DELUXE BINDING WITH AINSWORTH'S AUTOGRAPH LETTER
Jack Sheppard. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Bentley's Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Ainsworth.]
London: Richard Bentley, 1839-40.
8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine, bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Engraved frontispiece portrait. Autograph letter by Ainsworth in black ink bound in, dated 'Nov.r 15th 1844', 1¼ pages.
A magnificent deluxe binding by TOUT of Ainsworth's best known title, with an autograph letter by the author. Ainsworth's letter is to Mackinlay, who is "unable to get G.C. to work upon the sheet, and know that there is a little misunderstanding between us" but hopes that Phiz will do it. Extensively illustrated by Cruikshank with fine engraved plates, which greatly enhanced the popularity of the title when published. Uniformly bound with our other selections from Bentley's Miscellany.