The Crisis in Bulgaria, or Ibsen to the Rescue!
Jocelyn Brooke's surreal story of Bulgaria in 1866
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 16.5cm, 91pp.
Jocelyn Brooke's witty jeu d'esprit, with ingeniously contrived collage illustrations, describes the extraordinary and disturbing events during the torrid summer of 1866 in the Bulgarian capital. From the dustwrapper, "The political situation was of more than usual delicacy, a succession of violent magnetic storms had laid waste the countryside, a quantity of incendiary bombs together with certain indelicate objects had been dropped from a balloon near the Royal Palace. The occurrence of several puzzling phenomena. regarded among the poorer classes as portents of divine vengeance, was followed by a dramatic coup in which anarchists threw bombs into the encampment of a travelling Italian circus. The inmates of the menagerie stampeded through the streets of Sofia and caused indescribable confusion, during which the eccentric activities of stark naked Malayan acrobats were barely offset by the intervention M. Henrik Ibsen, who abandoned the lecture he was giving and exhorted the police to restore order..."
The book is good condition, with some foxing to the endpapers but the main body of text is clean. The dustwrapper is quite heavily tanned and has split along the rear joint but this is held in place by a protective sleeve. The book remains perfectly readable.