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THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE. VOL. 1, 2, & 3 Translated from the French by Tobias Smollett in Three Volumes

By Le Sage, Alain Rene

NY: Bigelow, Brown & Co.. Good+ with no dust jacket. Hardcover. The gold spine lettering is quite dimed, only partly legible, and the spine decorations are pretty rubbed, but otherwise there is Very minor wear and soil on the sound bindings. Very minor-to-minor edge soil. Endpapers and first/last few pages are are-stained. There is some very minor seeping of the edge stains onto some page margins , else Contents are clean and unworn, with no writing or other entries in the text, 'tho there is very minor age darkening of the paper. No djs. This set of 3 books is not eligible for the regular shipping fees; an extra fee may be added. ; Three Hardcover undated volumes. 8" Tall, XXVI + 309 + VI + 312 + VIII + 322 pages. Black cloth. Orange colored top edges. CLASSIC HUMOR. Vol. 1 has a b/w frontispiece plus one full-page b/w illustration, Vol. 2 has a b/w frnotispiece plus two full-page b/w illustrations, Vol. 3 is not illustrated. .

$25.00

BOB STEELE: A MAN AND HIS HUMOR

By Steele, Bob

Hartford CT: Spoonwood Press. Near Fine in Good dust jacket. 1980. First Edition. Hardcover. 0939026007; Binding is clean, sound and unworn. Inscribed & signed by author on ffep. Contents are almost as new, with no writing or other entries on the text. Flimsy DJ is not much to look at, but it provides plenty of protection and information. ; First Printing of the First Edition, 1980.INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the ffep (To Bob - Happy Driving. Bob Steele 11-11 -80) . There is a facsimile of his signature on the copyright page. 9-1/8" Tall, 176pp. Light gray cloth, bright metallic-red spine lettering. 16p b/w photos. Numerous humorous drawings by the author.. HUMOR. For more than four decades, Bob Steele had a morning radio show on WTIC in Hartford Connecticut. He has inspired such a fanatic audience loyalty with his easy going blend of music, conversation, corny jokes and weather reports that when he announced on one April Fool's Day that he was leaving for Chicago, the station's operators were deluged with calls imploring him not to go, and the letters continued to arrive for days afterward. Here is the unique collection of Steele's incomparable humor , illustrated by himself. Introduction by Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut. Author's Facsimile signature on cprt page. Edited by Spoonwood Press. .

$25.00

ALARMS AND DIVERSIONS

By Thurber, James

NY: Harper & Brothers. Very Good- in Good dust jacket. 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. Barely visable damp stain on the bottom of the spine and adjoining front cover, otherwise Binding is clean, sound and unworn. Contents are almost as new, with no writing or other entries on the text. Moderate wear, very minor soil, on the price-cut DJ. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1957. Dark gray boards, Bright Yellow cloth spine with a couple of small Thurber drawings, black & red lettering. 32-page story-cartoon section, "The last Flower, A Parable in Pictures. " 18-page story-cartoon section, "The Race of Life, A Parable. " Plus four miscellaneous cartoon sections of 9 , 18, 11, and 9 pages and the occasional drawing in the text. HUMOR. Most of the material in this book originally appeared in THE NEW YORKER. "Many of these pieces, new and old, have been rewritten to some extent, mainly to bring them into accord with the changes wrought by time, the accumulation of new material, and certain shifts of viewpoint due to experience and the fruits of meditation. " ; 8-3/4" Tall; 367 pages .

$15.00

ACQUIRED TASTES

By Mayle, Peter

NY: Bantam Books. Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket. 1992. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0553090275; Binding is almost as new. Contents are almost as new, with no writing or other entries on the text. Very minor wear and soil on the complete DJ. ; First Printing of the First Bantam Book Edition, 1992. 8-1/2" Tall, XVII + 229pp. White boards, medium blue cloth spine, gold spine lettering. By the author of A YEAR IN PROVENCE. . "Mayle set forth to find out if the little luxuries of the rich were actually worth the money. In ACQUIRED TASTES, Mayle tells you where to buy the world's best caviar and how to order a thirteen-hundred-do llar hand-stitched, custom-made shoe; he invites you for a stay in London's ultraexclusive hotel, the Connaught, and takes you home to Provence in December, in search of fresh truffles. From gastronomy to matrimony, from the sartorial to the baronial, this book is Mayle's most delicious book yet - an irreverently spiced smorgasbord of rich dishes you're sure to enjoy. " .

