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"State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
1 "State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
London J. Turner 1820 Full Sprinkled Sheep Near Fine 
The principal item in this set is a bound collection of 24 hand-colored caricature cards that were inspired by the divorce proceedings brought by George the Fourth against his wife, Queen Caroline. The trial and its ignominious lead-up of libels, charges and counter-charges, was a scandal of the day that today would have produced endless fodder for the tabloids and would certainly now be dubbed, "the trial of the century" or "the divorce of the century." Because it involved the king, the trial was held in the House of Lords, which ultimately rebuffed the king's petition. Caroline, though, passed away in xxx shortly after the trial. The divorce was 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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A true story . . . . the Grand Deception or Behind the Buildup.  Breastypes!  What's Yours?
2 A true story . . . . the Grand Deception or Behind the Buildup. Breastypes! What's Yours?
Wraps Very Good 
Scarce male objectifier's glossary! Unsurprisingly, no copies located anywhere. No publication information whatsoever, as standard with racy or pornographic ephemera. N.d., circa 1940s, based on hairstyles to some degree. 10 by 8 cm. 22 pp., including wraps. Funny, some might say also offensive, labeling of different shapes and sizes of women's breasts. We have the "hot water bottles", 'ukeleles", "full moons", "cup cakes", and onward -- twenty in all. Also taking aim at various female types. Like it or abhor it, this is a genuine relic of mid-20th century burlesque-like culture, and we suspect in fact that this might have been a souvenir from a sleazy theater showcasing ecdysiastic cheesecake and ribald comedians. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Advertisement for Hong Kong Tea Warehouse Eighth Avenue, N.W. Cor. 18th St., with two humorous caricature plates:  What is home without a mother-in-law? What is home without a mother?
3 Advertisement for Hong Kong Tea Warehouse Eighth Avenue, N.W. Cor. 18th St., with two humorous caricature plates: What is home without a mother-in-law? What is home without a mother?
NA Good 
N.d., circa mid-19th century. 12.5 by 9 cm, when folded, with four pages, two with details about the Tea Warehouse and its price list, two with the humorous illustrations of domestic unpleasantries when a husband must fend for himself with a mother-in-law and a child being mercilessly spanked when there is no mother to succor him. Soiled, with creases and two closed tears. 
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4 All'Ombra della Torre Per la Patria e Per il Re. XXXIII Corso di Complemento
1935 Wraps Very Good 
Oblong, 24 by 34 cm. 132 pp. Caricatures and humorous primarily about the Italian navy but venturing into other areas as well, including music and sport, inasmuch as touch naval officers and enlistees. Wraps are foxed, title page as well in margins. Otherwise, generally clean. Quite scarce. 
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Cartoons of the Great War.  World War One Album of Colorful Cartoons and Caricatures, possibly by a P.O.W.
5 Cartoons of the Great War. World War One Album of Colorful Cartoons and Caricatures, possibly by a P.O.W.
1914(?)-1915/6 Hardcover Very Good 
8vo. 22.5 by 18 cm. 270 pp., almost all with one or more colorfully painted cartoons and caricatures depicting the early part of World War One, beginning in 1914 and possibly all the way through 1915. The album was made with a notebook with ruled lined paper. On most pages, the lines have been covered over, and are at most barely visible. One of the specific events alluded to is the sinking of the Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy by one German submarine, an event which occurred in September, 1914. The sinking of the Lusitania and chemical warfare are alluded to well into the album, which brings the album into the middle of 1915. It is possible the album runs into 1916 but not by much. The jingoistic, and non-subtle analysis manifest in the cartoons, does not give way to a weariness, a questioning, or disillusionment which would certainly have asserted itself later on in the war. The cover has a raised title, not fully legible anymore; from what can be made out, it was probably "Cartoons of the Great War". The identity of the artist is unknown; we were told he was a P.O.W., but there is no concrete evidence corroborating this and the assertion may be unverifiable. Other than the hearsay, support for the hypothesis, for that is what it is to us, comes from the unconventional materials used to produce the album. The paints used are not what someone with such an abiding interest in artwork would have chosen if he had the freedom to do so, but in a P.O.W. camp the artist would settle for what was on hand. The media used to paint the cartoons are various, but most unusual is the heavy use of an oil paint, or a house paint, which was frequently employed as a background, probably in part to blot out evidence that the artwork was applied to a lined notepaper. If these cartoons were done in a P.O.W. camp, the artist had to have been captured at the very outset of the war. Many of the cartoons are not really tied in to day-to-day events, but rather personalize and personify the war into a few stock characters -- the Kaiser, his sidekick of a fictional youthful son named Willie (the Crown Prince was named Wilhelm, but by the time of the war he was not only in his thirties, but also quite unlike this fictional incarnation), a lion representing Britain, John Bull, Uncle Sam, etc. -- who play things out in a Manichaean burlesque. And in this framework the bad guys are repeatedly bested, humbled and humiliated in the satisfying manner of animated cartoon