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    Radical Squibs and Loyal Ripostes. Satirical Pamphlets of the Regency Period, 1819-1821 by Hone, William [Edited by Edgell Rickword]

    Bath, UK: Adams & Dart. 1971. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Near Fine copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated in Black & White by George Cruikshank and others. 319 pages During the years 1819-1822 a "pamphlet war" was wages between the radical William Hone and the Establishment, and it stands out as a lively and entertaining episode in the generally dreary arena of political controversy. Hone was a satirist of exceptional skill and with the illustrations of George Cruikshank the pamphlets became a source of immense amusement to the public. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Integrity retiring from Office! by GILLRAY, James

    London: Hannah Humphries, 1801. unbound. Etching with hand coloring. Image measures 10" x 14", sheet measures 10.5" x 14.75". Shows some slight discoloration at edges. In very good condition. Text at bottom reads: "Integrity retiring from Office! Men in conscious Virtue bold! Who dare their Honest purpose hold. Nor heed the Mob's tumultuous cries; And the vile rage of Jacobins - despise." A group of resigning ministers, led by Pitt who holds a document entitled "Justice of Emancipating ye Catholicks", leaving through an arched gateway inscribed "Treasury." Following Pitt are Dundas, Grenville, Spencer and Loughborough. From the left, represented by a plebian rabble, is the Opposition, led by Sheridan and Tierney. Behind are Jekyll, Bedford, Nicholls, Tyrhwitt Jones, Norfolk and Burdett. The Opposition is held at bay by a sentry with G.R. on his busby. James Gillray (1756-1816) was a British caricaturist and printmaker who used impressive manipulation of the human form to create some of the most biting satire of the period. With subjects ranging from ladies' fashion to the Napoleonic Wars, Gillray's ridicule of leaders such as Napoleon all the way to George III were rarely rivaled in their sardonic humor or their originality. Thus, the print appears as exemplary of the work for which Gillray is famous.


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    Dude, Where's My Country by Moore,Michael

    2003. Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore, Warner Books, 2003, 249 pages, very good condition, hard cover, no dust jacket.


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    Die Muskete. Humoristische Wochenschrift. November 10, 1910 by Die Muskete (Wien)

    Wien: Die Muskete, 1910. Folio. Stapled Wraps, Periodical, Folded. 48 pp. Good with marginal tears, toning. Illustrated, some color. Auf Deutsch.


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    I'm Not Making This Up You Know The Autobiography of the Queen of Musical Parody by Russell, Anna; Edited by Janet Vickers

    New York: Continuum. 1985. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 246 pages . 1st US Edition. Hardback.


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    A Representation of the March of the Guards towards Scotland in the year 1745. To his Majesty the Kind of Prussia, an Encourager of Arts and Sciences! by HOGARTH, William

    London: Baldwin, Cradock and Joy, 1822. Engraving. Image measures 16.5 x 21.5". Sheet measures 18 x 23.5". This print by William Hogarth represents a myriad of many Hogarthian characters which often straddle the line between humor and tragedy. In this scene, English troops are shown marching northward into Scotland to quell uprisings by the Jacobites, who were loyal supporters of the recently dethroned Stuart monarch James II. Here, despite their dangerous mission, the soldiers have become distracted by the bustling area of Tottenham Court Road. Some are accosted by ballad-sellers while others are forcibly intoxicated, and one pair of soldiers steal kisses and milk from a young vendor. Only a young drummer boy remains in step despite the chaos. Originally an oil-painting in the Foundling Hospital, a philanthropic home for orphaned children which was patronized by Hogarth, this engraving was made as a means to raise funds for the hospital. The seemingly odd dedication to the King of Prussia is supposedly due the fact that the print was originally dedicated to George II, who stated his displeasure at the portrayal of his army's campaign. Hogarth responded by dedicating the print instead to Frederick the Great. Originally engraved by Luke Sullivan in 1750, the image was "improved and retouched" by Hogarth in on June 1, 1761. This plate was reissued in an 1822 publication "The Works of William Hogarth" by Baldwin, Cradock and Joy (London) who purchased the original copper-plates in 1818 from the Boydell sale who had in turn bought the plates from Hogarth's widow. This edition is unique because these were the last prints to be made from the original plates and were restored by the royal engraver, James Heath. William Hogarth (1697-1764) is considered by many scholars and print enthusiasts as the grandfather of English graphic satire, but he was also an accomplished oil painter, portraitist, engraver, and draughtsman. Hogarth mastered the art of depicting human nature and all of its hypocrisies in society with graphic satire. The universality of his humor and the all-too-human characters featured in his works make Hogarth's satires remarkable. This print represents the epitome of Hogarth's skills as an artist and as a conscientious observer of humanity.


