The World Turned Upside Down (18th century)

A series of woodcuts from an 18th century chapbook entitled The World Turned Upside Down or The Folly of Man, Exemplified in Twelve Comical Relations upon Uncommon Subjects. As well as the amusing woodcuts showing various reversals (many revolving around the inversion of animal and human relations) there is also included a poem on the topic. The chapbook is reproduced in the wonderful Chapbooks of the Eighteenth Century (1882) edited by John Ashton, which brings together hundreds of facsimiles of 18th century chapbooks upon a huge range of subjects.

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: University of Toronto Libraries
Found via: Erin H
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No title (children caring for their parents)


No title (not sure what is happening here, perhaps two fools carrying a nobleman in stocks?)


The ox turned farmer


Old soldier turned nurse


The reward of roguery – or the roasted cook


The duel of the palfries


The mad squire and his fatal hunting


The ox turned butcher


Gallantry – a la mode – or the lovers catched by the bird


The honest ass and miller


The horse turned groom


The water wonder or the fishes lords of the creation


The sun, moon, stars, and earth transposed