book-illustration(Part of an almanac but similar in form to book illustrations);
satirical print(social satire)
- Museum number
Reid 4928. 'The Comic Almanack' for 1839 published by Charles Tilt and illustrated by George Cruikshank.
Bound as a book with issues of 'The Comic Almanack' for 1838-40 in red leather and textile with "George Cruikshank. Comic Almanack 1838-40" lettered on the spine.
Lettered on the title-page: "The Comic Almanack, for 1839: An ephermeris in jest and earnest containing all things fitting for such a work. by Rigdum Funnidos Gent adorned with a dozen "righte merrie" cuts, pertaining to the months, and an hieroglyphic by George Cruikshank." With a wood engraved vignette of an astrologer wearing a jester's hat, a skeleton, skull and black cat around him. Below: "London: Imprinted for Charles Tilt, Bibliopolist in Fleet Street. Whitehead and Co. Printers, 76 Fleet Street."
Contents include tables of fasts, festivals &c, sun and moon rises and sets and weather for each month with articles at the end of the text. A full page etched illustration plate representing a comic scene accompanies each month. The 1839 edition is subtitled: "Stubb's callender; or the fatal boots and months of the year are represented by scenes from the life of the fictional character Bob Stubbs."
Wood engraved illustrations and silhouettes are integrated with the text
Letterpress almanac with etched plates and wood engraved vignette illustrations
- Production date
Height: 165 millimetres (approx page height)
Width: 100 millimetres (approx page width)
- Curator's comments
- See GW Reid 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.' for descriptions of individual illustrations. Headpieces and silhouettes within the text are not described by Reid.
Bound in a volume of three editions of 'The Comic Almanack' (1838-40.) For extensive description of original formats and publication history of 'The Comic Almanack.' See AM Cohn 184.
The British Museum holds editions from 1835-1853 acquired from a various sources. 184.d.11-18.
Proofs of individual illustrations are also held in the Department of Prints and Drawings' collection.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Issues of the 'Comic Almanack' for the years 1835-40 were acquired by the British Museum from Mr Miller in 1856.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number