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Ally Sloper's Half Holiday. Being a selection, side-splitting, sentimental, and serious, for the benefit of old boys, young boys, odd boys generally and even girls. Vol. III, no. 88 - vol XII, no. 609.
Printed for the proprietor, and published by W. J. Sunkins. 1886-1895 Approximately 551 issues in 10 volumes, including 9 issues of Ally Sloper's Christmas Holidays & 20 duplicate issues from vol. III; initial leaves of vol. III a little dusted & creased at lower corner, first issue of vol. VII defective, occasional small marginal tears, some light browning, occasionally trimmed close to lower margin. Overall issues are good & clean. All but vols III & VII bound in uniform half brown calf, vol. III in half green cloth, vol. VII in half maroon calf, front board lettered in gilt; all vols lacking some or all of spine strip, a few boards detached, hinges weak, rubbed & worn.The character of Ally Sloper was created by Charles Henry Ross and first drawn by his wife Emilie de Tessier when he appeared in the magazine Judy in 1867. Ross sold the rights of the character to the publisher and printer Gilbert Dalziel and in 1884 Ally Sloper's Half Holiday became the first weekly comic magazine to be based on a single character, with images by the cartoonist William Giles Baxter. After Baxter's death in 1888 Ally Sloper's principal artist became William Fletcher Thomas who was later replaced by Charles Henry Chapman. At its peak of popularity, the weekly circulation is estimated to have been over 350,000. It initially ceased publication after 1,679 issues in 1916. After three failed comebacks, Ally Sloper was finally curtailed in 1977.
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books [UK]

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