London: Tregear, 123 Cheapside, Sept 20th 1832. Wonderful hand colored lithograph attacking the Penny Magazine, a rival penny weekly unpopular with journalists of the day, derided for its failure to deal with political topics, but very successful nevertheless due to its dumbed down content and its cheaper method of printing from stereoscopic plates.
The new Penny Magazine is attacked as "trumpery" -- showy but worthless-- in the word bubble above the head of Lord Chancellor Brougham, one of its defenders and a founder of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, with a goal of bringing knowledge to the masses:
"Entertaining Knowledge here—Trump Trump Trumpery Trump—Just printed and published the Penny Magazine, All works not issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge are Illegal—Orders now taken for the forthcoming New Penny Cyclopaedia, Trump Trump ... ".
The image depicts Brougham in wig, black hat and black breeches as a newsboy blowing on a miniature trumpet, with an issue of the 'Penny Magazine' in one hand, and with many papers stuffed in to the sack he carries, with one paper marked 'Materials for the Penny Cyclopaedia to commence in 1833 & to end the Devil knows when - '.
At the left is a building made of books representing the office of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, and at the Chancellor's feet a pile of discarded books marked, "The Encyclopedia Britannica & other Waste Paper to be Sold".
9 1/2 x 15 3/4". A few short closed tears at top edge, left edge with marginal chip. Trimmed close. OCLC: 270849276 locates one copy at the Morgan Library. British Museum: 1868,0808.9445.
Obviously, fake news existed back in the 1830s. Good condition. Item #24730
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