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Hardcover of the book.
Portrait of Vincent Cartwright Vickers, platinum print, circa 1910.

The Google Book is an illustrated book of children's verse by Vincent Cartwright Vickers. Originally published in 1913 by J. & E. Bumpus, Limited, London, at Vickers' expense in a limited edition of 100 copies, it was later issued in a trade edition by the Medici Society in London in 1931.[1] It was republished by Oxford University Press in 1979.[2] The coincidence of the name being the same as Google the well-known Internet corporation has stimulated comment.[3]

The book has surrealist illustrations of various imaginary birds, such as the Poggle and the Swank, alongside short poems about them. The Google of the title is a strange creature that lives in a pool in a beautiful garden and at night prowls the land where the birds live.


About the authorEdit

Vincent Cartwright Vickers (January 16, 1879 – November 3, 1939), was an economist, Deputy Lieutenant of the City of London, director of Vickers Limited and London Assurance. He was educated at the Eton and Magdalen College, in Oxford. Between 1910 and 1919 he was a Governor of the Bank of England, and later became President of the Economic Reform Club and Institute (ECRI).[4][5]

He also worked as a humorist and artist. He wrote and illustrated The Google Book while serving as a governor of the Bank of England.[6]



  1. ^ The Google Book at the Open Library The Medici Society, founded in 1908, specialized in art prints and books by artists
  2. ^ 1979 edition at WorldCat ISBN 0192797352
  3. ^ "ClickBack". BBC News. September 15, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2006.
  4. ^ Vincent C. Vickers: Economic Tribulation. London 1941. (PDF)
  5. ^ Vincent C. Vickers: Economic Tribulation. London 1941. Re-published in: Free University of Berlin, by Wolfgang Röhrig, in July 1999.
  6. ^ Waller, Martin (November 14, 2006). "The Sequel?". The Times. Retrieved November 29, 2006.

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