With Sixteen Hand-Colored Engraved Plates, Three by George Cruikshank [Trials]. Moore, A. [Cruikshank, George, Illustrator]. [Jenkins, J., Illustrator]. The Annals of Gallantry; Or, The Conjugal Monitor: Being a Collection of Curious and Important Trials for Divorces, And Actions of Crim. Con. During the Present Reign; Accompanied with Biographical Memoirs and Anecdotes, And Illustrated with Notes. London: Printed for the Proprietors, And Sold by M. Jones, 1814-1815. Three volumes. 16 (of 18) hand-colored engraved plates, 1 (of 2) uncolored engraved plates. The 3 color engraved plates by Cruikshank present. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, lettering pieces and gilt ornaments to spines, marbled edges and endpapers. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, corners lightly bumped, front hinges cracked rear hinges starting at ends. Light toning to text, light foxing in a few places, a few leaves have light offsetting from plates. An attractive set. $2,500. * Only edition (in this form). The Annals of Gallantry was originally issued in 18 monthly parts from March 1, 1814 to August 1, 1815. This book aimed to amuse and titillate. The accounts in these volumes are valuable nevertheless for their accurate reports and vivid background histories. What is more, this collection is a fascinating document of English social and legal attitudes toward adultery and divorce during the age of George IV and Jane Austen. The Plates by Cruikshank, all in Volume I, are "Lady Grosvenor and the Duke of Cumberland Surprised by the Servant," "The Unwelcome Intruders" and "The Elopement of Lady W---- with Lord Paget." Cohn, A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Printed Works Illustrated by George Cruikshank 573.
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