JACK SHEPPARD: A ROMANCE ... With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. William Harrison Ainsworth.

JACK SHEPPARD: A ROMANCE ... With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1839. Octavo, three volumes: pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-352; [i-iii] iv [1-3] 4-292; [i-v] vi [vii-viii: section title] [1] 2-312 [note: volume 3 has the half title with publisher's advertisement on verso as called for], inserted frontispiece (portrait of Ainsworth) and 27 inserted plates with etchings by George Cruikshank, original decorated gray-green vertically ribbed cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold and blind, yellow coated endpapers, all edges untrimmed. First edition. A notorious and immensely successful Newgate novel, based on the exploits of the famous young eighteenth-century thief and prison breaker Jack Sheppard (1702-1724), who was ultimately captured and hanged at Tyburn. Cruikshank's illustrations are among his finest work for a novel. See Wolff, Strange Stories, pp. 24-6. Bleiler, ed., Supernatural Fiction Writers Fantasy and Horror, p. 189. Sadleir 14. Wolff 53. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 5. Cohn, Cruikshank 12. Armorial bookplate of Charles John Thomas Conolly affixed to the front paste-down of each volume. Each volume slightly leaned, a bit of foxing to preliminaries and several plates of each volume, but a nearly fine copy. A lovely copy overall. (#168440).

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