London: Charles Tilt; Richard Bentley, 1840. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (7 3/4 x 5"). 163, , xii, 228pp. Contemporary full burgundy morocco, with gold lettering and tooling to spines. Raised bands. Dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All paper edges gilt. Bindings signed by Francis Bedford (1799-1883), a renown English bookbinder. Engraved frontispiece (The Comic English Grammar).
Lavishly illustrated throughout by John Leech (1817-1864), an English caricaturist and illustrator best known for his work for Punch, this 2-vol. set is a delightful and humorous take on Latin and English grammar, with humorous text by Percival Leigh (1813-1889), a Scottish surgeon who gave up the medical profession to make his living as a comic writer, and later as assistant editor of Punch magazine.
Both volumes are first edition.
Very minor shelf wear. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Bindings and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #43600