Friday, February 20, 2009
Tom Tartar at Home and Abroad
“The Marvelous Adventures of Tom Tartar at Home and Abroad,” published by W. Lucas, 26 Dean Street, Fetter-lane, ran 544 pages of double-column tiny print in 17 penny numbers. In book form, complete, the cost was one shilling. The first printing, as “Tom Tartar at School” ran in the penny paper “Ching-Ching’s Own” about 1889. Tom’s adventures took him from school in England to Siberia, Algeria, and finally to a face to face adventure with the Mahdi.
"The decapitation was so perfectly done that the head lingered upright near its original position a moment ere it fell."