WILLIAM HONE: ANCIENT MYSTERIES DESCRIBED. 1st ED; 1823. CRUIKSHANK ILLUSTRATION

For your library: Ancient Mysteries Described, Especially the English Mystery Plays , by William Hone. This is a first printing, first issue of the 1 st edition printed in 1823 for William Hone by J. McCreery; title page in red and black; 298 pages, followed by two pages of ads for Hone’s Apocryphal New Testament ; frontispiece and three additional copper plate engravings, including one fold-out on page 138 ( Hearne’s Descent into Hell ) and a color plate on page 262 by Cruikshank ( Giants in Guildhall ); nine woodcut engravings printed within the text; bound in blue boards with a white cloth backstrip; title lable affixed to the spine.

This is a collection of excerpts of religious and historical significance taken from unpublished manuscripts in the British Library. Hone cites his desire to share "the results of certain desultory reading…during thirty years of life." Hone offered these documents in his defense in three trials against him for some satirical pieces he published which were directed against the government. Hone (1780-1842) was an author, a bookseller and a printer; he collaborated frequently with Cruikshank.

The ownership signature of J. B. Harwood appears on both the front fixed and front free endpapers (in the latter instance it has been dated 1824); and the bookplate of Walter T. Shirley II is affixed
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