London: Printed for B. Crosby and Co., et al, . 1st Edition (Gumuchian 1876). Not in Marchmont. 36 pp. Frontispiece [Cruikshank del Lundin Sculp]. 12mo: O^6 - Q^6. 7-1/8" x 4-1/8". Later full calf binding by Bumpus. TEG. Marbled eps. Plain grey paper wrappers bound-in at rear. Modest extremity wear. Armorial bookplate to front paste-down. Withal, a VG+ copy. Item #42583
A work of juvenile fiction (set in Lisbon during the great earthquake) by an author better known for his satirical works. Very scarce: OCLC locates only four copies worldwide (Oxford, Princeton, Indiana, NY Public Library).
From the library of Sir David Salomons, Bart., Broomhill, Tunbridge Wells. This could be either the 1st or 2nd Baronet, both of the same name. The first Sir David Salomons (1797-1873) was a banker, Member of Parliament, and the first Jewish Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London. His nephew and heir, the second Sir David Salomons, later Goldsmid-Stern Salomons (1851-1925), is the more likely candidate, as he was a noted collector of Cruikshankiana and illustrated books whose impressive collection was sold at auction in 1930 (see Rare & Valuable Colored Plate Books & An Extensive Cruikshank Collection from the Library of the late Sir David Lionel Goldsmid-Stern Salomons, Bart., Anderson Galleries, 1930). Broomhill, the country house of both baronets, is now the Salomons Museum.
Tipped onto the front free-endpaper is a clipped catalogue description of the book, presumably from the 1930 sale, which attributes the frontispiece to George Cruikshank, but it seems far more likely to have been by his father, Isaac Cruikshank, as George would have been only eleven years old at the time of the book's publication.