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The Second Coming of Toulouse-Lautrec
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The Second Coming of Toulouse-Lautrec

By Searle, Ronald

London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson. Very Good in Fair dust jacket; Jacket heavily tattered and torn.. 1970. First English Edition. Hardcover. 029700106x . Red cloth binding. A collection of Searle's illustrations imagining what the diminutive artist's typical day might be. ; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 50 pages .

$30.00

A Peasant of West Brattleboro
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A Peasant of West Brattleboro

By Chase, David

Brattleboro, VT: Elm Corners Press. Very Good; Covers lightly scuffed.. 1987. First Printing. Softcover. 0961875003 . Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. A collection of humorous pieces previously published in the Bratteboro Reformer (Vermont). Foreword by Norman Runnion. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 174 pages; Signed by Author .

$10.00

The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, Esq. :  Together with His Opinion  on Matrimony
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The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, Esq. : Together with His Opinion on Matrimony

By Haliburton, Judge; [Haliburton, Thomas Chandler]

NY: Dick & Fitzgerald. Very Good with no dust jacket; Spine faded, author name penciled on title . page.. N.D.. Reprint. Hardcover. Green cloth blindstamped on front and rear boards and in gilt on spine. Yellow endpapers. Handsome bookplate (Frederick Holbrook and Grace Cabot Holbrook) on front pastedown. A reprint of humorous sketches originally printed by the Nova Scotia lawyer and legislator in various newspapers in the 1830s-40s. They feature an earthy "Yankee" fellow, Sam Slick, who speaks in dialect, often crudely but to the point, making fun of "upper crust" types and Englishmen. 263 pages plus 8 pages of publisher's ads at rear. Circa 1864 based on publisher announcements of just published titles. ; Library of Sam Slick's Works .

$40.00

The Mystery of the Hated Man and Then Some
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The Mystery of the Hated Man and Then Some

By Flagg, James Montgomery

NY: George H. Doran Company. Good with no dust jacket; Boars rubbed, cover illustration foxed, spine . cracked.. 1916. First Edition. Hardcover. A collection of humorous short stories previously published in Harper's Weekly. Illustrations by the author, renowned for his Uncle Sam military recruitment poster "I Want YOU!". Red cloth with illustration pasted on front boards. Illustrated endpapers. ; 265 pages .

$20.00

Billy Baxter\'s Letters
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Billy Baxter's Letters

By Kountz, William J. , Jr.

Harmarville, PA: Duquesne Distributing Co.. Good with no dust jacket; Two inch split to spine, owner name on front . free endpaper, lateral crack to front pastedown.. 1899. Hardcover. Tan decorative cloth with elaborate designs of postal box on front and rear boards signed F. H. . Frontispiece photo of the author and many black and white illustrations, several by Anna Burnham. Title page printed in black with raven vignette in center separately printed in red. vii, 90 pp. Measures 6.5 x 4 inches. Top edges gilt. Printed by Lakeside Press. Preface by George McC. Kountz notes that the author died prematurely at age 31 years and that this volume of collected stories, two of which were never previously published, is meant as a posthumous tribute. A collection of the popular, humorous advertising stories penned by Pennsylvania patent medicine huckster William J. Kountz, Jr. To promote his Red Raven Splits, single dose bottles of sparkling aperient water which was touted to cure hangovers, dyspepsia, and all manner of ills. One ad trumpeted that the beverage clears the head, sweetens the stomach and cools the blood, while another recommended that the salient laxative was for high livers livers. .

$15.00

Knitting-Work:  A Web of Many Textures Wrought by Ruth Partington (B. P.  Shillaber.)
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Knitting-Work: A Web of Many Textures Wrought by Ruth Partington (B. P. Shillaber.)