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    Morias Enkomion [Greek] Stultitiae Laus. Desid. Erasmi Rot. Declamatio by ERASMUS

    Amsterdam: Henricum Wetstentium, 1685. hardcover. very good(+). Engraved title depicting a court jester on a pulpit before his congregation. [7], 152 pages. Slim 16mo, early vellum-backed marbled boards with morocco spine label (binding well-rubbed but sound and attractive; ownership inkstamp on verso of title which has offset on recto, otherwise a rather clean copy with wide margins). Amsterdam: Henricum Wetstentium, 1685. An early edition of this uncommon book. Translated into English as "In Praise of Folly," these are satirical treatises on Catholic Church dogma.


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    The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury

    Malcolm Bradbury oversize vintage Penguin, pages tanned, some scuffs on edges crease on covers, nice reading copy closer to the original for UK printing, red.remainder .dot top---Impossibly witty conversation that real people never have, The History Man is parity of conspicuously unconventional, studiously modern social science academia, imbued with the fashionably permissive attitudes of the 1960s. Set in the 1970's, The History Man is life as performance, "self-made actors on the social stage." To the extent that it skewers self-styled radicals who have since fallen out of fashion in academia, it retains its relevance in its skewering of academics who care more about themselves than their students.Revolving around promiscuous and radical Marxist tutor. --- The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury. ISBN 0140175083,9780140175080 Paperback; London: Penguin Books Ltd,published 1985 Penguin books second printing, oversize paperback England plays limited, St. Ives PLC set in Baskerville type. about 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches, cover illustration Stephen Martin satire, fiction, LAX Vespa,Los Angeles Culver City- maybe this will do it! -At least you know what you're getting into- City- Media Mail USPS-you get the copy you were viewing carefully Drop kick-packed to protect it in - transit..... History Man PB 4603 BMK 10


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    Estreine de Pierrot a Margot by WOMEN -

