Folio, c. 38.5 x 28 cm, unpaginated, no title-page; six unsigned black and white lithographs; untrimmed, stitched with pink silk ribbon, with the original drab front wrapper.
US $1032 €844
Apparently unrecorded – an attractive illustrated edition of a popular slip-ballad, here reduced to 8 verses of the original 13.
When I was a girl of eighteen years old.
I was scornful as scornful could be;
I was taught to expect wit, wisdom and gold,
And nothing else would do for me …
Having rejected an ardent youth (too poor), a baronet (former tradesman), a duke (too old), and a dandy (too spendthrift), she finds herself now fifty-three. ‘But I really think that some I rejected before, Would now do vastly well for me …’.
The flamboyant fashions on display here, with ballooning leg-of-mutton sleeves and heavily-decorated headwear, suggest a date in the mid-1830s.
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The Phœnix; or, a choice Collection of Riddles and Charades …
First edition thus, a very scarce illustrated collection of riddles and charades, abridged from an earlier Newbery publication. The charming illustrations throughout, new to this edition, make the work a sort of children’s emblem book. Written solutions are also included at the end. A contemporary (juvenile) reader has added charmingly naïve charades for ‘plate-rack’, ‘lark-spur’ and ‘Frankfort’ in manuscript.
THE IVANHOE BALL, AN ATTENDEE’S COPY [LAGARENNE, Félicité, artist].
[Costumes d’Ivanhoe au bal donné par ... le prince et princess d’Orange à Bruxelles, mercredi le 5 février 1823.]
First and only edition of a fine and rare suite of ten hand-coloured lithographs commemorating a ball inspired by Scott's Ivanhoe, held in Brussels on 5 February 1823 by the Prince and Princess of Orange in honour of the British community in that city. There were thirty-two guests at the ball, all attending in elaborate costume, and dancing a quadrille that became the talk of the town, and remained ‘the principal topic of conversation at Brussels’ several months later (The Repository of Arts, May 1823). According the printed programme, Lord Danlo was Ivanhoe, the Black Knight was played by Mr de Janti, and Mrs Berkley took the role of Rowena. Further down the list is Mrs Fielden (sic), as Alicia, wife of the Joseph Ffeilden who owned this copy – she can be seen on the left in Plate VII.