CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator. Robert B. BROUGH, editor. ~ The Comic Almanack… London: Henry Vizetelly for David Bogue, 1853.
8vo (160 × 100 mm), pp. 63,  (adverts), plus folding etched frontispiece (hand-coloured) and 6 etched plates, wood engraved title and numerous illustrations. Original orange cloth, gilt. Slightly soiled, three small inkstains to upper cover, endpapers a little frayed and hinges cracked (secure), but actually a good copy, as issued.
First edition, the last of Bogue’s Comick Almanacks (a series begun in 1835), with the frequently reproduced folding frontispiece by Cruikshank: ‘”The Rights of Women” or the Effects of Female Enfranchisement’. Cruikshank’s satire neatly articulates contemporary anxieties around electoral reform and arguments for women’s suffrage: Sir Charles Darling and Screw Driver (’The Great Political Economist’) stand before a crowd of male and female voters, the elegant Darling promises ‘Parliamentary Balls Once a Week’ and attracts a rapturous response from Husband and Wife voters, while Screw Driver is shunned.
Cohn, 184, 1853.