AINSWORTH, William Harrison
Jack Sheppard. A RomanceLondon, Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1840
8vo. pp. 480. Presentation copy from the author, inscription on the title page to Ms. William Reynolds. A few page and plate margins expertly repaired, and the usual light browning of the plate paper. In general a good copy with clean and crisp impressions of the plates and in a nice and well preserved contemporary half morocco, signed Fraser. Regent St. with red title piece on the spine.
FIRST EDITION in one volume. By 1847 Fraser had moved away from 215 Regent Street, and the premises were taken over by one Nicholson, bookseller (Tallis, Street Views Suppl. 4), which dates the binding within these seven years. The volume includes the frontispiece portrait of the author and the 27 etchings on steel by George Cruikshank. The first edition appeared in 1839 as three consecutive volumes in Bentley’s Miscellany. The present second edition was published in 15 numbers, of which most sets were apparently bound in one volume, like the present copy. Unbound sets are of great rarity.Cohn No. 13