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Comic almanack : an ephemeris in jest and earnest, containing "all things fitting for such a work."


The Comic Almanack was created during one of the richest and liveliest epochs of caricature in history by George Cruikshank. With no formal schooling, Cruikshank became one of the greatest etchers and social commentators England ever produced. He began his career in his teens as a scathing and brutal political caricaturist, writing The Life of Napoleon and contributing to The Scourge (both titles also in Special Collections). Cruikshank had no personal political leanings and attacked all examples of hypocrisy and baseness with equal vigor. The Comic Almanack is a vast and comprehensive exposition of his vision. Our collection contains nineteen originally published issues from 1835-1853 gathered and bound into five volumes.


Additional Cruikshank Items from the Norman M. Fox Collection

Mayhew's Great Exhibition of 1851
Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
Bentley's miscellany. [Vol. 1]
Greenwich Hospital, a series of naval sketches
Life in London

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Hand-Colored Frontispieces

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