Philadelphia. 1838. 222pp. plus four plates. With an original pencil sketch, 5 x 4 1/2 inches. Original publisher's cloth, printed paper label. Extremities worn, label rubbed. Some light foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM45670
First edition of this American humorist's first book. Joseph C. Neal first published these sketches in the journal, THE PENNSYLVANIAN. This is their first appearance in collected form. They were very well received. This copy is accompanied by an original pencil drawing for the plate facing page 66, illustrating the character sketch for "The Best-natured Man in the World." The illustrator, David Claypoole Johnston (1798-1865), was known as the "American Cruikshank." Murrell calls Johnston "one of our foremost ante-bellum humorous draughtsmen," and he produced many satirical prints on a variety of subjects during his long career. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 51835. WRIGHT 1952. BAL 14943.