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The Westminster Alice
London: Westminster Gazette, 1902. Hardcover. Near Fine. Gould, F. Carruthers. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 72 p. A satire on London politics of the day, of which Alice tries to make sense. "The Westminster Alice" is the name of a collection of vignettes written by Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) in 1902 and published by the Westminster Gazette of London; it is a political parody of Lewis Carroll's two "Alice" books. A number of notable British politicians of the day are identified in the book: Joseph Chamberlain is the Queen of Hearts, the Red Queen, and the Mad Hatter; Arthur Balfour is the White Queen and the March Hare; Robert Cecil is the King of Hearts and the Dormouse; Archbishop of Canterbury Frederick Temple is the Duchess; and Redvers Buller is Humpty Dumpty. The author, Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916), known by his pen name of "Saki", satirized Edwardian society. He is considered a master of the short story, having been influenced by Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll, and himself having an influence on P.G. Wodehouse. He died young in WWI, during the Battle of the Ancre, when he was killed by a German sniper (N.B., above info from Wiki). The illustrator, Francis Carruthers Gould (1844-1925), began his working life as a banker and member of the London Stock Exchange; he sketched members and important events in the financial world and was soon illustrating for the Pall Mall Gazette and the Westminster Gazette (the publisher of this volume). ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in bright red cloth over boards, illustration and lettering in black on the front, decorative floral endpapers, title page with small illustration inset, twenty-four additional black and white illustrations throughout the text; octavo size (approximately 8.5" tall), pagination: (i-iv), 1-67, printer's imprint (68). ***CONDITION: Near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, gently bumped corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, the only prior owner markings we see being a gift inscription on the front free endpaper with "Merry Christmas" underneath the names, but no year; some light sunning to the spine and light wear to the head and tail of the spine. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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