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The History of Johnny Quae Genus, The Little Foundling of the Late Doctor Syntax:  A Poem, By the Author of the Three Tours., Rowlandson, Thomas, illustrator.  Verse by William Combe
141 Rowlandson, Thomas, illustrator. Verse by William Combe The History of Johnny Quae Genus, The Little Foundling of the Late Doctor Syntax: A Poem, By the Author of the Three Tours.
London R. Ackermann 1822 First Cloth. Quarter Morocco slipcase, cloth chemise. Fine 
Royal 8vo. 25.5 by 16 cm. 259, [9] pp. With 24 hand-colored plates. Final 9 pages are 1 p. directions to binder, 8 pp. publisher's ads. The final authorized Syntax book, published by Ackermann, with the original author and illustrator. Tooley 413. Original boards and spine label. Label with chips in center, but most of letters survive. Housed in a quarter blue morocco slipcase, with five raised bands, and cloth chemise. This outer box is handsome, with some light soiling on the box's and chemise's blue cloth. Typical offsetting, otherwise generally clean. Frontis plate bound slightly unevenly. Repaired joints. 
Price: 775.00 USD
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Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, Addressed to J. G. Lockhart, Esq., Scott, Sir Walter.  Illustrated by George Cruikshank
142 Scott, Sir Walter. Illustrated by George Cruikshank Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, Addressed to J. G. Lockhart, Esq.
London John Murray 1830 First Full Calf Fine 
Unusual copy of Scott classic with the 12 plates in three states, one of which is hand-colored, and a fine full green morocco Riviere & Son Binding. Small 8vo. 15 by 9.5 cm. 402 pp. Note that the same edition appears most commonly in an uncolored state, and the rarer colored plate copies generally don't come with other states. Supposedly once the copy of Nate Doheny. A beautiful copy in all respects. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Livre de Comptes de Stavisky Le Rire.  Journal Humoristique.  No 792.  7 Avril 1934, Sennep, Jean
143 Sennep, Jean Livre de Comptes de Stavisky Le Rire. Journal Humoristique. No 792. 7 Avril 1934
Paris Le Rire 1934 First Wraps Very Good 
Folio, 30.5 by 23.5 cm. Unpaginated, 20 pages, plus wraps. Scathing caricatures set up cleverly as if in an account book. By a leading right wing French cartoonist of the day. Heavily toned leaves. Closed tear by joint fold. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Portfolio of Thirteen Original Pen and Ink Political Cartoons by F. L. Sole(?) from the 1920s and 1930s, Sole, F. L. (?)
144 Sole, F. L. (?) Portfolio of Thirteen Original Pen and Ink Political Cartoons by F. L. Sole(?) from the 1920s and 1930s
1927, 1928, 1931 
The cartoons range from the topical, depicting Jack Dempsey, the heavyweight champion, and the political divide over Prohibition, to a-political lighthearted aspects of everyday life in the sticks. In the latter category are such subjects as a farmer feeding his pig(s) at dawn, a stern man smoking a pipe, a dumpy-looking professor explaining geometry to a gangly puzzled hick. A few of the cartoons are really just caricature character studies -- these have great charm. In one, a man, representing the Ironwear Hosery [sic] Co., is knitting socks and fretting about getting work done before the trout season opens. The sensibility might strike one as in accord with Norman Rockwell, although the style is not the same. The cartoons were clearly done by a professional cartoonist for publication, but we have been unable to discover who "Sole" was, or where the cartoons may have appeared. He sometimes signs with initials, but these are stylized and so we can not be sure that these initials are meant to be F and L, or in what order these initials are supposed to be, if indeed they are the correct letters. Nonetheless, they do capture the age, are are pleasing regardless of biography of their creator or the outlet where they appeared. Some of the references would be obscure to all but the most specialized of historians, but their general gist tends to be easily apparent, and their winsome levity suffers little. An example is one entitled a "Modern Daniel", and it depicts a scene between two lions, one dubbed "Wets", the other, "Drys", a clear reference to Prohibition, and a small cowering man in the foreground is holding out a branch with a banner carrying the words, "Wickersham Report" on it. What this report is may be long forgottent, but given the 1931 dating of the cartoon, we can have no doubt that the cartoonist is showing two fierce and implacable lions facing off one another, with the "Wets" getting an upper hand, as was the case by the thirties. The cartoons range in size, from 20 by 13 cm to 38 by 31 cm, with most closer to the largest one in their size. A few short closed tears and chips -- these are minor. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Perils of a Private. Sketches of Camp Life, Stanley, "Ted"
145 Stanley, "Ted" Perils of a Private. Sketches of Camp Life
Boston Small, Maynard & Company 1918 First Edition Wraps Very Good Minus 
Oblong, 16 by 24 cm. Unpaginated, title, 70 pp. Cartoon humor about training camps during the First World War by a private in a motor truck company during the war. This is the war memorialized by Irving Berlin. The discomforts, communal unpleasantries and personalities are universals to military training. While some of the wisecracks and captions may be obscure, most will still stoke a laugh. Front cover has corner chip and some soiling. Mostly clean within. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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The Kaiser's Kalendar for 1915. Or The Dizzy Dream of Demented Willie.
146 Strube, George and W. F. Blood The Kaiser's Kalendar for 1915. Or The Dizzy Dream of Demented Willie. "'Hun'-Easy Lies the Head--"
London The Daily Express 1914 First edition Wraps Very Good Minus 
Oblong, 14 by 22 cm. 12 pages, plus wraps, with a large cartoon for each month mocking the megalomania of the Kaiser as he takes London by storm, plus a final coup de grace cartoon on the inside rear wrap. Alongside the monthly cartoon is a monthly calendar with a notable birth, death, event or occasion noted for each day. Soiling to the cover, and moderate wear besides. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Karikatury 1935, T. Kos-Zahajsky
147 T. Kos-Zahajsky Karikatury 1935
Prague Unknown 1935 Cloth Near fine 
Very scarce collection of Czech caricature -- no copies located on OCLC First Search. Oblong 8vo. 21 by 27 cm. Title, followed by 33 plates, three of which are folding. The illustrations are caricatures mostly of Czech politicians, artists, writers,and other public figures, but there are also a good number relating to world figures, including Hitler, Pilsudski, Stalin, Litvinov, Mussolini, Anthony Eden, Ramsay MacDonald, etc. The style of caricature is quite singular -- comparable in this might be cited Max Beerbohm -- and as always one test of quality, one doesn't necessarily have to be familiar with the subject depicted to derive amusement from the image. Inscribed on title page by the artist. A clean copy. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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148 Thackeray, William Makepeace, as the artist Etchings by the late William Makepeace Thackeray while at Cambridge Illustrative of University Life, etc., etc. Now First Published from the Original Plates
London Henry Sotheran & Co. 1878 First Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. 22 by 14 cm. Title leaf, table of contents, then eleven etchings, each given in two states, one hand-colored, the other, without color, and in each of these etchings is presented on eight leaves, for a total of sixteen plates. Following the plates are many blank leaves which allowed for the binding to have some thickness and a title label on the spine. Thackeray was an accomplished caricaturist, but we should be glad that a Cruikshank he was not, and that in time he chose to concentrate on the written word for his sustenance. Bound in full calf by Bradstreet's. Bookplate with section and shelf lines, but we believe this is for a private library. No other signs that can be interpreted as ex-lib. Spine leather darkened. Chips to spine labels. Tight and clean within. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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149 Thoeny, E. Militaer Album
Munchen Verlag Albert Langen First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Folio-sized, measuring 40 by 30 cm, 16 by 11.75 inches. With 32 large color plates, all using one or two colors besides black and white. The captions poke light fun at the Prussian, and German, military and militarism, as well as the common attitudes of the ranks and file at the time. Much of the humor is now somewhat obscure, which is part of its academic fascination. The drawings, regardless, capture the time and spirit of the German army and navy of the period when it was at the height of its prestige. The cover has light soiling and wear. The original endpapers have edge chips and a closed tear along the front hinge. The contents are quite clean. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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150 Tim Bobbins [John Collier] The Miscellaneous Works of Tim Bobbin, Esq. containing his Views of the Lancashire Dialect, With large Additions and Improvements; also, His Poems of the Flying Dragon, and the Man of Heaton; Together with other Whimsical Amusements in Prose and Verse. To which is added, A Life of the Author
Salford Cowdroy & Slack 1812 Half Calf Very Good 
8vo. 240, 88 pp. With frontis portrait and 27 copper engraved plates, which are generally whimsical, boisterous, or funny. The plates capture the tone of much of the text, which is given over to light verse and broad burlessque, dialect humor. Of greatest value, though, is surely the glossary of Lancashire words and phrases, combined with how this picturesque form of speech is worked into the skits and dialogues. Tim Bobbins was a pseudonym for John Collier (1708-1786), the Lancashire Hogarth. His publication on the Lancashire dialect was indeed the first important work to treat the subject. Heavy age toning. Some soiling besides. Offsetting to plates. Spine calf a bit dry. Binding remains tight, and copy is overall still attractive, even with faults. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Les Papillons Métamorphoses Terrestres des Peuples de l’Air, Varin, Amédée.  Text by Eug. Nus and Antony Meray
151 Varin, Amédée. Text by Eug. Nus and Antony Meray Les Papillons Métamorphoses Terrestres des Peuples de l’Air
Paris Gabriel de Gonet Quarter Morocco. Pebbled cloth boards. Very Good 
Two volumes in one. N.d., circa 1852. 4to. 27.5 by 18.5 cm. 232, [4], 258, [3] pp. 35 whimsical anthropomorphic hand-colored plates, including two frontises. Scattered light foxing and soiling. Still, a tight and attractive copy. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37, Vierster, Werner
152 Vierster, Werner Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37
1937 Custom-made half leather folder Fine 
A most unusual, bizarre, comical home-made book of a Nazi training camp for the SA! 20 pp., plus wraps. 29 by 25 cm. If one could overlook the sinister associations, much of the satire could apply to any military boot camp, but of course one can not escape the invidious context. In a way, this might be viewed as a pity, because the illustrations and accompanying light verse are superb, and this can be seen as plausibly publishable, but for the irredeemably unsavory context. Yet it is on the other hand a most interesting primary source document on the life of an ordinary member of the SA and by extension, other Nazi units. So we find mocked the task master commander, the morning wake-up and ablutions, the constant drilling, exercise and sporting regimen. Quite graphically depicted is the group shower, among other things. Interestingly, women were a part of the camp experience -- they lived separately, but there was mingling. Much of the training would appear to have been indistinguishable from standard military training. Was this in keeping with the paramilitary nature of the SA, or was it somehow related also to the German not so furtive strategems to evade the restrictions placed on its military activities by the Treaty of Versailles? In any case, there is strangely no allusion to Jews in the entire work. The most disturbing aspect of the work may be that, notwithstanding the gently cynical tone, the author would appear to have emerged from the program an enthusiastic member of the SA! Now housed in a handsome half-black morocco over green cloth folder. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original, Vulliamy, C. E.
