Real Life in London; or, The Rambles and Adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and His Cousin, The Hon. Tom Dashall, Through The Metropolis; Exhibiting A Living Picture Of Fashionable Characters, Manners, And Amusements In High And Low Life. Pierce Egan.

Real Life in London; or, The Rambles and Adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and His Cousin, The Hon. Tom Dashall, Through The Metropolis; Exhibiting A Living Picture Of Fashionable Characters, Manners, And Amusements In High And Low Life

London: Jones & Co, 1829 - 1831. leather_bound. 656 & 668 pages. 21.5 x 14 cm. 8vo, nineteen hand-colored plates Vol.I, and thirteen colored plates, Vol.II., with one (Tom and Bob catching a Charley Napping) of the two extra plates. These are colored aquatints and etchings reinforced by aquatinting. Illustrated by Alken, Dighton, Brooke, Rowlandson, etc. Elegantly bound by Pomet. This set: Vol. I dated 1831, Vol. II dated 1829. Originally issued in 56 parts. "A book full of contrarieties and difficulties for the bibliographer, there being innumerable variations of the plates....Real Life in London both as regards the text and the plates is an imitation of Egan's Life in London. Though not the equal of the latter it has considerable merit, serves as a foil to its illustrious contemporary and is an interesting and useful guide to the social history of the period." [see:TOOLEY 198]. ABBEY LIFE 280. "..one of the most complicated and bewildering books every published, rivaling Pickwick in the tangle of variant states that exist in text and plates." Text and plates fresh and bright, raised bands, inner dentelles, spine panels richly gilt, cover panels in a series of rectangular gilt panels with gilt arabesques, corner wear, chip to head of Vol. II, Volume I bebacked with original spine laid down. Contemporary full black morocco. Teg. Very good. 2 vols. Item #21188

Price: $390.00

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