Title Windsor Castle : an historical romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank & Tony Johannot : with designs on wood by W. A. Delamotte.
Book Condition First Illustrated Book Edition, original blue cloth pictorially gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp236 uncut, spine just slightly sunned, vulnerable binding lightly bumped or marked here and there, but very good. Endpaper with ticket of original 19thC bookseller Weller of Croydon. With portrait by Maclise + etched title by Johannot + 14 engraved illustrations by Cruikshank + 4 by Johannot and + 87 woodcut illustrations by Delamotte.
Publisher Colburn 1843.
Seller ID 8215
Rare in the original gilt-decorated cloth binding. Excellent copy in the original cloth binding, and with text and plates very clean & crisp. The first fully illustrated Book Edition : it is this 2nd Book Edition 'which is most sought after' [Locke]. Originally issued 1842-43 in Ainsworth's Magazine : followed by the 1st Book Edition issued in 3 vols but illustrated only with three Cruikshank frontispieces : followed by this 2nd Book Edition, fully illustrated as per the Ainsworth Magazine issue but with the addition of the portrait + etched title : followed by the Part Issue 1843-44 in 11 parts. Extremely popular novel about Henry VIII and his wives Catherine and Anne Boleyn. 'This novel represents the most extraordinary collaboration between author & illustrator in the Victorian period' : with 'very detailed & naturalistic' illustrations by Johannot : 'very fine' plates by Cruikshank, particularly the famous nocturnal designs : and 'numerous photographically accurate woodcuts' by Delamotte of Windsor Castle & grounds [see Sutherland : Victorian Fiction]. See also Lock pp25-28; and Cohn 19.
AINSWORTH, WILLIAM HARRISON : GEORGE CRUIKSHANK, JOHANNOT & DELAMOTTE WINDSOR CASTLE HISTORICAL ROMANCE HISTORY NOVEL LITERATURE MACLISE HENRY VIII CATHERINE OF ARAGON ANNE BOLEYN VICTORIAN FICTION