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Lot 1260: 2V Chromolithograph ANTIQUE VANITY FAIR BOUND COMPILATIONS 1872 British Society Magazine Spy Ape Thomas Gibson Bowles Cecioni Nast Color Plates
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Details: This lot consists of the antique bound compilations of Vanity Fair shown in the corresponding images.
Included is a bound compilation of volume VII of "Vanity Fair," covering January 6, 1872 - June 22, 1872, and volume VIII of the same, covering July 13, 1872 - December 28, 1872.
Subtitled "A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares", Vanity Fair was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, who aimed to expose the contemporary vanities of Victorian society. The first issue appeared in London on November 7, 1868. It offered its readership articles on fashion, current events, the theatre, books, social events and the latest scandals, together with serial fiction.
Bowles wrote much of the magazine himself under various pseudonyms such as "Jehu Junior", but contributors included Lewis Carroll, Willie Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Jessie Pope and Bertram Fletcher Robinson.
The most memorable parts of the magazine were the biographies and accompanying caricatures. These were conceived by Bowles, who added them to the magazine in the first year of its existence. The first caricature appeared in the January 30, 1869 issue: Benjamin Disraeli drawn by Carlo Pellegrini under the pseudonym "Singe," which he soon changed to "Ape". William Gladstone was depicted in the next issue; ultimately there were 2300 caricatures, always somewhat to quite ridiculous, but perceptive and revealing. These four dapper caricatures from 1876 were drawn by "Spy", i.e. Leslie Ward, ultimately the most famous of the Vanity Fair artists.
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Condition / Notes: These volumes are bound in green cloth covers with some loose pages and missing text. Volume VII includes 13 (of 26) chromolithograph caricatures by Cecioni and Thomas Nast. Volume VIII includes 16 (of 26) chromolithograph caricatures.The plates show well, with vivid coloration. The volumes measure approximately 10" by 14.5".
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