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Three Volumes of Punch

Vol. CLIX   July - December, 1920

1920 - London - Punch

11" x 8.5", 520pp

Vol CLXII  January - June, 1922

1922 - London - Punch

11" x 8.5", 532pp

Vol. CLXVII   January - June, 1925

1925 - London - Punch

11" x 8.5", 728pp

DETAILS

Three hardbound volumes in burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt detailing to the spine and front board, illustrated throughout.

Punch was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire published from 1841 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2002.

Punch was founded on 17 July 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. At its founding it was jointly edited by Mayhew and Mark Lemon. Initially it was subtitled The London Charivari, this being a reference to a satirical humour magazine published in France under the title Le Charivari. Reflecting their satiric and humorous intent, the two editors took for their name and masthead the anarchic glove puppet, Mr. Punch; the name also referred to a joke made early on about one of the magazine's first editors, Lemon, that "punch is nothing without lemon".

After months of financial difficulty and a relative lack of initial market success, Punch became a staple for British drawing rooms because of its sophisticated humour and absence of offensive material, especially when viewed against the satirical press of the time. The Times used small pieces from Punch as column fillers, giving the magazine free publicity and indirectly granting a degree of respectability, a privilege not enjoyed by any other comic publication. Punch would share a friendly relationship with not only The Times but also journals aimed at intellectual audiences such as the Westminster Review, which published a fifty-three page illustrated article on Punch's first two volumes.

Increasing in readership and popularity throughout the remainder of the 1840s and 1850s, Punch was the success story of a threepenny weekly paper that had become one of the most talked-about and enjoyed periodicals of its time. Punch enjoyed an audience on both sides of the Atlantic, including: Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Edward FitzGerald, Charlotte Bront, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and James Russell Lowell. Punch gave several phrases to the English language, including The Crystal Palace, and the "Curate's egg" (first seen in an 1895 cartoon). Several British humour classics were first serialised in Punch, such as the Diary of a Nobody and 1066 and All That.

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm with all pages and boards securely attached although the hinges are slightly strained. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners, rubbing to the edges of the boards and fraying to the top and bottom of the spines. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and some age toning. There is a small sticker to one of the front blank endpapers of each volume. There is a small ink stain to the foredge of the 1925 volume. Overall the volumes are in good only condition.

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