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Punch Almanack or The London Chivari

By Various

1858 - 1882 - London - The Office

(iv) 286pp, (iv) 278pp, (iv) 262pp, (iv) 268pp, (iv) 258pp, (iv) 312pp, (iv) 274pp, (iv) 274pp, (iv) 278pp, (iv) 282pp, (iv) 268pp, (iv)262pp, (iv) 272pp, (iv) 260pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

DETAILS

A uniformly bound set of the humorous Punch magazine.

Fourteen illustrated volumes as follows:

1846 - Vol X

1851 - Vol  XX

1858 -  Vol XXXIV

1860 - Vol XXXVII

1861 Vol XL

1864 - Vol XLVI

1865 - Vol XLVIII

1868 - Vol LIV

1869 - Vol LVI

1870 - Vol LVII

1872 - Vol LXII

1874 - Vol LXVI

1871 Vol - LX

1882 - Vol LXXXII

Illustrated throughout by various illustrators such as Sambourne. Punch helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the artistic roster included Harry Furniss, Linley, Francis Carruthers Gould, and Phil May, with the later volumes depicting illustrations from artists such as Fred Bennett, Ricardo Brook, Charles Harrison, W. Bird, and Harry Low.

Punch became a staple for British drawing rooms because of its sophisticated humour and absence of offencive material, especially when viewed against the satirical press of the time. The Times and the Sunday paper News of the World 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 journals aimed at intellectual audiences such as the Westminster Review.

Punch gave several phrases to the English language, including The Crystal Palace, and the "Curate's egg" , which is first seen in a cartoon of the 1895 volume. 

 

CONDITION

In a half leather binding with red cloth boards. Externally, volumes are intermittently sound, with some light shelfwear and rubbing to the boards. Internally pages are generally bright and clean throughout. With a penny red 1864 stamp and ink inscription to the edition page of the 1864 volume with stamp to title page also. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 

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