Binding by Randolph Caldecott. 8 x 9½ inches; engraved on wood-blocks and printed in colour by Edmund Evans. This is a typical example of the artist’s vigorous, child-like designs, with comic details, such as the caricature drawn on the blackboard, adding interest for the juvenile audience. In part comedic and in part an idealized celebration of an imagined Regency world, Caldecott’s cover invites the reader to construct a narrative before the story has begun.

Photograph and text by Simon Cooke [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]


Caldecott, Randolph. The Great Panjandrum Himself. London: George Routledge & Sons [1885].

Created 18 February 2018