Posts Tagged ‘1902

06
Jul
11

The Westminster Alice

The Westminster Alice by Hector H. Monro (“Saki”).

Illustrated by F. Carruthers Gould.

Published by The Westminster Gazette, London, 1902.

Pamphlet with lots of black & white illustrations using Tenniel’s as inspiration, plus four pages of ads at the end of the book: they’re rather fun- Jaeger, Turkish Towels and Pianolas.

Prefaced:

With apologies to Sir John Tenniel and to everybody else concerned, including Messrs. Macmillan and Co., Limited to whose courtesy we are indebted for permission to publish these political applications of the immortal adventures of Lewis Carroll’s Alice.

A collection of 11 pieces satirising parliament and the political events of 1900-1902, when the initial enthusiasm of the public for the Boer War was fading fast and questions were being asked about the government’s  handling of the conflict.

Dwindle, dwindle little war,

How I wonder more and more,

As about the veldt you hop

When you really mean to stop.

The first piece appeared in the Westminster Gazette on 15 July 1900 and the series continued until early 1902. The series proved so popular that the parts were issued together in this pamphlet.

I think mine came from abebooks, but it might have been picked up in Marchpane Books in Cecil Court.

13
Mar
11

Emblemland

Emblemland: John Kendrick Bangs, illustrated by Charles Raymond Macauley. Also known as Rollo in Emblemland.

Published in 1902 by R.H. Russell, New York. First edition hardback, no dustjacket.

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a boy named Rollo falls asleep and finds himself in “Emblemland”, a strange country peopled with symbols and icons such as John Bull, Uncle Sam, the Owl, the Stork, Puck, Mr Punch, Father Time and Cupid.

Cupid describes his land as “the home of all Emblems…. Emblems are signs and symbols. I’m an Emblem, because I am the symbol of love; Uncle Sam is the symbol of the United States, and John Bull is the symbol of England, and the Owl is the symbol of wisdom….”

John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) was born in New York, and was an author, editor and satirist. Charles Raymond McCauley (1871 – 1934) was a newspaper cartoonist, published in the New York Daily Mirror.

New printing available from Evertype: Rollo in Emblemland: A Tale Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

03
May
10

Alick’s Adventures

Alick’s Adventures by G.R.

Illustrated with 8 plates by John Hassall, the first of which has come loose along with the protective tissue. Bother.

Longmans, Green and co, 1902. First edition.

8vo. Hardback with decorated front board and spine. No dust jacket.

G.R. is a mystery to me, but John Hassall was the creator of the “Jolly Fisherman” poster for Skegness, which he drew in 1908.

This one is sometimes tricky to track down, but usually reasonable when you do.

My copy is tatty and, as I said, the frontispiece has come away, but it’s perfectly bright and readable, and only cost me a tenner on abebooks.

You might be lucky on amazon: Alick’s Adventures

24
Jan
10

clara in blunderland

Clara in Blunderland by Caroline Lewis. Published by William Heinemann, 1902.

Fifth and seventh impressions. Cloth hardback, 12mo.

I have two copies of this, and have managed to read neither. I know it was written by Harold Begbie and J. Stafford Ransome (together under the pseudonym of Caroline Lewis) as a satire on British involvement in the Boer war, especially at the failure of the government to resolve the conflict, but as I know very little about the war, the parody passes way over my head.

The illustrations are credited to S.R., and I believe they were the work of the J. Stafford Ransome part of the partnership. They echo the Tenniels, but look like political caricatures: again, my lack of historical knowledge lets me down: I don’t know who they are. Any suggestions welcome- might Clara be Balfour??

There is a sequel: Lost in Blunderland, which I don’t own. Yet…

Available on amazon: Clara In Blunderland




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