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History in an Amusing Light” withHand-Colored Plates
Abbott à Beckett, Gilbert; John Leech, illus.  The comic history of England. With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts. London: Bradbury, Evans, & Co., [ca. 1855]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). 2 vols. in 1. xviii, 320, [1]–304 pp.; 20 col. plts., illus.
$150.00
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Good Ladies,UNCENSUR'D Bath's Pleasures Pursue . . . ”
Anstey, Christopher.  The new Bath guide: Or, memoirs of the B-n-r-d family. In a series of poetical epistles. London: J. Dodsley, and Fletcher & Hodson, 1767. 8vo (17.5 cm, 6.875"). Frontis., [6], iv, 173, [1] pp.
$175.00
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Lots of Laughs & Illustrated TOO
Anstey, Christopher.  The new Bath guide: or, memoirs of the B-n-r-d family. London: C. Whittingham ... for the Associated Booksellers, 1800. 16mo (16.4 cm; 6.5"). viii, 155, [5 (adv.)] pp., [5] plts.
$200.00
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The Best of 16th-Century Italian Satire
Ariosto, Ludovico, & others; Francesco Sansovino, ed.  Sette libri di satire di Ludovico Ariosto, Hercole Bentivogli, Luigi Alemanni, Pietro Nelli, Antonino Vinciguerra, Francesco Sansovino, ed altri scrittori. Venice: Appresso Fabio, & Agostin Zopini fratelli, 1583. 8vo (14.6 cm, 5.75"). [8], 206, [1] ff. (lacking original final blank).
$500.00
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Wayward Wives & Shysters in Disguise
Specifically CALIFORNIAN Comedy
Baer, Warren.  The duke of Sacramento. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1934. 8vo. [12], 77, [1] pp.; illus.
$60.00
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Adventures of EuphormioFirst English-Language Appearance
Barclay, John.  Euphormio's Satyricon. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1954. Folio (28.6 cm, 11.25"). [2], 158 pp.; 8 plts.
$250.00
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Bernesque Poetry at its Finest
Berni, Francesco; Giovanni Mauro; & Others.  Tutte le opere del Bernia in terza rima, nuovamente con somma diligentia stampate. [Venice?: s.n.], 1540. 8vo (15.1 cm, 6"). 168 ff.
$2250.00
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Ae-hy Ae-hy, Kih She”:  Geordie Tales “Related by the Late Thomas Bewick”
Bewick, Thomas.  The howdy and the upgetting. Two tales of sixty years sin seyne ... in the Tyne side dialect. London: Admirers of Native Merit, 1850. 12mo (22 cm, 8.75"). [2] ff., 9-16 pp.; frontis. port.
$225.00
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Everything You Need toNegotiate” 1857
Blackie's literary and commercial almanac.  1857. Glasgow: Blackie & Son, [1856]. 16mo (8.1 cm; 3.25"). 95, [1] pp.
$95.00
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A Lighthearted Reminder NOT to BelieveEVERYTHING You Read
Bordelon, Laurent.  L'histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle, servant de preservatif contre la lecture des livres qui traitent de la magie, du grimoire, des démoniaques, sorciers, loups-garoux, incubes, succubes & du sabbat, des esprits-folets, génies, phantômes & autres revenans; des songes, de la pierre philosophale, de l'astrologie judiciaire, des horoscopes, talismans, jours heureux & malheureux, eclipses, comettes; & enfin de toutes les sortes d'apparitions, de divinations, de sortiléges, d'enchantement, & d'autres superstitieuses pratiques. Avec un tres-grand nombre de nottes curieuses, qui rapportent fidellement les endroits des livres qui ont causé ses imaginations, & qui les combattent. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1754. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). [12], 149, [9], 144, [2], 164 pp. (3 pts. of 5); 6 plts. (of 10).
$450.00
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Laugh a Little Cringe a LittleCarrington Curiosa
Cabanès, Augustin.  The secret cabinet of history peeped into by a doctor. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1897. 8vo. x pp., [2[ ff., 3–239, vii, [1 (blank) pp., [4 (ads)] ff.
