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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, September 5, 1841   By:

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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, September 5, 1841 offers a unique and humorous glimpse into the political and social issues of the time. The collection of satirical cartoons and witty articles provide a clever commentary on the events and personalities of 19th century England. The illustrations are detailed and engaging, adding depth to the biting humor found throughout the publication. Readers with an interest in history or satire will find this volume to be both entertaining and enlightening. Overall, Punch, Volume 1 is a delightful read that offers a fascinating look at the past through the lens of humor.

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PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

VOL. 1.

FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 5, 1841.

THE GENTLEMAN'S OWN BOOK.

[Illustration: O]Our consideration must now be given to those essentials in the construction of a true gentleman the cut, ornaments, and pathology of his dress.

THE CUT

is to the garment what the royal head and arms are to the coin the insignia that give it currency. No matter what the material, gold or copper, Saxony or sackcloth, the die imparts a value to the one, and the shears to the other.

Ancient Greece still lives in its marble demi gods; the vivifying chisel of Phidias was thought worthy to typify the sublimity of Jupiter; the master hand of Canova wrought the Parian block into the semblance of the sea born goddess, giving to insensate stone the warmth and etheriality of the Paphian paragon; and Stultz, with his grace bestowing shears, has fashioned West of England broad cloths, and fancy goods, into all the nobility and gentility of the "Blue Book," the "Court Guide," the "Army, Navy, and Law Lists, for 1841."

Wondrous and kindred arts! The sculptor wrests the rugged block from the rocky ribs of his mother earth; the tailor clips the implicated " long hogs "[1] from the prolific backs of the living mutton; the toothless saw, plied by an unweayring hand, prepares the stubborn mass for the chisel's tracery; the loom, animated by steam (that gigantic child of Wallsend and water), twists and twines the unctuous and pliant fleece into the silky Saxony... Continue reading book >>


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