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Cruikshank in the original boards  

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Greenwich Hospital, A Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man

[Barker, Matthew Henry] "An Old Sailor"


James Robins and Co.



[iv], 200 pp. 12 hand-colored etching by George Cruikshank. (4to) 28.5x22 cm (11¼x8¾") original pictorial boards with 12 vignettes by Cruikshank surrounding the printed title, a 13th vignette on the rear board. First Edition.

Extremely rare in the original boards, a search of auction records locates only one other copy in the original state appearing at auction since 1968. Barker's sea stories were extremely popular in their day. Cruikshank's caricatures are excellent: "the artist gave full vent to his faculty for portraying the slack-trousered and pig-tailed tar of the period" (DNB) and the hand-coloring superb. Abbey Scenery 226; Cohn 53.

Lot Amendments

Boards edge worn and with some soiling; some offsetting of plates to text, two plates with old repairs to short tears on the reverse of two plates; foxing; very good.

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