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Robert P. Davis  
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Humor
American humor, especially up to and including Mark Twain, was a very individualistic genre, perhaps even a bit unruly, like the intellectual and political history of this country. This form of humor, especially in caricature, persists to the present. In this section we present some of our offerings in this fascinating area.

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11391
Doctor Ebenezer Mack-. The Cat-Fight; A Mock Heroic Poem. Supported with Copious Extracts from Ancient and Modern Classic Authors. Meant as Illustrative, though Some (Not So Immediately Relative) Pressed in by Medium of Their Intrinsic Merit; Making Something like What Has Been Termed a Narrow Rivulet of Text, and a Wide Extended Meadow of Notes. By Doctor Ebenezer Mack, Author of Anatomy of Rhyme,&c. illustrated with Five Engravings, Designed and Executed by D. C. Johnston, of Philadelphia, Author, from Recollection, of Matthew at Home, In La Diligence, Polly Packet,&c.

New-York. Sold at 350 Water-Street. 1824. 276 pp. 12mo. Illustrated with five engraved plates, drawn and executed by David Claypool Johnston. Tan paper-covered boards. Linen spine, rebacked, and with new paper label, hand lettered. Pages untrimmed and uncut. First Edition. Ref.: Malcolm Johnson, David Claypool Johnston American Graphic Humorist, 1798╨1865, AAS, 1970, #176. Shoemaker 16972. The second book ever illustrated by the great American graphic artist, David Claypool Johnston, 1798╨1865, preceded only by ╥The History of Cockney Dandies╙ of 1819 (see Johnson, David Claypool Johnston, AAS, 1970). The text is a concatenation of irrelevancies, mostly in verse. In the Introduction in verse, the author, Doctor Ebenezer Mack (1791╨1849) promises numerous quotations, seemingly incoherently, from classical sources, both Latin and Greek and even from Camoens╒ great Portuguese Lusiad, then muses on the death of various cats, in verse. In Part One, two Irishmen, Jemmy O╒Kain and Pat M╒Hone,fight like cats, compete irrelevantly to the explanations of the author, mostly in couplets, while the couplets are attended by Notes, again mostly in verse, about 20 times the length of each couplet, full of classical references which seem to have no relevance to the hodge podge of a text. In Part Two, Subsequent Notes, the first section is called Patrick W[hack] O╒Neal╒s Job of Journey-Work. It goes on in verse in the fashion of the Notes of Part One, with innumerable classical references without coherence, or, seemingly, significance. A dizzying pastiche, which after all the heroic references ends with a wail on the transiency and insignificance of Man.
Price: $750.00

11393
{Ballantyne, John] (pseudonym: Rigdum Funnidos, GenT).- American Broad Grins: Edited by Rigdum Funnidos, Gent. Second Edition. With Humorous Illustrations [by John Leech].

London. Robert Tyas. (also, J. Menzies, Edinburgh and Machen and Company, Dublin) 1838. 76 pp.+ 6 pp. publisher╒s catalogue. 24mo. Limp brown cloth covered stiff paper wraps. Yellow end papers. Front cover illustrated with comic illustration and title in gilt. A.E.G. Second Edition. Ref.: Field, ╥John Leech on my Shelves╙, p.22. A collection of humor in American style, in prose and verse. Quotations even from Sam Slick (Judge Haliburton). Several tasteless Black parodies. Americans often referred to as Jonathan (?Brother). This edition enlarged. The second or third published work of John Leech (Field, p. 22). A frontispiece and three other illustrations (etchings) show Leech╒s expected skill and draftsmanship. The author was John Ballantyne (1774╨1821), a friend of Sir Walter Scott and printer of the Waverly Novels who helped him through difficult financial times. Ballantyne was affectionately called Rigdum Funnidos by Scott, after a Sancho Panza-like character in Henry Carey╒s burlesque, ╥Chrononhotonthologos╙. The implication by Scott was that Ballantyne was full of fun, a quick, active and intrepid fellow, quaint and full of mimicry (E. Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894). John Ballantyne╒s brother James contributed to ╥The Comic Almanac╙ of Cruikshank, et al. under this pseudonym. In fact, given the date of this publication, is it possible that James was the originator of ╥American Grins╙? Corner bumped. Hinges cracked A few pages with mild soiling and toned edges. Else, Very Good.
Price: $225.00

11134
[Broadside]. Correct List of the Sporting Ladies, Who Are Just Arrived at These Races. London, likely. N. Pub. N.D. [ca. 1780–90]. First Edition. 1 p. 7-1/2” W x 12” H. Unbound, as issued. http://www.baph.org.uk/imagepages/w atermarks/catteshall.html (for watermark). Not in Shipton & Mooney, Short Title Evans. A lewd horse racing and prostitution broadside, dated from the subject, the genre, the typeface, the paper and the watermark to the late quarter of the 18th century. Almost certainly British. The sporting ladies are the prostitutes commonly present on racing days, listed by name, character of sexual expression, age and skills. The paper is tan, laid paper and the watermark is Britannia, in a form characteristic of 18th century production. A review of the web site of the British Association of Paper Historians suggests that this watermark most closely resembles that for the Catteshall Paper Mill, Goldalming, Surrey, ca, 1781–86. Generally with such broadsides as this, America cannot be ruled out as a source, for as Dard Hunter points out (”Papermaking”), in colonial America and shortly thereafter, British watermarks were used by American papermakers to lend a social cachet to their products. However, the paradigm of these broadsides was clearly British, e.g. “Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies: or Man of Pleasure’ Kalendar” (issued annually after 1740, at least till 1793). Our broadside refers to one of the prostitutes as usually found at Covent Garden. “The Word on the Street- Broadsides at the National Library of Scotland” has several similar racing broadsides referring to the “sporting ladies” and tying them, in one case, to the Kelso Races. The illustration is a wood engraving of a naked young woman accompanied by a naked child. It is flanked by the verses of a lewd poem. Few minor spots in margins. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $850.00

10980
[Sheet Music]. Billings, Jonas Mrs. Billing’s [sic!].- Baby. Dedicated to Mrs. Billings. Comic Song with Chorus. Got up by Jonas Billings, Esq. New York. J. L. Peters. 1869. First Edition. 5 pp. Fo. Disbound. Decorated and illustrated cover. In Lester Levy Collection of Sheet Music at Johns Hopkins. Not in BAL, Dichter Handbook, Dichter & Shapiro. A comic song about a baby, probably newborn, to the composer, dedicated to his wife. The relationship, if any, of Jonas Billings to Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–85, American Humorist) is uncertain, but stylistically there seems to be a similarity. Disbound edge slightly ragged. Foxing. Stain on front cover on background of image. Small closed tears at lower margin of p.3. Else, Very Good.
Price: $150.00

10985
Author of The American Chesterfield (pseudonym).- The American Jest Book, Being a Chaste Collection of Anecdotes, Bon Mots, and Epigrams, Original and Selected, for the Amusement of the Young and Old of Both Sexes: by the Author of The American Chesterfield. Philadelphia. Stereotyped by J[edidiah] Howe (1791–1834), who also held the copyright. 1832. Later edition. 216 pp. Small 12mo., in 6’s. Brown publisher’s cloth AmImp 10910. For earlier issues, see Shipton and Mooney, Short Title Evans, #29970, 47699 and others. Originally published in 1789 (see catalogue of AAS) in Philadelphia by M. Carey and W. Spotswood and in 1796, in Boston, by W. Spotswood, alone. A popular collection of jests, epigrams, etc., this book was issued several times from late 18th century until 1833. A second part, entitled the Merry Fellow’s Companion, has also been published intermittently in that period. Owner’s signature on front pastedown: “Hiram Q. S[?L]evarr”. A classic in early American humor. Quite uncommon. Covers detached. Lacks front free end paper. Spine chipped with loss of upper 1 3/4“
Price: $700.00

6386
[Butler, William Howard Allen].- Nothing to Wear. An Episode of City Life. (From Harpers Weekly). New York. Rudd and Carleton. 1857. First Edition. 68 pp. 12mo. Brown Cloth. Gilt Titling on Front Cover. Dark Green Coated End Papers. Publisher's Shield Device without Lettering on Rear Cover in Blind (Not in All Copies). BAL 2228. Hamilton 873. Fullerton p.41. Illustrated by Augustus Hoppin, engraved by Richardson Cox. Publisher’s Ads, Printed on One Side Only in This Copy (see BAL 2228), Tipped in on Front End Paper. Title Page in Red. Butler (1825–1902) Was a Lawyer and Wrote Satirical Society Verse. He Was the Son of Benjamin Franklin Butler, U.S. Attorney General and Later Secretary of War. The Author's Brother Was Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler, Who Led the Capture of New Orleans in 1862 and Ran for President in 1884 as Candidate of the Anti-Monopoly and Greenback Parties. Butler, in His Legal Persona, Argued against Street Railroads in New York. Foxing. Fading of Spine and Edges of Boards. Else, Very Good.
Price: $0.00

