Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist, by Henry Cockton (1840). This novel has enjoyed popularity since the time of its publication. Its hero, Valentine Vox, a young English gentleman living at home with his mother, a rich widow, is struck with admiration of the ventriloquism of an itinerant juggler and magician who visits his native place. To his delight, he finds that he himself possesses the ventriloquial power; and by a diligent course of training he perfects himself in it. On a trip to London Valentine visits the House of Commons, the opera, Gravesend, the British Museum, Guildhall, a masquerade at Vauxhall, the “Zoo,” the Ascot races, etc.; and wherever he goes he indulges his propensity for practical joking to the fullest extent. One adventure follows another with breathless rapidity. With the whole is inwoven a love story, not of a very profound nature. There is no plot; and the incidents are a harum-scarum collection of disjointed happenings, while the book has little literary merit. But the roistering and uproarious fun that fills the thick volume makes it a welcome companion to most young people “from sixteen to sixty.”
Presentation label on inside board: "To Eddie Hart, for regular attendance and good conduct. 9th Jan 1904. Ridgeway St Sunday School, Moss Side."
Book is in good condition considering its age. Boards, spine and pages are all intact albeit with discolouration and some marks.