clark, illustrator of A Practical Essay on the Art of Colouring (London: 1807). Most of the plates are as faithful to the drawings as might be expected, but those opposite volume I, pp.134 and 292 and volume II, p.148 show marked changes in the compositions and characterisations of the drawings. Tooley 141; Together with Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote de la Mamncha (London: 1819, 4 volumes), illustrated with 24 hand-coloured etched aquatint plates after Clark and EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 36 etched proofs of the plates, 22 hand-coloured in grey or sepia wash. (6)