Rackham, Arthur, et al. (illus).
London. The Office. 1905.
Volumes CXXVIII and CXXIX bound in one. Black and white illustrations, 468+468pp, index, 11 x 9 inches, marbled endpapers, leather spine and corners with cloth covered boards (hardbound). Ex-library with minimal markings (volume number on spine in white ink, small library stamp to each title page (marked withdrawn), small number stamp to preface page). Covers lightly rubbed, REAR BOARD DETACHED, decorative owner nameplate to front pastedown, scattered foxing to first and last few pages plus occasional foxed areas to rest of interior, good clean and tight condition. Includes January 4, 1905 through December 27, 1905, of this important British periodical. A fascinating look into the political and social history of the time, profusely illustrated with satirical cartoons, illustrations and text. Of particular interest: a woman's lib cartoon "Primum Vivere, Deinde Philosophari" featuring four women sitting around a card table gambling and smoking; three illustrations by Arthur Rackham including a house filled with rambunctious children, Mid-Chanel Mermaids, and "Swiss Notes"; several cartoons relating to golf and rugby. Also a full page cartoon with kangaroo flying witch-like on a cricket bat to land on British shores: "'On the Rat's Back I Do Fly After the Ashes Merrily!' with Mr. Punch's sincere welcome to the Australian Cricket Team." Item #56104