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Puckle, James; Samuel Weller Singer, ed.; John Thurston, illus.  The club; or, a gray cap for a green head. A dialogue between a father and son. London: Chiswick Press (Pr. by C. Whittingham, for Charles Tilt and N. Hailes), 1834. 8vo (17 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., xvi, [4], 128, 24 (adv.) pp.
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Elegantly printed Chiswick Press production of this popular "humorous little manual" (p. xi), offering "shrewd and instructive views of human conduct" (p. ix) — an alphabet of fools, knaves, and other types of immoral or unpleasant characters with one "wise" exception only. Thurston's 25 character vignettes, originally done in 1817, are expressive without tipping over into cartoonish; they appear here reprinted by Whittingham with the aid of the celebrated wood-engraver John Thompson, who supplied several additional pieces. This is => the first appearance of Singer's edition.
        Provenance & Evidence of Readership: Title-page with pencilled ownership inscription of Roger Ingpen, 1924; front free endpaper with pencilled note reading "The notes at the end of this book are by my uncle John at whose sale I purchased this book. - R.I." (Ingpen was an editor and literary critic best known for his Shelley in England; his uncle supplied occasional marginal annotations on text pages and detailed pencilled notes on back free endpaper). Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2P28587. Publisher's textured dark blue cloth, covers blind-stamped with acanthus leaf frame, spine with gilt-stamped title; binding cocked, spine sunned, extremities lightly rubbed. All edges gilt. Front hinge (inside) open from head with sewing loosened and tender. Pages evenly age-toned with light spots of foxing to first and last few leaves, pencilled markings as above, otherwise clean.  (41041)   Please RESHELVE This.


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