Thomas Love Peacock – Sir Hornbook, or, Childe Launcelot’s expedition : a grammatico-allegorical ballad fifth edition, London, printed for N. Hailes, Juvenile Library, London Museum, Piccadilly, 1818
29,  pages, 8 unnumbered hand-colored plates : illustrations. Hand colored lithographic plates are dated June 1, 1813
10,5 x 12 cm
Illustrated copy with finely hand-coloured engravings of Peacock’s Arthurian satire for children. Written in verse, the narrative of Sir Hornbook follows Childe [i.e. Knight] Lancelot through his linguistic adventures. He engages with grammatically inspired characters such as Sir Syntax, Prosody, Sir Pronoun and Sir Hornbook (a tablet used for studying the alphabet) in exchanges full of humour and wit.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785 – 1866) was a British author know for his satirical novels and focus on dialogues over plot. He was a close friend of Percy Shelley (1792 – 1822), with whom he exchanged ideas and influences.
Page 9 is detached, dark brown morocco stamped in gil. Marbled endpapers, edges toned.