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HEATH, WILLIAM - Life of a Soldier, the

Title: Life of a Soldier, the
Description: London: William Sams, 1823. Rarely Found in the Original Boards HEATH, William. The Life of a Soldier. A Narrative and Descriptive Poem. With Eighteen Engravings by William Heath. London: William Sams, 1823. First edition. Quarto (10 1/2 x 7 5/8 in; 268 x 195 mm). [8, incl. half-title], 150, [2, adv.] pp. Eighteen hand-colored untitled aquatint engravings. Original pictorially lithographed boards, rebacked. Joints starting yet firm, boards a little rubbed and marked, still an excellent copy. Chemised in a red cloth jacket within a full red morocco pull-off case. One of the better imitations of The Military Adventures of Johnny Newcome (1815). "Watercolourist and caricaturist William Heath (1795-1840)..worked mostly under the pseudonym of Paul Pry. He called himself 'Portrait and Military painter' and was reputed to be an 'ex-captain of dragoons' but is not recorded in the Army List. Heath began life as a draughtsman and his main claim to fame rests on his having produced the first caricature magazine in Europe, The Glasgow later Northern Looking-Glass, 1825-1826. Although this was a provincial work and without much text, it does pre-date Charles Philipon's similar publication. The height of his popularity fell between the years 1809-34, after which his humour was displaced by that of Robert Seymour and John Doyle" (Houfe, p. 338). Abbey, Life 361. Tooley 257. Priddeaux, p. 340. .

Keywords: Color-Plate Books Caricatures Nineteenth-Century Literature Poetry

Price: US$ 1850.00 Seller: David Brass Rare Books (ABAA/ILAB)
- Book number: 02607

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