$19.00

SALT WATER DAFFY

By Wylie, Philip

NY: Farrar & Rinehart. Good+ with no dust jacket. 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Lower half of the spine has a damp stain, spine lettering is faded but easily legible, very minor edge wear. Excepting the spine's stain - very minor soil on the sound binding. Top edge coloring is solid. Endpapers coloring is brilliant. Contents are clean and unworn, with no writing or other entries in the text. No DJ. (LR-5-D) . ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1941. 8-1/2" Tall, illustrated endpapers, 299pp. Light gray cloth, yellow spine lettering, orange front cover lettering. Drawings by John O'Hara Cosgrave, II. HUMOR. Crunch and Des. Contents: Salt water Daffy; Light tackle; The hex on Mr. Hicks; The missing mariners; Splare the rod; Hull down; Fifty-four, forty and fight. (LR-4-D) . .

$97.95

VINEGAR PUSS

By Perelman, S. J. , edited by Prudence Crowther

NY: Simon & Schuster. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. 0671219642; Binding is almost as new. Contents are almost as new, with no writing or other entries on the text. DJ is amost as new and is protected by clear plastic. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1975. 8-3/8" Tall, 224pp. Light purple tweed cloth, black & bright silver spine lettering. HUMOR. "An absolutely splendid collection of twenty-two delicious morsels created by the man who is to humor what caviar is to mere food. " Most of these pieces appeared originally in THE NEW YORKER between 1942 and 1975, with such intriguing titles as: Around the Bend in Eighty Days; Ready, Aim, Flee; I Have Nothing to Declare but My Genius; Summertime, and the Living Ain't Easy; Who Stole My Golden Undies? , etc. , etc. .

$19.00

THE QUAHOG STOPS HERE

By Bousquet, Don

North Attleborough MA: Covered Bridge Press. Near Fine. 1992. Paperback. 0924771380; Paper Covers. Inscribed and signed by the author on the half-title page. Binding is almost as new. Contents are almost as new, with no writing or other entries on the text. ; 8-1/2" x 11", approx 120 unnumbered pages. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, WITH AN ORIGINAL CAROON DRAWING, on the half-title page (for Maria O'Toole! Best, Don Bousquet) . Cartoon-illustrated paper covers..Mostly full-page drawings poking good-natured fun at Rhode Island and Rhode Islanders and their language and habits. .

$19.00

DIARY OF A FLYING MAN

By Cohen, Randy

NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. 0394561244; Binding is clean, sound and unworn. Very minor edge foxing. Contents are almost as new, with no writing or other entries on the text. Very minor wear on the clean, complete DJ. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1989. 8-3/4" Tall, VIII + 145pp. Light gray boards, black cloth spine, bright silver spine lettering and author's initialson front cover. HUMOR. "Highly original , unexpected and loopy, the workings of a sublimely disturbed mind. Wildly funny, Cohen is a spectacular wit, and an effortless read. When he is good, he is hilarious; when he is wicked, he is domoniacally innocent; and when he is neither, he is merely original, witty and suprisingly sly. " .

$19.00

THE HERBLOCK GALLERY

By Block, Herbert

NY: Simon & Schuster. Good+ in Good dust jacket. 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. The large blue portions of the covers, front & back, are quite damp-faded, very minor spine soil, very minor wear on the sound binding. Contents are almost as new. DJ is not much to look at, but it provides plenty of protection and information. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1968. 10-1/8" Tall, cartoon-illustrated endpapers, different cartoons front & back, 224pp. Medium blue boards, white cloth spine, medium blue spine lettering. HUMOR, SATIRE. There are 16 chapters, each introduced by two or more pages of text, with the rest of the chapter devoted to political cartoons. "The book covers the years of the Johnson Administration. Here are drawn - and sometimes quartered - such favorites as LBJ, Everett Dirksen, Richard Nixon, and Charles de Gaulle. But Herblock'/s targets are not limited to personalities. More tellingly than any of his fellow political satirists, he comments on the great issues and clashing ideologies of our time. " .

