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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 26 May 2015 12:04:53 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Robert Tracy <[log in to unmask]>, continues to surprise us with 
the breadth of
his interests.  Respondents will do us all a favor by identifying the MC 
edition carrying
the Phiz cover they use.  Our editions are of no help.                 
             (pjm)

>
> Dear Colleagues: I have been studying the cover Phiz designed for the parts
> publication of CHUZZLEWIT. I can see how the rich baby on the Left and the
> poor baby on the Right set the tone for the spindles that are tangled with
> roses (L ) and thin leaves (R), and prepare us for the Three Fates at
> bottom with their scissors and ball of yarn to measure out lives. Can
> anyone explain why the Fates are also apparently whipping a short male
> figure shaped like a top (are they whipping the top to make it spin?)? I
> get the bird of paradise (or peacock?) on the Left and the ill-omened owl
> (R) on a gallows, and the two-faced man admiring himself in a three way
> mirror prepares us for Pecksniff. But what about the man at bottom Right,
> also two-faced? And what is the coin behind him. I can make out the words
> DEI GRATIA and REX, but can someone with better eyes than mine tell me what
> the other words are? There is a female profile beside the coin (Victoria?
> but then, why REX? or is it Britania, and if so, why without her helmet?)
> I'm guessing the coin is a penny, but minted under which REX?
>
> Any assistance will be gratefully received.
> Robert Tracy