Michael Angelo Woolf Sketches of Lowly Life in a Great City First Edition Rare Book 1899.

 

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SKETCHES OF LOWLY LIFE IN A

GREAT CITY


PUBLISHED: G P Putnam's Sons New York.

1899



Oblong 4to., First Edition, dark blue cloth backed pictorial

tan boards, rubbed and soiled mainly on lower cover,

vignette title page and captioned illustrations on every

page, pp.185, internally a very good clean copy.



First edition of a collection of Woolf’s late 19th-century

cartoons, with over 150 black-and-white sketches of street

urchins that inspired the first newspaper comic strips.


Born in England, Michael Angelo Woolf was a caricaturist

with “a somewhat Cruikshankian technique” whose cartoons

regularly appeared in late 19th-century American weeklies

such as Life and Judge. One of the “notable figures” of

American caricature, Woolf arrived in “America while young,

and contributed a long series of what may be called slum-

fantasies, instinct alike with laughter and sorrow, at times

strangely combining extravagant melodrama with a most

plausible and convincing impossibility” (Britannica). Woolf’s

cartoons inspired some of the earliest newspaper comic

strips, among them Richard Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley,

famous for its unnamed hero, the “Yellow Kid.”

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