[Wight, John], Sunday in London. Illustrated in Fourteen Cuts, by George Cruikshank, and a Few Words by a Friend of His; with a Copy of Sir Andrew Agnew’s Bill. London, Effingham Wilson, 1833. Bound in quarter tan calf over marbled boards. Bookplate of Thomas Stillman. Front hinge cracked but holding. Sold with an Autograph Letter Signed from John Wight to Cruikshank, his illustrator, dated November 2, 1826. First edition, Cohn 846. This copy has the plate “’People of Condition’ on a Sunday” bound in at p. 42.
Partial text of the letter: “York Street, Wednesday Eve[ni]ng November 2, 1826
My coming to you would answer no end, unless I were to bring that troublesome book with me, and therefore I hope you will wander into York Street as soon as it suits your convenience. Never stand for a Saturday if ye dinna like it, but come any day — giving me a twopenny the day before, so I may get my other work done in time to receive you becomingly; and then we will sit down and make an end o’ th’ matter “out o’er a glass o’ whiskey punch” not forgetting the reek o’ th’ bonnie weed …”
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