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Real Life in London.

EGAN, Pierce (?) 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. Handsome set in a later half blue crushed morocco binding with raised bands, blind pallets and gilt titles. Much read and admired, not many sets have survived in fine condition. This set is a little grubby, especially round some plates and a little closely cropped in places, touching the titles in places. A few leaves and plates are chipped with some repairs, there are occasional nicks and crease else the majority of contents are in clean and firm condition. Embellished with a series of superb hand-coloured aquatint plates designed and engraved by Alken, Dighton, Brooke and Rowlandson. First Edition. This set contains 34 plates, including the 2 not listed and often absent. The plates are charming and highly amusing with fascinating details of life in Regency England. Subtitled '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 by an Amateur'. The identity of this 'amateur' has been much debated. 'Real Life in London' is a pleasanter book than its prototype 'Life in London'. Some have held that Egan wrote it; but the author had a purer style, a cleaner mind and a wider knowledge of London than Egan. The book shows many more sides of London life than his; though the formal descriptions of well known scenes or buildings, here and there inserted amid matter of a very different character, recall very forcibly Mr. Bouncer's letters to his aunt in Verdant Green. This work was very popular, more so than even Egan's Life in London' and Combe's three tours of Dr. Syntax. A neat set of this great comic and enigmatic work.
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  • $1,134