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[Westmacott, Charles Molloy]
THE ENGLISH SPY: AN ORIGINAL WORK, CHARACTERISTIC, SATIRICAL, AND HUMOROUS...BY BERNARD BLACKMANTLE. LONDON: SHERWOOD, JONES, AND CO., 1825-1826
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP
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[Westmacott, Charles Molloy]
THE ENGLISH SPY: AN ORIGINAL WORK, CHARACTERISTIC, SATIRICAL, AND HUMOROUS...BY BERNARD BLACKMANTLE. LONDON: SHERWOOD, JONES, AND CO., 1825-1826
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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[Westmacott, Charles Molloy]
THE ENGLISH SPY: AN ORIGINAL WORK, CHARACTERISTIC, SATIRICAL, AND HUMOROUS...BY BERNARD BLACKMANTLE. LONDON: SHERWOOD, JONES, AND CO., 1825-1826
2 volumes, large 8vo (254 x 160mm.), FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with plate 28 in vol. 1 (at p.389) misdated "1284" and p.222 of vol. 2 blank), hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, 70 hand-coloured plates and one plain plate (35 in vol. 1; 36 in volume 2), mostly by Robert Cruikshank (plates in volume 2 slightly out of order from plate 20 onwards), further illustrations in the text by Cruikshank, contemporary grey brown boards, printed paper labels on spines, a few gatherings unopened, each in collector's folding cloth box, some rubbing to boards, spines a little creased and split at hinges, minor loss to corner of leaf H2 in vol. 1, plate at p.76 in vol. 2 coming loose, occasional offsetting
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Provenance

Henry Wells Allfrey (1817-1887), contemporary ownership inscription dated 1837; Edward Hubert Litchfield, bookplate in each volume and pencil note on endpaper of volume 1; his sale, Parke Bernet New York, 4 December 1951, lot 976

Literature

Abbey Life 325

Catalogue Note

At the time of publication, the book was described as "perhaps the most daring book ever published", probably because the subjects of Westmacott's "portraits" were easily recognised by the contemporary readership.

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