Ainsworth, William Harrison, The Tower of London. A Historical Romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Bookseller in Ordinary to Her Majesty, MDCCCXL.  Extra-illustrated. Originally issued with forty etchings on steel and fifty-eight woodcuts, this unique copy has eighty etchings, forty of them hand-colored bound next to the uncolored ones, as well as the fifty-eight woodcuts. This copy also has an ALS from George Cruikshank bound in.
At p. 16, first and second states are bound together, the second with many more halberdiers than the one row on the left seen in the first state. At p. 28, in the first state the dwarf Xit is standing on the giant’s left shoulder, in the second, the dwarf is seated and the sword is on the ground. At p. 45, the head of the giant is thrown back in the first state, and there is a white border on the hood on Gilbert’s head. In the second state, the seated giant has a much larger head, which has fallen onto his chest, and Gilbert’s hood is darkly shaded.
Collation: [ALS from G. Cruikshank to I. Cruikshank Roger, Dec. 18, 1853 (?), bound in between the first and second blanks; double frontispiece, one hand-colored; xvi pages; 423 pages of text; pages 425 – 439 are a double-columned index; two concluding blanks]. This copy has the bookplate of Charles C. Auchincloss. This title is bound in full red morocco, with gilt-edged colored morocco inlays of Lady Jane Gray on the front cover with an axe at her feet, and a liveried man sitting on a bench on the back cover. Pages gilt-edged all around. Slight off-setting from the plates, as usual. The historic binding on this unique copy has been re-backed with the original back-strip laid-down. This binding is signed “Guild of Women-Binders.” A fine unique copy in a beautiful, atypical and expertly restored important binding. Cohn 14.