Clement Lorimer, Illustrated by George Cruikshank, 1853, Zaehnsdorf Binding
Clement Lorimer or The Book with the Iron Clasps by Angus B. Reach
Illustrated by George Cruikshank
Published by John Lofts, London, 1853
Signed Leather Binding by Zaehnsdorf
Binding Details: Signed Zaehnsdorf three-quarter leather binding over marbled boards with elaborate spine treatment involving decorative gilt and color treatments. Matching marbled endpapers and built in book mark. Top edges gilt.
Book Details: A beautifully illustrated early edition of the first full-length detective novel in England. According to Eric Quayle in “The Collector’s Book of Books”, this is "the first full-length novel of crime, mystery and modern detection to appear in England ... Reach was employed as a crime reporter at the Central Criminal Court while working for the London newspaper, "The Morning Chronicle". In 1848-9 he published in six monthly parts a tale of vendetta, murder, racehorse doping, slow poisoning and abduction, and other dastardly deeds." The present work constituted the first book publication of this now-famous work.
Illustrated with 12 full page black and white engravings by George Cruikshank.
Measures 8.5” x 5.5” with 280 pages.
Condition Report: The book is in remarkable condition with the only notable flaw being rubs to the tips. I have classified the book as FINE. Overall, a beautiful signed binding by Zaehnsdorf that houses a great collaboration between Angus Reach and George Cruikshank.
Several photographs of the book and illustrations appear in the photo section of the listing.