villains. These simplifications are to some extent the diet everyone is fed during wartime, but would it not seem especially consistent with someone who might have been fed limited, and often, misleading information, by an enemy captor, and as an exercise by the artist to bolster his own and his colleagues' spirits? Yet one can not rule out that the album was kept by a soldier in the trenches, where too, the choice of artistís tools one would expect to have been limited. Throughout the album the artist mines national stereotypes for humor, just as one would expect during wartime, and also during an era with few taboos in such patronizing merriment. Targets include Turkey, or the Ottoman Empire, and Austria-Hungary, as well as Germany. The cartoon captions can be obscure, their humor, lost on us; at times, we suspect, the captions might have come across as heavy-handed or clumsy even back when. Yet it should also be pointed out that much of the time the cartoons make their point with non-literal allegory in very clever ways. The imagery, unlike some of the text, holds up wonderfully well, and it is that we can feast on. One does not really have to know anything about the war, nor have an interest in the war, to enjoy the fancifulness and verve of the pictures. There are cartoons that refer to a channel tunnel, chemical gas warfare, Sinn Fein, Lord Kitchener, von Hindenburg, and on and on. Some of the best work is of caricatures of the leading figures in the war other than the Kaiser; or of the artistís lampoons of alleged German cartoons; or a number of funny pieces that do not have a direct connection to the war. That said, a considerable amount of the albumís impact is cumulative, and it is the totality of creative energy and vision that make this album so special. The spine is somewhat cocked. The text block juts out a quarter inch from the binding. The binding is scuffed and has moderate to heavy wear. One leaf loose. A few leaves with minor damage. Very Good. Hardcover. 
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6 Cataleg del 1er Salo D'Humoristes 1933
Barcelona 1933 Wraps Very Good 
[62] pp. With colored pictorial wrapper cover. A profusely illustrated (line drawings) catalogue of the inaugural exhibition of a local association of humorists at the Galeria Emporium. 30 pages reproduce cartoons, with other leaves mostly devoted to a list of the artists and their works, with a few short textual humor riffs. Among the subjects lampooned are the battle of the sexes, politics, and the many indignities of modern life. The text is rendered in Catalan, not standard Spanish. One need not have a command of either language, though, to understand and chuckle at the rather broad visual humor, much of it racy and carnal. Scarce, with the only copy located on OCLC held at the Biblioteca de Cataluna. Wrappers are soiled. Pencil marks scattered through pages, which are heavily age toned. 
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7 Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures

Circa 1880s, these five cards were all promotions, or ads, for The New Carlton Dining Room in Boston. The cards depict a fat klutz contending with various elements of the National Pastime. We see this man knocked off his feet by catching a ball, stiffly awaiting a pitch while at bat, as a catcher, striking out and lolling after apparently hitting a home run. The captions are"Bravo! The Pet of the Nine", "Something must be done! Put it there!", "A close affair. Hugging the bat.", "Struck out.", and "Hero of a Home Run. The Ladies Favorite". These cards were not designed specifically for the named Boston restaurant, but rather, they were produced by a printer to be sold to businesses which would then have their own business name and information printed onto the card. The pictures on the cards often bore no relation to the enterprise issuing them. But the cards were intended as collectables, and often they would find their way into albums and scrapbooks compiled as a hobby. The cards measure 5.25 by 3.25 inches. They are pristine, other than the backs of a few of them show a faint sign of the paste that must have been used to append them to albums. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Did you Ring Sir?   Ring yes I did.  Vot do you mean by this here.  bring us a Three Prong'd For do --
8 Did you Ring Sir? Ring yes I did. Vot do you mean by this here. bring us a Three Prong'd For do --
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print of a restaurant and rough looking men and a plump waitress. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. Loosely racist humor. The print itself is oblong, 10 by 15 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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El Periodismo.  Periodico semanal Numero extraordinario.  Obsequio de Angele Batille Tejedor.  A D. Joaquim Alvarez Calvo, Periodista barcelones.  Ano I, Num 1 [Including] Humorisme Suplement de la tradicio
9 El Periodismo. Periodico semanal Numero extraordinario. Obsequio de Angele Batille Tejedor. A D. Joaquim Alvarez Calvo, Periodista barcelones. Ano I, Num 1 [Including] Humorisme Suplement de la tradicio
Barcelona 1946 
Large 8vo. [24] pp plus [12] pp Supplement, laid into illustrated folder with flap. Title drawn and colored on cover. Centerpiece of cover is a bookplate for Angel Batile Tejedor which depicts a Medieval library scene. The text of the primary work is rendered with a calligraphic hand in black and red with some naive foliate ornamentation in green. The text is a near bullet point history of Spanish, and Catalonian, magazine publishing. The second work is profusely illustrated with red and black cartoons. These are all original and drawn by a member of the Batille family. The two seemingly unrelated works are tied together with the final cartoon which carries the caption "El Periodismo en Barcelona por H. Alvarez Calvo", the writer's 1940 study. 
