London: Tilt & Bogue, 1837. 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 #463
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 appeard from 1835 through 1858.
Scarce in wrappers.
This copy has various defects: the cover is soiled; pages are uniformly age-toned and most plates are without foxing, though many are waterstained (this principally affecting the verso of the plates, which remain quite enjoyable). Paper spine nearly abraided away; sewing holding by a thread. Lacks after the adverts., the 4pp. Prospectus of "The Naturalist's Library" & coloured specimen plate, so this copy may be an early state.
The full-page engravings consist of: 1. January) Last Year's Bills; 2. February) Valentine's Day; 3. March) Tossing the Pancake; 4. April) Return from the Races; 5. May) Beating the Bounds; 6. June) Haymaking; 7. July) Fancy Fair; 8. August) Regatta; 9. September) Cockney Sportsmen; 10. October) Brewing; 11. November) St. Cecilia's Day; 12. December) Christmas Eve." Albert Cohn, George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonne, #184, p.60.