Antique Prints With a Sense of Humor


Prints are in good condition unless otherwise mentioned. Antique prints often have age toning and minor signs af age.

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"Ah! Scelerats d'Epinards"

(Literal translation: Rascals in the Spinage)

Pepper in the spinage

Originally hand-colored (heightened with gum arabic) lithograph by Frederic Bouchot

Series: Souvenirs Grotesques Nr. 2 by Bouchot

Published in "Paris Comique"

Paris: Aubert, 1844

Paper has natural age patina

Sheet size: 30 x 21,3 cm (ca. 11.8 x 8.4")

$ 120.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page)


"Combat Singulier entre Mardi-Gras et Mercredi-des-Cendres"

Copper etching by monogramist G.B.Ch. after his own drawing.

Original hand coloring.

Published in Paris, ca. 1830

Frugality fighting opulence. Frugality winning over debauchery in Ash Wednesday, the beginning of lent after the ending of carnival.

Clean print which had been laid down on 19th century paper. Upper right and lower right corners a bit wrinkly. Otherwise very good.

Plate mark measurements: 20,2 x 36,2 cm (ca. 8 x 14.3")

$ 180.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page

Order Nr. CARNIVAL252986

"A Augusta Imperatrice de toutes les Prusses"

Lithograph by Faustin (1847-1914)

Text below "De cette roche Sans tréve comme le remord Entends-tu la plainte éternelle Des méres sur leurs enfants mort!"

Theme is: History of the Franco-Prussian war 1870/1871

Augusta Princess of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach (1811-1890) Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia

Including title and text: 28 x 19,8 cm (ca. 11 x 7.8")

$ 50.00 (Look for discount at top of this page)

Order Nr.HUMOR252471

"Zukunftsbild" ( sign of the future )

"Emanzipierte ( Im deutchen Ruhmestempel):"
"Heute stellt man hier noch die Buesten von Maennerb auf - im Jahre 200 werden es nur noch Frauenbuesten sein"
( Now there are only bustS of men - in the year 2000 there will be only busts of women!)

Below the image is an unrelated poem in the Pfalz dialect about a poor musician.

Wood engraving 1909. Reverse side is printed.

Image size: 15.5 x 16.2 cm ( 6.1 x 6.3 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. HUMOR241785

Kaffeetrinker ( Coffee Drinkers)

Gemuetlicher Morgenkaffee Klatsch-Kaffee
Bluemchen-Kaffee Contra Katzenjammer
Im Bivouak aus der Kochgeschirr Feigen-Kaffee

Humoriful wood engraving ca 1885. Reverse side is printed. Light age toning.

26 x 21 cm ( 10.2 x 8.2 ")

$ 55.00

Order Nr.HUMOR236143

"Evening, or the Man of feeling."


Three men sit by a dinner-table. The man on the right has his boots pulled off by a boy. The man makes an impatient impression and pushes his other booted foot against the boy's back; on the floor are a pair of slippers, and a boot-jack. It looks as if the other two men had long been waiting for the just arrived companion, who has obviously cold feet, because a maid with a candle in hand brings him a warming pan.

Hand-colored copper etching by Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811)

Second edition. London ca. 1820

The original edition (1781) was round and reversed.

A little soiled in margins. Print spills at printing time on table cloth, slippers and title.

22,2 x 32,7 cm (ca. 8.7 x 12.9")

$ 90.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page)

Order Nr.GASTRONOMY252995

"The Great Self-Taxed."

Working-man. "Hi! - Gov'nor! - Look Here! We're th' People S'makes th' Shururplsh - Now whar a' you an' our William Goin' t'do for th' People I Sh'like T'know !"

Wood engraving dated 1873. Minor signs of age.

24 x 17.7 cm ( 9.4 x 6.9 ")

$ 30.00

Order Nr. FINANCE240803

" Ordensregen "

Wood engraving 1913 after a painting by Heinrich Kley.
On the reverse side is an image after A. Schmidhammer. Light age patina.

23.5 x 18.5 cm ( 9.2 x 7.2 ")

$ 60.00

Order Nr. HUMOR241593

"The Old Buck"

A play on words! A buck is a male rabbit or a slang name for an
old man. The young girl has a rabbit in the basket.

Etching made after the painting by Jules Giradet.
Published 1895. Strong paper. Beige toned print.

