London: Robert Tyas, 1841. Hardcover. 8vo. 385 pp. A collection of humorous essays about English stereotypes (the farmer, the debutante, the young squire, the Tory, the barrister etc), accompanied by satirical pen and ink drawings by Joseph Kenny Meadows [1790-1874]. Among the contributors are William Makepeace Thackeray, Nimrod and Douglas Jerrold. This, we believe, is the second series, the first being published a year earlier, in 1840.
Book condition: good, considering its date. Black stamped leather boards, bumped, worn and scuffed. Front and back hinge cracked but holding firmly. Pages 381 to 384 completely detached from binding. Gilt ploughed edges. Some foxing throughout, particularly to the edges of the illustrations. The overall appearance is a bit grubby but the text remains complete and very readable.