10821
[Sheet Music]. Leybourne, [George] [pseudonym for Joe Sanders].- Up in a Balloon. Boston. Oliver Ditson & Co. 1869. Illustrated cover designed and engraved by Greene. First American Edition. 5 pp. Fo. Disbound. Dichter & Shapiro, p.131. Groce & Wallace,p. 273 (for Greene). A delightful mid-nineteenth century piece of comic sheet music celebrating aeronautics by balloon. The lyrics are in two forms, a Ladies’ version and a Men’s version (mislabeled here as a second Ladies’ version). The cover has a full-page image of a balloon in flight carrying in its basket (emblazoned “by Leybourne”) containing two cherubs, one of whom carries a flag imprinted “Sung by all the Minstrel Troupes”. It also exists in an English version adapted as a Scottische by Gorge Roe from Leybourne. George Leybourne (1842–84) was born Joe Sanders and was a devotee of and famous performer in the music hall genre. He was most famous for his lyrics for “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”. His 1871 song “If I ever Cease to Love” is famous today as the signature song of the Rex Krewe in the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Leybourne was widely known as “Champagne Charlie” after his 1867 appearance as a swell in top hat and tails, carrying a bottle of Moët et Chandon. Later he worked for Moët et Chandon and his rival Alfred Vance appeared with a bottle of Cliquot; the rivalry produced a new music hall genre, the Lion Comique. Born in Newcastle, Leybourne died penniless and is buried in London. A movie celebrating the music hall career of “Champagne Charlie” was made in 1944. It starred Tommy Trinder as Leybourne and Stanley Holloway (”My Fair Lady”) as his rival “The Great Vance”. Greene is likely Henry F. Greene (1828–?) a Boston plate and music engraver of this period. Mild foxing of covers, not encroaching on image. Else, Very Good.
Price: $350.00

10852
[Sheet Music]. Anonymous.- I Won't Be a Nun. New York. E. Riley. N.D. [very early 19th C.] First Edition. 1 p. Small Fo. Loose sheet. Removed. Not in Wolfe, Fuld, or Fisher. Dichter's Handbook #914 (Boston edition). Fisher, 150 Years of Music Publishing in the U.S. A comic song engraved and printed by E. Riley of New York, likely in early 19th century. A pretty, young woman disobeys her mother's wishes and refuses to go to a nunery because she knows and acknowledges that she is too wild and pleasure-loving. Dichter lists this song as published by G. Graupner in Boston ca. 1813. According to Fisher (pp.96–97), another work published by E. Riley in 1814, was perhaps the first piece of American music bearing a copyright date. This fixes Riley as active very early in the 19th century, perhaps also in the 18th century. Edward Riley was a music teacher and engraver, first appearing in the New York directory for 1806. It is not known whether he is the same Edward Riley who published and engraved music in London from 1799 to 1802, when his name appears as the engraver of much music of this period. Riley was set up in New York from 1814 to 1831. His widow and children continued his business from 1832 to 1851. They contributed to the growth of New York as an early center of music publishing in America. (Krummell & Sadie,p.114). Dichter and Shapiro list a number of Negro and minstrel songs published by Riley, again early in the history of this genre. Music seller’s modest stamp at lower margin (”E. Hopkins / Music Store / Troy] Browning of margins. Chips from edges, not encroaching on the text. Single horizontal fold. Else, Very Good
Price: $150.00

5853
Cobb, Benj[amin] F.- Jack Henderson. Down East. Chicago. M. A. Donohue & Co. 1903. Illustrated by Marshall D. Smith. First Edition. 91 pp. Small 12mo. Illustrated tan publisher’s cloth. Titled in black on pine and on front cover. T.e.g. The observations of a Chicago gentleman in his travels to Boston, Washington, Maine, Mount Vernon, etc. as related in a series of letters to a friend. Cobb was a noted Chicago journalist, with Vincent Starrett , Raskoff and others. Minimal wear at ends of spine. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $25.00

5856
Doesticks, P. B., Q. K. Philander, [pseud. of Mortimer Neal Thomson].- Doesticks. What He Says. New York. Edward Livermore. 1855. Illustrated with full-page wood engravings, engraved by Orr. First Edition 330 pp. 12mo. Decorated and gilt brown publisher’s cloth. Embossed in grid and floral pattern . Spine titled and illustrated in gilet. Bookseller’s stamp on rear free flyleaf. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. Humorous essays written by Mortimer M. Thomson (1828-75). Thomson was a journalist and humorist on the staff of the New York Tribune, after 1855. Noted for his anti-slavery verse and essays, he served as their correspondent in the Civil War. He also served as chaplain to a Union regiment. Wonderful humorous engravings. Owner’s signature (dated 1855) on front free end-paper. Wear to ends of spine and corners. Mildly shaken. Else, Very Good.
Price: $225.00

5879
[Hobart, George V.]. Hugh McHugh (pseudonym).- Back to the Woods New York G. W. Dillingham Co. 1902 (1903). Frontispiece plate and others by Gordon H. Grant. First Edition. 116 pp. + 6 pp. testimonials + 2 pp. publisher’s ads at rear. 12mo. Tan publisher’s cloth with pictorial cloth covered boards front and rear and on spine. T.e.g. Two edges untrimmed A series of comic stories of the sporting life by the author of “John Henry”. Hugh McHugh, a pseudonym for George V. Hobart (1867–1926), who was a popular comic author of the period, but especially noted for being a prolific write, lyricist, director, producer, arranger for the musical and dramatic theater on Broadway, 1900–1926. Gordon Hope Grant (1875–1962) was a noted magazine illustrator and cover artist at the turn of the 19th–20th century for Pearson’s Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, among others. He was also known as a marine painter. Trained in London, he covered the Boer War and the Mexican revolution for Harper’s Weekly. His portrait of the USS Constitution helped save the vessel as an historical monument and the portrait hangs in the White House. Mild abrasion of spine and mld soiling of covers. Owner’s name stamp on front free end paper. Else, Very Good.
Price: $100.00

5880
[Hobart, George V.]. Hugh McHugh (pseudonym).- Down the Line with John Henry. New York. G. W. Dillingham Co. 1901. Illustrated by McKee Barclay. First Edition. 110 pp. + 4 pp. testimonials. 12mo. Tan publisher’s cloth with pictorial cloth covered boards at front. T.e.g. Two edges untrimmed Includes a separate printing of a single chapter (”At the Races”, 16mo, in printed and illustrated paper wraps) laid in. A series of comic stories of the sporting life by the author of “John Henry”. Hugh McHugh, a pseudonym for George V. Hobart (1867–1926, who was a popular comic author of the period, but especially noted for being a prolific write, lyricist, director, producer, arranger for the musical and dramatic theater on Broadway, 1900–1926. McKee Barclay (1870–1947) was a noted cartoonist and illustrator at the turn of the 19th–20th century for The Baltimore Sunand the Philadelphia Sunday Press, Cartoons Magazine,The New York Herald, among others. He accompanied Woodrow Wilson, covering his Presidential campaign in the West.. Mlld soiling of covers. Chipping at edge of front pastedown. Else, Very Good.
Price: $150.00

5881
[Hobart, George V.]. Hugh McHugh (pseudonym).- Get Next! New York. G. W. Dillingham Co. 1905. Illustrated by Gordon H. Grant. First Edition. 111 pp. + 1 p. publisher’s ads + 11 pp. testimonials. 12mo. Tan publisher’s cloth with pictorial cloth covered boards on front. T.e.g. Two edges untrimmed A series of comic stories of the sporting life by the author of “John Henry”. Hugh McHugh, a pseudonym for George V. Hobart (1867–1926), who was a popular comic author of the period, but especially noted for being a prolific write, lyricist, director, producer, arranger for the musical and dramatic theater on Broadway, 1900–1926. Gordon Grant was a noted magazine illustrator and cover artist at the turn of the 19th–20th century for Pearson’s Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, among others. He was also known as a marine painter. Trained in London, he covered the Boer War and the Mexican revolution for Harper’s Weekly. His portrait of the USS Constitution helped save the vessel as an historical monument and the portrait hangs in the White House. One plate loose. Else, Very Good.
Price: $100.00

