The comic history of England. By Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett. With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts. By John Leech À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott, 1811-1856

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À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott, 1811-1856
Great Britain -- History -- Humor; Great Britain - Humor.; Great Britain -- History -- Outlines, syllabi, etc.
A'Beckett and Leech were original contributors to "Punch, or the London Charivari" magazine, established 1841. It became the famous "Punch" magazine and remained in publication to 2002. A'Beckett also wrote editorials for a similar concept magazine, "Figaro in London" that ceased publication in 1839. "In commencing this work, the object of the Author was, as he stated in the Prospectus, to blend amusement with instruction, by serving up, in as palatable a shape as he could, the facts of English History. He pledged himself not to sacrifice the substance to the seasoning; and though he has certainly been a little free in the use of his sauce, he hopes that he has not produced a mere hash on the present occasion. His object has been to furnish something which may be allowed to take its place as a standing at the library table, and which, though light, may not be found devoid of nutriment."--Preface.
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