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IRELAND, Samuel (fl. 1760--1800)
Graphic illustrations of Hogarth, from pictures, drawings, and scarce prints in the possession of Samuel Ireland, author of this work; ...
London: published by R. Faulder; and J. Egerton, 1794. (1799.)
2 vols ; 23.1 cm. (4º)
I: xvi, 1--7, 7*--8*, 8--183, [1] p., engr. port, [53] pl.: [2] wdcut illus.
II: xix, [1], 150 p., [49] pl.

Imprint of volume II reads: ... published for Samuel Ireland; by R. Faulder; T. Egerton and B. White. The plates in volumes I and II consist of aquatints and etchings as well as line-engravings, including 2 folding plates in volume I. Most were executed by Samuel Ireland; a few are by members of his family, his daughter Jane Ireland, and A.M. Ireland. This is regarded as Samuel Ireland's most substantial work and is the only known source of some of Hogarth's works. See R. Paulson, Hogarth: his life, art, and times (New Haven & London 1971), I, 450. ESTC t142250 (vol. I) and ESTC t1915 (vol. II).

Copy Notes Both volumes inscribed in pencil, in the bookseller Thomas Boone's hand, on first front free-endpaper Collated & perfect, and vol. I inscribed on second front free-endpaper Uniform 10 Vols. £10-10-0/fine impressions & Complete/ Sett -/ Thames - 2/. Holland - 2/ Avon - 1/ Medway - 1/ Wye - 1/ Inns of Court 1/ Hogarth - 2/ Complete 10 Vs - Collated & perfect. Bound as a set with eight other volumes by John and Samuel Ireland, on Holland (q.v.), the Inns of Court (q.v.), and the rivers Thames (q.v.), Avon (q.v.), Medway (q.v.), Wye (q.v.).

Binding C19th mottled calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled spines with sunbursts, black and green spine-labels, marbled edges and endpapers. Uniform with six other works by John and Samuel Ireland (see above).

Reference Number 2508


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