5882
[Hobart, George V.]. Hugh McHugh (pseudonym).- John Henry. New York. G. W. Dillingham Co. 1901. Illustrated, probably by McKee Barclay First Edition 96 pp. + 8 pp. testimonials + 1 p. publisher’s ads at rear. 12mo. Tan publisher’s cloth with pictorial cloth covered board at front. T.e.g. Two edges untrimmed A series of comic stories of the sporting life by Hugh McHugh, a pseudonym for George V. Hobart (1867–1926). Hobart was a popular comic author of the period, but especially noted for being a prolific writer, lyricist, director, producer, arranger for the musical and dramatic theater on Broadway, 1900–1926. McKee Barclay (1870–1947) was a noted cartoonist and illustrator at the turn of the 19th–20th century for The Baltimore Sunand the Philadelphia Sunday Press, Cartoons Magazine,The New York Herald, among others. He accompanied Woodrow Wilson, covering his Presidential campaign in the West.. Mild abrasion of spine and mlld soiling of covers. Owner’s name stamp on front free end paper. Else, Very Good.
Price: $100.00

5883
[Hobart, George V.]. Hugh McHugh (pseudonym).- Skiddoo! New York G. W. Dillingham Co. 1906 Illustrated by Gordon H. Grant. First Edition. 112 pp. + 1 p. publisher’s ads + 14 pp. testimonials. 12mo. Tan publisher’s cloth with pictorial cloth covered boards on front. T.e.g. Two edges untrimmed A series of comic stories of the sporting life by the author of “John Henry”. Hugh McHugh, a pseudonym for George V. Hobart (1867–1926, who was a popular comic author of the period, but especially noted for being a prolific write, lyricist, director, producer, arranger for the musical and dramatic theater on Broadway, 1900–1926. Gordon Grant was a noted magazine illustrator and cover artist at the turn of the 19th–20th century for Pearson’s Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, among others. He was also known as a marine painter. Trained in London, he covered the Boer War and the Mexican revolution for Harper’s Weekly. His portrait of the USS Constitution helped save the vessel as an historical monument and the portrait hangs in the White House. Owners signature in pencil on front free end paper. Mild soiling of cover. Else, Very Good.
Price: $100.00

5884
[Hobart, George V.]. Hugh McHugh (pseudonym).- You Can Search Me. New York. G. W. Dillingham Co. 1905. Illustrated by Gordon H. Grant. First Edition 119 pp. + 12 pp. publisher’s ads and testimonials. 12mo. Tan publisher’s cloth with pictorial cloth covered boards on front. T.e.g. Two edges untrimmed. A series of comic stories of the sporting life by the author of “John Henry”. Hugh McHugh, a pseudonym for George V. Hobart (1867–1926, who was a popular comic author of the period, but especially noted for being a prolific write, lyricist, director, producer, arranger for the musical and dramatic theater on Broadway, 1900–1926. Gordon Grant was a noted magazine illustrator and cover artist at the turn of the 19th–20th century for Pearson’s Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, among others. He was also known as a marine painter. Trained in London, he covered the Boer War and the Mexican revolution for Harper’s Weekly. His portrait of the USS Constitution helped save the vessel as an historical monument and the portrait hangs in the White House. Very Good.
Price: $100.00

5885
Phoenix, John, [George Horatio Derby].- Phoenixiana; or Sketches and Burlesques. New York. D. Appleton & Co. 1856. Illustrated. First Edition. 274 pp. + publisher’s ads. 12mo. Brown embossed publisher’s cloth with gilt titling on spine and gilt illustrations on spine and front cover. Yellow end papers. Cowan II p.167. GB 277. Wheat 63. BAL 4650. From Emmett Harrington's Catalogue: "Lieutenant Derby was sent to the West in 1849 to conduct the first reconnaissance of the Colorado River. He remained on the Pacific Coast until 1856, becoming involved in the building of numerous dams and roads. he became known throughout California as a prankster and contributor of humorous pieces on California affairs to a variety of newspapers (under the pseudonyms "John Phoenix" and "Squibob"). This 1856 collection of his work was a best seller and went through eleven printings within a year. Minimal wear at ends of spine and corners. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $355.00

5887
[Shaw, Henry Wheeler] r(pseudonym: “Josh Billings”).- Everybody’s Friend, or: Josh Billing’s [sic] Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor. Profusely Illustrated by Thomas Nast and Other Artists. “The World Is My Oyster.” Hartford, CT. American Publishing Co.. 1874. First American Edition. 617 pp. + 6 pp. publisher’s catalogue (Mark Twain items) Large 8vo. Brown publisher’s cloth. Gilt titling and decorations on spine and front cover. BAL 17455 Numerous essays, commentaries and witticisms, mostly in phonetic dialect. Copyright in 1873 by George W. Carleton & Co. Typical Billings homilies. Shaw (1818–95) was among the most popular of American humorists and lecturers of the latter half of the 19th century, perhaps second only to Mark Twain. . His folksy wisdom was very popular. Thrown out of Hamilton College after one year for stealing the clapper from the chapel bell, he went West on an unsuccessful expedition to the Rockies, became a farmer, coal miner, operator of a dilapidated steamboat , auctioneer, etc. before beginning his career as a journalist in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1858. The author of humorous books and almanacs. he later lectured on the circuit. He died of a stroke while sunning himself on a hotel verandah in Monterey, California. Wear at ends and edges of spine and at corners. Slight toning. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

5888
[Shaw, Henry Wheeler] (pseudonym: “Josh Billings”) Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings. With Comic Illustrations. New York. Carleton, Publisher 1867. Illustrated with 12 full page wood engravings by various hands. Second Edition (Copyright 1865), 232 pp. + 8 pp. publisher’s catalogue, dated 1866. 12mo. Brown embossed publisher’s cloth with gilt titling on spine. Blue end papers. BAL 17439. Wright II, 2195. One of Shaw’s classic works of typical American humor of the time. Shaw (1818–95) was among the most popular of American humorists and lecturers of the latter half of the 19th century, perhaps second only to Mark Twain. . His folksy wisdom was very popular. Thrown out of Hamilton College after one year for stealing the clapper from the chapel bell, he went West on an unsuccessful expedition to the Rockies, became a farmer, coal miner, operator of a dilapidated steamboat , auctioneer, etc. before beginning his career as a journalist in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1858. The author of humorous books and almanacs. he later lectured on the circuit. He died of a stroke while sunning himself on a hotel verandah in Monterey, California. Wear at ends of spine and corners. Fading of spine.. Mild foxing. Owner’s stamp and signature on front pastedown. Else, Very Good.
Price: $135.00

5889
[Shaw, Henry Wheeler] (pseudonym: “Josh Billings”).- Old Probability. Perhaps Rain - Perhaps Not. With 250 Comic Illustrations. New York G. W. Carleton & Co. 1879. Illustrated. First Edition. Pagination by unit almanac. 8vo. Red publisher’s cloth. Gilt titling on spine. Decorations in black on spine4 and front cover BAL 17466. A reprint of the "Allminax" for 1870–79 with much additional material appearing here first in book form (BAL). Shaw’s parodies of almanacs, containing verse, anecdotes, and ad in phonetc dialects, false astronomical and zodiacal information, etc. He divined them much in advance of their predictions. Many pages bordered in colors. Shaw (1818–95) was among the most popular of American humorists and lecturers of the latter half of the 19th century, perhaps second only to Mark Twain. . His folksy wisdom was very popular. Thrown out of Hamilton College after one year for stealing the clapper from the chapel bell, he went West on an unsuccessful expedition to the Rockies, became a farmer, coal miner, operator of a dilapidated steamboat , auctioneer, etc. before beginning his career as a journalist in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1858. The author of humorous books and almanacs. he later lectured on the circuit. He died of a stroke while sunning himself on a hotel verandah in Monterey, California. Wear at ends and edges of spine and at corners. Mild soiling of covers. Front hinge starting internally. Mild toning of some pages. Else, Very Good.
Price: $150.00

6245
[Shapley, Rufus Edmonds]. “I’m fur ‘Im.” Solid for Mulhooly: A Sketch of Municipal Politics under the Leaders, the Ring, and the Boss. New York G. W. Carleton & Co. 1881 First Edition 179 pp. 12mo. Reddish brown publisher’s cloth with gilt spine, black decorations and titling on front cover and blind embossing on rear cover. Brown end papers. A. R. Spofford & R. E. Shapley (Eds.), Library of Wit & Humor, Gibbie, 1894. Wright III, 4879 “ A …Satire on the Boss System in American Politics. in which the Mysterious Methods of the Leaders, the Ring and the Boss, are laid bare.” Published anonymously, the book is by Rufus E. Shapley (1840–) , an attorney in Philadelphia after 1868, who was active politically as a speaker, but never held office. Written after the fall of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall in New York due to the crusade of Samuel J. Tilden and Thomas Nast, Tweed died miserably in jail. This satirical novel tells of young Mulhooly, who rises from poverty to grandeur through chicanery and the prostitution of democratic principles, much like Tweed. Mulhooly, however, in accord with the betting odds, triumphs through voter fraud in a cynical turn of the real life story. This is Shapley’s only book. Mild wear at ends of spine and corners. Bright gilt on spine. Mild foxing. Overall, Very Good +
Price: $100.00

