The Tooth-Ache

The Tooth-Ache[Reading] ➶ The Tooth-Ache By George Cruikshank – The Tooth Ache Imagined by Horace Mayhew and Realized by George Cruikshank Rear panel priced 16 Plain 3 Colored and this being the colored 24 panel fan page edition Description small 24mo format heavy The Tooth Ache Imagined by Horace Mayhew and Realized by George Cruikshank Rear panel priced Plain Colored and this being the colored panel fan page edition Description small mo format heavy tan paper boards One of Facsimile copies of Horace Mayhew's uncommon st edition panels. The Tooth Ache is a tiny little book which was first published in 1849 It consists of a series of forty five comic cartoons which open out into a concertina relating the story of one Victorian gentleman’s experience of toothache The illustrations are hand coloured wood engravings with humorous captions as imagined by Horace Mayhew and realised in wonderful caricature by George CruikshankWe follow the story as first of all the gentleman is in torment tossing and turning with the pain of his toothAll round him feel his wrath and he tries various popular remedies such as creosote and a poultice in fact “240 infallible cures” in all But all to no avail Unbearably miserable at being unable to eat the walnuts and filberts brought by a kind friend he rushes to the dentistAs the door opens the pain magically disappears He is cured and “cannot sufficiently express his unbounded joy” leapfrogging a post in delightHowever this is premature as the toothache returns in the nightNext morning the gentleman tries extreme remedies but still his toothache rages on Finally he decides he must return to the dentist and sits in the waiting room surrounded by what appear to be strange instruments of torture and interesting reading material such as “Paine on Man” A scream from the next room sends him hurtling through the door again but “A strong feeling of shame pulls him back” This “strong feeling of shame seems to be a pair of strong hands clad in jacket and shirt cuffs and we have just a glimpse of a trousered leg tooOnce in the dentist’s chair the two of them go through a series of contortionsBut finally all is well With an enormous wrench the tooth is pulled out and in his relief the gentleman hugs and blesses the dentistYou can feel his relief that the torment is over and the final caricature shows him the next morning none the worse for war and feeling uite himself againHaving toothache must have been an excruciating business in those days When this book was created there was still only one treatment for toothache yank the tooth out as uickly as you could Modern painkillers were yet to be discoveredThis book is a rare gem It takes only minutes to read but if you enjoy these types of cartoons they will have you chuckling in no time George Cruikshank was an artist caricaturist and illustrator who began his career with satirical political cartoons During his lifetime he made almost 10000 prints and illustrations and he was praised as the “modern Hogarth” He illustrated the works of many authors perhaps most famously for his friend Charles Dickens However as with many of Dickens’s friendships it all began to go wrong George Cruikshank attempted to take the credit for “Oliver Twist” There was a public dispute as to who was the true creator and sadly their friendship began to deteriorate It soured even further when George Cruikshank spurned drink and became a fanatical teetotaller whereas Dickens’s own views were those of moderation Perhaps the final nail in the coffin came over a year after Dickens’s death On 30th December 1871 “The Times” newspaper published a letter by George Cruikshank in which he claimed that he had thought of much of the plot of “Oliver Twist” fuelling a public controversy once againHorace Mayhew was a 19th century London journalist for a satirical magazine He also was a friend of Charles Dickens His older brother was Henry Mayhew the English social reformer and a co founder of the satirical and humorous magazine “Punch” in 1841If you have ever enjoyed the caricatures of the 19th century you will have little need of the new fangled “laughing gas” to find this pocket sized little book extremely amusingNote Joseph Priestley had discovered nitrous oxide in 1772 and Sir Humphry Davy had started experimenting with it as early as 1800 understanding that an anaesthetic gas would be perfect for short dental procedures