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1872 Wood Engraving William Makepeace Thackeray Puzzle Devil Paris Deal XGCA9

1872 Wood Engraving William Makepeace Thackeray Puzzle Devil Paris Deal XGCA9

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This is an original 1872 black and white wood engraving of a sketch by English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) entitled "A Puzzle for the Devil." It depicts the climactic moment when Mr. Gamouge, who made a deal with the devil in exchange for his remaining years, tricks him into an ultimatum--As the devil was bound to fulfill his every wish, Gamouge forces him to choose between canceling the pact or spending every minute with his insufferable wife. Needless to say, the devil spent little time time musing, and immediately released Gamouge.

CONDITION

This 139+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects.No Surface Rub.No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 6.5 inches; 11 x 17 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Thackeray, William Makepeace.

Keywords specific to this image: Lucifer, demon, dress

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