The Sapient Pig

The musings of Toby, the original Sapient or Learned Pig
geisterseher:

Kenneth Grahame, The Golden Age. New York, 1922. Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.

geisterseher:

Kenneth Grahame, The Golden Age. New York, 1922. Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.

briancassidy:

FRED’S PIGS [Promotional pamphlet to S. Fred Kerslake Jr.’s learned pig sideshow, Turners Falls, MA, ca. 1923]

briancassidy:

FRED’S PIGS [Promotional pamphlet to S. Fred Kerslake Jr.’s learned pig sideshow, Turners Falls, MA, ca. 1923]

The Song of the Wonderful Pig!

The Song of the Wonderful Pig!

The LITTLE-PIG MONTHLY, from the Library of Congress’s American Memory collections.

The LITTLE-PIG MONTHLY, from the Library of Congress’s American Memory collections.

NATURAL HISTORY IN OUR PARKS.
Central Park offers numerous attractions now to all who love to keep up their animal spirits by studying animal life. There is a fat little Asiatic pig there, who is the very picture of content. A red pig he is, and exceedingly well behaved. The best red pig, in fact, that we remember ever to have seen, beating the learned pig by several trumps and an ace. When we last saw him he was very busy with his pen, and our surmise was that his mind was fully occupied with arrangements for editing the works of BACON, or, possibly, those of HOGG.
— From Punchinello, Dec. 3 1870 (via project Gutenberg)

NATURAL HISTORY IN OUR PARKS.

Central Park offers numerous attractions now to all who love to keep up their animal spirits by studying animal life. There is a fat little Asiatic pig there, who is the very picture of content. A red pig he is, and exceedingly well behaved. The best red pig, in fact, that we remember ever to have seen, beating the learned pig by several trumps and an ace. When we last saw him he was very busy with his pen, and our surmise was that his mind was fully occupied with arrangements for editing the works of BACON, or, possibly, those of HOGG.

— From Punchinello, Dec. 3 1870 (via project Gutenberg)

Just received here: The gorgeous new Canadian hardcover edition of PYG!

From the Sty, by the Learned Pig: from Punch, July 10, 1880

From the Sty, by the Learned Pig: from Punch, July 10, 1880

oldbookillustrations:

Front cover from The frog who would a wooing go, published by Brown, Taggard & Chase, Boston, circa 1858.
(Source: archive.org)

The pig depicted here, with a goose quill ticked under his ear, might very well be a “learned” one, I think!

oldbookillustrations:

Front cover from The frog who would a wooing go, published by Brown, Taggard & Chase, Boston, circa 1858.

(Source: archive.org)

The pig depicted here, with a goose quill ticked under his ear, might very well be a “learned” one, I think!