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"e;An Old Fairy Tale - The Sleeping Beauty"e; is a 1865 poem by J. R. Planche and illustrated by The Brothers Dalziel. Based on the classic fairytale, it involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. James Robinson Planche (1796 - 1880) was a British antiquary, dramatist, and officer of arms. Over a sixty-year period he produced, collaborated on, or adapted 176 plays over a variety of genres farce, extravaganza, comedy, burletta, opera, and melodrama. The Brothers Dalziel were a prolific firm of Victorian engravers founded by Edward Dalziel and his brother George Dalziel in 1839. Their other two brothers, John Dalziel and Thomas Dalziel also joined the firm later; all four were the sons of Alexander Dalziel of Wooler. Together, they produced a large amount of illustrations with a variety of significant Victorian artists, including Arthur Boyd Houghton, John Gilbert, John Everett Millais, and john Tenniel. Some notable works they contributed to include Edward Lear's "e;Book of Nonsense"e; (1862) and Lewis Carroll's "e;Alice in Wonderland"e; and "e;Through the Looking-Glass"e;. Pook Press celebrates the great 'Golden Age of Illustration' in children's literature - a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration from the 1880s to the 1930s. The collection showcases classic fairy tales, children's stories, and the work of some of the most celebrated artists, illustrators and authors.
Before he joined the staff of Punch and designed its iconic front cover, illustrator Richard Dicky Doyle was a young man whose father (political caricaturist John Doyle) charged him with sending a weekly letter, even though they lived under the same roof. This volume collects the fifty-three illustrated missives in their entirety for the first time and provides an uncommon peek into the intimate but expansive observations of a precocious social commentator and artist. In a series of vivid manuscript canvases, Doyle observes Victorian customs and society. He visits operas, plays, and parades. He watches the queen visiting the House of Commons and witnesses the state funeral of the Duke of Sussex. He is caught up in the Chartist riots of August 1842 and is robbed during one of the melees. And he provides countless illustrations of ordinary people strolling in the streets and swarming the parks and picture galleries of the metropolis. The sketches offer a fresh perspective on major social and cultural events of London during the early 1840s by a keen observer not yet twenty years old. Doyle's epistles anticipate the modern comic strip and the graphic novel, especially in their experimentation with sequential narrative and their ingenious use of space. The letters are accompanied by a full biographical and critical introduction with new material about Doyle's life.
An island people are fighting for their lives. La Palma's Cumbre Vieja has erupted - soon ash and lava will annihilate everything, unless the locals can destroy the volcano first. A desperate group set out, armed with high explosives. Three thousand miles away across the Atlantic Ocean the peaceful seaport of Goodwill, Maine is getting ready for its annual summer festival, Founder's Day. Tourists and locals alike are in carnival mood. But all is not right - freak swells strike the coast, corpses are washed from cemeteries, the whales disappear from the sea. A convoy of surfers arrive: their network tells them something big is going to happen in this town any day now, and they want part of the action. Meanwhile the islanders have braved the ash clouds on La Palma and packed their explosives into a fault line. Today half their island will crash into the sea. Three thousand miles of ocean will not save Goodwill from what happens next.
Charming illustrations enhance the narrative of a much-loved classic that tells the story of Prince Comical and his search for the diminutive princess without a name. Elves, fairies, dwarfs and other denizens of fairyland will prove irresistible to anyone enchanted by the fantasy world of sprites and other little people.
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