[London]: 1871. Single sheet of card stock, printed recto only. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning & soiling. About Very Good. Item #47594
A printed invitation with the dates inserted in an unidentified hand: "The pleasure of your Company is requested on Wednesday next, the 18th inst., at half-past six sharp." The upper half of the dinner ticket includes a caricature (initialed "D. M.") of some of the members of Punch depicted as bats or birds in flight. On the left a man dressed as a cook rings a bell and holds a large spoon. A bird with the head of Shirley Brooks, editor of Punch, perches on the cook's head holding a butter knife. The flying Punch members have been identified as Charles Keene, R. F. Sketchley, F. C. Burnand, Tom Taylor, Horace Mayhew, Percival Leigh, George du Maurier, and John Tenniel [cf. History of Punch, Vol 1, pp 67 & 69] . "Shirely Brooks Esq." is written at the bottom of the invitation.
We find only one copy held institutionally, at the Morgan.
Rare momento from these convivial social gatherings of 19th C. British literati.