Partridge, Bernard; Joseph Swain, et al. (illus).
London. The Office. 1900.
Volumes CXVIII and CXIX bound in one. Black and white illustrations, iv + 464 + 464 pages + Punch's Almanack (unpaginated), 11 x 9 inches, 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 Ex-library with minimal markings (volume number on spine in white ink, small library stamp to each title page (marked withdrawn), small number stamp to preface page).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, multiple abrasions to back cover, decorative owner nameplate to front pastedown, foxing to endpapers and first and last few pages plus occasional spots of foxing to rest of interior, good clean and tight condition. Includes January 3 (which opens with a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle) through December 26, 1900 of this important British periodical, plus the 1901 Almanack. A fascinating look into the political and social history of the time, profusely illustrated with satirical cartoons and illustrations by Bernard Partridge, Joseph Swain, L. Raven-Hill, and others. Dominant themes include the Boer War being waged in South Africa, the 1900 Paris Exhibition, the incomprehensibility of Impressionist art, and sports including golf, cricket, and croquet. Item #56349