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Printed 1793: A Very Rare 18th Century Joke Book : "laugh And Be Fat" For Sale
PRINTED 1793: A VERY RARE 18th CENTURY JOKE BOOK : "LAUGH AND BE FAT" COMPLETE WITH THE 'LAUGHING COMPANIONS" FRONTISPIECE "IF YOU WANT A DROLL AND COMIC TALE, READ BUT THIS BOOK YOU'LL NEVER FAIL"The Book: [ENGLISH WITH AND HUMOR] [JOKE BOOK] [FACETIAE] [RIDDLES] Laugh and be fat : or food for all parties: the spangled lord, country 'squire, jolly sailor, hearty farmer, merry soldier, John the footman, and dolly the dairy maid. A general collection of the best jests, Calculated to banish Sorrow, relieve Care, and make the Heart Merry: The Whole containing all the wit of the present Times, and suited to all Capacities that are disposed for Mirth and Good-Humour. :London : Printed for W. Lane, Leadenhall-Street, MDCCXCIII. . 12mo., 17 x 10 cm., COMPLETE. Frontis, 72 pgs.; modern cloth, worn especially to spine with loss, paste-downs and blanks renewed, small marginal chip to frontis. with small old repair to verso., 61/62 not shaved but misprinted with text extending over margin., little minor bleeding of blue from cloth binding to very edges of some leaves, some general, toning foxing and staining. Overall, well preserved with the frontispiece present, given the very ephemeral nature of this publication. VERY RARE in commerce. ABPC and AmericanaExchange do not record any copies at sale in 30+ years.
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