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21 The Phil May Folio of Caricature Drawings and Sketches in Line Block, Half-Tone and Photogravure. With a Biography.
London W. Thacker & Co. 1904 First Vellum spine. Buckram boards. Near Fine 
No. 229 of 250 limitation, signed by author. Folio, 44 by 28 cm. xv, [5], 245, [2] pp. (Other than frontis and roman numeral numbered biography, printing only on rectos, and blank versos unnumbered.) Ex-library, with call number neatly inked on lower spine and bookplate of library on FEP. Otherwise, a clean, bright copy, and we would say overall, ex-lib light. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Royal Letter-Bag; Containing Familiar Epistles from Royal Personages, Ministers of State, Bishops, Generals, Describing Mistresses, Italian Witnesses, &c. &c. Relative to the Queen, and Other Important State Affairs. With Thirteen Cuts
22 The Royal Letter-Bag; Containing Familiar Epistles from Royal Personages, Ministers of State, Bishops, Generals, Describing Mistresses, Italian Witnesses, &c. &c. Relative to the Queen, and Other Important State Affairs. With Thirteen Cuts
London T. Dolby. Printed by J. Swan 1820 Seventh Edition NA Good 
8vo. 22 by 14 cm. 32 pp. Two illustrations. Satiric verse and caricature illustrations arising from George IV's divorce case against his Queen Caroline. Moderate wear. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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ULK Wochenschrift der Berliner Volks-Zeitung.  [Or:  Wochenbeilage zur Berliner Volkszeitung]
23 ULK Wochenschrift der Berliner Volks-Zeitung. [Or: Wochenbeilage zur Berliner Volkszeitung]
Berlin Druck und Verlag von Rudolf Mosse 1921 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
The entire 1921 year run of this left-leaning humor weekly, or 51 issues, bound in cloth. The supplement to the Volkszeitung or Tageblatt was issued from 1872 to 1933, when the Jewish owned publication was terminated. 4to, 30.5 by 22.5 cm. Each issue is four pages, with generally one color (red, green, blue, etc.), occasionally two colors, enriching the black and white illustrations on the front and rear of each issue. The cover features one large illustration, with the back sometimes a single large illustration, sometimes several cells of a cartoon. Plenty of caricatures, cartoons and humorous drawings within as well. The publication was printed on highly acidic newspaper stock and so the pages are heavily toned. Otherwise clean. Soiling to the cloth cover, which remains attractive nonetheless. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Victorian Album of Original Mounted Zany Caricatures Done in Pen-and-Ink, Some Watercolors, with Numerous Miniatures
24 Victorian Album of Original Mounted Zany Caricatures Done in Pen-and-Ink, Some Watercolors, with Numerous Miniatures
1881 Full Morocco Very Good 
A fun house mirror into Victorian society, with over 300 clippings creating a collage of organized chaos on many of the pages. In our view, the arrangement of the imagery augments the irreverent spirit of the caricatures. 4to. 27.5 by 22 cm. Unpaginated, 73 pages of visual content, with all rectos used and some versos, with, by our count, a total of 309 separate mounted pieces with original artwork. Of these, 50 are colored. Not all the mounted illustrations are caricature, but the overwhelming majority are, and the cumulative effect of the album is an exuberant playfulness. The sheer number of caricatures crammed into these pages gives one the sense that a broad swath of Victorian society, bourgeois and noble, has come in for skewering. MPs, operagoers, jockeys, young and old lovers, musicians, minstrel performers, etc. etc. -- no one is spared. The miniatures, although not great in number, pack an outsized wallop, as well as speak the skill of the artist The artwork appears to us to have been done by a single person, a gifted amateur, about whom we know nothing with certainty. The strongest clue about him is a piece that states "School of Medicine Liverpool". Yet only a few of the clips near this appear to be poking fun at doctors and patients. The album is most definitely scrappy, but while this can be meant pejoratively, here the scrappiness of the album contributes to its charm, for the chock-a-block imagery on the page truly acts like a kaleidoscope -- hence, again, the fun house analogy above. Undoubtedly viewers will find similarities to Tenniel, du Maurier, Leech, and we can comfortably assume that "Punch" magazine was not unappreciated by this artist. The dating is based on one entry on the fourth page, "My diary 1881". We would assume that much of the artwork might have been done prior to this, later than this, or both, but the 1881 helps anchor the album, and we would add, much of the dress and styles exhibited in the album would reinforce this dating, loosely-speaking. To return to the question of the amount of color, there is some subjectivity in our categorization. We didn't include as colored pieces with what we thought, given the drawing, was a trivial amount of color. Also, we would note that the pieces were of widely varying size and shape, and there were some larger pieces that read as more than a single work of art, or were within themselves, a montage of sorts. As to the color quotient, when we do a page count assessment, we come up with 15 pages that read as color. Either way, the color quotient falls in the range of 16 to 20 percent, which is in line with our subjective impression leafing through the pages. 