By Shillaber, B[enjamin]. P[enhallow]. ; Partington, Ruth

Boston: Brown, Taggard & Chase. Good with no dust jacket; Front free endpaper removed, boards worn, . corners rounded, spine cocked.. 1859. First Edition. Hardcover. Brown blindstamped cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine. Frontispiece engraving and seven other engraved plates. Shillaber was an editor and humorist who used the pseudonym of his elderly woman character, Ruth Partington, in this collection of humorous pieces about patent medicines, taking the waters at Saratoga, organ grinders, pets, and other topics. Sabin 80475. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 408 pages .

$50.00

Archyology II:  The Final Dig: the Long Lost Tales of Archy and Mehitabel
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Archyology II: The Final Dig: the Long Lost Tales of Archy and Mehitabel

By Marquis, Don; Adams, Jeff (editor)

Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1998. First Printing. Hardcover. 0874518539 . Edited and with a preface by Jeff Adams. "Previously unpublished in book form and literally recovered from a steamer trunk", these are more great humor about that cockroach-cat duo, Archy and Mehitabel. viii, 121 pp. .

$13.00

First Aid to Naturers
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First Aid to Naturers

By Muller, J. W.

NY: Platt & Peck Company. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards lightly rubbed and soiled, gift . inscription on front pastedown.. 1913. Hardcover. Numerous black and white illustrations by E. Carey. Light green decorative cloth with orange, red, white, and dark green design of hunting stalking deer on front boards and spine. A humorous collection of essays about how to commune with nature, via gardening, hiking, fishing, camping, and otherwise roughing it with all 500 pages of indispensable sporting goods from a vendor's catalog. Great comic illustrations of overdressed urbanites in the great outdoors. ; 240 pages .

$15.00

Breaking Into Society
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Breaking Into Society

By Ade, George

NY: Harper and Brothers. Good with no dust jacket; Shaken, boards rubbed,. 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. vii, 208 pp. Many illustrations by various artists. A collection of humorous stories about human behavior with a moral at the end of each. Gray cloth with green ivy design and gilt lettering stamped on front boards. .

$16.00

Mr. Dooley: Now and Forever
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Mr. Dooley: Now and Forever

By Dunne, Finley Peter; Filler, Louis (editor)

Stanford, CA: Academic Reprints. Very Good in Fair dust jacket; Owner stamp on front pastedown, jacket . heavily chipped.. 1954. Hardcover. Red cloth binding. Illustrations. A collection of the writings of newspaperman Finley Peter Dunne's Irish salon-keeper stock character, Mr. Dooley, who commented upon various American social issues. Selected, with commentary and introduction by Louis Filler. Xv, 299 pp. ; American Culture and Economics Series; Vol. 4 .

$15.00

How to Ski
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How to Ski

By Osborn, R.

NY: Coward - McCann, Inc.. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Pages and jacket toned, jacket lightly . tattered and foxed.. 1942. Hardcover. Pictorial hardcover. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated book of humorous cartoons about skiing. .

$12.00

Finding My Badass Self:  A Year of Truths and Dares
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Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares

By Stanfa-Stanley, Sherry

Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press. Very Good. 2017. Advance Review Copy. Softcover. Includes publisher's press release. A lighthearted account of the middle-aged Ohioan's year of trying out a new, often uncomfortable experience each week. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 313 pages .

$10.00

New York and the State it's In
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New York and the State it's In

By Jennison, Keith W.

NY: William Sloane Associates. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Jacket price-clipped and chipped.. 1949. First Printing. Hardcover. A humorous look at New York City and New York State in the 1940s, organized into a photoessay with humorous captions purportedly depicting a trip by a rural resident around the Empire State. Photos from various sources, including Henri Cartier-Bresson. ; 111 pages .

$20.00

Surplus Prophets
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Surplus Prophets

By None noted

NY: Viking. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Boards worn, owner bookplate, jacket soiled . and tattered.. 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth binding. Illustrated endpapers. A collection of quotes from various talking heads about the economy, published during the Great Depression, and in support of FDR's New Deal. ; 63 pages .