$15.00

THE RHODE ISLAND DICTIONARY
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THE RHODE ISLAND DICTIONARY

By Patinkin, Mark & Don Bousquet

N. Attleboro, MA: Covered Bridge Press. Very Good. 1993. Paperback. 0971358419; This is a large book and is not recommended for Priority. Very minor wear on the clean, sound binding. Very minor foxing on the title page and last blank page, else contents are clean and unworn. ; 8-1/2 x 10-7/8", Cprt. 1993. Unpaginated, approx 100 pages. Glossy blue cover is lighter than posterboard. PAPER COVERS. HUMOR. Cartoons throughout by Don Bousquet. Here is the fast vanishing local dialect of Rhode Island, presented in dictionary form, with added cartoons and brief skits. From Glawsta to Blah-Kyelin: How to Talk Roe Dyelin like a Native. .

$15.00

THE SECRET SKETCHBOOK OF A BLOOMSBURY LADY

By Mahood, Kenneth

London, England: Bodley Head. Very Good-. 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. 0370304756; Very minor wear and soil on the sound binding. Minor foxing on cprt and title pages, very minor, occasional foxing on contents and endpapers. Otherwise the contents are clean and unworn. No DJ. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1982. 8-5/8" x 9-3/4", 64pp. Green spine, ivory spine lettering, one full color illustration on the front cover, two on the back cover. HUMOR . "More superflous words have been written about the Bloomsbury Group than any other literary coteries in history. Fortunately, this sketchbook does not add to the surfeit, as my grandmother drew rather than wrote; but it does show the members in an entirely new light. " Other than the Foreword by Michael Holroyd, an Introduction by Kenneth Mahood, and a couple of pages from the diary of Maud Millicent Mahood, Kenneth's grandmother, the book is composed of cartoon-like drawings with humorous captions, printed in black/white and light brown, black and white. The drawings are all concerned with activities of the various members of the Bloomsbury Group. .

$19.00

THREE CALVIN AND HOBBES BOOKS The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book. Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat. There's Treasure Everywhere

By Watterson, Bill

U. S. A.: Andrew McMeel. Scholastic.. Very Good-. 1996. Paperback. Three Paper Covered books. HOMICIDAL's covers are wrinkled with very minor soil, the upper fore corners of several of its first pages are bumped, creased, with some creasing of the lower fore edge on a few pages; the remainder of HOMICIDAL's contents are clean, unworn (Good, Plus) ... . TREASURE's back cover has a long crease but the rest of its binding is clean, unworn and its contents are almost as new (Very Good Minus) ... . ANNIVERSARY's back cover has a 3" crease, there is very minor damp staining of its reverse and the fore edges of the last few pages ; otherwise the binding is clean and sound, with very minor wear and the contents are clean, unworn (Very Good Minus) . ; Three Large Paper Covered Comic Strip Books, Cprt. 1994 - 1996. 9" x 12" each. 208, 175, & 175 pages. All are a mixture of color and black/white. HUMOR. .

$19.00

FOUR CALVIN AND HOBBES COLLECTIONS Yukon Ho! Scientific Progress Goes "Boink". Calvin and Hobbes. Weirdos from Another Planet!

By Wadtterson, Bill

NY: Scholastic, Inc.. Very Good-. 1990. Paperback. Four Paper Covered Books. WEIRDOS's covers are quite creased, it's title page is creased with a small tear in the fore edge, and many pages have light tan (coffee? ) staining in and around their lower gutters. Otherwise it's contents are clean, unworn (Good) . Two of the other books have very minor cover creasing. CALVIN AND HOBBES's contents' fore edges are bumped/lightly creased but otherwise clean (Very Good Minus) . SCIENTIFIC's upper fore edges are very lightly bumped (Very Good Minus) and YUKON HO! 's contents are almost as new (Very Good). ; Four paper covered books, cprt. 1987-1990. 8-1/2 x 9". 127 page each. PAPER COVERS. Full-color Cartoon-illustrated Covers are considerably lighter than posterboard. HUMOR. These four books all contain black-and-white reproductions of CALVIN AND HOBBES comic strips, period. No introduction, no preface, no bibliography, no index - just page-after-page of some of the funniest comic strips ever published. .

