THE LESSONS OF THRIFT: Published for the General Benefit By a Member of the Saveall Club. John WIlliam Roy Crawford, Isaac R. Cruikshank.
THE LESSONS OF THRIFT: Published for the General Benefit By a Member of the Saveall Club.

THE LESSONS OF THRIFT: Published for the General Benefit By a Member of the Saveall Club.

London: Thomas Boys, 1819. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, full maroon crushed morocco by the Hampstead Bindery with pictorial figures in 4 colors inlaid on front and rear boards; xvi, 1-38, 43-86, 111-162, 179-240 pp. (gaps in pagination are explained on page xvi as resulting from an editorial decision to remove "some digressions" from the text without compromising the "connexion of its parts"). Engraved handcolored title page and 12 plates inserted. Plate #6 ("Flint Soup") which Tooley places at p. 122 appears here as a frontipiece. Mild wear to joints, small abraded spot near top of rear joint at the top spine band, bookplate to front pastedown, some occasional light spotting to text, offsetting from plates to facing pages, overall very good. Item #23666

A broad satire on stinginess in 44 lessons and an Appendix. Seemingly every facet of parsimony is explored with unchecked enthusiasm. With accompanying graphical support by Isaac Cruikshank displayed in 12 lively tableaux. The Hampstead Bindery was founded in the 1890s by London bookseller and entrepreneur Frank Karslake and in 1898 he established The Guild of Women-Binders, the two entities operating in tandem. Ostensibly, the men's work was signed "Hampstead Bindery" to distinguish it from the Guild work, but accusations flourished as to whether such a distinction was in fact maintained. The ventures ended in controversy and eventual bankrupcy in 1904. Tooley 165.

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