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Enigmas
10 Enigmas
Card. Paper pastedown on boards. Cloth spine. Very Good 
N.d., circa mid-19th century. Oblong, 7.5 by 12 cm. Unpaginated, 24 pp. Containing 20 riddles, with each riddle four to a dozen lines of verse written in a neat cursive hand, and the answers on the final leaf. Lovely original vignette watercolored illustrations, both drawn and colored by hand, one of an open book, the other, a flower bouquet. Gilt edges to the boards, with Greek raised ornamentation around perimeter. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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11 Geschiedenis van Jan Klaassen Geschenk voor de Jeugd. Met 6 Plaatjes.
Utrecht J.H. van Wees Jr. (not listed in the book itself) First Edition Presumed Full Morocco Very Good Plus 
N.d., circa 1870. Unpaginated, 12 pp., including wraps which are bound in, followed by 33 leaves, all blank, of card thickness, giving the slender volume some thickness. 18 by 12 cm. Scarce, with only one copy located on OCLC (at the University of Leiden). The plates depict Punch and Judy, with a baby, throwing the infant in the air, Judy clubbing Punch, a circus dog biting Punch's nose, a hangman and Punch. Accompanying the rather elegant chromolithographs, which are framed with a decorative puppet stage box, is a narrative poem telling of the doings, and this is rendered in Dutch. The deep blue morocco has corner gilt ornament plus a gilt centerpiece, with five raised bands on the spine and gilt ornamentation in the compartments between bands. The binding is more modern and is pristine. Two leaves of the Geschiedenis have minor paper repairs in their upper corners. Some light offsetting from the plates. 
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Group of 23 pen-and-ink satirical cartoons relating to training camp life during the First World War
12 Group of 23 pen-and-ink satirical cartoons relating to training camp life during the First World War
1917 or 1918 NA Very Good 
The illustrations are done by a confident, proficient hand, with a balance of economy and detail. We assume an amateur did these drawings, but they could certainly pass for the work of a professional. The piquancy of the humor is somewhat blunted by our not knowing the officers who are being lampooned, but we can still appreciate the intended gentle levity and esprit, and additionally, the snapshots into the past. While the drawings are cartoons, the people depicted are recognizable types, and the imagery is generally vivid. Here one would scarcely have a sense of the perils that lie ahead for the recruits, and pranks, minor infractions and all around high jinks are very much the rule. The cards generally measure 112 by 138 mm, oblong, (a few are slightly smaller) and they were once mounted in an album, as evidenced by the abrasion the the center of each card's back. The cards are of a heavy stock, with ruled borders and a band of blindstamped veined lines providing something of a frame to each of the images. 
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13 Het Toppunt der Beschaving [Raemaekers Cartoons] Derde Serie,
Amsterdam 1914- 
Six installments, with each installment including 12 folio-sized cartoons, in addition to front cover of the wraps bound in and a smaller vignette on the rear. Captions are generally rendered in Dutch, French and English (always English), not that captions are generally needed to make the point. Ramaeker employed broad strokes in his chalkwork reminiscent of Daumier. His style was perfect for the depiction of brutes, the faceless victims and masses, the pathetic, the macabre! The cover art uses a little shadowy color -- otherwise, the images are black and white. The folio is 15 by 11 inches. The leaves have some waviness that had to have been caused by exposure to moisture. There is light dampstaining to some of the leaves. A few leaves have chunks of paper loss in the margins, and elsewhere some paper surface has been abraded. The images are almost all clean, and while Raemaekers' cartoons are not so hard to come by, they are rare in this original, large and dramatic format! 