6309
Baxter, John E.- Locker Room Ballads. New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1923. Illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg. First Edition. 76 pp. + 2 pp. publisher’ ads. Green publisher’s cloth with gilt titling on spine and front cover. Gilt image of polo player on front cover. Golf, Polo, and Tennis Verses. Twenty wonderful illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg, Ex libris with library bookplate (discarded), envelope and date page at rear and shelf number on spine. Mild wear at ends of spine. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $100.00

6768
Hopkins, Livingston A Comic History of the United States. Copiously Illustrated by the Author from Sketches Taken at a Safe Distance. New York American Book Exchange 1880 Illustrated. Second Edition 223 pp. 12mo Red embossed and illustrated publisher's cloth. Gilt titling on spine and front cover. T.e.g. Wright III 2765. Originally published by Carleton in 1876. Apparently the copyright was registered by Hopkins again in 1880. Numerous black and white comic illustrations by the author. Both the text and the illustrations comprise a great example of early American political satire and contemporary humor. Wear at edges and end of spine and at corners. Else, Very Good.
Price: $75.00

7106
[Saunders, Frederick]. (pseud.: An Epicure).- Salad for the Social. New York. De Witt & Davenport. 1856. Illustrated with wood engravings by Avery and Hartwell. First Edition. 401 pp. 12mo. Brown publisher’s cloth with gilt titling and decorations on spine and front cover and gilt illustration on front cover. Illustration and title in the blind on rear cover. Coated end papers. Bookish essays, some humorous, by the Librarian of the Astor Library from 1859 to 1902. Saunders lived from 1807 to 1902 and was a prolific essayist, noted also for many quotable comments (e.g., ”Mammon is the largest slave-holder in the world”). Wonderful engravings. Fading of spine. Mild wear at ends of spine and edges of covers. Few bleached spots on rear cover. Mild foxing. Chips from edges of end papers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

7282
Tourgée, Albion Winegar (pseudonym: “One of The Fools”),- A Fool’s Errand. New York. Fords, Howard, & Hulbert. 1880. First Edition 361 pp. + 4pp. publisher’s ads at front and 2 pp at rear Brown publisher’s cloth. Gilt titling on spine. Black titling and decorations on front cover; titling in the blind on rear cover.. T.e.g. Coated end papers. Wright III, 5520. A novel of The South under Reconstruction. published anonymously. Tourgée wrote several pseudonymous novels about the South before and after the Civil War (see Wright II,2523, e.g.) The last short chapter of this book is quite prophetic. Tourgée was , an attorney, after the Civil War moved to North Carolina, where he met hostility and prejudice. He moved about thereafter. His books were known to Presidents Garfield and Harrison. Laid down on front pastedown is a newspaper clipping with a review of the novel and comments on Tourgée. Front hinges cracked internally.
Price: $175.00

7789
Tupper, Martin F. (pseud.: Peter Query).- The Rides and Reveries of the Late Mr. Æsop Smith. Philadelphia. E. H. Butler & Co. 1858. First American edition. 333 pp. 6to. Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Decorative Title on Spine.. Cushing, I574. Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889) was a popular English versifier whose works were popular (? plagiarized) in America. He wrote in free verse, often about homilies. Hence, the heroics of Mr. Æsop (Smith). In referring to his quality of "idiosyncrasy," the author refers to the ”'hexasyllabical' aforesaid." 155.00 7789
Price: $155.00

10521
Cruickshanks, James, Jr., Meriden, N. H.- [Pamphlet]. A Bouquet of Flowers from the Garden of Paradise. Second Edition–– Revised, with Critical Notes and Biography of the Author. New York. Harper & Brothers. 1851. Frontispiece portrait of the author and many other wood engravings. Second Edition, Revised. 38 pp. including 2 pp. putative reviews. 12mo. Illustrated, buff printed paper wraps. The author is alleged to have been born in Scotland in 1828 and, having exhausted all intellectual and spiritual opportunities of that land before age 13, in 1840 he moved to America to expand his capacities. He wandered from New York to Connecticut and ultimately to New Hampshire, functioning as an author, poet, orator and metaphysician, an ornament to the intellectuals of Hanover. Here is a collection of his poems, including “To the Washington Monument”, “Zachary Taylor Is No More” and “To Miss Harriet Martineau. On Her Birthday”. Most notable are his “The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. The American Congress Unmasked” and, in Latin, “Lex Fugitiva” perhaps foretelling the Civil War. This, alleged Second Edition, is edited by Jonathan Candebeus, Jr. The notes are extensive, in English, Latin and Greek, with many references to Classical works, scholars and rhetoric. A grand send-up, magnificently irrelevant and nicely illustrated by small wood engravings. Reviews quoted at rear are allegedly from The New York Tribune, the Edinburgh Review, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and H. Lytton Bulwer, among others. Harvard has a copy allegedly published by the Dartmouth Press of Hanover; this edition is represented at AAS and Brown (Hay, Harris 76 C9555). Rare and in great condition. Mild soiling of rear cover. Else, Very Good.
Price: $545.00

10666
[Shaw, Henry Wheeler] (pseudonym: Josh Billings).- Josh Billings On Ice, and Other Things. With Comic Ilustrations by J. H. Howard. New York. G. W. Carleton, & Co. 1868. Illustrated by J. H. Howard. First Edition. 24 pp. 12mo. zGreen embossed publisher’s cloth. Gilt titling on spine.. T.e.g. Blue end papers. Wright 2196. Blair, Native Am. Hum., 103. DAB. Groce & Wallace, 329. A series of phonetic anecdotes in the inimitable style of Josh Billings, typical of American humor of the time. Justin H. Howard was a comic illustrator active 1856–76 (see, also, Hamilton, 326–8). Shaw (1818–95) was among the most popular of American humorists and lecturers of the latter half of the 19th century, perhaps second only to Mark Twain. . His folksy wisdom was very popular. Thrown out of Hamilton College after one year for stealing the clapper from the chapel bell, he went West on an unsuccessful expedition to the Rockies, became a farmer, coal miner, operator of a dilapidated steamboat , auctioneer, etc. before beginning his career as a journalist in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1858. The author of humorous books and almanacs. he later lectured on the circuit. He died of a stroke while sunning himself on a hotel verandah in Monterey, California. Spine ends and corners worn. Gilt fading. Mild foxing. Two small chips from edges of front free end papers. Front hinge cracked internally. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

10669
[Clapp, Henry].- Husband vs. Wife; or, Nobody to Blame. With Designs by A. Hoppin. New York. Rudd & Carleton. 1858. Illustrated. 44 pp. + 3 pp. publisher’s ads. 12mo. Brown publisher’s cloth with gilt titling on front cover, embossed on both covers (gilt on front) with a Celtic cross and publisher’s logo. Covers bordered in the blind. Wood engravings set into text. Printed in red and black. Green coated end papers. Hamilton 876 (for Hoppin). Horace Traubel, ”With Walt Whitman in Camden”, Vols. 4 & 8 (for Clapp). An epic poem on the peccadilloes of marital relationships, as typified by those of Mr. & Mrs. Doolittle Dolt, by Henry Clapp (1814–75). Clapp was a satirist and editor, a close friend of Walt Whitman and the early publisher of Whitman’s poems in The Saturday Press (where Mark Twain’s first story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” was initially published). Frequently in debt, Clapp saw his Saturday Press folded and died of drink (Traubel). The illustrator is Augustus Hoppin (1828–96), who also illustrated “Nothing to Wear”. Born in Providence, RI, to a China Trader, Hoppin was a graduate of Brown University and lawyer; he published initially in magazines, then illustrated many humorous books, some by O. W. Holmes, Washington Irving and, later, Mark Twain (”The Gilded Age”, 1873). He accompanied John Russell Bartlett on the Mexican Boundary Commission and did two of the illustrations for Bartlett’s report. Wear at ends and edges of spine and at corners. Mild foxing. Gilt bright. Very tight.
Price: $110.00

