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Autograph Letter Signed, to Sir John Phillipart, thanking him for interceding on Landells’ behalf with the editor of the United Service Journal, sending a letter to be forwarded

by LANDELLS, Ebenezer

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Undated. 2 pp. 6 x 4 inches, in good condition. Uncommon. Ebenezer Landells (1808 –1860), wood-engraver, illustrator, and magazine proprietor, was apprenticed to the wood-engraver Thomas Bewick. In 1829 he moved to London, and before long managed to start his own engraving workshop. After attempting a short-lived fashion journal, Cosmorama, he joined with the journalist Henry Mayhew and the printer William Last to found Punch in 1841. Initial difficulties forced Landells to sell his one-third share to the publishers Bradbury and Evans: after the new owners replaced Landells with Joseph Swain as engraving chief, Landells responded with a pamphlet A Word with Punch (1847). Landells was also involved in several other magazines: the less successful Illuminated Magazine (1843–35), Great Gun (1844, in imitation of Punch), the Lady's Newspaper (1847–63, after which incorporated in the Queen), Diogenes (1853, another attempt to imitate Punch), and the Illustrated Inventor. Responding to the growth in the children's book market, he wrote and illustrated several books for children: Boy's Own Toy-Maker (1858), Girl's Own Toy-Maker (1859), and Illustrated Paper Model Maker (1860).


  • Bookseller: Julian Browning Rare Books & Manuscripts GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 16918
  • Title: Autograph Letter Signed, to Sir John Phillipart, thanking him for interceding on Landells’ behalf with the editor of the United Service Journal, sending a letter to be forwarded
  • Author: LANDELLS, Ebenezer
  • Book condition: Used
  • Place: Undated

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