- (London): Bradbury, Agnew and Co. Ld. n.d. (but 1851).
- leather, edges gilt, five raised bands, gilt lettering on spine
- (iv), xii, 308 pages.
Price: $1,250.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 94242
First edition (Tooley 298. Not in Field). Illustrated by John Leech with 10 full-colored etchings and 98 woodcut vignettes. John Leech was a staff artist for "Punch" from its early issues in 1841. Gilbert Abbott à Beckett was one of the original staff members for "Punch." One of the Victorian era's best-known comedies.
This particular copy is bound in full Chocolate Crushed Morocco, both covers blind ruled, with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Title in gilt lettering on the spine between the first and second band from the top. Guild of Women-Binders ticket in gilt on the lower leather turnin on the front pastedown. Two faint scratches on the front cover. Spine lightly sunned. Leather offsetting onto free endpapers. Moderate foxing on preliminary pages, with a majority of the text and colored plates being uneffected. Title page has small chip in top right corner. The binding, while austere, but, as one would expect from the Guild of Women-Binders, it is well executed.