10693
[Goodrich, Samuel G. (pseudonym: Peter Parley) (Editor)].- Humorist Tales: A Selection of Interesting Stories. Boston. Shepard, Clark and Brown, Publishers. N.D. [1857–9]. Second Edition. 192 pp. Small 12mo. Purple-tan embossed publisher’s cloth. Embossed cartouche on front cover states “The Parlor Library”. Wright I, 1242 for First Edition. Wright I, 2533 lists table of contents and a few purported authors. Dzwonski, Dict. Lit. Biog, Vol. 49 (for publisher) Inscription in calligraphic hand on front free end paper: “Presented to / Carrie Winsor / as a / Prize / for / excelling in Geography. / by her teacher / Warren S. Hobb / Harmony [RI] / Feb 24” 1868.” A collection of humorous stories, first separately published by Nafis and Cornish of NY in 1840 , but first issued as Vol. I of ”Tales of Humor”. In his “Recollections of a Lifetime” (1857), “S. G. Goodrich denied authorship,... but he probably edited the collection (Wright I, 1242). Wright identifies N. Hawthorne as the author of “Mr. Bullfrog” and ”The Haunted Quack”; and H. W. Longfellow as author of” The Bald Eagle”. Moral tales with a humorous twist, in the American style: human pratfalls and suffering, dialect stories (a very contemporary, 1840 Irish attitude) and even more subtle stories by Hawthorne and Longfellow. The publisher was in business under this name for only 2 years (1857–9). Covers faded with wear at ends of spine, edges and corners. Foxing. Very Good -.
Price: $145.00

10699
Donnerhagel, Jupiter Tonans [Pseudonym, ? for Victor L. Conrad].- ‘Cupid Abroad,’ Arrested: or, A Random Bolt at Hercules Samson Fressmarkle. Gettysburg, [PA]. N. Pu. 1853. Second Edition. 20 pp. 8vo. Disbound. Harris Collection at Brown, e.g. (for First Edition). Also, http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.ohio.unknown/6840.1/mb.ashx (for Victor L. Conrad) A comic , chiefly iambic poem in three cantos with varying numbers of 8-line stanzas, often in a classic mode with numerous classical allusions. Also points to newer knowledge with reference to steam power, Fulton, contemporary science, etc. Many allusions to what might be undergraduate humor, parodies of professors and the teaching profession as well as politics (Henry Clay, Calhoun, e.g.). Perhaps a giant in-joke. Many explanatory notes. The First Edition was publlshed, also in Gettysburg, in 1846. According to the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, this pseudonymous pamphlet is by Victor L. Conrad, a member of the Class of 1848 at Pennsylvania College, in Gettysburg. “Victor L. Conrad, Ph.D. was born at Pine Grove, PA on 7 Oct. 1824. During his early youth he attended the school of the village, and subsequently studied at an academy in Waynesboro, Pa., during several winters. In 1841 he was appointed collector of tolls on the Union Canal and Railroad, at Pinegrove, having succeeded Dr. F. W. Conrad, his brother, in that office. He entered Pennsylvania College in 1844, and graduated there in 1848. He subsequently pursued a theological course in the seminary at Gettysburg, and was licensed to preach in 1851 by the Synod of East Pennsylvania. In 1853 he removed to Springfield, Ohio, to assume the editorship of The Evangelical Lutheran, a new church paper just started there. In 1854 he was married to Miss H. D. Bartlett, daughter of the late Jonathan Bartlett, of Maine …” The paper failed. From 1856 till 1867 Conrad was engaged in education in Pittsburgh and in Dayton. and in business in New York city. In 1867 he was elected professor of natural sciences in Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, but in 1870,” he resigned his professorship and removed to Philadelphia, where he had been engaged as associate editor of the Lutheran Observer … (Source: History of Schuylkill County, Pa: W. W. Munsell, 1881.” Mild Foxing. Else, Very Good.
Price: $325.00

10588
Gorey, Edward.- The Headless Bust. A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millenium New York. Harcourt Brace & Co. 1999. Illustrated and written by Gorey. First Edition. Unpaginated. Square 8vo. Pale blue illustrated paper covered boards. Pale blue illustrated, price-clipped D.J. “The inhabitants of the ever-so-popular ‘Haunted Tea-Cosy’ return in a new holiday tale.” Gorey’s (1925–2000) last book, ending his production of “literary nonsense”. As New.
Price: $70.00

6341
Blackford, M.D., Katherine M. H. and Arthur Newcomb (Editor).- Blondes and Brunets. New York. The Review of Reviews Company. 1916. Fourth Edition (same year as copyright). Small 12mo. Green publisher’s cloth with red ruling and titling. A pseudoscientific abuse of genetics, anthropology and psychology in an attempt to support the notion of the superior Aryan type. Argues that character is determined by complexion, and light complected, blue-eyed blondes win out. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good.
Price: $35.00

10395
Bangs, John Kendrick.- The Water Ghost and Others. New York. Harper & Brothers. 1894. Copiously illustrated. First Edition. 296 pp. 12mo. Highly decorated (silver floral and leaf pattern) blue-green publisher's cloth with gilt titling and seal on front cover and spine. T.e.g. Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. The first American collection of ghost stories. Bangs, a journalist for both newspapers and magazines, wrote several fantasies on Sherlock Holmes. He was the author of humor, fantasy and ghost stories. Of the latter, this is his best collection. Slight wear at ends of spine. Gilt dull on top edge. Owner's signature on front pastedown. Else, Very Good.
Price: $115.00

5844
[Edward Nares), (pseudonym: Thinks-I-To-Myself Who?).- Thinks-I-To-Myself. A Serio-Ludicro, Tragico-Comico Tale; Written by Thinks-I-To-Myself Who? Two Volumes in One. The Rev. Edward Nares (1762-1841) was a writer with wit and some distinction. He became Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford (1813-41). This volume represents the author's view of social economy of man revealed in a quasi-autobiography, with his added thoughts revealed by comments in asides, labeled "thinks-I-to-myself." The book is of English origin, but was widely published in America and went through msny American editions as well, beginning in 1811. The author explains autobiographically how he came to utter more words sotto voce than out loud and wittily critiques fashionable society. Stereotyped. NUC NN #0021200. Not in AmImp (unless identical to #26183, (1812), under another publisher). Concise DNB.5 Front cover detached. Wear at edges and ends of spine and at corners. 1cm. loss at head of spine. Foxed. Old owner's stamp on front free end paper. Else Very Good. Baltimore. Joseph N. Lewis. N.D. [ca. 1811-12]
Price: $150.00

10082
[Edward Nares), (pseudonym: Thinks-I-To-Myself Who?).- Thinks-I-To-Myself. A Serio-Ludicro, Tragico-Comico Tale;Written by Thinks-I-To-Myself Who? The Rev. Edward Nares (1762-1841) was a writer with wit and some distinction. He became Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford (1813-41). This volume represents the author's view of social economy of man revealed in a quasi-autobiography, with his added thoughts revealed by comments in asides, labeled "thinks-I-to-myself." The book is of English origin, but was widely published in America and went through msny American editions as well, beginning in 1811. The author explains autobiographically how he came to utter more words sotto voce than out loud and wittily critiques fashionable society. Later American Edition. NUC NN #0021223 AmImp 43-3630 (as A. Sherman imprint). Concise DNB/ Few tiny chips from ends of spine. Mildly foxed. Else Very Good. New York. M. W. Dodd. 1843.
Price: $99.00

8208
Burnham, Geo[rge] P[ickering].- The History of the Hen Fever. A Humorous Record. In One Volume. Illustrated. Boston. James French and Company. 1855. 326 pp. + 7 pp. Publ. Ads. 12mo. Brown publisher's cloth with gilt titling and illustrations on front cover and spine. Else, embossed in the blind. First Edition. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Andrews and others. Burnham was a Boston journalist, author of "Young 'un" (Boston, 1848); he served in the Civil War and spent 3 years in the U.S. Detective Service. This book is a comic discourse on human gullibility, political social and personal. References to tulipomania, issues of slavery, the Nebraska question, Stephen Douglas, Queen Victoria, Henry Clay, et al. The author alleges the creation of a mass hankering for various (artificial) species of hen, the inflationary consequences and financial ruination attendant to the mass participation. There are numerous allusions to P. T. Barnum, whose biography had just been published, and the creation of the gruesome twosome of Barnum and Burnham. A discussion of Mutual Admiration Societies is more expansive than that of O. W. Holmes. The author also creates a fictitious sermon allegedly preached against him and his book and reviewed in the august Boston Evening Transcript with letters to the editor and other responses in defense of Barnum and Burnham. The author goes on to call this the Second Edition of his tome, to give verisimilitude to the alleged sermon and its review in the Boston (and national ) press. Actually quite humorous and witty! Foxing. Browning of edges. Corner stain. Corners bumped. Overall, Good +. Cushing, I. Boston. James French and Company. 1855.
Price: $145.00

