The Orphan: or, Memoirs of Matilda 1845 Eugene Sue ~illustrated by Robert Cruikshank ~scarce D.G. Osborne translation


Title: The Orphan: or, Memoirs of Matilda

Author: Eugene Sue. Translated by the Hon. D. G. Osborne.
Illustrator: Robert Cruikshank

Description: Two volumes in one. No date on title page (published sometime between 1845 and 1849). Three-quarter grained brown leather with brown cloth sides, demarcated with gilt rules. Raised bands, gilt lettering in two compartments and tooled ornaments in remaining four compartments. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Lacks a half-title page and list of illustrations. The engraved title page faces the typographic title page in the first volume; no title page precedes the second volume. Fourteen engraved plates (including title page). 8vo. pp. 442, 376.

A very scarce copy of the Osborne translation of Sue's Mathilde; this edition also being notable for its inclusion of Robert Cruikshank's engravings (dated 1845). Isaac Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856) was a caricaturist and illustrator who, along with his brother George (who illustrated for Dickens), pioneered the use of speech balloons.

It appears that Cruikshank produced twenty-four plates for Matilda, however only thirteen appear in this copy.

The title page indicates that T. C. Newby was located at Wigmore-Street, Cavendish-Square, though the illustrated plates and the last page of the second volume indicate that they were each printed at 72 Mortimer Street. The publisher and printer Thomas Cautley Newby was located at 72 Mortimer Street between 1844 and 1849.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: T. C. Newby
Place: London
Year: 1845

Keywords: Mathilde, Robert Cruikshank, Thomas Cautley Newby,

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