23 x 18 cm ( 9 x 7 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. ANIMAL252389

"Der Sekt-Centaur"

Wood engraving 1913 after a painting by Heinrich Kley.
On the reverse side is an image after Karl Arnold. Very light age patina.

23.5 x 20 cm ( 9.2 x 7.8 ")

$ 85.00

Order Nr. HUMOR241594


Tomkyns (who has swallowed a bad Oyster). "Hallo! What kind of Oyster D'Ye call that?"
Opener: "American, Sir."
Tomkyns: "Ah thought so. Knew him directly by his "Twang'"

Wood engraving from "Punch, or the London Charivari", dated 1874. Backside is printed.

13.5 x 10.5 cm ( 5.3 x 4.1 ")

$ 40.00


Morning Gossip - Les Nouvellistes du Matin

Les Nouvellistes du Matin

Copper etching for Chez Martinet in Paris, ca 1780. Original hand coloring.

Image is vvery clean. Crease in image visible only on the backside.
Tiny tear on upper margin edge. Light, scattered spotting in margins.

22.2 x 32 cm ( 8.7 x 12.5 ")

$ 280.00

Order Nr. HUMOR9501

"Fin- de-Siègle-Obsession"

Hand-colored wood engraving made after the drawing by Godefroy.

Published in France, 1891.

Below image is text ( in French) with humoreous captions about each drawing.

Good condition. Clean. Fresh colors.

Image without text: 29 x 20 cm ( 11.4 x 7.8 ")

$ 120.00

Order Nr. HUMOR237277


Reverse side:

"Harmony before Matrimony"

Hand-colored copper etching by James Gilray (1756-1815)

Two love birds united in harmony, she devotedly playing the harp, he holding the notes and text "Duets de l'Amour" and singing. All is well for the two love birds. No troubles, yet, no worries.



Reverse side:


Hand-colored copper etching by James Gilray (1756-1815)

The two love birds of yesteryear have entered the stage of "normality" in their matrimonial togetherness. The lady plays dissonant accords on the piano, the husband endulges in the study of a newspaper and holds his ear shut as the maid brings in the screaming baby. Their pre-matrimonial harmony has vanished. Even the cat humps and the parrots quarrel as the shrill and poisoned atmosphere in this advanced matrimonial scene prevails.

These caricaturer were printed ca. 1870. (They were first published by Hannah Humphrey in London, 1805)

Very good condition. Both prints are handsomely hand-colored. On reverse sides are other uncolored cartoons.

Each print: 27 x 37,5 cm (ca. 10.6 x 14.8")

Price for the pair: $ 280.00

Order Nr. HUMOR251606

"M. de Grandpere cherchant a maigrir par un traitement musical"
( Grandfather is trying to loose weight through a musical treatment. It bothers the neighbors
who point to the clock showing that they are disturbed at this time.)

Wood engraving 1852. Below the image is text about this humorous situation.
Reverse side is printed with unrelated text.

10.5 x 14 cm ( 4.1 x 5.5 ")

$ 25.00

Order Nr. MUSIC244776

"Die feindlichen Nachbarn oder die Folgen der Musik"

Enemy neighbors or the consequences of music

Wood engraving after Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908). Original hand coloring

Publsihed in the series "Muenchner Bilderbogen"

Publisher: Braun & Schneider. Munich, ca. 1880

A cello player and an artist lock horns. Typical Wilhelm Busch. Observed in an every-day-style situation.

Good condition.. Light age toning.

Sheet size 40 x 32 cm (ca. 15.7 x 12.6")

$ 90.00

Order Nr. MUSIC242788

Chimney Sweep - Kaminkehrer

"Im Zeitalter des lenkbaren Luftschiffes"

A chimney sweep uses a hot-air balloon to go from chimney to chimney!

Wood engraving ca 1900. Reverse side is printed.

19 x 4.5 cm ( 7.4 x 1.7 ")

$ 35.00


Hot Air Balloon Apollo

Upper image: " unbesorgt meiner bewaehrten Fuehrung anzuvertrauen!! - - Nur nicht
Lower image: gar so hastig, meine Herrschaften! Schoen, einer nach dem andern, und
nur solange Platz ist, damit sein Malheaur geschieht bei dem Sturm!!!"

The name of the balloon is "Apollo"

Wood engraving ca 1900. Reverse side is printed.