$16.00

CALVIN AND HOBBES SUNDAY PAGES 1985 - 1995 An Exhibition Catalogue
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CALVIN AND HOBBES SUNDAY PAGES 1985 - 1995 An Exhibition Catalogue

By Watterson, Bill

Kansas City MO: Andrews McMeel. Very Good-. 2001. First Edition. Paperback. 0740721356; Paper Covers. Very minor wear and soil on the sound binding. Very minor bending/bumping of the lower fore corners, otherwise contents are clean, unworn. ; 9-1/2" x 10-7/8", horizontal format. 95pp. PAPER COVERS. Colorful Cover is a little lighter than posterboard. HUMOR. This book is the catalogue for the exhibit of Bill Watterson's comic strip at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library 9/10/01 - 1/16/02. "In an attempt to share this experience with those who are unable to visit the exhibition, all of the original Sunday pages displayed are reproduced in b/w in this book so that every detail, such as sketch lines, corrections, and registration marks, are visible. On the opposite page the same comic strip is printed in full color. This juxtaposition provides CALVIN AND HOBBES readers the opportunity to consider the impact of color on its narrative and content. The book is particularly interesting because each work that is included was selected by Bill Watterson. He comments about the thirty-six Sunday pages he chose are part of this voilume. In addition, he reflects on CALVIN AND HOBBES from the perspective of six years, and his essay provides insights into his life as a syndicated cartoonist. Reprint books of CALVIN AND HOBBES are nice to have, but this opportunity to see the original work and read Watterson's thoughts about it is a real privilege. " Selected Bibliography. .

$15.00

THE RHODE ISLAND HANDBOOK

By Patinkin, Mark with Don Bousquet, Illustrator

N. Attlebobo, MA: Covered Bridge Press. Very Good-. 1994. Paperback. 0924771496; Paper Covers. Very minor wear on the clean, sound binding. Small stain on fore edge. Contents are almost as new, with a crease on the upper fore corner of the last couple pages. ; 8-1/2 x 11", 134pp. Cprt. 1994. PAPER COVERS. Illustrated white Cover is a little lighter than posterboard. HUMOR. "THE RHODE ISLAND HANDBOOK is about everything else (other than the way we speak) I could think of that makes us unique: our quirks, habits, eccentricities, diet, culture, and especially the way no one here ever uses turning signals. " (Well, I do, but then I'm from Michigan! ) . Scores of short chapters, such as: Is Rhode Island necessary? ; Why Rhode Island is like 'The Invasion of the Body Snatchers"; Examples of Rhode Island Distance-phobia; Deah Ian Landiz; How America sees us - the Rodney Dangerfield of States; The ultimate RI political story; The strange case of the nonexistant RI street signs; Forget this stuff about 39 cities and towns; we're really 500 villages; etc. , etc. Oodles of full page cartoons by Don Bousquet. .

$15.00

THE BEST OF THE QUAHOG TRILOGY

By Bousquet, Don

Westerly, Rhode Island: Narragansett Graphics. Very Good-. 1987. First Edition. Paperback. Paper Covers. Very minor soil on the unworn, sound binding. Contents are almost as new. ; Second Printing of the First Edition, July 1988. 8" x 10", 112 un-numbered pages. Cartoon-illustrated PAPER COVERS. Cover is considerably lighter than posterboard. HUMOR. The cartoons in this collection originally appeared in BEWARE OF THE QUAHOG, 1982, THE QUAHOG WALKS AMONG US, 1983, I BRAKE FOR QUAHOGS, 1984. "Dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal ... Only more so with Rhode Islanders. " Bousquet pokes fun at the foibles of the residents of the smallest state in the US, who, if they didn't have a great sense of humor would have hanged him from the yardarm years ago. The book is page-after-page of full-page cartoons, with captions. .

