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Lot 95: 2 19th Century Irish Potato Famine Punch Illustrations

Antique & Collectible Books-Art-Paper Civil War, Antique Reference, Outsider & Harper's Weekly Art, etc

by The Book Barn

December 1, 2016

Edgewater, FL, USA

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Description: Bidders will note that lot(s) with very low Staring Bids, i. e. $1-$5, should in no way see the Starting Bid of $1-$5 as the Book Barn’s judgment on the value of the item(s) contained in the lot(s). We have been in the Used/OP book business for 30+ years & have a LOT of inventory, with more piling up weekly. (Sometimes it seems to us that books breed at night, so there are always more of them over time!) There is NO reserve on these lots. These low Starting Bid lot(s) are meant to lower our inventory by providing bidders the opportunity to buy material at a low prices—we call it the "Eek" price; as in "Eek! That’s all it sold for?" Our lack of storage is your opportunity to buy material at a low price. (2) Antique 19th Century Irish Potato Famine Woodblock Illustrations. They are suitable for framing. they are from the British publication "Punch." Punch, or The London Charivari which was a British weekly magazine of humor & satire, established in 1841. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. Illustration 1), Punch: December 13, 1845, is Titled: "The Real Potato Blight Of Ireland." It portrays Daniel O’Connell as a potato fungus. On the floor is what seems to be a collection plate full of coins, presumably "the O’Connell Tribute." & Illustration 2), Punch: November 15, 1845, is Titled: "Rint" v. Potatoes.—-The Irish Jeremy Diddler." The cartoon is a satirical attack against Daniel O'Connell and the movement to repeal the Union of 1801. The word 'Rint' refers to the penny-a-week subscription to the Repeal Association & "Diddler" refers to a needy, artful swindler, Jeremy Diddler has become a stock farce character, and the word "diddle" may be derived from him. Both Illustrations are political satires on the English government’s horrific mismanagement of the Irish Potato Famine of 1844-48 when a failure of the Irish diet, the Potato, was decimated by a blight causing widespread famine & emigration to the US. During the famine, approximately one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland. The massive famine soured the already strained relations between the Irish people and the British Crown, which eventually led to Irish Independence in the next century. Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic emancipation—-including the right for Catholics to sit in Parliament, denied for over 100 years—-and repeal of the Act Of Union which combined England & Ireland. The images measures approximately 9 1/2 inches high X 7 inches wide plus borders. Left side edge shows removal marks; other edges show light wear, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Overall both are in Very Good Condition. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: We do all our own shipping. We will combine shipping on multiple items, where possible to save the wining bidder on shipping costs. Shipping will be added to winning bidder's invoice for item(s) won. Media Mail postage from USPS will be used for shipping in the United States for those items allowed. Lowest alternative cost shipping will be billed for items not allowed by USPS to be shipped by Media Mail. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are available at added expense at the bidders request. You also agree to pay any applicable taxes and/or customs/import duties. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.

Condition Report: Very Good Condition

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