A Budget of Wit was found while moving the collection

cruikshank budget of witThe Budget of Wit; or, Choice Selections of Bon Mots, Irish Bulls, Witty Stories, &c. … (London: Dean & Munday [1818]). 286 p.; 7 cm. Engraved title and 1 pl. “Cruikshank, del., Davenport, sculp.” In brown wrapper original back preserved, title of which is “Little budget, 1818.” Graphic Arts Collection (GA) Cruik 1818.28s

cruikshank budget of wit2Thanks to our good colleagues, this miniature book was discovered today during our collection move. It is one a many humorous volumes with designs by George Cruikshank (1792-1878) etched by Samuel Davenport (1783-1867). Although it is small, it is extremely rare and we are glad to have it back in the right sequence on our shelves.

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