book-illustration(Part of an almanac but similar in form to book illustrations);
satirical print(social satire)
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Reid 4928. 'The Comic Almanack' for 1847 published by David Bogue and illustrated by George Cruikshank.
Bound as a book with issues of 'The Comic Almanack' for 1846-47 in red leather and textile with "George Cruikshank. Comic Almanack 1846-47" lettered on the spine.
On the title-page: "The Comic Almanack, for 1847: An emphermeris in jest and earnest containing all things fitting for such a work. Adorned with numerous humourous illustrations and a dozen "righte merrie" cuts, pertaining to the months, by George Cruikshank." With a wood engraved vignette of an astrologer wearing a jester's hat with a skull, skeleton and a black cat around him. Below: "London: Imprinted for David Bogue, Bibliopolist in Fleet Street." At the foot of the page: "Vizetelly Brothers & Co, Printers, Peterborough Court, 135 Fleet Street."
Contents include tables of fasts, festivals &c, sun and moon rises and and weather for each month with articles and verses throughout. In this edition, the illustration plates usually correspond with an article illustrated. With wood engraved vignettes integrated with the text throughout.
Letterpress almanac with etched plates and wood engraved vignette illustrations
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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.
This edition of 'The comic almanac' provides insight into attitudes towards gender, race and popular culture in 1847.
Bound in a volume of two editions of 'The Comic Almanack' (1846-47.) For extensive description of original formats and publication history of 'The Comic Almanack.' See AM Cohn 184.
The Department of Prints and Drawings holds a full run of editions from 1835-1853 acquired from a various sources. 184.d.11-18.
The wood engraved illustrations in this edition are not described by GW Reid in 'A Descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.' 1871.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- No collection number has been allocated to this edition of 'The comic almanac.' It may have been acquired in 1864, the same date as the 1846 edition (1864,0813.340-351) both are bound together.
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