Item #124680 The Comic Almanac, An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities. George Cruikshank.
The Comic Almanac, An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities.
The Comic Almanac, An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities.

The Comic Almanac, An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities.

1835. London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, n.d.

4 vols. Half morocco and blue cloth boards, ruled in gilt, backstrips gilt. Extremities a little rubbed, upper hinges tender, but in general a well preserved set.

§ A later printing of the complete Comic Almanack, first issued in nineteen annual parts between 1835 and 1853. (See Cohen 184.)
The most important of a number of comic almanacks which from the late Regency period parodied and subverted the popular almanack genre to poke fun at their educational aspirations and at society at large. Contributing authors included Thackeray, the Brothers Mayhew, Robert Brough, and Gilbert A'Beckett, but the success of the Comic Almanack rested principally on the illustrations and editorial talents of George Cruikshank. Well-printed reprints like this, which include the folding plates of the later issues, show the extraordinary and ongoing appeal of what was supposed to have been an ephemeral production. Item #124680

Price: $500.00

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