Apprenticeship has started
There are always two Possibilities .
For Apprentice as for Master .
And for all others likewise .
The one leads to the top ,
the other as well indeed – but just for a short moment
William Hogarth (1697 London 1764). Industry and Idleness or
Rise and Fall of Goodchild + Tom Idle .
Set of 12 sheet. Engravings by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818), 2 together with his son. Inscribed: (Pl. I[-XII].) / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook (& Son) sc(ulpt). / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, March 1st. 1807 – Aug. 1st. 1809. Subject 4⅞-5½ × 6⅝-7⅜ in (12.4-13.9 × 16.9-18.8 cm).
The Fellow’ Prentices at their Looms
The master’s famous, most popular suite, showing by example of two apprentices in a weaving mill as one of the main branches of industry in his days the chances of their life as well as the temptations detrimental to their career :
Calculated for the use & Instruction of youth
w(h)erein every thing necessary to be known was to be made
as intelligible as possible
(Hogarth in his Autobiographical Notes).
“ The scenes should be as easily intelligible as possible for which the engravings had not to be worked in all fineness. It was rather important to keep costs low so that even apprentices could buy these sheets. Hogarth designed a frame-like border around each picture – supposedly he assumed that the boys would pin up these engravings directly at the wall. In this border below every scene he had added a characteristic verse from the Bible to the idle and (or) industrious apprentice … at top on the one hand a cat-o-’nine-tails, a pair of fetters, and a halter as emblems of the tragic end of the idle apprentice and on the other hand golden chain, sword and mace as hints to the career of the industrious one ”
(Bachofen-Moser, William Hogarth in the Art Gallery Zurich, 1983, p. 98).
Cook’s smaller version without the device in the lower and the symbols in the lateral margins and here present within the popular edition
The Works of William Hogarth .
With Descriptions, in which are pointed out many beauties that have hitherto escaped notice, with a Comment of their moral tendency, by the Rev. John Trusler. With
158 copper plates
(subject size c. 6¾-7⅝ × 4½-6½ in [17-19.5 × 11.5-16.5 cm], upright and oblong) by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818, “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too”, Thieme-Becker), 32 of which together with his son. New, revised and corrected edition. 2 vols. London, J. Goodwin, 1827. 4to. 4 unpag. ll. title + biography, 151 pp.; title, 158 pp. Dark brown-red long-grained contemp. morocco on 3 ribs with rich gilt back incl. title, gilt linings on boards, leading edges, and inner boards, blind tooled boards, and brown inner boards + fly-leaves Gilt edges.
With engraved armorial exlibris Anthony Peacock, Esq. / Rauceby, Co. Lincoln., with three peacock heads in light horizontal ribbon plus another peacock head above the helmet holding a flower in its bill, and the motto “Be just and fear not.” – With 9½ × 11¾ in (24 × 30 cm) unusually wide-margined copy with the mostly complete platemarks, trimmed to platemark on one side at most. – The bindings somewhat timestained and namely at the joints and leading edges rubbed, on the boards light traces of scratches or rubbing. Two leaves of the biography with restored tear of 9 cm caused by the binding. The plates of namely the first volume mostly minimally to a bit foxing though, but even less on the face and ultimately almost negligible. Only the portrait frontispiece of the 1st volume more. The print quality itself marvelous with the already mentioned wide margins. The text – watermarked Rye Mill 1826 – of generally great freshness.
The comprehensive descriptions of the plates set in fine large typography and in direct neighbourhood of these. Thus both together very comfortably.
The series – with the exception of 5 signed and dated in the plate – was executed from 1806-09 as commented compact edition. The remark on the title to (Samuel) Davenport as co-engraver correct at most in view of the few unsigned plates. One plate with the additional printer’s sign Bishop. This edition had been preceded by the large one in Hogarth’s original size as has never been repeated and was worked by Cook father alone between about 1795 and 1803. His importance as Hogarth-engraver specially stressed by Thieme-Becker. Several works not or not anymore published by Hogarth himself became known through him.
The collection here pretending to be a complete edition – “The Works … containing one hundred and fifty-eight Engravings” – though not with the risk of such daring plates as Before and After or even Charity in the Cellar with its authentic high-ranking philanderers, published only by Baldwin & Cradock in 1837 in the large-sized original edition with the remark “added to our present edition … not to be found in any other of the collected works”. The patron of those plates besides Gustavus, the 2nd Lord Viscount Boyne, represented with a portrait in this edition. Shortly,
Hogarth in his grandiose plenty ,
seductively rich stimulant for hours aside of all rush .
Offer no. 28,358 / EUR 910. / export price EUR 865. (c. US$ 990.) + shipping
But just as said, there are always two possibilities, whether personally for the individual or for the society and its public representatives as a whole.
The one path, the path of diligence and work, leads, if remunerated, to the top and to prosperity and future. The other one, however, that one leads downwards ever faster, till the bad final – a life, a country without future.
What stays is Goodchild’s hope, even confidence. In his own power and in the resurrection of a powerful-agile society with adequately rulers on the bridge.
As roadmarks for this beside the complete one above there are additionally also sufficient individual sheets on offer for the judging of the chances + risks of
diligence + idleness .
For all and everyone. In qualities + price ranges quite as desired. With and without device, warning or encouraging symbols. For own pleasure and confirmation as for goodchilds as reward and as equally a broad hint that art, enriching internally, is a constantly effective fit-maker for satisfaction + success on the job and in life generally.
„ Herzlichen Dank für Ihre freundlichen und aufschlussreichen Ausführungen, die mir die Beschreibung des vorliegenden Exemplars sehr erleichtern. Schön wärs natürlich, wenn sich Ihre vielfältigen Kenntnisse zum Werk Ridingers vielleicht als Artikel, oder Artikelserie, im Aus dem Antiquariat oder einer Bibliophilen-Zeitschrift einem breiten interessierten Publikum zur Kenntnis gebracht werden könnten … Ich würde mich jedenfalls sehr darüber freuen, Expertenwissen aus erster Hand zu erhalten. “
(Kollege U. K., 12. Mai 2015)