Wien and Gottingen: Chr. Ralfuß und Urmbruster; Dietrichfchen Buchbandlung, 1809-1835.
Leather bound. 6 3/4" X 4 1/8". Text in German. The only engravings contained in these volumes appear on the half-titles for every "Lieferung," there are no other plates or illustrations, though the title indicates smaller copies of Hogarth's engravings by Carl Rahl and E. Riepenhausen. Half-title with engraving lacking for eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth "Lieferung." Marbled paper over boards, with spines backed in brown calf and lettered and stamped in gilt. Rather heavy wear to bindings, with corners spit and turned in, heavy scattered rubbign, light soiling, and wear to exterior hinges. Bindings are sound. Pages are age-toned and foxed, else clean and unmarked. An overall quite well-preserved four-volume set in matching mid-Nineteeth Century bindings of fourteen commentaries on the influential prints of artist, social critic, pictorial satirist, and cartoonist William Hogarth (1697-1764) by the German satirist and anglophile Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799).
Volume I contains first through third "Lieferung": [vi], v-xxxvi, 136pp, viii, [ii], 11-207pp, [iv], iii-vi, 215pp.
Volume II contains fourth through sixth "Lieferung": [vi], 5-180pp, [iv], 3-144pp, [iv], iii-x, [ii], 13100pp.
Volume III contains seventh through eleventh "Lieferung": [vi], v-vi, [ii], 9-191pp; [viii], 7-168pp, [ii], 3-81pp.
Volume IV contains twelfth through fourtheenth "Lieferung": [ii], iii-iv, [ii], 3-76pp, [iv], v-xii, [ii], 117pp, [iii], v-xvi, [ii], 3-132pp. Good. Item #5135