$100.00
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The Broadway (of New Haven) BroadsidesScarce Small Press Items
Capet, Uther [pseud. of Arthur Head].  [20 pieces from the Profile Press.] An adventure achieved by one, Sigismondo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini, about the year 1430 A.D. being at that time thirteen years old. New Haven: The Profile Press, 1930. 8vo (22 cm, 8.65"). [4] ff. (2 copies of the above). [with (all following the same author's, unless specified; all New Haven: The Profile Press, 1930)] The American scene. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9"). [4] ff. [and] Apologia pro arte poetica sua. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9"). [4] ff. [andB., R.T. The ballad of Tuttle's. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.65"). [1] f., fold. [and] The color: A retelling of some well-known tales of the American Negro. 16mo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). [4] ff. [and] Colourations: Four sonnets. 16mo (21.7 cm, 8.5"). [4] ff. [and] Ex: Four characters of mooted fame with prologue & epilogue. 8vo (24.8 cm, 9.75"). [4] ff. [and]  Field, Eugene. Little Willie. Folio (32 cm, 12.6"). [1] f. [and] Four English stories drawn from contemporary sources. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9"). [2], 4, [2] pp. [and] Four stories from the Jewish-American. 16mo (22 cm, 8.65"). [2], 4, [2] pp. [and] Four stories from the modern American. 16mo (22 cm, 8.65"). [2], 4, [2] pp. [and] Four stories from the old Spanish. 16mo (22 cm, 8.65"). [2], 4, [2] pp. [and] Hot from Hollywood. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9"). [4] ff. [and] Ode in imitation of Horace. 8vo (24.6 cm, 9.7"). [1] f., fold. [and] On the menstrual phase of literature and art. 16mo (20.4 cm, 8"). [1] f., fold. [and] Pullman recreations. 16mo (21.2 cm, 8.4"). [2], 4, [2] pp. [and] Stenographic sallies. 16mo (21.5 cm, 8.4"). [2], 4, [2] pp. [and] A Western fairy tale. Folio (32 cm, 12.65"). [1] f. (2 copies).
$475.00
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Tilting at Windmills, Protecting Dulcinea, & Flying to the MOON
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Primera parte del ingenioso hidalgo don Qvixote de la Mancha. En Brucelas: Por Huberto Antonio, 1617. 8vo ( 16.8 cm; 6.625"). [8] ff., 583, [1] p., [3] ff. (one leaf in facsimile).
$18,000.00
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Anti-Papal MockeryLatin Verse & ProseSigned French Binding
[Curione, Celio Secondo].  Pasquillorum tomi duo. Quorum primo versibus ac rhythmis, altero soluta oratione conscripta quamplurima continentur... Eleutheropoli: [Johann Oporinus], 1543. 8vo (13.9 cm, 5.5"). [16], 537 (i.e., 637), [1] pp.
$3500.00
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The Public May Not Be Altogether Unprepared for
the Reappearance of the Bibliomania in a More Attractive Garb”
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall.  Bibliomania; or, Book-madness; a bibliographical romance. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842. Small 4to (26 cm, 10.2"). [2], xiv, 618, [2], 63, [3], iii–xxxiv pp.; illus., 3 plts. including frontis.
$675.00
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The Old Curiosity ShopFirst Book-Form Printing
Dickens, Charles.  Master Humphrey's clock.  London: Chapman & Hall, 1840. 12mo (26.2 cm, 10.3"). 3 vols. I: Frontis., [2], iv, 306 pp.; illus. II: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), vi, 306 pp.; illus. III: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), vi, 426 pp.; illus.
$2500.00
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Victorian-Era PROVINCIAL PRINTING of a
Diverting” KidLit CHAPBOOK
The diverting history of Jumping Joan, and her dog and cat.  Otley [England]: Printed by W. Walker, at the Wharfdale Stanhope Press, [ca. 1850?]. Near miniature (10 cm, 4"). 15, [1 (blank) pp.; illus.
$625.00
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Art, Artists, Wit, Allegory, Prose, Poetry
Doni, Anton Francesco.  La zvcca del Doni, Fiorentino. Divisa in cinqve libri di gran valore ... In Venetia: Appresso F. Rampazetto, ad instantia di G.B. & M., Sessa fratelli, 1565. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6.25"). [8], 316 ff.
$850.00
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The Collected Works of Erasmus, IncludingHis Greek New Testament
Erasmus, Desiderius.  Desiderii Erasmi opera omnia in decem tomos distincta. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Pieter van der Aa, 1703–06. Folio extra (39.4 cm, 15.5"). 10 vols. in 11. I: [3] ff., 24, [64] pp., 1226 cols. (i.e., 1240); engr. t.-p., 1 double-pg. engr. plt. and 1 full-pg. engr. plt. II: [6] ff., 1212 cols., [5 4] pp. III(a): [15] ff., 1104 cols.; 18 full-pg. engr. plts. III(b): [2] ff., cols. 1105-944, [92] ff.; 2 full-pg. engr. plts. IV: [3] ff., 758 cols. (i.e., 768); 1 full-pg. engr. plt., 75 single-col. engr. vignettes (3.5" sq.), and 6 double-col. engr. vignettes (4.25" x 7.25"). V: [3] ff., 1360 cols. VI: [29] ff., 1126 cols., [17] pp. VII: [6] ff., 1198 cols., [1] p. VIII: [3] ff., 652 cols. IX: [3] ff., 1248 cols.; 1 fold-out plt., 1 full-pg. plt. X: [2] ff., cols. 1249–860, [64] ff.