21 x 9.5 cm ( 8.2 x 3.7 ")

$ 30.00

Order Nr. HOTAIRBALLOON 242925

Hot Air Balloon   Luft Ballon

"Da schau, Seppenbauer, auf Deiner Wiesen, geht der Luftballon nieder!"
"Was moanst D'Burgermoaster, was i' Schad'n verlanga soll dafuer?"

Wood engraving ca 1900. Reverse side is printed.

11.5 x 14 cm ( 4.5 x 5.5 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. HOTAIRBALLOON 242927

"Dass Wasser kommt, das Wasser steigt!" ( The water is coming, the water is rising! )

People preparing for a flood, including flying in a hotair balloon, standing on stilts, sitting in a tub, putting wings on a dog........

Wood engraving after A. Schmidhammer ca 1880. Horizontal centerfold.
Reverse side is printed. Light browning on margin edges.

31 x 22.5 cm ( 12.2 x 8.8 ")

$ 40.00

Order Nr. HOTAIRBALLOON 241241


"A Good Hearing for Master"

After passing innumerable rows of kegs with supreme vintage, they come to a cadk marked "Whisky".

Guest: Ah, ah, So you have been laying in the fashionable drink, I see! The doctors are all mad about it.

Affable Butler: Yeszzir - Less Hacid, they say, in good Malt Wisky than in any form of alcohol. I have took to it myself. In fact I may sayI've quite given up Chamgagnes, Clarets, Burgundies and 'Ocks!

Wood engraving

Published in "Punch, or the London Charivari"

London, 1876

Light age toning. Otherwise fine.

13,7 x 17,5 cm (ca. 5.4 x 6.8")

$ 30.00


"The Gin Shop"

Drawing and lithograph by George Cruikshank (1792-1878)

Dated 1829

Poem underneath reads:

"Now oh dear how shocking the thought is

they makes the gin from aqua fortis

They do it on purpose folks lives to shorten

And tickets it up at two-pence a qua tern"

Condition: Light general age toning. Some minor traces of age and use.

Image: 20 x 25,5 cm (ca. 7.9 x 10")


"Catching a Little Tartar"

"So you don't care about donkey riding, Missy. And why?"
"O, I've fot a pony, and one doesn't care about donkeys after that, you know!"
"Has a pony got more legs than a donkey then?"
"Miss ( who doesn't like to be chaffed). Yes; exactly twice as many as some donkies that I know!"

Wood engraving dated 1873. Reverse side is printed. Overall light age toning.

13.4 x 17.5 cm ( 5.2 x 6.8 ")

$ 25.00

Order Nr. DONKEY240817

"Le Budget de la France"

(What all is taxed for the benefit of the national budget in France)

Type of print:Line lithograph


Color:Original hand coloring

Published:"Imagerie d'Epinal Nr. 3818

Date:Paris, ca. 1890

Condition:General age toning. Nice hand coloring. No print on reverse side

Sheet measures: 39 x 29 cm (15.4 x 11.4")

Price:$ 120.00

Order Nr. BILLIARD236335

"Tarif D'Hiver"

- Trop cher? ... Oh! monsieur, les nuits d'hiver sont si longues..."

(Too expensive? Oh Monsieur, the winter nights are so long..."

A gentleman negotiates the price with a Paris prostitute, finds her too expensive.

The corner of a billiard table visible in background

Type of print:Lithograph


Color:Printed in color

Published: "Le Monde Comique Illustre"

Date:Paris, ca. 1890

Condition: General age toning. Unrelated print on reverse side

Image measures 19 x 17 cm (7.5 x 6.7")

Price: $ 120.00

Order Nr. BILLIARD236336

"Der Schinkenknochen" ( the ham bone )

Wood engravingafter M. Scholz ca 1880. Reverse side is printed.
Minor signs of age and use.

32.5 x 23.5 cm ( 12.7 x 9.2 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. HUMOR239243

"Mending the Machinery"

Royal National Merry-Go-Round

Master Johnny Bull: "Now, then - Do get on!!"
W.E.G. "All right, My little gentleman! We shall get on Be-u-tifully!
(Aside) When I've screwed it up a bit!!!

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated March 25, 1882.
Small crease and tear in lower left margin corner.

24 x 17.7 cm ( 9.4 x 6.9 ")

$ 50.00

Order Nr. HUMOR9506 SOLD

Eels - Aalen

"The Feeling Heart"

Bill- Bill - you'll break my Them'ere Eels Mum's a groat a
tender Heart - that's what you will. pound I'll skin em for ye directly.

