A'BECKETT, Gilbert Abbott (1811-1856). The Comic History of England. -The Comic History of Rome. London: Punch, 1846-1848.
2 works in 3 volumes, 8vo (220 x 140 mm). Half-titles (printed in red for England), titles printed in red and black, 19 hand-colored engraved plates, numerous woodcut and steel engraved illustrations throughout. (Some minor spotting or browning, one leaf with a small hole repaired to Rome volume not affecting text.) Uniformly bound FROM THE ORIGINAL 20/19 AND 10/9 PARTS in red crushed levant, sides with elaborate foliate border gilt, spines in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands gilt-lettered in two, the rest decorated in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut SIGNED BY DE COVERLY (some very minor wear, joints and spine ends discreetly reinforced). FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST ISSUES, BOUND FROM THE ORIGNAL PARTS.
England volumes COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL WRAPPERS AND ADVERTISEMENTS as called for by Abbey with the following exceptions: Part 5 back wrapper with "The Comic History of England" on the inside and "Rowland's Unique Preparations" on the outside; lacking advertisement to part 1. Rome volume with the front wrappers to parts 5 and 7, and the back wrapper to part 7 only. Abbey Life 434, 435.
Estimate $ 700-900
Provenance: D. Paterson (signatures to wrappers of England parts); George Browning Anderson (bookplates).