The Comic History of England. With Twenty Coloured Etchings, and Hundred Woodcuts by John Leech.
Two Volumes in One Volume (complete set). London, Bradbury, Evans and Co., c.1850 14.5 cm x 22.3 cm. Volume I: XVIII, 320 pages with 10 hand-coloured steelengravings and wood-engravings throughout the text. / Volume II: 304 pages with 10 hand-coloured steelengravings and wood-engravings throughout the text. Original Hardcover with gilt decoration on spine and cover. Recently professionally repaired and restored binding with new endpapers and the saved original bookplate / exlibris of J. Henry H.V. Lane of Kings Bromley in Staffordshire to the pastedown. Gilted edge. Rubbed and sign of wear on cover and spine. Overall very good condition with firm binding and clean interior. Bookplate / Exlibris to pastedown. Inscribed on Augst 10,1879 by previous owner and embossed stamp marks by bookshop W.H.Smyth in London on endpaper.
Etchings and Woodcuts by John Leech (29 August 1817 – 29 October 1864), a British caricaturist and illustrator.
Volume I includes for example the following : The Britons -the Romans – Invation by Julius Caesar / The Period from the Norman Conquest to the Death of King John / The Period from the Accession of Henry the Third to the End of the Reign of Richard the Second, A.d. 1216-1399. / The Period from the Accession of Henry IV. to the End of the Reign of Richard III, A.D. 1399-1485.
Volume II includes for example the following : From the Accession of Henry the Seventh to the End of the Reign of Elizabeth. / From the Period of the Accesion of James I. to the Restoration of Charles II./ The Period from the Restoration of Charles II. to the Revolution. / The Period from the Revolution to the Accession of George III.