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Book Description
London: Published by H.R. Young and T.H. Whitely, 1819-20. Later Second Edition in Four Volumes. Four Volumes with 155 engraved plates in total; engraved by R. Grave, G. Cruikshank (14 examples), H. Cook, and W. Maddocks, with one after J. Van der Gucht. Four volumes. Second Edition in book form, originally issued in parts from 1790 to 1795 and in three volumes in 1813. Royal 8vo. Volume I does not have plates for CARSTAIRS (p87) or ELLIS (p94), vol III has two additional plates – MARY SQUIRES (p108) and MAHONEY & WHITE (p256), most published volumes contain 155 plates, including copies held in public libraries. Vols II, III and IV have the imprint of T.H. Whiteley; "Whiteley" spelled "Whitely" only in imprint of vol I.Includes portraits and memoirs for Dick Turpin, Thomas Guy (of Hospital fame) and many others, each fascinating in their own right. Full morocco binding ornately blindstamped sides with a gilt border running around the outside of the boards. Spine with 5 raised bands, gilt titles and gilt decoration. All pages edges in gilt leaf. Light scattered foxing throughout, mainly marginal and on rectos of plates. "Caulfield's 'remarkable characters' are persons famous for their eccentricity, immorality, dishonesty, and so forth", DNB. Caulfield was an author and print seller with a small shop in Old Round Court, Strand, frequented by Dr Johnson and other luminaries. About 1795 he removed to Clare Court, Drury Lane, before moving again to William Street, Adelphi, then Compton Street, Soho. According to the DNB, Caulfield's speciality was "prints illustrating Granger's twelfth class of people - such as lived to a great age, deformed persons, convicts, &c - whose portraits were very often the hardest to come by". A marvellous portrait gallery of scoundrels, eccentrics, convicts, thieves, beggars, strongmen, tightrope walkers, debauchΓ©es, giants, dwarves, prize fighters, spies, traitors, prostitutes, idiots, showmen, writers, paupers, and other remarkable persons who lived between 1688 and 1760. It is one of a number of similar works issued by print-seller James Caulfield, whose customers in prosperous times included Earl Spencer, Charles Towneley, James Bindley, and other prominent collectors. "[Caulfield's] knowledge of English history and biography was minute and extensive, while his acquaintance with engraved British portraits was unequalled by any person of his time. His liberality in imparting his information, and even the mysterious secrets of the trade, was viewed with great jealousy by his rivals. The numerous works written and edited by him usually attain a high standard of excellence." Vol I – xii, 171pp with 39 engraved plates; Vol II – vi, 235pp with 39 engraved plates; Vol III – iv, 292pp with 40 engraved plates; Vol IV – iv, 260pp, with 37 engraved plates. Approximately 9 ΒΌ inches tall [23.5cm].
Dealer Notes
Externally

Spine – good condition – title and vol numbers in gilt, gentle wear and marking.
Joints – good condition – gently worn.
Corners – good condition – bumped and rubbed.
Boards – good condition – elaborately decorated in gilt and blind embossed.
Page edges – good condition – all edges gilt, slightly faded.
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Internally

Hinges – good condition – solid and sound.
Paste downs – good condition – dark grey.
End papers – good condition – dark grey.
Title – good condition – some tanning and minor foxing with offsetting from the frontispieces.
Pages – good condition – some minor marks, tanning and minor foxing throughout, page 153/4 to Volume I torn to the upper margin without impacting the text, the plate at page 277 of Volume III with the corner torn off, neither impacting the text or the image.
Binding – good condition – solid.
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Author James CAULFIELD, (1764-1826)
Date 1819
Binding Full Morocco Leather Binding
Publisher London: Published by HR Young and TH Whitely
Condition Good

Price: £1200.00

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