    Paris: [for] Pierre Ménier, portier de la porte Sainct Victor, 1615. 8vo (170 x 107 mm). Collation: A-D4. [32] pp. Woodcut vignettes on title and on final page, passe-partout "Fin" cartouche and initial, typographic initial and head-piece. Very worn and softened, a few finger-stains, leaves detached; disbound and unsewn. Provenance: the number 47 in early ink at foot of title; last page filled with old pen trials including the name Jean Rivalz.*** only known copy of the second(?) edition of an unusual verse facétie (joke pamphlet), first published in 1614. An Etrenne or New Year's gift, addressed to a woman, the long poem, in heptasyllabic rhyming couplets, reviews, using verbal acrobatics, the entire life of a woman, from the most public to the most private moments, from girlhood to death. The author remains unidentified; Lacroix ventured that he was part of that "côterie of libertine poets who had established their Parnassus in cabarets and houses of ill-repute" (p. vii). The prefatory letter is signed A.P., a reference to the joking author statement on the title, Artibus Prudens fecit. In it, the poet reviews the presents he could have given his friend "Margot," discarding them one by one in favor of the best (and cheapest) gift of all: wishes and blessings (in doing so he lists common French greetings, parting phrases, and benedictions for mealtimes, sneezes, etc.). Thus his poem is presented as a series of New Year's wishes for every occasion of the lady's life, from marriage to childbirth to child-rearing to death. "Ingeniously conceived, it is even more cleverly executed" (Lacroix): containing rhyming lists of the terms used for girls and women during different phases of their lives, of the attributes of a good husband, joys of a happy wedding day, duties of motherhood and of running a household, disorders and illnesses, and even the postures to be taken in the nuptial bed, the poem paints an unusually intimate picture of the life of a seventeenth-century woman. Details of daily life abound: foods and meals, including greasy banquets attended by bad-mannered guests, wedding-day customs, sexual comportment and expectations, weird cravings during pregnancy (for ashes, coal, the dirt from one's shoes...), refrains of songs, and items of furniture and dress. Filled with word-play and puns ("con-prendre," pet for paix, etc.), the poem's rich vocabulary includes the terminology of everyday life and now obsolete words or phrases that were common in spoken language at the time. Lacroix estimated that 20 or 30 of the words in the poem never made it into even "the most vast and hospitable dictionaries" (p. viii). Some details are grim: may God preserve you from the Tasteur, says the poet (fol. A4r-v), he who approaches girls and "hooks" them (a graphic paraphrase of the act follows): clearly well-known at the time, this refers to a rumor that terrorized Parisian women in 1613, of the nighttime maraudings of a sadistic iron-gloved molester, apparently a fictional bogeyman. Almost as chilling is the list of real dangers of childbirth, an experience that a wife was expected to repeat as soon as possible, until menopause (or death): "Il te faut recommencer / Afin qu'ainsi esgayée, / Pour neuf mois tu sois payée: / Et puis de là en avant / Tousiours en continuant" (C3v). The poet (possibly a physician?) was well-informed of the ills and discomforts afflicting women (migraine, coughs, stomach-ache, rage), and especially new mothers: several pages are devoted to his wishes for post-partum comfort, and real problems such as sore nipples are accurately described. Breast-feeding is presented as the duty of a good mother, but should Margot have difficulty breast-feeding (for any number of reasons, all enumerated), may she find a good wet-nurse (nourrice). The nobility always had wet-nurses, but the ideal life portrayed here is that of a comfortable bourgeoise, not rich but prosperous enough to afford one servant. A long passage is devoted to the required traits and skills of a maidservant (chambrière). Besides physical strength and a good disposition, she should not be literate (or barely so), and she must be able to handle both household chores (laundry, weaving, making beds, cooking) and the children, speaking to them in baby-talk while singing to them and telling them stories (several fables of Aesop are cited). Above all the maid should be plain, to avoid jealousy entering the household: colorful details of her ideal physiognomy are supplied (a nose engraved by smallpox, red cheeks, crossed eyes, red hair which serves as a "warren for fleas" ...). Satirical and humorous pamphlets were printed in the thousands in Paris and a few French provincial towns during the first half of the 17th century. As ephemeral literature, most copies and indeed entire editions disappeared, but their rediscovery by late 18th- and 19th-century collectors rescued some survivors from oblivion. Many of these facéties were printed over and over. The present pamphlet is one of the rarer texts. I locate only three other copies of other editions, dated 1614 and 1615, and none of this edition. The libraire Pierre Ménier, who, like his father of the same name, published mainly pamphlets (and who also inherited his father's side job, manning the city gate of Saint-Victor), also issued the 1614 edition (or possibly editions), which this one copies faithfully, apart from a couple of typos, to judge by the 1868 reprint. A different 1615 edition, with the same Ménier imprint and quiring, but with the text within rule borders, is held by the University of Virginia. Only two copies with a 1614 imprint are located in the Catalogue collectif de France (BnF and Aix Méjanes). At least one smaller format edition was issued by the Oudots in Troyes in 1638 (OCLC lists a single copy, at the BnF). Brunet II:1084; Gay-Lemonnyer II:177; Mercier, La littérature facétieuse sous Louis XIII, 247 (calling this a lost edition); Arbour, Ere baroque, IV (Supplément), 7133 (1614 edition); cf. Paul Lacroix, introduction to the limited edition reprint of the text (Geneva 1868).


