London: Tilt & Bogue, 1843. Cruikshank, Albert Smith, Gilbert a'Beckett, the Brothers Mayhew, and Ricdum Funnidos [Thackeray]. First Edition. Wrappers. 16mo (6 1/2" x 4 1/8"); original stiff tan wrappers with 12 medallions in "blue" [here: now apparently turned black] for each month on engraved cover; 12 full-page engraved illustrations by George Cruikshank, Albert Smith, Gilbert a'Beckett, the Brothers Mayhew, and Ricdum Funnidos [Thackeray]; 64 pages (including title) +  adverts. Good +. Item #462
George Cruikshank (1792-1878)--sometimes called the "19th century Hogarth"--was one of the stars of British caricature and illustration during the first half of the nineteenth century. His illustrations for Dickens and early friendship with that author contributed greatly to the "Sparkler's" enormous success.
One of the brilliant caricaturist-and-illustrator's finer productions. Nineteen annual booklets appeared from 1835 through 1858.
The full-page engravings consist of: 1) Oh, Law; 2) The Charter--A Common's Scene; 3) New Saint Gile's--Morals for the Million; 4) The Cold Water Cure; 5) British Museum 2043--Curiosities of Ancient Times; 6) A Set--of China--1943; 7) Science under Divers forms; 8) Air-um Scare-um Travelling; 9) Show of Hands for a Liberal Candidate; 10) Baby-lonian University--in advance of the age; 11) The Height of Improvement--putting up the Shutters; 12) New Harmony--All Owin'--No Payin." Albert Cohn, George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonne, #184, p.61.
Scarce in wrappers and this G/VG condition: extremities have relatively little wear, sewing holding, uniformly age-toned, plates are toned and with some discoloration though with little foxing per se. Given the scarcity, this is a better than average copy of an attractive and amusing important creation by the great caricaturist and satirist George Cruikshank.
NOTE the amazing plates with a submarine and another with flying machine!