$17,500.00
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This Kind of Composition Is Not So New to Our Language
as It Has Been Considered”
Fennor, William.  Cornu-copiae. Pasquil's night-cap: Or, antidot for the head-ache. [London]: [colophon: C. Whittingham, at the Chiswick Press, 1819]. 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.9"). viii, 119, [1] pp.
$175.00
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May Not a POET Now & Then / Reveal These Lives of Average Men?
Foss, Sam Walter.  Whiffs from wild meadows. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., copyright 1895. 8vo (19.4 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., [2], ix, [1], 272 pp.; illus.
$50.00
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Petites Histoires” with SPIRIT
Furetière, Antoine.  Furetieriana ou les bons mots, et les remarques d'histoire, de morale, de critique, de plaisanterie, & d'erudition, de Mr. Furetiere. Brusselle: François Foppens, 1696. 12mo (14.2 cm, 5.55"). Frontis., [6], 267, [13 (index)] pp.
$450.00
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A DUTCH Artist's BookMade & Printed in NEW YORK
Grunberg, Arnon.  Verzamelde visite kaartjes. New York: Kunst Editions, 1998. 12mo (18.5 cm; 7.5"). 2 loose leaves (half-title, title) and three booklets).
$400.00
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Witty, Moderately Filthy, & Scarce
Harington, John.  The metamorphosis of Ajax; a cloacinean satire: With the Anatomy and apology ... To which is added, Ulysses upon Ajax. Chiswick: C. Whittingham, 1814. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., xv, [1], xx, [4], 135, [1], 21, [1], 62, [4], 70, [2] pp.; illus., music.
[SOLD]
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WithHoward Pyle's Illustrations; Without Some Other Bits
Irving, Washington.  A history of New-York from the beginning of the world to the end of the Dutch dynasty; containing, among many surprising and curious matters, the unutterable ponderings of Walter the Doubter, the disastrous projects of William the Testy, and the chivalric achievements of Peter the Headstrong — the three Dutch governors of New Amsterdam; being the only authentic history of times that ever hath been or ever will be published. New York: Printed for the Grolier Club, 1886. 8vo (23.5 cm; 9.125"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., [4 (of 6)] ff., 312 pp., 1 plate; lacks the two prelim. states of the frontis., the half-title, and the colophon leaves. II: [6], 275, [5] pp., [4] leaves of plates l lacks the two prelim. states of the frontis.
$400.00
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Up the THAMES in a Rowboat
Jerome, Jerome K.  Three men in a boatto say nothing of the dog!  Ipswich: Pr. by W.S. Cowell Ltd. for the members of the Limited Editions Club, 1975. Oblong 8vo (23.6 cm, 9.3"). xv, [1], 174, [2] pp.; 12 col. plts., 2 double-p. col. plts.
$60.00

L.E.L. Showcase
Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (L. E. L.).  Heath's book of beauty. M.DCCC.XXXIII. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman; Paris: Rittner & Goupil; Frankfort: C. Jügel (pr. by J. Moyes), [1832]. 8vo in 6s (20.3 cm, 8"). Add. engr. t.-p., [2], vi, [2], 264 pp.; 18 plts.
[SOLD]
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Leech's Inimitable, Gentlemanly Good Humor
(Entitled” Little Pipsqueaks Are theLaughingstocks)
Leech, John, illus.  The rising generation. A series of twelve drawings on stone. London: The Punch Office (pr. by Bradbury & Evans), [1848]. Folio (38.6 cm, 15.25"). 12 col. plts.
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Summer Sailors — & Some Are Not!
Montague, Joseph Franklin.  Why bring that up? A guide to and from seasickness. New York: Home Health Library, (1936). 8vo (22.1 cm.; 8.75"). 130, [2] pp.; illus.
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Rank Confusion” Get the Joke?!