$19.00

SHIPWRECKED IN THE TUNNEL OF LOVE Illustrations by Don Bousquet

By Smith, Martha & Maureen Croteau & Don Bousquet

Wakefield, Rhode Island: Recreation Publications. Very Good-. 1984. Paperback. Paper Covers. . Minor wear and soil on the sound binding. Inscribed and signed by the author. Contents are clean and unworn. ; 9" Tall, 92pp.. 1984..The cartoon-illustrated PAPER COVER is about the weight of posterboard. HUMOR. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR, Martha Smith: "To Claire - Who tried it and didn't like it. From Martha Smith who never tried it. " The humorous side of being a single woman, illustrated with full-page cartoons by Don Bousquet. .

$15.00

THE TRANSCENDENTAL BOILED DINNER
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THE TRANSCENDENTAL BOILED DINNER

By Pullen, John J.

Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott. Very Good in Good+ dust jacket. 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. 0397008562; Binding is clean, sound, and mostly unworn, with lightly rubbed spine lettering... Contents are almost as new. Minor wear and soil on the complete DJ. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION, 1972. 8-1/2" Tall, 92pp. Black boards, black cloth spine, gold spine lettering. Red endpapers. The book is printed on Easy-on-the-eyes cream colored paper. Review copy, with publisher's request for a review loosely laid-in. COOKERY. "The preparation of the Transcendental Boiled Dinner is not so much a gauge of culinary skill as a test of character. Pullen is qualified to make this judgment because in June of 1970 he produced a Boiled Dinner of Transcendental perfection. He has written about his experience in a book that is, in its fanatical solemnity, a comic delight. Mr. Pullen discusses the many contributing factors in this gastronomic and spiritual creation - among them the application of Boyle's Law; the surrounding atmospheric, arboreal and floral conditions; the philosophy of Jonathan Edwards; and the value of concentation and freedom from distraction in the last critical 45 minues of the boiling, when such mistakes as the dread Turnip Error may be committed. Cooking this Dinner is a scientific, metaphysical, and theological exercise. Reading about it is a joyful, refreshing and entertaining experience. " .

$19.00

THE LIMERICK 1700 Examples, with Notes, Variants and Index
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THE LIMERICK 1700 Examples, with Notes, Variants and Index

By Legman, G. , editor

NY: Wings Books. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1991. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0517139111; Binding is clean, sound and unworn. Moderate-to-very minor edge foxing. Contents are almost as new. 5" taped tear on DJ's front panel's top edge, otherwise very minor wear and soil on the complete DJ. ; First Printing of the First Wings Book edition, published in 1991 with copyright dates of 1964 & 1969.9-1/8" Tall. LXXVII + 511pp. Dark brown boards, bright gold spine lettering. Bibliography. Index of rhymes. Index of names. HUMOR. "This is the largest collection of limericks ever published, erotic or otherwise. Of the 1700 printed here, none are otherwise...The limerick is the dirtiest thing to happen to an ancient literary form since graffiti was found in Pompeii. Clean limericks were a fad in the mid-1800s - and lasted only five years. So, finally in one volume, here are the seven-line stanzas in spondaic hexameter that G. B. Shaw called 'entirely unfit for publication. ' " .

$19.00

SON OF RHUBARB

By Smith, H. Allen

NY: Trident Press. Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket. 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Binding and contents are almost like new, with large piece torn from ffep's upper fore corner. Minor wear on the clean, complete DJ. ; First Printing of the FIRST EDITION. 8-1/2" Tall, 275pp. Light gray cloth, red spine lettering. HUMOR. Drawings by Leo Hershfield. When the cat Rhubarb died, "...what Smith didn't know, and what even Rhubard didn't know, was that shortly before his sad demise this celebrated cat enjoyed a night out on the town in Old San Juan and sired a kit who was to grow into his spitting image. SON OF RHUBARB moves swiftly from Puerto Rico to New York for one of the wildest, most hilarious courtroom dramas in modern fiction. This is a novel of Big Business. It is a novel of the Courtroom. It deals with life on Tropical Islands, it is Jet Setty and Gun Smoky, Psychedelic and Rock Poppy. Great raging hordes of characters appear in its pages, incuding a heroic party by the name of H. Allen Smith, busily engaged in putting to scrutiny the foibles of our wayward and daffy world. " Frontispiece drawing with dozens of small drawings throughout. .

$19.00

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