The Bottle. In Eight Plates.
London: Published for the Artist, by David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street. Printed at the surface press, Glyphographic blocks, by Spottiswoode and Shaw, New-street-Square, London. [n.d., c.1847.]
A complete set of 8 glyphographic prints with original wrappers, rare complete. A manuscript dedication signed in ink on the cover by the artist reads, 'Richard Potter Esqr. with the complt.s of Mr. Geo. Cruikshank'. Size: 600 x 370mm (23½ x 14½"). Large tears to title. Some small tears to edges of sheets.
The tragic tale of 'The Bottle', illustrated by George Cruikshank. Plate I: The bottle is brought out for the first time: the husband induces his wife 'just to take a drop'. Plate II: He is discharged from his employment for drunkeness: they pawn their clothes to supply the bottle. Plate III: An execution sweeps off the greater part of their furniture: they comfort themselves with the bottle. Plate IV: Unable to obtain employment, thy are driven by poverty into the streets to beg, and by this means they still supply the bottle. Plate V: Cold, misery, and want destroy their youngest child: they console themselves with the bottle. Plate VI: Fearful quarrels, and brutal violence, are the consequences if the frequent use of the bottle. Plate VII: The husband, in a state of furious drunkeness, kills his wife with the instrument of all their misery. Plate VIII: The bottle has done it's work - it has destroyed the infant and the mother, it has brought the son and the daughter to vice and to the streets, and has left the father a hopeless maniac. For the sequel to this set, 'The Drunkard's Children', see item ref: 35415.
[Ref: 35414] £350.00