[London: J. Hogarth, 1863].
Folded lithographic panorama in 27 vignettes (115 x 1720 mm). 1 vols. Oblong 8vo. Orange lithographic wrappers. Very good (some soiling, a few creases) OCLC records copies at BL & Cambridge. Item #315690
Amusing satirical account of a visit to the pyramids by a hapless British tourist, told in three images on the front cover and in twenty-seven concise caricature episodes, captioned beneath. The hero rents a clapped-out steed, travels along the Nile, encountering difficulties, and finally, much assisted by Egyptian guides, ascends a pyramid. He is offered “scarce relics … you flatter yourself you can detect the spurious”, attends an “Arab dance” and is suprised to learn that every entertainment has a price.
British popular interest in the pyramids had been fuelled by a visit to Egypt by the Prince and Princess of Wales in March 1862.
The present work captures many of the Victorian stereotypes of British visitors and native residents, and was lithographed by Lavars in Bristol. The imprint is of J. Hogarth, printmaker and picture-frame maker to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
The cover bears stylized initials A.M.J., which permits the work to be attributed to career soldier, artist, and fern cultivator Arthur Mowbray Jones (1826-1889), who joined the Gloucester Rifles in 1860, retiring at the rank of colonel in 1882. Mowbray Jones also produced a series of nature printed portfolios of British ferns, ca. 1880.
Uncommon and striking.
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