Posted on , Last updated


40 results, ordered by Publication Date

Items No longer available

[Zion Besieged and Attacked, 1787]. [Philadelphia: William Poyntell, Jan. 1787.]

Zion Besieged and Attacked… “perhaps the most complex and labyrinthine political cartoon ever made”

A large, fantastically-intricate and impossibly rare 1787 political cartoon featuring among others Benjamin Franklin and a talking owl, all reflecting ongoing controversy about the meaning of the American Revolution. On September 28, 1776 Pennsylvania ratified the most democractic of the early state Constitutions, providing for a unicameral legislature, elected annually; an elected, term-limited Executive Council; […]

Out of Stock
View Details
C. J. Grant, THE PENNY TRUMPETER. London: Tregear, 123 Cheapside, Septr. 20th 1832.

Trump Trump Trumpery Trump!

An amusing 19th-century cartoon turning on rivalries in the UK publishing trade, with wonderful resonance to our current, ahem, situation.  With great visual economy, the cartoon attacks the Penny Magazine, the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), and the Society’s founder Henry Peter Brougham (1778-1868), at the time serving as Lord Chancellor. “Lord […]

Out of Stock
View Details

War of 1812 political cartoon celebrating American victories on the Lakes

A terrific and rather rare political cartoon mocking the British for Perry’s famous victory on Lake Erie in September 1813 and Macdonough’s triumph in Plattsburg Bay on Lake Champlain the following year. In a region of few roads, these victories ensured American control of its northern frontiers at the end of the War of 1812. The image […]

Out of Stock
View Details
[ Jefferson Davis ] [Jeff Rampant] JEFF. DAVIS [:] PEACE. [:] WAR. Hartford / New York: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg / Geo. Witing [i.e., Whiting], N.d. [but 1861-62].

Civil War-era metamorphic caricature of Jefferson Davis

An extremely rare and perhaps unique variant of a celebrated “topsy-turvy” metamorphic caricature of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Following secession Jefferson Davis was elected President of the Confederacy, though he had been a staunch Unionist and until recently a United States Senator from Mississippi. Thenceforth until the end of the Civil War he was fair […]

Out of Stock
View Details

1813 political cartoon featuring the USS President

A fantastic political cartoon with strong War of 1812 content including the frigate USS President. The print mocks Britain’s many difficulties as it fought on many fronts against Napoleon and the United States, all the while hemorrhaging money in subsidies for its allies on the Continent. The image depicts John Bull, his wig awry, backed against a […]

Out of Stock
View Details

A savage anti-slavery cartoon

David Claypoole Johnston (1797?-1865) was an multi-talented artist specializing in caricature and satire. Born and trained in Philadelphia, he moved to Boston in the 1820s and produced lithographs for the Pendletons before transitioning to self-publication. He is best known for his Scraps, a series of quarto pamphlets published in the 1830s-40s, each containing several plates […]

Out of Stock
View Details

Vivid cartographic cartoon from Puck

A vivid anti-Catholic map cartoon from Puck, showing Papal Delegate Francesco Satolli casting a malevolent shadow across the United States. Satolli (1839-1910) was an eminent Catholic theologian, who from 1893-96 served as the first Papal Delegate to the United States. Unlike most ambassadors, whose roles were properly confined to diplomatic matters, Satolli wielded a great deal […]

Out of Stock
View Details
KHS, The World According to Ronald Reagan. NP: Orange Coast Intelligence, 1987.

Unrecorded 1987 map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

An entertaining and entirely unrecorded 1987 cartographic satire offering a liberal caricature of the world according to Ronald Reagan. The map depicts the United States and Soviet Union wildly out of scale with the rest of the world. Reagan in full gunfighter regalia stands astride a hypertrophied California, while Leonid Brezhnev, teeth bared and wearing […]

Out of Stock
View Details