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    Lidé z Reklubu: satirické veršování s karikaturami Karla Matějíčka [People from the Reklub: rhymed verses with caricatures by Karel Matějíček] by Šafr, Václav, Karel Matějíček, illustrator, and Stanislav Maršo, designer

    Prague: Reklamný klub československý, 1936. Octavo (18.5 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 42, [3] pp. Twenty caricatures by Karel Matějíček, most of them full-page. About fine, in protective mylar. A charming book of satirical verses and caricatures about leading figures of the pre-war Czechoslovak advertising world. In 1927, the "Reklub" - short for Reklamný klub československý, or the Czechoslovak advertising club - was founded to offer a community to various artists, designers, and texters active in the bourgeoning field of commercial advertising. Its aim was to defend the interests of agencies and individuals, and to inform about news of international advertising, and to provide a sense of community. The Club existed until 1949 and was the subject of a recent study by Dušan Pavlů. Jan Brabec, Jaroslav Hencl, Jiři Pacovský, Jaroslav Richter, Miroslav Sutnar, Jiři Solar and many others. Typographic design by Stanislav Maršo (1910-1976), a specialist in advertising and typography. KVK, OCLC show no copies outside the Czech Republic.


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    La fable des abeilles ou les fripons devenus honnestes gens. Avec le commentaire, où l'on prouve que les vices des particuliers tendent à l'avantage du public by (MANDEVILLE, Bernard de)

    Londres: Jean Nourse, 1750. hardcover. very good(+). 4 volumes, 12mo, (2) + 396, (4) + 62,lxv1 + 339 et (4) + 362 pages, original mottled calf; rubbed, rubricated edges. Londres: Jean Nourse, 1750. Very good. This is one of many editions of the famous and popular satire on the true causes of social welfare and riches, Mandeville suggesting that base behavior produces positive economic effects.


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    A Carnival of Buncombe by Mencken, H.L. (Malcolm Moos, Editor)

    Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins U.P., 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Size is 8vo. (full book description) Johns Hopkins U.P., Baltimore, MD, 1956. 1st Edition VG+/VG, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size is 8vo, 370pp(Index). DJ nicked head/foot of spine, at fore-edge corners & white DJ a little dirty, o.w. clean & tight. No ink names etc. [American Politics; Satire; Humor; University Press] SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!


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    Sovětská karikatura [Soviet caricatures] by Varšavskij, Lev O. and Lubomír Linhart

    Prague: Knihovna Levé fronty (V. Palán), 1934. Octavo (19 × 12 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Karel Poličanský; 30, [2] pp. Very light repair to upper spine tip; very good. The first book on Russian, and especially Soviet, political caricatures to appear in the Czech Republic. It was issued as part of the famous series "Knihovna levé fronty" ("The Left Front Library"), which was issued by the eponymous group of leftist artists and intellectuals, which took the place of the earlier Devětsil group around Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert, S. K. Neumann and others. Features samples of works by the leading Soviet caricaturists Deni, Boris Efimov, Mikhail Cheremnykh, D. Moor, V. Vasil'ev, and others. With a preface by the translator, Lubomír Linhart (1906-1980), a film and photography critic who served as the speaker of the Film-foto group of the Left Front in the 1930s. Design and typography by Karel Poličanský, an architect and book designer who used the pseudonym Jiří Friml. Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only locate copies at IISG and Oxford, with none in North America.


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    THE TWELVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR REPRESENTED BY LILLIPUTIAN FIGURES by (DWARFS). BOWLES, JOHN

