1850's graphic novel
December 12, 2006 6:59 PM   Subscribe

The Comic History of Rome (1852), illustrated by John Leech (1817-64). Image index. The Victorian Web on John Leech. The John Leech sketch archive from Punch (over 600 images). A recent reprint. via the always great BiblioOdyssey.
posted by stbalbach (7 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
For a modern version of this type of cartoon History, see Larry Gonick. I highly recommend his work.
posted by GavinR at 7:24 PM on December 12, 2006


No bread? How could he possibly have toast! Hysterical. It's amazing how much our collective sense of humor has changed, it'll be great when Lewis Black and Achewood are as trite and lame as these seem today.
posted by borkingchikapa at 7:46 PM on December 12, 2006

incredible stuff. Thanks for posting this.
posted by boo_radley at 8:18 PM on December 12, 2006

Excellent post. Thank you.
posted by the sobsister at 8:32 AM on December 13, 2006

Other collaborations of a Beckett and Leech include A Comic History of England, a Comic Blackstone, and, believe it or not, A Comic Latin Grammar.

(Grammar and Blackstone have few pictures.)
posted by IndigoJones at 9:25 AM on December 13, 2006

Actually, the whole of 'A Comic History of England' is available at Posner too. I didn't put it in the post at BibliOdyssey (not BiblioOdyssey) because I kind of have the intention of ransacking the book and posting it in the future.
posted by peacay at 9:38 AM on December 13, 2006

A worthy intention! Go for it, as they say.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:45 AM on December 15, 2006

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