London: George Routledge and Sons, N.D. 1880's. George Cruikshank. Reprint of 1880 edition. Cloth and boards. Thick 8vo, original publisher's green quarter leather with gilt lettered spine & marbled boards, illustrated by George Cruikshank with 40 B&W plates & 58 wood engravings, marbled endpapers & page foredges, xvi + 439 pages. Good / None. Item #3693
William Harrison Ainsworth (1805 – 1882) gave up his legal training to become a publisher; then an English historical novelist. His first success as a writer came with Rookwood (1834), which features Dick Turpin as its leading character. Thirty-nine novels followed, the last of which appeared in 1881.
THE TOWER OF LONDON was originally published serially in 1840 in London by Bentley with many illustrations by Cruikshank. It is a lively historical romance that describes the tragic history of Lady Jane Grey from her short-lived time as Queen of England to her execution.
Condition: Solid, unmarked historical romance that has been profusely illustrated with 40 plates and 58 wood engravings by the great mid-Victorian illustrator George Cruikshank. It has age-toning and light foxing, though most plates are unfoxed or minimal foxing. Fading to leather and sunning to the marbled boards and there is a 1/2" hole in the rear cover's marbling. Overall, the copy has moderate wear and rubbing; joints show bare strips but are holding well. Leather corners are in good condition.