Steam Pillsor Dr. Puffison and Mynheer von Shlop, Comic Song Written by T. Prest, The Music Arranged by Will.m Taylor.
London, George & Manby. 85 Fleet Street.
Etching with music verso, platemark 270 x 205mm (10½ x 8"). Small margins.
Cover of the comic song 'Steam Pills' with four vignettes illustrating the narrative of the song: 1. Mynheer von Shlop is mocked, for at the age of thirty 'he was only three feet high!'; 2. Von Shlop swallows a dozen 'steam pills', a miracle growth pill sold by Dr. Morison; 3. Having swiftly grown to an immense size so that 'the tops of the houses scarce reach'd his knee', Von Shlop flees the town where he lived; 4. Von Shlop lies dead: 'his nose it measured full three yards long;/ His mouth was four yards wide, or high;/ And a man who was peeping tumbled into his eye!' No doubt based on the Universal Vegetable Pills manufactured by James Morison (1770-1840)
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