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Supplement to Punch, or the London Charivari, September 16, 1914 The New Rake's Progress: Cartoons from "Punch" Illustrating the Kaiser's Career, 1888-1914   By:

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In this volume, readers are treated to a collection of cartoons from the renowned British satirical magazine, Punch, which provide a humorous yet insightful commentary on the rise of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. The illustrations span the years 1888 to 1914, capturing key moments in the Kaiser's career and offering a unique perspective on European politics leading up to World War I.

The cartoons featured are both clever and thought-provoking, showcasing the wit and creativity of the artists behind them. Through exaggerated caricatures and clever symbolism, the Kaiser's ambitious and often controversial actions are brought to life in a way that is both entertaining and enlightening.

While some may find the depictions of the Kaiser to be a bit harsh, it is important to remember that Punch was a satirical magazine known for its bold and irreverent take on current events. In that sense, these cartoons offer a fascinating glimpse into the public perception of the Kaiser and his role in shaping the political landscape of the early 20th century.

Overall, The New Rake's Progress is a delightful and thought-provoking collection that serves as a valuable historical document and a reminder of the power of political satire. Whether you're a history buff, a fan of political cartoons, or simply looking for an engaging read, this book is sure to entertain and inform.

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SUPPLEMENT TO "PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI"

SEPTEMBER 16, 1914.

THE NEW RAKE'S PROGRESS

Cartoons from "Punch" Illustrating the Kaiser's Career, 1888 1914.

"Punch" Office, 10, Bouverie Street, London, E.C.

Illustration: GERMAN KAISER. "LET US PREY."

Sept. 9, 1914.

Illustration: A WISE WARNING.

DÆDALUS BISMARCK ( POLITICAL PARENT OF WILHELM ICARUS).

"MY SON, OBSERVE THE MIDDLE PATH TO FLY, AND FEAR TO SINK TOO LOW, OR RISE TOO HIGH. HERE THE SUN MELTS, THERE VAPOURS DAMP YOUR FORCE, BETWEEN THE TWO EXTREMES DIRECT YOUR COURSE."

"NOR ON THE BEAR, NOR ON BOÖTES GAZE, NOR ON SWORD ARM'D ORION'S DANGEROUS RAYS: BUT FOLLOW ME, THY GUIDE, WITH WATCHFUL SIGHT, AND, AS I STEER, DIRECT THY CAUTIOUS FLIGHT."

OVID, "Metamorphoses," Book VIII., Fable III.

October 6, 1888.

=The Kaiser is warned by the Great Chancellor.=

Illustration: L'ENFANT TERRIBLE.

CHORUS IN THE STERN. "DON'T GO ON LIKE THAT OR YOU'LL UPSET US ALL!"

May 10, 1890.

=The Kaiser begins to alarm his fellow Rulers.=

Illustration: THE IMPERIAL JACK IN THE BOX... Continue reading book >>


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