A Collection of the Books and Woodcuts of James Catnach, late of Seven Dials, Printer.
75275 "The Catnach Press". Includes the full, true & particular account of the life : trial, character, confession, and behaviour, together with an authentic copy of the will or last dying speech of Old Jemmy Catnach, late of Seven Dials, Printer. With a section at the end featuring many woodcuts, several by Bewick. Reeves and Turner, London, no date. (1869) Limited edition of 250 copies printed, 75 on thick paper. 175 on fine paper. This is No. 86 of the fine pape copies. Place for purchaser to insert name and date left blank. 12mo, hardback, unpaginated. Quarter leather, with leather spine and red boards, gilt lettering to spine, upper edges gilt. No dustwrapper. General wear, bumped, rubbed at edges, boards showing through at lower edges and corners, leather rubbed and worn at spine edges. Owner's name on sticker (2.25x1.5in) at front pastedown, small sticker (0.75x0.5in) at lower rear pastedown, hinges lightly cracked, binding sound. Some spotting, page edges age-toned. Pictures available on request. The life of Old Jemmy Catnach runs for 48 pages, and includes a section on 'The Literature of the Streets'; then follows a section on the books of James Catnach, including the House that Jack Built, Who Killed Cock Robin, Mother Goose, Punch and Judy, Jack the Giant Killer and more- with splendid woodcuts; and the end of the book contains many Catnachian woodcuts, including several by Bewick 'and many others of the most anti-Bewickian character it is possible to conceive...' $150.00AUD
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