Price: 1950.00 USD
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25 Wood's Havesting Machinery Unusual Pinwheel Advertisement together with Its 1871 Catalogue
Boston Rand Avery & Co. 1871 
Circa 1870, re the ad, and 1871 for the catalogue. The cicular advertisement , 11.5 inches in diameter, has eight sliced compartments with captions speaking the general virtues of the companies' products. The illustrations, intended to appeal with light humor caricature, are noteworthy for, among other things, an early depiction of bicycles! The 56 page catalogue from 1871 is not overly scarce, unlike the ad, but is included to provide background for the singular piece of ephemera. The Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Company was around from 1865 to 1924. Fires bedeviled both this company and the ad's printer, Rand Avery & Co. of Boston, which suffered devastating fires in 1870 and 1872, respectively. The ad , while mostly intact, is somewhat charred, and this may mean that it is a survivor, somehow, from one of these fires. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Ye Great Smelling Committee
26 Ye Great Smelling Committee
Malden, Massachusetts 1866 Wraps Good 
Scarce humorous electioneering folding booklet. Not on OCLC First Search. Closed, 13 by 8.5 cm. Fully open, 59 by 25 cm, with 14 panels, the seven on the top with caricature drawings, the seven on the bottom entirely text, five of which are dominated by comical verse. The caricatures are vivid, and amusing even if their intended import might at first come across as somewhat obscure, since even knowing something about the particulars alluded to, there is something oblique about the manner of derision. The publication related to General Nathaniel P. Banks (1816-1894) in his Congressional race of 1866 in the then sixth district of Massachusetts. The Republican candidate had been a Governor of Massachusetts and an Union General during the Civil War. This Congressional race marked Banks' return to civilian life immediately after the war. As a moderate Republican he was strenuously opposed by the Radical Wing of the party but ended up winning the seat, which he then occupied until 1873. In Congress he ended up aligning with the Radicals on a multitude of issues. So back to the booklet, the "Smelling Committee" in the title refers to the critics of Banks, and it is they who are the target of ridicule. These Smellers are attacked for their dredging up then a few arguably ill-advised remarks Banks had made years earlier when delivering an address in Portland, Maine that suggested he might not have quite the ardent unswerving commitment to preserving the Union at all costs. So in the cartoons the Smellers are depicted as relentless in their search for dirt on Banks, with one of them having a nose like Pinocchio (which was more than a decade away from being first published). In the final cell, Banks anoints one of his pursuers with a duncecap which has written on its side, "Slander". Beneath the cartoons is text fashioned loosely as a two scene play written in cheesy light verse. Condition: yellow wraps somewhat soiled. Small corner chip. One closed tear by fold when one opens the contents. One edge chip. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Ye Tale of Fiddulpington
27 Ye Tale of Fiddulpington
NA Very Good 
Original nonsense narrative poem about a spendthrift, dissolute knight who marries for money. N.d., circa 1890. 34 by 21.5 cm. With eight round mounted cameo caricaturish illustrations rended with pen and ink. The poet was a gifted amateur -- his silly verses will still provoke laughter. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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28 [Prints] A pair of prints by T. Kay: Pension Hunter, 1793, and Demonstration or Cause & Effect,1817
T. Kay 1792 and 1817 Fine 
The two prints are matted and framed similarly and thus work well as a pair of T. Kay satirical prints. They each measure 17.5 by 11 cm, and framed, 27 by 22 cm. Both are contained in the British Museum collection, which described the Pension Hunter as thus: A man wearing clerical bands with spurred top-boots stands directed to the right on an open Bible. His right hand is thrust in his waistcoat, his left holds close to his eyes an open book, 'Essay on the management of Bees'. Bees fly thickly above his head. The Bible is inscribed 'Revelation XIII And the World Wondered after the Beast.' The British Museum of the later print is as follows: Portrait of a stout man, full-length standing in profile to left, gesturing with his right hand as he speaks, holding a scroll in his left, wearing a dark suit with frilled cravat, fob and tall black hat. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Print]  At Home Again
29 [Print] At Home Again
Fine 
