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Lady Arabella: or The Adventures of a Doll : George Cruikshank : Miss Pardoe : 1st Edition 1856

Lady Arabella: or The Adventures of a Doll : George Cruikshank : Miss Pardoe : 1st Edition 1856

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Lady Arabella: or The Adventures of a Doll

By Miss Pardoe

Illustrated by George Cruikshank

London: Kerby and Son.,[1856]. First Edition. Small octavo (6 5/8 x 5 inches; 168 x 126 mm.). Title Page, 88 pp plus 4 pages of publisher's adverts at the rear. With four hand-coloured etchings by George Cruikshank.

A very good first edition with Cruikshank hand-coloured plates. The book has been been rebacked at some point in the past and the original endpapers are still present and in good order. All contents present and pages clean throughout. The 4 plates are in good condition. Overall very good.

Julia Pardoe (1806-1862), was an English poet, novelist, historian and traveler. She was born at Beverley, Yorkshire, and showed an early interest in literature. She became a prolific and versatile writer, producing in addition to her lively and well-written novels many books on travel, and others dealing with historical subjects. She was a keen observer, and her travel to the East gave her an accurate and deep knowledge of the peoples and manners of the East. To modern readers she is probably best known for her books on her travels in Turkey, which are some of the earliest works by a woman on this area. In 1836 she traveled to Constantinople with her father, Major Thomas Pardoe. This voyage inspired her book The City of the Sultan (1836). Later she collaborated with the artist William Henry Bartlett to produce The Beauties of the Bosphorus (1839), an illustrated account of Constantinople. Lady Arabella; or The Adventures of a Doll would appear to have been her only children's book.

George Cruikshank
(1792-1878) was a British caricaturist and book illustrator, praised as the "modern Hogarth" during his life. His book illustrations for his friend Charles Dickens, and many other authors, reached an international audience.
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