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Low Man on a Totem Pole
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Low Man on a Totem Pole

By SMITH, H. Allen

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Co, 1941. Hardcover. Introduction by Fred Allen. 8vo. Green cloth with red and black lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. xvii, 300pp. Very good/very good. Faint binding edgewear, with endpapers age toned; jacket a bit edgeworn. First edition, tight and attractive. "These Witty Memoirs Will Divert You," boasts the jacket front panel, "Whether Read on a Crowded Subway or Desert Island." A lovely copy.

$50.00

Comin' Round the Mountain

By WEBB, Paul

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938. Hardcover. Foreword by Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle. Small 4to. Grey cloth with brown lettering and decoration. ix, (ca. 100pp, rectos only). Numerous full-page illustrations. Very good. Faint binding edgewear, though internally tight and near fine. Attractive first edition of this collection of hillbilly humor by the well-known "Mountain Boys" cartoonist. Nice autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a 6" X 1 3/4" rear of envelope portion on which the cartoonist boldly pens his name/address in brown ink: "Paul Webb / New Canaan / Conn." Very good.

$22.50

The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters and Speeches

By LANG, H. Jack (editor)

Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1942. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with yellow spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 265pp. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; ownership signature on front flyleaf; text block lightly age toned as usual. Tight and attractive first edition of the "Tower Books Edition" -- an appealing "best of" compilation.

$30.00

A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore
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A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore

By BOTKIN, B.A. (editor)

New York: Promontory Press, 1993. Hardcover. Illustrations by Warren Chappell. Small 4to. Blue and grey paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 625pp. Line drawings. Near fine/near fine. Handsome, tight reprint of the thick classic 1960 study.

$20.00

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Junior

By IRWIN, Wallace

San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, 1902. Paperback. Illustrations by Gelett Burgess. Small 4to. Stiff tan wrappers with brown, black and burgundy lettering and decorations. (5ppp). Frontispiece, full-page line drawings, decorative borders. Good. Outer wrappers typically worn, with 1½" chip at tail of spine; as always, text block moderately age toned. First edition of this delicate tongue-in-cheek production "Translated from the Original Bornese into English Verse" by this American author of humorous verse, sketches, pastiches and much other foolishness (1875-1959). Believe it or not, this decent but handle-with-care copy is about as good as the softbound edition gets.

$40.00

Wisconsin Lore: Antics and Anecdotes of Wisconsin People and Places

By GARD, Robert E., and SORDEN, L.G.

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1967. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 368pp. Very good/very good. Cloth a tad mottled; jacket lightly edgeworn. A tight and nice second printing, signed boldly on the front flyleaf in blue ballpoint by noted Wisconsin author Gard.

$25.00

The Thurber Carnival
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The Thurber Carnival

By THURBER, James

Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1979. Hardcover. Illustrations by Thurber. Small 4to. Full green calf with gilt lettering and extensive decorations. xxi, 430pp. All edges gilt. Sewn-in red satin page marker. Line drawings, red watered silk endpapers. Fine. A tight and handsome leatherbound edition of this humorist/author/cartoonist/playwright/wit's best work, including the celebrated "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" -- with fun autograph addition: Tipped to an inner flyleaf is a fine heavy stock 5" X 3" card boldly signed in blue ballpoint and dated (22 November 1969) by actress/dancer Virginia Mayo (1920-2005), co-star of the famed 1947 Danny Kaye film version of "Walter Mitty." A volume in this publisher's "The Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers" series. Laid in is the perfect bookmark: The original Virginia Mayo transmittal envelope.

$75.00

The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters and Speeches

By LANG, H. Jack (editor)

Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1943. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue/green paper over boards with yellow spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 265pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn, with several tiny edge chips; text block lightly age toned as usual. Tight and attractive third printing of this "Tower Books Edition" -- an appealing "best of" compilation.

$25.00

Why Lincoln Laughed

By CONWELL, Russell H.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1922. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering. x, 148pp. Frontispiece. Very good. Spine lettering a tad darkened; rear endpaper age toned. Early (not first) edition, tight and handsome. Interesting copy, with front pastedown bookplate of the Illinois Commandery of the Loyal Legion of the United States. MONAGHAN 2565.

$20.00

The Humorous Mr. Lincoln

By JENNISON, Keith W.

New York: Bonanza Books, 1965. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey/green paper over boards with black spine lettering, dust jacket. 163pp. Illustrations. Fine/near fine. Tight and quite attractive reprint edition.