Hand-colored print depicting a red-coated veteran with a peg leg and arm. Undated, unsigned. Circa mid-1800s. The print itself measures 23 by 11 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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[Print]  Dozing
30 [Print] Dozing
Fine 
Hand-colored print depicting a couple asleep with an infant in a basket. Undated, unsigned. Circa mid-1800s. The print itself measures 9.5 by 19.5 cm, and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm, oblong. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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[Print]  Dramming
31 [Print] Dramming
Fine 
Hand-colored print depicting slovenly parents drinking away and neglecting their two children. Undated, unsigned. Circa mid-1800s. The print itself measures 9.5 by 19.5 cm, and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm, oblong. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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[Print]  Innocent Amusements.  Bottling Off the Ganges
32 [Print] Innocent Amusements. Bottling Off the Ganges
Fine 
Hand-colored print depicting an Englishman by the river bank with bottles and an Indian servant holding an umbrella over his head. Undated, circa mid-1800s. The print itself measures 16 by 12 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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[Print] "Come move on there -- its time you was in bed young woman any body with half an eye could see you were liquor
33 [Print] "Come move on there -- its time you was in bed young woman any body with half an eye could see you were liquor
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print depicting a constable. N.d., mid nineteenth century, unsigned. The print itself measures 23 by 15 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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[Print] "Pleadings at the Bar" or Popular Education -- a Farce, Performed every Sessions.  Dramatis Personae.  Clerk, Jailor, Two Children, etc., etc.
34 [Print] "Pleadings at the Bar" or Popular Education -- a Farce, Performed every Sessions. Dramatis Personae. Clerk, Jailor, Two Children, etc., etc.
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print depicting two children in court. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. The print is of an irregular shape, with its corners cut diagonally. If square, the print would measure 12 by 13.5 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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[Print] Abroad
35 [Print] Abroad
Fine 
Hand-colored print depicting a suffering, injured soldier in colorful uniform. Undated, unsigned. Circa mid-1800s. The print itself measures 23 by 11 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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[Print] At Home
36 [Print] At Home
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print depicting a soldier in colorful uniform. Undated, unsigned. Circa mid-1800s. The print itself measures 23 by 11 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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37 [Print] Attractive Young Couple and Baby

Hand-colored, possibly humorous, print. The young couple appear loving. The husband has a shotgun in one hand while his other arm is wrapped around his wife's back. The wife is looking upward, and would appear to be in a state of bliss. The humor comes from the infant in the basket behind him and his knowing, not very innocent, expression. N.d, early Victorian era. The print itself measures 24.5 by 20 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 36 cm. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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[Print] Dining by Chance.  Hunger the Best Sauce
38 [Print] Dining by Chance. Hunger the Best Sauce
Tho. McLean Oct. 29, 1830 Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print depicting a black man in rags biting into a loaf of bread as a mangy dog looks on. Unsigned. The print itself measures 23 by 11 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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39 [Print] Fashionable Absence or Elegant Simplicity

Hand-colored humorous print of a gentleman having tea and his hapless servant. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 18 by 23 cm, oblong, and matted, it is 30 by 41 cm. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Print] Guarded
40 [Print] Guarded
Tho. McLean Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print depicting a mutton-chopped youngish man with a scowl. The man is possibly a prisoner -- there is an outline of a hanged man drawn on the wall in the background. N.d., mid nineteenth century, unsigned. The print itself measures 23 by 11 cm, and with mat, 35.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 115.00 USD
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