18 November 2014
ROWLANDSON, Thomas (1756-1827). Pretty Little Games for Young Ladies and Gentlemen. With pictures of good old English sports and pastimes. [London: J.C. Hotten,] 1845 [but c. 1872].
Quarto (230 x 176 mm). 10 hand-coloured engraved plates after Rowlandson, each with caption in verse. (One plate lightly spotted, occasional light wear to deckle edges, text with short tears at the fold of some sheets and occasional light browning, the last leaf browned.) Near contemporary red quarter morocco portfolio over marbled boards, yellow coated endpapers (extremities rubbed); 20th-century brown morocco backed slipcase and chemise. Provenance: J.B. Rund (bookplate, pencilled notes on endpaper).
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, HAND-COLOURED AND IN THE ORIGINAL SHEETS, OF ROWLANDSON'S RARE EROTIC SUITE, printed by Hotten from the original plates. The edition is limited to 100 copies, only a few of which were hand-coloured. Rowlandson circulated his erotic engravings around 1800, individually and on demand, only among a small circle of friends and collectors. Ashbee Centuria, pp. 346-354; Gay-Lemonnyer III, 845; Kearney 1607.
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