The Tooth-Ache.
Horace Mayhew and George Cruikshank.

Scarce in Hand-Colored State. First edition, first issue (with adv. to inner boards). Twelvemo (4 7/8 x 3 7/16 in; 125 x 88 mm). Forty-three numbered hand-colored etchings on three sheets of twenty-four panels folding out to a continuous panorama (4 7/8 x 78 inches; 125 x 1982 mm.). Original pictorial boards.

“Poems and essays have been written by literary men upon the gout, and there are, of course, countless professional treatises on dentistry; but I have met with only one on toothache which can be called literary: The Tooth-Ache, imagined by Horace Mayhew and realised by George Cruikshank” (Notes and Queries, 10th Series, Aug. 15, 1908, p. 122).


“Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”

Tonight marks Guy Fawkes Night, the commemoration of the failed Gunpowder Plot. In 1605, Fawkes and his fellow conspirators intended to assassinate King James in the House of Lords. They also sought to kidnap Princess Elizabeth and, following her father’s death, place her on the throne as a Catholic Queen. The plot was thwarted when Fawkes was caught guarding the gunpowder explosives underneath the Palace of Westminster.

A holiday developed around the conspirators’ failure, with people lighting bonfires and fireworks to celebrate. Fawkes himself is often burned in effigy, and he was often a popular topic for caricaturists. 

(images from Horace Mayhew and Percy Cruikshank’s Guy Faux: A Squib (N7436.53 .N29 G89 1849))