The Pilgrim's Progress.
Illustrated with 25 Drawings on Wood by George Cruikshank from the Collection of Edwin Truman.London: Henry Frowde, 1903 Stock Code: 144075
First edition illustrated by Cruikshank, signed limited issue, number 329 of 1,000 copies signed by Truman on the limitation page. A superb copy.
The illustrations were made by Cruikshank over 40 years prior to publication of this work, Truman notes on the limitation page that they "have been in my possession for upwards of 33 years. They are now produced for the first time". Edwin Truman (1818-1905) was a dentist, inventor of a gutta-percha preparation process, and notable book collector. "A friend of George Cruikshank, he took a special interest in collecting Cruikshank's satirical prints and caricatures as well as books illustrated by him, eventually forming the largest first-generation collection of his works" (ODNB).
Large octavo (248 x 155 mm). Finely bound in black crushed morocco, titles in gilt direct to spine, elegant corner pieces to boards in gilt pointillé with stars and floral motifs within fillets frames, floral motifs in gilt pointillé to compartments, floral roll in gilt to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Wood-engraved frontispiece and 24 similar plates on Japanese vellum, each with a captioned tissue guard.
Bookseller's ticket of John G. Kidd & Son to front pastedown; embossed stamp of Edmund O. Darbois, M.D., of New York, to half-title. Minor rubbing to corners, the binding otherwise sharp and unfaded, internally crisp; a fine copy.
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