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A Plan for General Reform. 1809.

FIRST EDITION. Originally issued as a single plate, now bound into a small volume. (16 x 12.3 cm). Unpaginated. Binding by Estes & Lauriat of Boston in quarter brown morocco, morocco corners, marbled boards, gilt-ruled covers, marbled end papers, raised bands, gilt-lettered and decorated spine, top edge gilt, 8 hand-coloured figures mounted on separate pages, the original plate has been reduced to the individual compartments. Off-setting associated with plates. Binding a little rubbed, wear to joints.

Originally issued as a single plate with eight figures reflecting A Plan for General Reform, designed and etched by Thomas Rowlandson. The figures represented here are: "In Hot Weather what use is there for a coat, it is downright Extravagence"; "As to the Coat I cannot say but a Shirt is an unecessary lucury"; "Well since it is for the good of my Countrey - I am determined to leave off my under frannel Dickey"; "As General Reform is about to take place, I am determined to eat less Venison by two pounds at a sitting"; I am determined to have a Reform in our Village about robbing the Orchards"; As I am an honest Landlord and Reform is the Order of the Day, I shall make it a rule not to chalk up more than three for one in future"; "I certainly shall drink two bottles less"; and "I cannot perceive for my part what use a Man has for a hat when he has a decent Wig on his head that I am sure requires reform".


(Grego, J., Rowlandson the Caricaturist, Vol. II, p. 165)

Price £ 175.00
Stock Code F43577
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