By Harold Begbie, illustrated by F. Carruthers Gould (after Heinrich Hoffman)
First edition of this English political parody of the classic German children's book by Heinrich Hoffman, the misbehaving "Shaggy Peter."
THE POLITICAL STRUWWELPETER
"Awful naughty Rads and Tories, / Telling Whips most dreadful stories..."
Each verse makes fun of some contemporary political event, most prominently the first phrase of the Boer War. The illustrations each take their cue from the Hoffman originals, with details altered to invoke caricatures of various political figures, such as British Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain sporting a monocle. Both silly and mean-spirited, it captures a tongue-in-cheek view of many now-overlooked details from the eventful year of 1899 in Great Britain.
London: Grant Richards, 1899. 10.25'' x 8.5''. Original quarter red cloth, paper pictorial boards. Illustrated by Gould in color throughout. 24 pages, printed rectos only. Soiling to boards, most heavily at margins, with some edgewear. Hinges carefully repaired, offsetting to endpapers, else very clean.
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