9996
Hopkins, Livingston.- A Comic History of the United States. Copiously Illustrated by the Author from Sketches Taken at a Safe Distance. New York. American Book Exchange. 1880. 223 pp. Illustrated. 12mo. Blue embossed and illustrated publisher's cloth. Gilt titling on spine and front cover. T.e.g. Second Edition. Originally published by Carleton in 1876. Numerous black and white comic illustrations by the author. Both the text and the illustrations comprise a great example of early American political satire and contemporary humor. Mild wear at ends of spine and corners. Owner's signature in pencil on front free end paper. New York. American Book Exchange. 1880.
Price: $75.00

10007
[Shaw, Henry Wheeler] (pseudonym: Josh Billings).- [Pamphlet]. Josh Billings Struggling with Things. New York. G. W. Carleton, & Co. 1881. 24 pp. Illustrated by Livingston Hopkins. Cover portrait of the author 12mo. Printed paper wraps. Self bound. Sewn. A series of aphorisms in the inimitable style of Josh Billings, some independent and some hitched to advertisements. On each page of the pamphlet is a cartoon by Hopkins, a series of sayings by Billings and an advertisement for various chiefly New York establishments. The Glen House in New Hampshire, e.g., calls itself "The Switzerland of America" and claims loudly: "N.B. - No Malaria. No Mosquitoes." A revision of "The Josh Billings Cook Book", published in 1880, with recipes in place of the ads. Some new material, as well.Shaw (1818–95) was thrown out of Hailton College after one year for stealing the clapper from the chapel bell, went West on an unsuccessful expedition to the Rockies, became a farmer, coal miner, operator of a dilapidated steamboat , auctioneer, etc. before beginning his career as the author of humorous books and almanacs. he later lectured on the circuit. He died of a stroke while sunning himself on a hotel verandah in Monterey, California. Hopkins,the author and illustrator of "The Comic History of the United States" (1876) was also a political satirist.. Mild foxing of covers. Chips from edges of two leaves, without encroaching on text or illustrations. Soft vertical fold. Else, Very Good. BAL 17470. Blair, Native Am. Hum., 103. DAB. New York. G. W. Carleton, & Co. 1881.
Price: $175.00

9932
Cantor, Eddie.- Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street. New York. Simon and Schuster 1929. Third Printing in first month of publication. Pages 49 pp.16mo. Grey-tasn publisher's cloth. red lettering on spine and front cover. Third Printing in first month of publication. Illustrated by Sid L. Hydeman. A humorous series of anecdotes on his experience as an investor after the stock market crash of 1929 by Eddie Cantor, the noted radio performer, who here characterizes himself as "Comedian, Author, Statistician and Victim." The book isdated "1929 A.C.*" The asterisk connotes "After Crash." Slight soiling of covers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $18.00

9929
[? Haliburton, Judge].- Nothing to Eat. Illustrated.Not by the Author of "Nothing to Wear." New York. Dick and Fitzgerald. 1857. Pages 117 pp. = 4 pp. publisher's ads, including an ad for Haliburton's works.12mo. Brown embossed publisher'scloth, in imitation of others in this series by multiple authors and publishers. Gilt titling on front cover. Brown coated end papers. Frontispiece and 7 other plates. Groce & Wallace, p.81. R. Gardner, "Horatio Alger, pp. 443-4 for detailed discussion of this title. A parody of William Howard Allen Butler's "Nothingto Wear." Again in the same form of versified social satire. One of at least six satires of Butler by various publishers in this 1857 series. Several libraries carry this title, one of the rarest of the group, as possibly by Horatio Alger, but Gardner believes it not to be so. He proposes that it may have been by Judge Haliburton, the author of the "Sam Slick" series which was also published by Dick and Fitzgerald. This volume is anearly publication of this publishingfirm. Henry A. and Henry Brightly, father and son, were engravers, born in England, but active in Philadelphia in the 1850's. Wear at ends of spine and corners. Starting of inner hinges. Slight browning of illustrationsElse, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

9539
Otterbourg, Edwin M.- Alice in Rankbustland (with Apologies to Lewis Carroll.). With an Introduction by the Hon. Edwin L. Garvin, Judge of the United States District Court, for the Eastern District of New York. Being in Book Form, the Series of Articles under the Same Title as Originally Published in the New York Credit Men's Association Bulletin. New York. W. W. Williams. 1923. 84 pp. 16mo Limp deep blue leather(ette?) with gilt titling on front cover. First Edition. A pastiche based on "Alice in Wonderland," presenting a satire on bankruptcy laws and their abuse by dishonest businesses. Very reminiscent of the Enron Affair and its cousins in very contemporary society. The sluggish wheels of business reform are similarly satirized. Tucked in are two pieces of ephemera: (1) a note from the publisher summarizing details of this book in aid ofthe reviewers; (2) a clipping from a Boston (?) newspaper reporting the unconstitutionality in Kentucky of US Treasury Notes as legal tender. Faded gilt titling. Minimal browning of pages. Else, Very Good.
Price: $65.00

9564
[Smith, Seba and Davis, Charles Augustus].- The Select Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia. Away Down East, in the State of Maine. Written by Himself. Philadelphia. R. Withington and H. Davis. 1834. 212 pp. Wonderful full page frontispiece wood engraving of Major Downing and later full-page textual illustration, both humorous. 12mo. Cloth spine with original printed paper label and original pink paper-covered boards First Edition. Seba Smith (1792–18680 wrote political satire and originated the pseudonym of "Major Downing" in 1830 in his Portland Courier, the first daily newspaper in Maine. He was widely imitated, appropriated and parodied, especially by Charles Augustus Davis (1795–1867), a New York businessman and writer for the New York Daily Advertiser. This work is a pastiche of some letters by Smith (60 letters reprinted from his "Life and Writings", 1833) and some by his imitator, C. A. Davis. Smith's letters were widely reprinted throughout the U. S.. "Smith's freedom from party hostility sets him apart from his only serious rival among his imitators, Charles Augustus Davis....[Smith's] rather mild ridicule of parties, platforms, and national leaders is in distinct contrast to the sharp wit and pointed political application of Davis.....Smith will be remembered as a political satirist who set a new pattern of American humor" (DAB). Foxed. Light water stain on cover and margins of early pages. Front hinge separated, but tight, internally. Cover soiled. Wear at edges and corners of boards.Small chips from paper spine label, encroachiing only a little on text. Owner's signature ("Samuel L. Young / Reading / Pa.") on front cover and front pastedown. Other signatures, contemporary on front free fly leafand rear pastedown. Else, Very Good. BAL 18379, 4502. AI 26838 [6]. Wright 2474. DAB
Price: $130.00

9660
Thomson, Mortimer N. (pseud.: Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P.B. [Perfect Brick]).- Nothing to Say: A Slight Slap at Mobocratic Snobbery, Which Has "Nothing to Do" with "Nothing to Wear." New York. Rudd & Carleton. 1857. 60 pp. 12mo. Brown publisher's cloth embossed in the blind and with gilt lettering on front cover. Brown coated end papers. First Edition. Six engravings by Richardson-Cox after drawings by John McLenan. Thomson was offered $1 per line by Carleton for this parody of "Nothing to Wear." The company profited immensely from this effort and it turned the company toward the publication of American humor. Tipped onto front end papers is the publisher's tissue paper ad for an illustrated book of travels, "Roumania" by James O. Noyes, M.D. This ad is found only in some copies, according to BAL. Seven copies noted by BAL . Behind half-title is publisher's ad for Doesticks' books. Fading of spine and edges. Else Very Good. BAL
Price: $150.00

9479
[Haliburton, Thomas Chandler].- The Clockmaker; or the Sayings and Doings of Sam Slick, of Slickville. Concord, NH. William White. 1838. 262 pp. 12mo in 6's. Blue pblisher's cloth with printed paper label on spine. T.e.g.. Second American Edition. Originally published in 1836–8, in Halifax and in London. Many of these humorous American sketches appeared first in "The Nova Scotian." Haliburton achieved a wide popularity.His droll humor is grossly evident in these anecdotes; sometimes, however, they are simply gross. They are quite representative of a special, early American literary humor, which was to mature along with the country through the 19th Century, leading up to Mark Twain. The Meine Catalogue finds Thomas Chandler Haliburton to combine the "shameless opportunism of Jack Downing [Seba Smith] with the sententious wisdom of a Franklin." Sam appealed to Americans as "a shrewd and sagacious observer" despite their unresponsiveness to his Canadian political materials. Mild wear at head and tail of spine and at corners. Mild foxing of end papers. Owner's signature, "Wm. N. Green," on pastedowns. Else,Very Good. Catalogue of Meine Collection, Newberry, 1939, #23. Blair, Native American Humor, 1937, pp. 45–7.
Price: $175.00

