London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. Early edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very good+ condition. Item #017661
Two volume set. Newly and expertly rebound in brown linen with leather spine labels. Extra-illustrated containing ninety 19th and 18th century engravings. The texts are clean and unmarked. Vol. I: viii, 510 pages. Vol. II: [iv], 558 pages of text including an index, followed by [ii] pages of publisher's advertisement. Title continues "...Including Numerous Original Anecdotes and Curious Traits of the Most Celebrated Characters that Have Flourished During the Last Eighty Years." The first edition was printed in 1828, and this unstated later printing was printed in 1830. The plates are each protected by a tissue guard, and are identified with a date of printing when stated: Vol. I: Henry Angelo 1828, Francis Bartolozzi 1832, Alexander Pope 1807, Henry William Paget Marquess of Anglesey, John Duke of Marlborough 1807, King George Augustus Frederick the Fourth, Mrs. Siddons, General Elliot, James Walter Earl of Verulam 1830, a small engraving of a Marquess relieving a sick or wounded soldier, another portrait, Sir William Beechey, John Jackson 1823, another portrait, Tobias Smollett 1825, Count de Grasse, Thomas Francis Prince of Carignan 1821, Sir William Chambers 1792, Mrs. Trimmer, Charles Dibdin, George Cruikshank 1883, James Asperne 1821, Mr. Angelo as Mrs. Cole, Honorable Mr. Justice Blackstone, Robert Southey, Mr. Parsons as Col. Oldboy, John Milton, Mr. Bengsley as Oakly 1808, Frederick Prince of Wales, Francis Beaumont, Peter Oliver, Dr. Swift 1807, Izaak Walton, Pedestal in the Hindoo Temple at Melchet Park, Mrs. Inchbald, Rt. Hon. Henry Fitzmaurice Pette Marquess of Lansdowne, John Moore, Oliver Goldsmith, The Unfortunate Doctor Dodd, Henry Revell Reynolds, Angelica Kauffmann 1809, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough 1807, and James Barry 1783. Vol. II: Thomas Rowlandson, Mr. Quick in the character of Spade 1802, Lord Nelson [publsihed by Bunny & Gold] 1800, Schiller, Charles Taylor, John Palmer as Don Carlos, Chevalier D'Eon, John Donellan, Mrs. Abington in Rosalind, Lord Barrymore & Captain Wathen as Scrub & Archer 1806, Mr. Heath 1796, James Perry 1818, Thomas Philip Weddell Robinson Earl de Grey, Mrs. Siddons, Sir Thomas Paisley 1800, Edward Duke of Kent & Strathheran, William Thomas Fitzgerald, John Bannister 1811, R.P. Knight, Mr. Fawcet as Jack Nightshade, Miss Farren in the character of Hermia, Louis XVI 1817, Mrs. Barry in the character of Athenais 1776, Mrs. Dickens, Miss Younge in the character of Merope 1776, Lady Hamilton, Reverend James Hackman (color), Mr. Dignum, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Mr. King in the character of Touchstone 1775, Rt. Hon. Alexander Hood Viscount Bridport, Captain John Harvey 1803, Lord Rawdon, Mr. Dodd as Campley, Mr. Jefferson 1804, Mr. Holman as Hippolitus, Louis XVI, Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Paley Archdeacon of Carlisle, Henry Welbore Agar Ellis Viscount Clifden 1830, Mrs. Goodall, Rt. Hon. Constantine John Phipps 1802, William Curtis, Duchess of Berri (color), Samuel Johnson, and Kosciuszko.