Corbould (Henry). Illustrations to Theodric, by Thomas Campbell, from Designs by Henry Corbould, Esq

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Illustrations to Theodric, by Thomas Campbell, from Designs by Henry Corbould, Esq. [Cover title within decorative border with vignette of St Paul's.] 4to, 28cm, 5 sheets printed on the rectos only, London: Edward Lacey, 76 St. Paul's Church Yard, 1829.

Stabbed pamphlet, stitched as issued, containing five illustrations, drawn by Henry Corbould, etched by W.O.Knight. Covers slightly dusty, but a rare survival in excellent condition.

There are proofs of two of the engravings on colle chine in the British Museum collection ('A hussar on horseback leaning down to speak to a young wounded soldier lying at right' and 'A young couple embracing, encountered by a woman at the door left, the bonnet of the girl fallen at her feet'). Both are ascribed the date 1824. The first edition of Theodric was published - unillustrated - in 1824 and indeed I have not yet been able to trace any edition definitely illustrated with these plates, although page numbers for binding are given on each one. In passing, one notes that it was also a very early venture on the part of Edward Lacey, the famous Victorian publisher of gift-books.

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