9495
Locke, David R. (pseudonym: Petroleum V. Nasby).- Nasby in Exile: or, Six Months of Travel in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, with Many Things Not of Travel. Toledo and Boston. Locke Publishing Co. 1882. 672 pp. Profusely Illustrated by R. Lorenz of Chicago. 8vo. Brown publisher's decorated cloth, illustrated and titled in gilt on front cover and spine. Brown coated end papers. T.e.g. First Edition. A record of the author's experiences and keen and humorous observations during a protracted European tour, all amplified by the superb illustrations by Lorenz. The text is based on the author's columns in the Toledo Blade. He concentrated on the people he encountered in Europe, rather than the scenery and sights. Owner's signature with flourishes on front free end paper, "Edwd J. Hill / Aug 28/82." Bookseller's ticket on front free end paper. Nasby, like Artemus Ward and Orpheus C. Kerr, was part of a new movement in American humor, arising in or affecting origins in the American West, speaking conversationally in a "salty and satirical" tone, and very social in their concerns. Lincoln and Sumner valued Nasby's work very highly and kept his work close at hand for reference. Lincoln, out of the West, found a familiar tone in Nasby's work and their views of comedy resonated closely. Minimal wear at ends of spine and edges. Minor foxing of edges of text block. Else, Very Good +. BAL 11842, 1st Ed., Binding A. Rourke, "American Humor, pp. 222–4.
Price: $125.00

9494
Peabody, Joel. R., M.B.- A World of Wonders; or Divers Developments, Showing the Thorough Triumph of Animal Magnetism in New England. Illustrated by the Power of Prevision in Mrs. Matilda Fox, and the Point of the Pencil by D. C. Johnston Boston. Robert S.Davis. 1838. 158 pp. With 7 illustrations by D[avid] C[laypool] Johnston. 12mo in 6's. One quarter brown calf with glt titling and ruling on spine , and printed paper covered boards. Third Edition. A witty and interesting work of the imagination, revealing charming discoveries about real and imagined worlds though the medium of Mrs. Fox, whose descriptive powers are unfettered by animal magnetism. Half the book is an early work of science fiction, with descriptions of lunar, Saturnian and asteroidal geography, inhabitants and behavior. There are seven illustrations by D. C. Johnston, called by Clarence Brigham "The American Cruikshank." Johnston (1798–1865), an artist, engraver and lithographer shows his skill as a humorist and his great imagination especially in the science fiction illustrations of this volume. The author claims to be a Fellow of the College of 'Pothecaries. Wear at corners and edges of boards and abrasion of printed covers. Inscription in ink on front and rear free end papers. Penciled calculations on rear pastedown. Scattered foxing and water staining. Margin trimmed on one illustration. Else, tight and Good + text and illustrations. M. Johnson, D. C.Johnston, AAS, 1970.
Price: $325.00

9265
[Mottley, John, Compiler].- Joe Miller's Jests: or, the Wits Vade-Mecum. Being a Collection of the Most Brilliant Jests; the Politest Repartees; the Most Elegant Bons Mots, and Most Pleasant Short Stories in the English Language. First Carefully Collected in the Company, and Many of Them Transcribed from the Mouth of the Facetious Gentleman, Whose Name They Bear; and Now Set Forth and Published by His Lamentable Friend and Former Companion, Elijah Jenkins, Esq; most Humbly Inscribed to Those Choice-Spirits of the Age, Captain Bodens, Mr. Alexander Pope, Mr. Professor Lacy, Mr. Orator Henley, and Job Baker, the Kettle-Drummer. London. T. Read. [?1861] 70 pp. Tall 8vo. Quarter black morocco with gilt titling and beautifully marbled boards. T.e.g. Facsimile of 1739 Edition. Concise Dict. Nat. Biog. and Beeton's Dict. Univers. Biog. (for Mottley). Likely the lithographed facsimile of the 1739 edition of Joe Miller's Jests produced by Bellars in 1861. No notations of this, however. At any rate, a 19th century facsimile of the classic of English humor dating from the 18th century. The original was the work of John Mottley (1692-1750), a dramatist, historian of Russia and civil clerk, as is also recorded in a handwritten note applied to the front pastedown. Wear at ends and edges of spine. Boards mildly abraded. Mild wrinkling on rear board. Wear at corners of boards. Front hinge starting internally. Else, Very Good.
Price: $98.00

9239
The Editor of "Laconics," "Hints for the Table," &c.- Table-Wit, and After-Dinner Anecdote. London. Tilt and Bogue. 1840. 132 pp. 12mo. in 6's. Blue embossed publisher's cloth with gilt titling in circular device on front cover. A.e.g. First Edition. An assemblage of anecdotes, jokes and witty quotations, perhaps for the after-dinner speaker. The author boasts of avoiding the "Joes" (Joe Miller jokes) and the scatalogical, but he cannot avoid the occasional anti-Semitic remark. Lacks spine. Covers detached, but taped with clear tape.. wear at edges and corners of covers. Shaken.. Text Very Good.
Price: $75.00

9208
Winner, S.- Nothing to Wear, Admired Comic Song, Composed by S. Winner. Popular Comic Songs as Sung by the Leading Vocalists, with Piano-Forte Accompaniments. London. C. Sheard, Musical Bouquet Office. N.D. [ca. 1870]. 4 pp. Fo. Elaborately decorated printed front cover. Self wraps. First Edition ? No, 2772, in Musical Bouquet. A comic song from a British music hall series. Possibly derivative from William Howard Allen Butler's 1857 production "Nothing to Wear, an Episode of City Life." Butler (1825–1902) was a lawyer and, himself, wrote satirical society verse. Soiled. Edge browning and corner wear. Else, Very Good.
Price: $45.00

8971
Leacock, Stephen.- Literary Lapses. London. John Lane Company, THe Bodley Head. 1919. Pages 248 pp. + 8 pp. publisher's ads.8vo. Red publisher's cloth with black lettering. T.e. stained red. Eleventh Edition. A series of brief witty essays on a variety of subjects, including "How to Make a Million Dollars," "How to Avoid Getting Married," " How to be a Doctor," "A, B, and C. The Human Element in Mathematics,"and one of the favorites of my adolescence, "Hooidoo McFiggin's Christmas." Staining of front and rear free endpapers. Else, Near Fine.
Price: $45.00

8187
Pomeroy, Marcus Mills (pseud.: "Brick").- Illustrated by J. H. Howard. [Dickens] Nonsense, or Hits and Criticisms on the Follies of the Day. New York. G. W. Carleton & Co. 1868. Pages 274 pp. + publisher's ads.12mo. Reddish brown publisher's cloth with gilt titling on spine. Blue end papers. First Edition. Adams, Dict. Am. Authors. Cushing. Wright II, 1921. Anecdotes and instructions on such diverse subjects as the "Science of Kissing," "B-o-s-t-on," "Pickerel-Fishing in Connecticut" and "How to Buy Oil Lands." Contains a wonderful satire on Dickens' last visit to America in the same year as this publication. Pomeroy (1833–1896) was a journalist in LaCrosse (Wisconsin), New York and Chicago. In New York, he established "Brick" Pomeroy's Democrat. He authored a number of books of humorous anecdotes. Wear at ends of spine and corners. slight browning and foxing. Else, tight and Good.
Price: $175.00

8992
Shadduck, B. H.- Rastus Agustus Explains Evolution. Rogers, OH. Homo Publishing Co. 1928. Pages 32 pp.12 mo. Illustrated orange- tan stiff paper wraps, printed in black. First Edition. A humorous story, illustrated, in dialect of a Black college janitor overhearing lectures on biology and exposed to coaching by mischievous students. Witty, but full of the racial bigotry of the time. As New.
Price: $55.00

8464
Hood, Thomas.- The Comic Annual. Volume X. London. A. H. Baily and Co. N.D. [1839] 176 pp. Frontispiece by J. Gilbert. Title page drawing by W. Harvey. 8vo. Contemporary calf spine and cloth covered boards. A.e.g. First Edition. Many comic engravings inserted. Drawings by Thomas Hood and J.Scott. Number 10 in an annual series by Hood. One of Hood's characteristic annual productions, similar to Cruikshank's, but more refined. loaded with parodic verse and commentary. References to Dickens (Boz) on p.143 and a chapter on Blacks and Quakers at the end of slavery as an institution in Britain. Hood's thesis is that Abolition has abolished the Abolitionists (Quakers, thus, may have no further role). The chapter is full of irony and ends with a poem laden with irony and offensive phraseology toward Blacks, et al. One of the accompanying illustrations pokes fun at Wilberforce. A caricature of Professor [Benjamin] Silliman is also present in the volume. Wear and small losses at ends of spine. Stain on covers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $165.00

