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Book of the Bench. Caricatures of legal fraternity.

Book of the Bench. Caricatures of legal fraternity.

by Mackenzie, James

The Book of the Bench with Thirty-nine reproductions in colour from paintings by "Spy" and other cartoonists. First Edition, 1909.
James Mackenzie Limited publishers 15A Paternoster Row, London, E.C. Printed by Henry Stone and Son Ltd., Banbury. Approximately 280 x 340 x 40mm x  (11 x 13 x 1.3/4 inches).

With vellum binding and gold embossed figure of Justice with scales and sword on front cover, and gilt title on cover and spine, this book was a grand presentation publication. As usual, the front board is slightly warped and foxed and there is slight foxing throughout. The 39 plates are in good condition, attached at the top of each to the page behind, and accompanied by pages with biographical and humorously descriptive information about these prominent figures of the legal profession. The most popular were the caricatures of wigged judges with their typical mannerisms and facial expressions.

Colour--printed lithographs, reduced in size and more colourful than the original Vanity Fair caricatures. This is a wonderful book for anyone who can appreciate caricatures of the legal profession... 'wigs' who were parodied in Vanity Fair publication in London between 1868 and 1914. Vanity Fair was a periodical of social commentary and one noteworthy character was parodied each week by eminent caricaturists - the most famous of whom were Leslie Ward (1851-1922) who signed his work "Spy", and "Ape" (Carlo Pellegrini).

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(Original antique legal caricature lithographs are available under Antique Prints>Portraits>Legal... Classic legal portraits are available under Antique Prints>Professions.)

Stock Number: ab601Price: $990.00