$20.00

The World Encyclopedia of Comics

By HORN, Maurice (editor)

New York: Avon Books, 1977. Paperback. 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 784pp. Extensive illustrations (some color). Very good. Mild edgewear, with inoffensive vertical crease lengthwise along front wrapper. A tight and quite decent first softbound edition of this indispensable, hefty reference work, still most useful for research.

$20.00

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Peanuts

By MENDELSON, Lee

New York: The World Publishing Company, 1970. Hardcover. 4to. Yellow cloth with brown lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 160pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Near fine/very good. Several jacket edge tears archivally closed on verso. A tight and nice first edition.

$25.00

The Struggles Social, Financial and Political of Petroleum V. Nasby.... Embracing His Trials and Troubles, Ups and Downs, Rejoicings and Wailings; Likewise His Views of Men and Things. Embracing the Period of American History from 1860 to 1870
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The Struggles Social, Financial and Political of Petroleum V. Nasby.... Embracing His Trials and Troubles, Ups and Downs, Rejoicings and Wailings; Likewise His Views of Men and Things. Embracing the Period of American History from 1860 to 1870

By NASBY, Petroleum V.

Toledo: Locke Publishing Co, 1880. Hardcover. Introduction by Charles Sumner. Illustrations by Thomas Nast. Green pebble-grained blind-embossed cloth with elaborate gilt spine lettering and decorations. 627pp. Numerous full-page illustrations. Very good. Bit of edgewear and corner wear, mainly to spine. A tight and quite nice later printing of this pseudonymous 1872 compilation of writings by David Ross Locke (1833-88), a political writer and journalist and one of Lincoln's favorite humorists. "Nasby" spoke in southern dialect and was a Copperhead and Democrat whose foibles were meant to support the Union cause.

$75.00

The Best Cartoons from Punch, Collected for Americans from England's Famous Humorous Weekly

By ROSENBERG, Marvin, and COLE, William (editors)

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952. Hardcover. Foreword by A.P. Herbert. 4to. Black cloth spine with silver lettering and salmon paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. (Ca. 150pp). Extensive illustrations. Very good/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Just a book club edition, but tight and attractive.

$15.00

The Headless Bust: A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium
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The Headless Bust: A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium

By GOREY, Edward

New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1999. Hardcover. Square 12mo. Light blue pictorial paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. (Ca. 50pp). Numerous illustrations. Near fine/fine. Lengthy nonauthorial gift inscription on front pastedown. A tight, handsome first edition of this little charmer by the noted American illustrator and versifier.

$20.00

The Best American Humorous Short Stories

By LINSCOTT, Robert (editor)

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Green cloth, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. x, 436pp. Decorative endpapers. Very good/very good. Jacket edgeworn, with bit of discoloring at binding lower edge; small ownership signature on title page and copyright page. A tight, nice undated later printing (ca. mid-1960s based on binding and jacket) of #87, a collection of "43 Stories by 31 Authors," as the front jacket panel proclaims, featuring works by Artemus Ward, Joel Chandler Harris, Bret Harte, Damon Runyon, James M. Cain , Ellis Parker Butler, Booth Tarkington, Sinclair Lewis and many others. Delightful front jacket panel caricatures of Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, James Thurber and S.J. Perelman.

$20.00

Fables in Slang

By ADE, George

N.p.: Westvaco, 1972. Hardcover. Small 4to. Red cloth, slipcase. 171pp. Frontispiece, decorations, decorative endpapers. Fine/very good. Minor archival slipcase repairs. Tight and handsome copy of this Christmas keepsake published by this Virginia paper firm in an unspecified limited edition. Hoosier humorist, columnist and playwright Ade (1866-1944) first published this in 1899.

$30.00

The Illiterate Digest

By ROGERS, Will

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1936. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 351pp. Frontispiece, line drawings. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear and light scuffing. A tight, attractive later printing of this 1924 gathering of humorous essays, illustrated with Nate Collier's fine full-page cartoons -- reissued after the humorist's tragic death in a plane crash in 1935.

$25.00

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable, the Age of Chivalry, Legends of Charlemagne

By BULFINCH, Thomas

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 778p. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive early printing (undated, but ca. 1940) of Modern Library Giant #G14, first published in 1934.

$30.00

Röyte Pomerantsen: Jewish Folk Humor

By OLSVANGER, Immanuel (editor)

New York: Schocken Books, 1948. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth, dust jacket. xiv, 201pp, (4pp). Very good/very good. Jacket with small edge chips, mainly along top. A tight and nice second printing of this (to cite front jacket panel) "selection of classic Jewish humor, told in Yiddish but printed in the Roman alphabet...."

$20.00

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