    [London: John Bowles, 1770?]. A remarkable survival, this delightful set of prints features an amusing array of dwarfen characters portraying various societal types in contemporary garb engaged in activities appropriate to each month. The month of May, for example, features "Miss Nightengale Quaver" and her probable suitor "Sr. Tweedle-dum Tickle" making (literal) music together, the gentleman strumming a lute and the lady singing along. Though fashionably dressed, both figures are caricatured, rendering the accompanying six lines of verse praising the beauty of the month--and how it "inspires new flames, revives extinguisht Loves"--more than a little humorous. Other characters like "Don Diego Surly-Phyz and his boy Dumplin," and "Beau Noodle and Mistress Simper ye Bar-keeper," give an idea of the range of types, trades, and human flaws on display here, all of which are depicted in a similarly whimsical manner. This particular genre of imagery owes much to the work of Jacques Callot (1592-1635), whose engravings of dwarfs appeared in "Varie Figure Gobbi" (1616). In the 18th century the "Gobbi" figures were further popularized by German and Dutch artists, most notably in a work called "Il Callotto Resuscitatio" (ca. 1715), which features images that are extremely reminiscent of the present work. The anonymous artist who designed our suite of plates undoubtedly drew on this tradition while also borrowing from the work of Jonathan Swift, applying the word "Lilliputian" to these clearly dwarf-like characters. The original plates were probably published in the 1730s or '40s, and certainly by 1753, when the group appeared in John Bowles' catalogue alongside a number of other Lilliputian-themed prints. The presence of wove paper in this set--a material available from the 1760s but not in wide use until later in the century--suggests that this particular copy was published closer to 1770. Due to the ease with which they may be broken up and damaged, it is extremely rare to find a complete set of these plates on the market, and even rarer to find them in such fine condition.. 285 x 186 mm. (11 1/4 x 7 1/2"). 12 plates, printed on recto only. Unbound and laid into a wrapper of handmade paper from the period. In a new green folding cloth box. Each engraving with one central scene surrounded by a decorative border featuring additional figures and emblems. Sheila O'Connell "The Popular Print in England 1550-1850," pp. 159-161. Leaves for January and December a little browned and soiled, the latter with two one-inch tears in the margins with early repairs, other leaves in very fine condition. A remarkable survival, this delightful set of prints features an amusing array of dwarfen characters portraying various societal types in contemporary garb engaged in activities appropriate to each month. The month of May, for example, features "Miss Nightengale Quaver" and her probable suitor "Sr. Tweedle-dum Tickle" making (literal) music together, the gentleman strumming a lute and the lady singing along. Though fashionably dressed, both figures are caricatured, rendering the accompanying six lines of verse praising the beauty of the month--and how it "inspires new flames, revives extinguisht Loves"--more than a little humorous. Other characters like "Don Diego Surly-Phyz and his boy Dumplin," and "Beau Noodle and Mistress Simper ye Bar-keeper," give an idea of the range of types, trades, and human flaws on display here, all of which are depicted in a similarly whimsical manner. This particular genre of imagery owes much to the work of Jacques Callot (1592-1635), whose engravings of dwarfs appeared in "Varie Figure Gobbi" (1616). In the 18th century the "Gobbi" figures were further popularized by German and Dutch artists, most notably in a work called "Il Callotto Resuscitatio" (ca. 1715), which features images that are extremely reminiscent of the present work. The anonymous artist who designed our suite of plates undoubtedly drew on this tradition while also borrowing from the work of Jonathan Swift, applying the word "Lilliputian" to these clearly dwarf-like characters. The original plates were probably published in the 1730s or '40s, and certainly by 1753, when the group appeared in John Bowles' catalogue alongside a number of other Lilliputian-themed prints. The presence of wove paper in this set--a material available from the 1760s but not in wide use until later in the century--suggests that this particular copy was published closer to 1770. Due to the ease with which they may be broken up and damaged, it is extremely rare to find a complete set of these plates on the market, and even rarer to find them in such fine condition.


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    Maxim's Put-downs, Pranks & Pick-up Lines by Maxim

    Because Every Joke Needs a Butt - but It Shouldn't Be You. There's nothing standing in between you and being the party-master. It's admirable to be respected at the office, but when it comes down to it, every guy would rather be czar of the bar than king of the copier. You know, that guy who shows up & commands attention from every person in the joint..... Softcover book glossy covers----Maxim's Put-down. Pranks & Pick-up Lines. Publisher: Maxim Books (2000) ISBN 0967572347 9780967572345 - 4499- 32 pages. Ruth Reaser..LAX Vespa,Los Angeles Culver City- maybe this will do it! -At least you know what you're getting into- City- Media Mail USPS-you get the copy you were viewing carefully Drop kick-packed to protect it - in - transit. MaximPutdownPickup1 PB 4498 SCI FI 41


