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[MANUSCRIPT]. [Egan, Pierce]. [Memoirs Of Theodore Lane by Pierce Egan. Illustrated].

  • £65000

4to, 33cm, c.66ff (lower free-endpaper detached). Red ribbed morocco gilt by Riviere (rebacked retaining original spine; corners worn; occ. scuff mark).

A curious hybrid book/scrapbook entitled Memoirs Of Theodore Lane by Pierce Egan. Illustrated. Lane was an English painter and engraver who engraved and etched the plates that accompanied Egan’s 1825 The Life Of An Actor.

It was in comic illustration that Lane’s talent lay, but not a talent that was long to be realised for Lane died in accident at the age of twenty-eight when falling through a skylight.

The work includes an autograph letter from Egan, A tipped in printed memoir of Lane on consecutive leaves printed by Whittingham at Chiswick, extracted from another work, of some thirty pages interspersed with leaves containing engravings (some hand coloured) of actors and prominent persons. This is followed by 26 leaves of hand-coloured engravings drawn & engraved by Lane and four further leaves with nine tipped in illustrations presumably by Lane.

Three ex-libris bookplates are present in this unique volume that gives a homage to a rare comic talent tragically cut short, of Herschel V. Jones; Thomas William Waller & Alfred N. Beadleston.