$15.00

Rears and Robust Catalogue
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Rears and Robust Catalogue

Wheeling, WV: Morning Call. Very Good; Covers soiled and creased.. 1941. Softcover. Green pictorial softcover. Unpaginated, but an inch-thick production. A spoof of the ubiquitous Sears and Roebuck mail order catalogues that graced many late 19th and 20th century American homes and was sometimes jokingly referred to as toilet paper for outhouse use, hence this collection of faux blank "toilet paper" sheets, interspersed with bound-in illustrated fake advertisements and loose printed items. The jokey catalogue has a hanging thread at crown, complete with cup hook on front free endpaper and illustrated instructions to "hang me up in your Castle of the Half Moon." The potty humor continues throughout the book with die-cut inserts, sand paper, wall paper, a paper packet of instructions about how to make your "moon shine" (more toilet paper inside, har, har) , jokes at the expense of women, WPA workers, Adolf Hitler, stock market workers, frugal Scots, New Dealers, politicians, farmers, and others. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$35.00

Chasing the Blues
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Chasing the Blues

By Goldberg, R. L. ; [Rube Goldberg]

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page A. Good with no dust jacket; Boards rubbed and creased, some dogeared pages, . some faint finger soiling.. 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Brown boards with brown cloth spine and color cartoon on front boards of the author with inkwell cap and steel nib pen riding a steed and chasing two blue mopey looking guys. Unpaginated. Best known for his cartoons of humorously-complex and over-designed machines that accomplish the simplest tasks, this collection of his cartoons was published early in Rube Goldberg's career. ; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall .

$150.00

Peter Arno's Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad
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Peter Arno's Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad

By Arno, Peter

NY: Simon and Schuster. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Jackeat worn and price-clipped, owner label . on front free endpaper.. 1956. First Printing. Hardcover. A collection of vintage cartoons. ; 128 pages .

$20.00

The Good Things of LIFE, Fourth Series
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The Good Things of LIFE, Fourth Series

NY: Frederick A. Stokes. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards worn, especially at corners and . spine extremities, minor foxing to first several leaves.. 1887. Hardcover. Dark green beveled and gilt-blocked cloth with design of dancing nymphs and satyrs on front boards. Floral patterned endpapers. All edges gilt. A collection of cartoon engravings and other illustrations culled from the pages of LIFE magazine, which started out as a humor weekly, before its transformation later in the early 20th century as a serious photojournalism magazine. Artists included Oliver Herford, J. A. Mitchell, Albert E. Sterner, Charles Dana Gibson, and others with more inscrutable signatures. Some nice holiday cartoons for Valentine's Day, New Year's Day and Independence Day. ; Oblong 4to 11" - 13" tall; 64 pages .

$40.00

Artemus Ward, His Book
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Artemus Ward, His Book

By [Browne, Charles F. ]

NY: Carleton, Publisher. Fair with no dust jacket; Boards heavily worn, spine cocked, contemporary . owner signature on front flyleaf, pages toned, foxed, some light soiling.. 1862. First Edition. Hardcover. Brown blindstamped cloth. Titles stamped in gilt on spine. 262, [2], 6 pp. Publisher's ads. Many comic engravings by various illustrators printed on yellow stock. A collection of humorous pieces, with a lot of dialect, misspellings, and slang that makes reading somewhat difficult for 21st century eyes. Artemus Ward was the comic alter ego of humorist and lecturer Charles F. Browne (he added the "e" to his last name after achieving fame, though the copyright page here is e-less) , whose star burned bright in the mid-nineteenth century until he died young at only age 32. This book pokes fun at the Shakers, African-Americans, women, spiritualism, Native Americans, Mormons, and President Abraham Lincoln. .

$50.00

The Square Egg and the Vicious Circle
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The Square Egg and the Vicious Circle

By Searle, Ronald

Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press. Good with no dust jacket; Boards sunned and splayed. Rear boards . dampstained.. 1968. Hardcover. A collection of cartoons by the English author/illustrator. Orange cloth. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 96 pages .

$15.00

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