Marbled paper covered boards with red morocco Leather half binding with raised bands, five gilt decorative compartments and one containing gilt title.245 x 175 mm approx. Hand sewn head and tail bands. Marbled end papers. All edges of book block gilt. x + 284 pp. Illustrated half title. 12 steel engravings + many woodcuts all as called for. 1845 First edition in book form having previously been published in monthly installments. Edited by Beckett with contributions by the then Punch team including John Oxenford, Horace Mayhew, Mark Lemon et al. The periodical took a wicked swipe at the politics and news events of the day but was mainly a vehicle for the genius that was George Cruikshank. VG (Book- Shelf wear rubbing to paper covered boards- mainly edges and with a little general soiling. Crack to front end paper but the three cords on which the book block is sewn and leather sound. Discrete book binder's label Thomson of Exeter to bottom corner of front paste down.No previous owner name or insc. Mild ingression of dust to top edge of book block and occasional minor finger soiling to margins but overall a sound handsome book). Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale.