With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors. Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more. So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.
N.d., circa 1860. 8vo. 19 by 11.5 cm. The drawings poke fun of fat people, philanthropists, indulgent pet masters, street urchins, dandies, etc. The cartoons could very plausibly have appeared in "Punch" magazine, for they are generally very well executed artistically, with visual humor that speaks for itself, and a number have captions that can bring a chuckle even to a modern reader. The humor tends to be gentle, directed at very human foibles, of which paramount is the lack of self-awareness in the subject. While most of the drawings are free-standing, with a few tied together in a short narrative, there is a strong cohesiveness to the whole album. Leafing through it should transport one to mid-Victorian London to witness some of its ordinary absurdities and quotadian collisions between people from different walks of life. Overall, it is the visual aspect of the drawings that will bring the widest smile. Rebacked, with skiver (pig). Heavy wear to boards. Scattered soiling within, most on the surviving tissue guards.