Bill Nye’s History of England (page 1/4)

[picture: Front cover]

Title: Bill Nye’s History of England

Author: Nye, Bill

Published by: J. B. Lippincott Company

City: Philadelphia

Date: 1900

Total items: 14

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: detail: swinging corpse: silhouette]

detail: swinging corpse: silhouette

A version of the swinging corpose cartoon with the details obliterated, leaving just an outline. [more...] [$]

[picture: Ploughing 51 B.C.]

Ploughing 51 B.C.

“Agriculture had a pretty hard start among these people, and where now the glorious fields of splendid pale and billowy oatmeal may be seen interspersed with every kind of domestic and imported fertilizer in cunning little hillocks just bursting forth into fragrance by the roadside, then the vast island was a quaking swamp or covered by impervious [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Title page detail: Scholarly King]

Title page detail: Scholarly King

In this detail from the title page, a king (wearing a crown) sits at a table with a pen and an open book, and is also consulting a dictionary. He sratches his head, obviously baffled. [more...] [$]

[picture: detail: swinging corpse]

detail: swinging corpse

This is a version of A Reluctant Tax Payer with the background cut away, to make a more powerful (but less moody) image. [more...] [$]

[picture: A Reluctant Tax-Payer]

A Reluctant Tax-Payer

It is night-time and a man’s corpose swings from the hangman’s noose on the gibbet. He is clothed, including boots and a hangman’s hood. In the background the moon looks on, aghast. At one time most people would have been familiar with the sight of a dead man, of hangings, but I [...] [more...] [$]

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Pictures from Bill Nye’s History of England by (as you guessed) Bill Nye, in 1896; my copy is dated 1900 and has a preface that mentions the death of the author.

The cartoons are by W. M. Goodes and A. M. Richards. William M. Goodes was born in Portage County, Ohio, in March 1857, the son of a painter. He became a popular American cartoonist, and died on 15th April 1919.

The book was published in the US before 1923, and, since the creators were American, is in the public domain.

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