153 Vulliamy, C. E. Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original
1906 Quarter Leather Very Good Plus 
A complete manuscript book containing 34 pen and sepia wash pictures, each captioned on the facing leaf by the hand of Colwyn Edward Vulliamy (1886 - 1971). Vulliamy was a Welsh biographer and historian. Educated privately, he studied art under Stanhope Forbes. In World War One he served in France, Macedonia and Turkey. Post-war, in addition to biography, he produced several mysteries and dabbled in humor writing. This album beautifully combines his affinity for history and humor, and one could only wish he had devoted more of his later energies to such caricature. The subject matter is of some historic remove from Vulliamy, but surely the album reflects the surge of interest in the eighteenth century that occurred at the turn of the twentieth century. Here one will find both a wistful and jaundiced look back -- Vulliamy doesn't look away from the seedy and ugly aspects of Georgian England. His style and wash media are true to the period, and but for the paper stock and the binding, one could be easily deceived into thinking the artwork was in fact contemporary with the period depicted. The front endpaper is signed and dated by the author, and he again initials and dates the closing illustrated leaf. Quarter leather over pebbled cloth binding, measuring 9.5 by 13.5 cm, or 5.25 by 3.75 inches. Some spotting on the black cloth. Otherwise, quite fresh and clean. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Dessins Originaux de Paul Wagnez, Wagniez [Wagnez], Paul
154 Wagniez [Wagnez], Paul Dessins Originaux de Paul Wagnez
Cloth Very Good 
Small folio, 33 by 25 cm. 38 pp. of pen and crayon drawings, most of which are both erotic and comical, mounted in "Henschel's Skizzenbuch". The accompanying text, often narrative poems, is written by Wagniez as well. The French-Belgian artist Paul Wagniez (1876 - 1935) studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts et des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and became known for book illustration. He was a versatile artist, nonetheless, at home with still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and action scenes such as those of the hunt, and equally proficient in oils, watercolors and other media. Most of the works contained in the album are from the early 1930s, shortly before Wagniez's death, and these were dedicated to a friend, Robert Villefumade, who most surely compiled this album in honor of Wagniez. The overall nature of the content is not readily apparent as one opens the front cover. On that cover there is a funny picture of a squat obese woman surrounded ludicrously with mathematic iconology. Humor aside, this offers no hint of the risqué. Pasted to the FFEP is a moody youthful self-portrait, circa 1900. Following are two additional somber works -- another, more mature Wagniez self-portrait executed in 1928, and a pretty yard scene of a cat, dated 1934. Then the fun begins. The erotica bears some resemblance to Epinal cartoon sheets in the arrangement of vignettes on the page amidst text, in their artistic styling, and in being, essentially, graphic short stories, except unlike Epinals, the content is not meant for juvenile eyes. In one tale, "Chut, chut! Tu vas reveiller Grand-mere . . . " a young woman exhorts her lover to be quiet lest they wake the sleeping elderly woman. Another piece involves a lecherous traveller unexpectedly rebuffed in his advances. Other story lines show a wet nurse who doesn't feel compelled to nap with her ward, the uninhibited dreams of young women, and a Flapper named Fanny who "se chauffe en hiver/A la flamme elle expose son derriere . . . " This being the land of saucy louche-ness, one can find tingly hints of sapphic love and other taboos defied. Not all the action is harmlessly consensual by any means -- there is a fair amount of violation and rape. The stories are set in the past, with particular relish for the period spanning from Henri IV to Louis XIII, but scenes also set in mythology, the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century. A few of the final entries are sketchy, unfinished cartoons, but overall, the work is meticulously detailed and rendered with great fluency. Moderate to heavy wear to the cloth binding, with tears along joints, bunching of the cloth, soiling, etc. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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The Post Captain or Adventures of a True British Tar by a Naval Officer.   With Characteristic Engravings, Williams, artist.  Alfred Thornton, author.
155 Williams, artist. Alfred Thornton, author. The Post Captain or Adventures of a True British Tar by a Naval Officer. With Characteristic Engravings
London. Also Edinburgh and Dublin J. Johnston principally, but also Simpkin and Marshall; Sherwood, Neely, and Jones; S. W. Fores; Macredie and Co.; Milliken 1817 First Full Morocco Very Good 
First issue of this book, printed by J. and T. Agg, bound in full red crushed morocco by Riviere and Son. Royal 8vo. 24 by 15 cm. [4], 282, [2] pp. With 24 hand-colored plates, plus hand-colored illustration on primary title page. Tooley 484. A few slightly dark spots on the leather. Minor rubbing along joints. Scattered light finger smudging on the pages. Easily a very good copy regardless. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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156 Williams, Charles, illustrator. John Matthews; Richard Porson; George Tierney; Soame Jenyns; and Alexander Pope Eloisa in Deshabile: A Satirical Poem by the Late Professor Porson. To which are Added the Modern Fine Gentleman, Modern Fine Lady, Curtain Lectures, and The Squire and the Parson
London J. J. Stockdale 1819 Stated Third Edition Half Calf Very Good 
8vo. 19 by 11 cm. 157, [3] pp. With eight hand-colored etched plates, including frontis. Uncommon title with hand-colored plates. Rubbing to the joints and edges. Scattered soiling within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Manuscript of caricatures, Williams, Edward
157 Williams, Edward Manuscript of caricatures
England 1845 Quarter Calf. Cloth Boards Very Good 
Eleven leaves of precise and incisive pen and ink caricatures of those involved in the courts and in medicine, with sixteen original caricatures in all. Folio, 37 by 27 cm. Also lovely bird, butterfly and foliate vignettes ornamenting the three first pages without caricatures. The court characters include the judge, the barrister, the crier of the court, the attorney, the plaintiff, the defendant, witnesses for each, the bailiff's follower and the sheriff. The medical cast is comprised of the apothecary, the physician, the quack doctor, the patient, the medical student and the surgeon. The writing is by a calligraphic hand, and this is applied both to the flowery dedicatory and introductory pages and the sharp captioned text. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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158 Woile, Hans-Peter Karikaturen
Reutlingen Verlag die Zukunft 947 First Edition Wraps Near FIne 
An uncommonly well-preserved copy of an anthology of anti-Nazi cartoons published shortly after the war. 4to. 29 by 20 cm. Unpaginated. Short closed tears along joints of wraps. That and age toning aside, clean and tight. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Eccentric Excursions or Literary & Pictorial Sketches of Countenance, Character & Country, in different parts of England & South Wales.  Interspersed with Curious Anecdotes.  Embellished with upwards of One Hundred Characteristic & Illustrative Prints, Woodward, George Moutard
159 Woodward, George Moutard Eccentric Excursions or Literary & Pictorial Sketches of Countenance, Character & Country, in different parts of England & South Wales. Interspersed with Curious Anecdotes. Embellished with upwards of One Hundred Characteristic & Illustrative Prints
London Allen & West 1796 First Edition Full Morocco Very Good 
4to. 25.5 by 20 cm. 217, [1] pp. Illustrated with engraved title and 100 humorous hand-colored plates (on 99 leaves), 3 of which are folding, by Isaac Cruikshank, a contemporary of Rowlandson and father of George and Robert Cruikshank. Caricatures and early cartoons here could be sharp, acerbic or gentle. Many glow with whimsy, and all should bring a smile to virtually anyone. Full blue morocco, Riviere & Son binding. With elaborate dentelles and spine decoration. Gilt edges. Rubbed spots on joints, and the slightest fatigue to leather on the spine. One minor closed tear within. Age toning to leaves, which are otherwise clean. A comic masterpiece in a rare true first edition. 
Price: 8000.00 USD
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160 Wright, Thomas. Drawn and engraved by F. W. Fairholt A History of Caricature & Grotesque In Literature and Art
London Virtue Brothers & Co. Decorated Cloth Very Good 
N.d, circa 1865. 8vo. xvi, 494 pp. History from the Classical world up to the early 19th century, with particular strength in its coverage of the early Modern era, or the 17th to early 18th century. Rebacked, preserving orginal spine in virtually its entirety. Clean within. New endpapers. Tight. Signs of wear along edges and the joints. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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