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Cynicus (Martin Anderson); The Satires of Cynicus, Signed, paperback


Cynicus, the pen name of Martin Anderson, was a Scottish artist, political and satirical cartoonist, postcard illustrator and publisher. Born in 1854, the son a a railway station master from Leuchars in Fife, Scotland, he died in 1932.

In the 1890s he enjoyed considerable success from his shop in Drury Lane, from which he published his works. His business, The Cynicus Publishing Company, also enjoyed popularity during the boom in picture postcard sales after the British Post Office allowed their use in the mail.

He moved to Edinburgh in 1915 where he ran a shop which was later destroyed by fire in 1924. He then retired to 'Castle Cynicus' in Balmullo in Fife. His work often highlighted the grotesque disparity between the lives of the wealthy and the ordinary citizen.

We have acquired a small collection of a number of Cynicus publications which we offer for sale here.

Here we have The Satires of Cynicus, published by The Cynicus Publishing Co, Castle Cynicus, Leuchars, Fife. Undated. This is signed by the author to the half title page. This softback version of this book appears to be very scarce.

A good softback with red paper covers with printed titles. The rear cover features the visual pun of a 'Lyre' with word 'Truth' written below. Cover sunned, with some discolored marks along edge of spine. Some bumping and wear.

Text is good throughout and is generally bright and clear. Light spotting to titles.

Text in English.

Weight approximately 106g (unpacked). 

63pp + 1pp.

Approx Dimensions: 

Approximately 214mm high x 139mm wide 8mm deep.