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The Comic Almanack an Ephemera in jest and earnest, containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities by Thackeray, Albert Smith, Gilbert A Beckett, the Brothers Mayhew.
London: Chatto and Windus 1881and 1884. First Series 1835-1843, Second series 1844-1853. - with many hundred illustrations by George Cruickshank and other authors. Two matching volumes, the first published in 1881, the second in 1884. First Series, 388+32 pp. Second series, 428+32 pp. illustrated with folding plates, full page and other drawings. Publisher catalogues at the ends of both vols are dated Aug. 81 and Mar. 84. Both have had their spines professionally restored, and a few of the folded plates have had proper tape strengthening along a weak fold, there are a few rough edges affecting only the margins of a few drawings, but both copies are tight bright and clean, with none of the foxing which can disfigure earlier copies of Cruickshank's work. These are a treasure of early Victorian humour and drawing. Thackeray was a contributor, along with Hood, Mayhew, Albert Smith, A'Beckett, and Robert Brough with woodcuts and steel engravings by Cruickshank, Hine and Landells. Quite scarce particularly as a set.
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