8378
Thomson, Mortimer N. (pseud.: Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P.B. [Perfect Brick]).- Nothing to Say: A Slight Slap at Mobocratic Snobbery, Which Has "Nothing to Do" with "Nothing to Wear." New York. Rudd & Carleton. 1857. 60 pp. 12mo. Brown Publisher's Coth with Gilt Lettering on Front Cover. First Edition. Six engravings by Richardson-Cox after drawings by John McLenan. Thomson was offered $1 per line by Carleton for this parody of "Nothing to Wear." The company profited immensely forom this effort and it turned the company toward the publication of American humor. Tipped onto front end papers is the publisher's tissue paper ad for an illustrated book of travels, "Roumania" by James O. Noyes, M.D. This ad is found only in some copies, according to BAL. Seven copies noted by BAL . Behind half-title is publisher's ad for Doesticks' books. Foxing. Slight fading of spine and edges. Else Very Good. BAL 20094. M. Stern, "Imprints on History," p.194.
Price: $150.00

8156
Crosby, Percy.- Dear Sooky. New York. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1929. 124 pp. Illustrated by the author. 8vo. Illustrated paper covered boards with cloth spine. First Edition. Inscribed: 'for / Dale Crosby / "Carol".' Crosby was a cartoonist and author; he was the creator of the character "Skippy." Near Fine.
Price: $100.00

8025
[Haliburton, Thomas Chandler].- The Clockmaker; or the Sayings and Doings of Sam Slick, of Slickville. In Three Volumes. Volume I. First Series. Volume II. Second Series. Only Two Volumes Present. London. Richard Bentley. 1843. Portrait frontispiece of Haliburton in Volume I. Publisher's Cloth. First English Edition. Comic frontispiece in each volume drawn and etched by A. Hervien. Originally published in 1836–8. Many of these humorous American sketches appeared first in "The Nova Scotian." Haliburton acieved a wide popularity. Only two volumes (of three) present. Wear at head of spine of Volume I. Front hinges starting. Else,Very Good
Price: $250.00

8609
"A Lady " (pseud. for J.H. Howard).- Nothing to Do: An Accompaniment to “Nothing to Wear.” New York. Wiley & Halstead. 1857. 57 pp. + 6 pp. Publisher's Ads. 12mo. Brown Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Titling on Front Cover. Brown Coated End Papers. Title Page in Red Ink. First Edition. J. H. Howard Illustrations, Engraved by J. W. Orr. Title Page Indicates that the Illustrations Are by the Author Who Is Identified as "A Lady". However, the Illustrations Are Signed “J.H. Howard”. Horatio Alger Published a Book with the Same Format and Title (But Not This One) with James French & Co. of Boston, also in 1857. “Nothing to Wear”, Also Published in 1857, was a Social Satire by William Howard Allen Butler and Spawned a Flurry of "Nothing to......." Books by Mortimer Thomson, Horatio Alger and Others. Howard's usual pseudonym, according to Madeleine Stern, was "Corry O'Lanus," a name identified by Haynes as belonging, rather, to John Stanton. Mild wear at spine ends and corners. Fading of spine and edges. Minimal Foxing. Else, a Very Good, Bright Copy. R. Gardner, "Horatio Alger, pp. 443–4 for Detailed Discussion of This Title.
Price: $150.00

7819
Bangs, John Kendrick. A Houseboat on the Styx. Being Somer Account of the Divers Doings of the Associated Shades. New York. Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1896. 115 pp. + 6 pp. Publ. Ads. Pictorial Cloth. First Edition. Illustrated by Peter Newell. Copyright 1895. Owner's Signature Dated June, 1896. Covers Soiled and Dented.Label (Blank) Adherent to Lower Spine. Stain on Front Endpapers. Otherwise, Very Good.
Price: $35.00

7814
Bangs, John Kendrick. The Idiot. New York. Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1895. 115 pp. + 6 pp. Publ. Ads. Pictorial Cloth. First Edition. Illustrated by F. T. Richards. Covers Soiled. Foot on Some Pages Stained Lightly. Otherwise, Very Good.
Price: $35.00

5846
Benchley, Robert 20,000 Leagues under the Sea or David Copperfield New York Henry Holt and Co. 1928 First Edition Illustrated by Gluyas Williams
Price: $35.00

5849
Benchley, Robert Chips Off The Old Benchley New York Harper & Bros. 1950 Early Reprint of First Edition Introduction By Frank Sullivan; Illustrated by Gluyas Williams
Price: $20.00

5851
5849 Benchley, Robert Inside Benchley New York Harper and Brothers 1942 First Edition Illustrated by Gluyas Williams
Price: $35.00

5853
Cobb, Benjamin F.- Jack Henderson. Down East. Chicago. M. A. Donohue & Co. 1903. First Edition. Illustrated by Marshall D. Smith.
Price: $25.00

5856
Doesticks, P. B., Q. K. Philander, [pseud. of Mortimer Neal Thomson].- Doesticks. What He Says. New York. Edward Livermore. 1855. Decorated and Gilt Publisher’s Cloth. First Edition Illustrated. Mortimer M. Thompson, 1828-75
Price: $225.00

5857
Doesticks, P.B., Q. K. Philander, [pseud. of Mortimer Neal Thomson].- Plu-Ri-Bus-Tah. A Song That’s-By-No-Author. New York. Livermore & Rudd. 1856. Decorated and Gilt Publisher’s Cloth. First Edition. Illustrated. Mortimer N. Thompson, 1831-75. BAL 20092.
Price: $225.00

5860
Haliburton [“Sam Slick”], Judge Thomas Chandler.- Traits of American Humour, by Native Authors. London. Hurst and Blackett. First English Edition. N.D. [?1869]. 4 Pages of Publisher’s Ads for the Cheap Editions of Popular Modern Works., at Rear.
Price: $100.00

5858
Haliburton, Thomas Chandler.- Judge Haliburton’s (Sam Slick) Yankee Stories, with Illustrations. 3 Vols. in One. Philadelphia. T. B. Peterson and Brothers. 1838. First Edition.
Price: $300.00

5859
Haliburton, Thomas Chandler.- Wise Saws; or, Sam Slick in Search of a Wife. By the Author of "Sam Slick, the Clock-Maker," "Old Judge," etc. Exerpt from Nature and Human Nature. Two Volumes, Bound Together as One. New York. Stringer and Townsend. 1855. 291, 24 pp. + 24 pp. publisher's catalogue. 12mo. Brown embossed publisher's cloth with image of Sam Slick embossed in the blind on both covers and in gilt on spine along with gilt titling on spine. A.e.g. First Edition. Catalogue of Meine Collection, Newberry, 1939, #23. Blair, Native American Humor, 1937, pp. 45–7.More "Sam Slick" humor from Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton. The Meine catalogue reports on Sam's popularity for over three decades. The publisher's catalogue bound in at the end of this volume reports that "Nature and Human Nature" was "just published" as a sequel to "Wise Saws; or Sam Slick in Search of a Wife." The first two chapters of this sequel are bound in by the publisher of this volume, an added dividend and a "come-on."Slight wear at ends of spine with corners bumped. Gilt fading on spine. Owner's signature in pencil and stamp on front end papers. Else, a Very Good and tight copy. No foxing.
Price: $125.00

5864
Holley (Josiah Allen’s Wife), Marietta Samantha at Saratoga; or, “Flirtin’ with Fashion” Philadelphia Hubbard Brothers 1887 First Edition Illustrated by Frederick Opper. Tan Cover
Price: $40.00

5872
Leacock, Stephen.- The Garden of Folly. New York. Dodd, Mead & Co. 1924. 282 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. First American Edition. A series of funny essays, ironical and other, by Canada's great humorist and, wondrous to note, a McGill Professor. Very Good.
Price: $48.00

5877
Lever , Charles.- The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer. Philadelphia. Carey and Hart. 1840. Second American Edition. Illustrated by Phiz.
Price: $125.00

5886
Rogers, Will There’s Not a Bathing Suit in Russia & Other Bare Facts New York Albert & Charles Boni 1927 First Edition Illustrated by Herb Roth
Price: $90.00

5265
Whiting, Robert Rudd.- A Ball of Yarn. Its Unwinding Johnson, Merle (Illustrator). San Francisco & New York. Paul Elder & Co. 1907. 79 pp. Illustrated with 5 full-page colored illustrations and illustrated titles and initials. 8vo. Illustrated yellow paper covered boards with white paper covered spine. T.e.g. First Edition American humor. Illustrated by the great American bibliographer, Merle Johnson. Some abrasion of covers. Wear at ends of spine and at corners. Merle Johnson's name lettered in ink on blank spine. Else, Very Good.
Price: $40.00


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