London: W. Kidd, 1881. Robert Cruikshank. Yellowback Reprint. Pictorial wrappers. 16mo, yellow wrappers with pictorial engraving of paddle wheel steamers, illustrated with 6 full-page woodcuts and small vignettes, 36 pages. Very Good. Item #1684
A charming bit of satire with several amusing illustrations by ROBERT CRUIKSHANK (1789-1856) in a RARE surviving yellowback reprinting a popular piece from Matthews' Comic Annual, 1831.
Isaac ROBERT Cruikshank was the talented brother of cartoonist and illustrator George Cruikshank with whom he sometimes collaborated. Evidently, Robert was quite unruly as a lad, for after he enrolled as a midshipman, his captain left him stranded on St. Helena! After finding his way the very long way back to England, Robert engaged in many cartooning projects--often assisting or following-up on series begun by his brother George, a prominent illustrator of Charles Dickens.
Some soil and rubbing to covers, which are still attached. The engravings are clean though all pages are slightly age-toned.