[Nares, Edward].  Heraldic anomalies; or, rank confusion in our orders of precedence, With disquisitions, moral, philosophical, and historical, on all the existing orders of society. By It Matters Not Who. London: G. and W.B. Whittaker (pr. by R. Gilbert), 1823. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). 2 vols. I: xxii, [2], 334, [2 (1 blank)] pp. II: [4], 372 pp.
$250.00
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Limited Editions Club:  O'Neill Comedy
O'Neill, Eugene.  Ah, wilderness! New York: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club, 1972. Folio (28.5 cm, 11.25"). 161, [3] pp.; 8 col. plts. (4 double-page).
$175.00
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Street Ballads & Minstrel Tunes
“Our girl's” songster. Containing all the best and most popular songs — sentimental and comic — “dialect” of all kinds ... some set to music expressly for this work. New York: Clinton T. De Witt, copyright 1879. 18mo (16.6 cm, 6.5"). 176, [12] pp.
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AND If You Read this Book to Methe Raree Show You Then Will See”
“Puzzlecap, Peter” [pseud.], comp.  Gammer Gurton's garland of nursery songs, and Toby Tickle's collection of riddles. Glasgow: Lumsden & Son, [1815–1820?]. Near miniature (10 cm, 3.875"). 32 pp.; illus.
$300.00
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First U.S. EditionsDickens & Faux-Dickens
“Quiz” [pseud. of Edward Caswall], & Charles Dickens.   Sketches of young ladies: In which these interesting members of the animal kingdom are classified according to their several instincts, habits, and general characteristics. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1838. 16mo (13.5 cm, 5.3"). 111, [1] pp. [with] Dickens, Charles. Sketches of young gentlemen. Dedicated to young ladies. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1838. 108, [2] pp.
$800.00
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The Baron withHand-Colored Plates
[Raspe, Rudolf Erich]; Alfred Crowquill [pseud. of Alfred Henry Forrester], illus.  The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen. New York: James Miller, 1864. 12mo (17.7 cm, 7"). Col. frontis., col. t.-p., 251, [1] pp.; 8 col. plts., illus.
$250.00
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The Illustrator's Copy
Raspe, Rudolph, et al.; John Carswell, intro.; Fritz Kredel, illus.   The singular adventures of Baron Munchausen. New York: For the members of the Limited Editions Club, 1952. Small 4to (24.8 cm, 9.75"). xli, [1], 175, [1] pp.; illus.
$175.00
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We presently have several other interesting and charming editions,
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Full a Fun, Tales, An Rhymes”Printed for the Author”
[Robinson, Joseph Barlow].  [Works of Sammy Twitcher]. Owd Sammy Twitcher's CRISMAS BOWK FOR THE YEAR 1870. Derby: Printed by the author, [1870]. 8vo (21.3 cm, 8.4"). 26 pp.; 4 plts. [with] Owd Sammy Twitcher's visit tu't Gret Exibishun e Darby. Derby: Pr. by the author, [1870]. 8vo. [24] pp. [and] Owd Sammy Twitcher's second visit tu't Gret Exibishun e Darby, wi' Jim. Pr. by the author, [1870]. 8vo. [24] pp. [and] Owd Sammy Twitcher's visit tu't watter cure establishment, at Matlock-Bonk. Darby: Pr. by the author, [1872]. 8vo. 54, [14 (adv.)], 22 (adv.) pp.; 4 plts.
$750.00
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Afloat by the Heels, in That Terrible Ocean
In a Manner of Which You Can Scarce Have a Notion”
(Robinsonade — Not Defoe, Daniel).  Robinson Crusoe: With thirty illustrations. London: Wm. S. Orr & Co. (pr. by Vizetelly Brothers & Co.), [ca. 1843]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.45"). Frontis., [2], 39, [1] pp.; 8 plts., illus.
$300.00
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Nonesuch Press Edition: A NovelC.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Read Aloud
toMake the Inklings Laugh
Ros, Amanda McKittrick.  Irene Iddesleigh. London: Nonesuch Press, 1926. 12mo (20 cm, 7.9"). 151, [1] pp.; illus.
$125.00
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Legalese Has Always BeenJoke-Worthy
Ruggle, George.  Ignoramus. Comoedia coram rege Iacobo et totius angliae magnatibus per academicos Cantabrigienses habita. Editio quarta, locis sexcentis emendatior. London: Ex officina I[ohn] R[edmayne], 1659. 12mo (13 cm, 5.1"). Frontis., [22], 153, [1] pp.
$450.00
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Shakspearean” Inspiration?A Special Copy
[Singer, Samuel Weller, ed.].  Shakspeare's [sic] jest book. Chiswick: A. & G. Way, prs., 1814. 8vo (20 cm, 7.875"). xxxii, 116, [2] pp.
