Rare World War 1 hardcover book titled; Raemaekers Cartoons with accompany notes by well-known English writers published in the year 1916 by Doubleday,Page & Company.
Louis Raemaekers was a Dutch painter and celebrated cartoonist for the Amsterdam Telegraaf during World War I, who gained international fame for his passionate work emphasizing the horrors of war and the atrocities of the “Huns.” His graphic cartoons depicted the rule of the German military in Belgium, portrayed the Germans as barbarians and Kaiser Wilhelm II as an ally of Satan. In response to his work, the German government pressured Dutch authorities to put Raemaekers on trial for “endangering Dutch neutrality.” He was subsequently acquitted, whereupon the Germans offered a bounty of 12,000 guilders for Raemaekers, dead or alive. For his own safety, he escaped to England. “In Britain he continued his prolific output—with some 1,000 cartoons produced during wartime—most depicting the Germans as tyrannical aggressors bent upon the destruction of humanity ” (Michael Duffy). His cartoons were published in The Times and 150 of his works toured the United Kingdom and France in a wildly popular exhibit (up to 5,000 people attended a showing in Liverpool in a single afternoon.
(Condition Report): This book was found in abandoned house thus condition as noted: Interior and plates over-all good to fine with water soiling, staining throughout book. Both boards intact with back cover showing considerable staining and insect damage though not affecting plates or descriptions. Spine with considerable loss of cover and support fair at best. Despite the entire above, all the pages are intact and there is no outward abuse and the plates remain quite attractive with full color. An extremely rare book to be found under any circumstances.
9’ x 12 inches. 305 pages.
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