Private Treasures and Sentiment, undivided proofs for Sketches by Boz
George Cruikshank, 1792-1878, British
Inscribed on album's end paper: "The proofs of the 1st series in this vol. were purchased by me of Mrs Geo. Cruikshank on
the 1st August 1887, the second series later in the same year. No set of proofs was in either of the sales of Geo. Cruikshank
books held by his Excu. at Sotheby's or Christie's & I have never seen but 4 sets. H.W. Burton June 23d 1901."
Catalogue Raisonne: Reid 4938; Douglas 163; Cohn 232
Inscription: Recto, in plate below design, "George Cruikshank"
Provenance: W.H. Bruton; Clarence S. Bement; Charles S. Auchincloss; Richard A. Vogler, Los Angeles
Scope and Content:
From a bound album of undivided proofs before letters of illustrations for "Sketches by Boz, Illustrative of Every-Day Life
and Every-Day People," a compilation of occasional papers by Charles Dickens. In 1836 John Macrone, London, published Dickens's
papers with sixteen illustrations by Cruikshank in two volumes. The following year, Macrone published "Sketches by Boz, the
Second Series" (first edition), a second collection of papers in one volume, with ten illustrations by Cruikshank. In addition
to the bound album of undivided proofs shown here, the Vogler Cruikshank collection includes examples of the published book:
the first series in two volumes (second edition), the Second Series in one volume, and the "new, complete" edition published
in twenty parts by Chapman and Hall, London.
MacBeth, King of Scotland, 11th cent.; backstages; actors