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How do ye do Thomas -- Pretty well tank ee - excust my Glove, Masta William
14 How do ye do Thomas -- Pretty well tank ee - excust my Glove, Masta William
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print of liveried black servant shaking the hand of a tall, thin, elderly aristocrat. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. Loosely racist humor. The print itself is oblong, 10 by 15 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
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I be just com'd to the catastrophe.  [With sign] Whereas this cliff is very dangerous.  Drivers to keep on lather? side.
15 I be just com'd to the catastrophe. [With sign] Whereas this cliff is very dangerous. Drivers to keep on lather? side.
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print of an absentminded man, his head in a book, a fishing rod over his shoulder, as borses and wagon drive off edge of cliff. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. Loosely racist humor. The print itself is oblong, 10 by 15 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
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Japanese "Comic" Book Relating to the Russo-Japanese War
16 Japanese "Comic" Book Relating to the Russo-Japanese War
Japan 1904 or 1905 Wraps Near Fine 
Oblong, 11 by 16.5 cm. 16 pp., plus wraps, with a color woodblock plate on every page, all depicting the Russians as cowardly, lazy, cry babies, etc. compared to the effective, strong, just (and brutal) Japanese. The color woodblocks are somewhat crude in their execution, as the norm with comics. Quite a fresh copy of what is almost certainly a very scarce survivor. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Metro Mozaiek [Mozaik]
17 Metro Mozaiek [Mozaik]
Amsterdam Uitgeverij D.A.V.I.D Paper pastedown on boards Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
Scarce compilation of grisly wartime cartoons and caricatures printed in the Netherlands. 8vo. 24 by 18.5 cm. 48 pp. Cartoons are black and white, with many also featuring red. The message of the cartoons is generally easy to discern, even if one can not read the captions, and while they were created by a variety of artists, many have a surreal quality, very appropriate for the material, that brings to mind artists such as Max Ernst, and beyond that, the "degenerate" art so deplored by the Nazis. Pages toned but clean. Light soiling to the paper pastedown. Minor edge chips to DJ. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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Nackte Tatsachen! [Naked Facts]
18 Nackte Tatsachen! [Naked Facts]
Brochure Good 
Nazi era light humorous erotica. N.d., circa 1940. 16 pp. including wraps. Dating is based in part on the Sutterlin Schrift which appears on the final page, along with the quote, "Pflegt die Autos gut im Kriege! Gute Fahrt nun bis zum Siege!" A narrative poem about a contemporary Adam and Eve, not unlike Lib Abner and Daisy Mae, here innocents in the buff trying to deal with the challenges of the automobile. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. Lower corner creased. Typical closed tear along folds. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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19 New Gleanings from Gladstone Illustrated
Edinburgh and London William Blackwood & Sons Wraps Very Good 
A contemporary anthology of caricatures inspired by William Gladstone, who surely was every caricaturist's dream come true. Unpaginated, 30 pp., not including wraps. N.d., circa 1880. With caricature on verso, and poetic caption below, almost always a quote from Shakespeare, and the facing page usually including a longer poetic passage or two from Shakespeare as well as other important English poets (and an occasional quote, not in verse, from Disraeli, or a nursery rhyme). The whole makes for an excellent, if jaundiced, survey of Gladstone's career at the helm, as well as celebrating the caricaturist's art. Tiny corner chip on front wrap. Clean within. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Office Boy's Diary
20 Office Boy's Diary
St. Paul, MN Brown & Bigelow 1955 First Edition presumed Wraps Very Good 
Humorous risque brochure from the Mad Men era of office politics and shenanigans. In its 24 pages of racy photographs and none-too-subtle innuendo, we glimpse an office where nice gams, some show of cleavage and a shapely derrier are all a young woman needs for advancement, where everything is about the perks, the outward displays of rank, and who has time for the actual grind? The brochure's tone is really a print-form version of one of those movie shorts from the forties or fifties in which a jovial, all-knowing narrator has a wisecrack or punchline for each of the succession of small mishaps that relate to a single theme of modern life, and of course the collision of office politics and sex was the raw material for such successful comedic treatments as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and not a few Jayne Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe vehicles. A great conceit of this brochure is that in none of the photographs is a face shown. Thus everything is captured in the anatomy south of the neck. Other than a little ink scribble on the rear cover, this is clean and tight. The brochure is 15 by 11.5 cm, or 6 by 4.25 inches. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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