$550.00
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Shakspearean” Inspiration?
[Singer, Samuel Weller, ed.].  Shakspeare’s [sic] jest book. Chiswick: From the Press of C. Whittingham, 1814–15. 8vo (20 cm, 7.875"). xxxii, 116, [2], xi, [1], 26, [2], xxviii, 121, [3] pp.
$225.00
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Coimbra's DesperateSweets Situation
(Students & Sweets).  Bandeja de doces, reos de morte, e outras penas, a que foram condenados por sentença dos juizes deputados do Collegio da Baeta da Universidade de Coimbra, por delictos, a que a amizade deu causa: offerecida em sobre menza aos amigos de bom gosto, com bastante condimento para digestão de bons boccados. Lisboa: Na officina de Pedro Ferreria, 1753. 4to (19.5 cm, 7.5"). 8 pp.
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A SERIES OF SURTEES —

An Enduring Figure ofEnglish Comic Literature
Surtees, Robert Smith.  Handley Cross; or, Mr. Jorrocks's hunt. London: [Whitefriars Press, 1888]. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.9"). xiii, [3], 578 pp.; 17 col. plts., 31 plts.
$100.00
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The Thrill of the ChaseIllustrated by Phiz
Surtees, Robert Smith.  Hawbuck Grange.  London: [Whitefriars Press, 1888]. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.9"). [14], 265, [1] pp.; 8 col. plts.; 13 plts.
$125.00
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Chasing afterFoxes & Fortunes: 13 Hand-Colored Plates
Surtees, Robert Smith.  Mr. Sponge's sporting tour. London: [Whitefriars Press, 1888]. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.9"). [2], x, [2], 450 pp.; 13 col. plts., 30 plts.
$125.00

Social Satire at Brighton: Illustrated by Leech
Surtees, Robert Smith.  Plain or ringlets?  London: [Whitefriars Press, 1888]. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.9"). x, [4], 398 pp.; 12 col. plts., 8 plts.
$125.00
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They Rambled on aboutSoho, a Much Frequented Track”
[Taylor, John].  Monsieur Tonson. A new version. Illustrated with beautiful copper-plates. Philadelphia: Morgan & Yeager, [1821–24]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.75"). [12] pp; 12 plts., illus.
$875.00
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The La Crosse Morning Leader's Leader Speaks
Taylor, Lute A.  Lute Taylor's chip basket; being choice selections from the lectures, essays, addresses, editorials, and public and social correspondence. Hudson, WI: Star & Times Printing House, 1874. 8vo (17.4 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., 218 pp.
$40.00
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Starting with, How First Love May Interrupt Breakfast”
Thackeray, William Makepeace.  The history of Pendennis. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1849]. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). [10]–104 pp.; illus.
$125.00
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The Bat . . . Is a Murderous Plaything”
“Thine, Bawlingly.”  Something for the admirers of base ball. New York: Glenn Horowitz, 1990. 16mo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 12, [4] pp.; illus.
$125.00
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Is it Best to be Laughing-Mad, or Crying-Mad, in the World?
Titmarsh, M.A. [pseud. of William Thackeray].  Mrs. Perkins's ball. [London]: Chapman & Hall (pr. by Vizetelly Brothers & Co.), [1847]. 4to (21.6 cm, 8.5"). [2], engr. t.-p., 46, [2] pp.; 1 fold. col. plt., 20 col. plts.
$400.00
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“A Complete Compendium of Declamation”
[Victor, Orville J.], ed.  Beadle's dime American speaker comprising gems of elocution and humor, for schools, exhibitions, parlors, etc. New York: Beadle & Adams, [1872?]. 12mo (16.3 cm, 6.4"). [2], [vii], 98, [2 (adv.)] pp.
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Waterville College.  Bell-a! Horrid-a bell-a! Inaugural ceremonies at the coronation of John Tupper Champlin. [Maine?]: No publisher/printer, 1853. 8vo (23 cm; 9") 4 pp.
$425.00
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Wills, William Henry, ed.  Poets' wit and humour. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1861. 8vo (22.8 cm, 9"). [8], 278, [1] pp.; illus.
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[Wynne, John Huddlestone].  Tales for youth; in thirty poems: To which are annexed, historical remarks and moral applications in prose. London: Printed by J. Crowder for E. Newbery, 1794. 8vo (17 cm, 6.75"). x (i.e., viii), 158, [2] pp.; 1 plt., illus.
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