Punch and Judy. With Illustrations designed and engraved by George Cruikshank. Accompanied by the dialogue of the puppet-show, an account o its origin, and of puppet-plays in England. Second Edition.
[ Collier, John Payne ].

London: Printed for S. Prowett Second edition. Engraved frontispiece and title-page vignette, and twenty-four engraved plates. Four woodcuts by Cruikshank in the text. Joints rubbed, bookplate, occasional light foxing. Former owner's light pencil notes on endpapers. A very good copy. Cohn 150. See The Collector's Books of Children's Books by Eric Quayle. Half later nineteenth-century red morocco over marbled boards, spine and sides ruled in gilt, title in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt, other uncut. Octavo. [2], [1], 2. [6, reviews (Item ID: 15441)


Bound in is Park's Amusing History of Punch & Judy, London, [n.d., 1840s], [8] pp., illustrated, in green printed wrappers. This very scarce pamphlet is cited in only two copies in OCLC (University of New Brunswick, Newberry Library). Also tipped in are an engraving of Scaramouche, the clown figure of the commedia dell'arte, and a nineteenth-century handwritten note about the actress Charlotte Charke and her puppets.

This best-known puppet play made its first appearance in England in 1662. However, the first printed text was not published until 1828. This second edition appeared in the same year. The text here was recorded directly from a performance of Punch and Judy by John Payne Collier. He was accompanied to the play be Cruickshank, who made his drawings at the same time.

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