On the ground is a basket of eels.

Aquatint by Hunt in fine original hand coloring.
A few very minor spots and smuding. Narrow bottom margin.

Page size: 17 x 23 cm ( 6.6 x 9 ")

$ 55.00

Order Nr. DONKEY9505

A Surreptitious Whiff

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated 1873. Backside is printed.

12.5 x 17.7 cm ( 4.9 x 6.9 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. DOG9593

Pug Dog

More Honeymoon Amenities (Pug dog on couch)

Angelina(who has been pursuing the "Births, Deaths, and Marriages"). "Edwin, I do so object to that horrid word "relict"!If I should die Edwin, promise , oh, promise, you will not allow me to be described as your relict!

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated 1876. Backside is printed.

11.5 x 17 cm ( 4.5 x 6.7 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. DOG9496

"Nachahmungstrieb" (Imitative instinct)

Two elephants watch billards game through window and use their imitative instinct, break off palm trees, use fat-bellied people to play billards.

Type of print:Wood engraving


Published:"Nagels Lustige Welt"

Date:Berlin, ca. 1900

Condition:General age toning. a bit spotty in margins. Unrelated print on reverse

Page size:31.5 x 22.5 cm (12.4 x 8.9"):

Price:$ 80.00

Order Nr. BILLIARD236333

"Ein angenehmer Gast" (a pleasant guest)

".Die drei Mark, Herr Wirt, die Sie mir beim Kartenspiel abgenommen, bezahle ich morgen..."

(The three Marks I lost playing cards, I'll pay tomorrow..."

A "smart gentleman" lost card game and promises to return tomorrow. In background billiard is being played.

Type of print:Wood engraving

Engraver:H. Schlittger

Published:"Fliegende Blaetter Nr. 3180

Publisher: Braun & Schneider - Munich, Germany


Condition:General age toning. Tear left margin into image repaired. Margins spotty

Unrelated print on reverse side

Image:14 x 12 cm (5.5 x 4.7")

Page size:28 x 21 cm (11 x 8.3")

Price:$ 40.00

Order Nr. BILLIARD236334

Actionnaires De Mines Faisant Un Drôle De Mine
Les Mines Dont Enfoncées a 200 Pieds Sous Terre.

Lithograph by H. Daumier, ca 1840.
Backside is printed.

Page size: 27.3 x 18.9 cm ( 10.7 x 7.3 ")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. HUMOR9503

Skizzen von M. Scholz.

Der Vater ist mal weggegangen, Da Rauchen ist doch wunderschön,
Der willi sieht die Pfeifen hangen. I nu, wir wollen doch mal seh'n.

Wood engraving, ca 1880. Backside is printed.

Size of each image: 9 x 7 cm ( 3.5 x 2.7 ")

$ 30.00

Order Nr. SMOKING868


"Doubtful Luxury"

Ethel: "Were you not pleased to have such a pretty partner as Miss Myrtle at Croquet yesterday, Charlie?"

Charlie. "Well-er-personally, I dislike beauty. Acknowledged Belles have a way of making a fellow feel himself of secondary consideration sometimes, don't you know?"

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated 1873. Small margins. Backside is printed.

13.5 x 17.7 cm ( 5.3 x 6.9 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. SPORT8012


"Genuine Enthusiasts"

At the window you perceive Pater and Mater expostulating vainly.

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated 1865. Narrow margins. Backside is printed.

13 x 17.5 cm ( 5.1 x 6.8 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. SPORT8013


"How We Play Croquet At Buddleapoor"

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated 1865.
Backside is printed. Narrow margins.

12.5 x 17.7 cm ( 4.9 x 6.9 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. SPORT8014


"Hint to Croquet Players"

Would not the Alpine Milking Stool, imported from Grindenwald, be a valuable adjunct to the Croquet-Ground during this fatiguing weather?

Wood engraving from "Punch" dated 1865.
Narrow margins. Backside is printed.

14 x 17.7 cm ( 5.5 x 6.9 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. SPORT8015

"Caricatures from "Punch" 1844-1882"

Wood engraving published 1895. Reverse sside is printed.

23 x 16.5 cm ( 9 x 6.4 ")

$ 25.00

Order Nr. HUMOR252033

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