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    Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism by RIEPENHAUSEN, Ernst Ludwig (after HOGARTH, William)

    Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen, 1850. Engraving, with some stipple. Image measures 7.75 x 5.75 inches. Sheet measures 14.75 x 10.5 inches. This print which was originally published in 1736 illustrates Hogarth's ability to find humor even in the most sacred and solemn of places. Hogarth presents The Sleeping Congregation as an Anglican church filled with parishioners who are so bored by the service that most have drifted off to sleep. This is in contrast to the fanatical enthusiasm of the Methodist congregation depicted in this prints companion piece. Even the minister is barely awake enough to read the lines of Scripture which appropriately read, Come unto me all ye that Labour and are Heavy Laden & I will give you rest from Matthew 11:28. Hypocrisy is always a favorite theme in graphic satire and Hogarth does not miss an opportunity to make a small jab at the Church of England's presumption of untarnished virtuousness. The only person who is awake, therefore, is a stoutly clerk ogling a sleeping young woman's bosom. This edition is considered after Hogarth and was engraved by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen circa 1850 for a German collection of Hogarth's works, "Erklärung Hogarthischen." Very good condition with some foxing and minor tearing around the wide margins. William Hogarth (1697-1764) is considered by many scholars and print enthusiasts as the grandfather of English graphic satire, but he was also an accomplished oil painter, portraitist, engraver, and draughtsman. Hogarth mastered the art of depicting human nature and all of its hypocrisies in society with graphic satire. The universality of his humor and the all-too-human characters featured in his works make Hogarth's satires remarkable. This print represents the epitome of Hogarth's skills as an artist and as a conscientious observer of humanity.


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    Lady Scatterlys Lovers by Gene Fowler

    Lyle Stuart +, 1973. Hardcover Hardcover. Used Good. Edited by H. Allen Smith. Text is in English. Size - H: 8.5', W: 5.5', D: .5' This item is Used and is listed as being in Very Good condition. The dust jacket for the item is listed as being in Missing condition. Very good, clean and unmarked copy. FF00000003249 We carry new and used books in our storefront. We want you to be satisfied with your purchase. Please contact us if you have questions regarding this item.


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    Juvenal tradotto di Latino in volgar lingua per Georgio Summaripa Veronese, Novamente Impresso by JUVENAL (Decimus Junius):

    P. Alex. Pag Benacenses F. Bena. .V. .V. [Aexander and Paganinus de Paganinis: Toscolano] [?1517 - 1525]. Small 8vo, 150 x 88 mms., unpaginated, a-q8, contemporary vellum, faded red morocco label; binding a bit soiled, but a very good copy. The first edition of this translation by Georgio Summaripa (1435 - 1496) of Juvenal's satires was first published in 1480 (Tarvisii : M. Manzolinus). The earliest edition of Juvenal seems to be that published in 1469 by Ulrich Hand in Rome (see Curt F. Bühler, "The Earliest Editions of Juvenal," Studies in the Renaissance [1955]). The text is printed in italics, first used by Aldus in 1501, and Summaripa's was the first translation into Italian. Book historians now think that the publishers Paganino and Alessandro Paganini, particularly the latter, were the first to create an editorial series, i. e., books that shared the same editorial characteristics, presentation, and size. The printer's mark used here, P.ALEX.PAG./ BENACENSES./ .F./ BENA./ .V..V., appears on an edition of Dante, first published by them in 1515; the truncated Latin apparently means "Paganino and his son Alessandro from the Benaco region made this book in Toscolano." WorldCat copies located in BL, Bodleian, Manchester, Bibliotheque Nationale, and Bibliothèque interuniversitaire Sainte-Geneviève. WorldCat doesn't give any North American locations, but there are copies at Harvard and Yale


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    Henry Root's World of Knowledge by Root, Henry

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1982. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 192 pages Henry Root was the invention of writer, William Donaldson. Root wrote a number of funny and satirical letters to famous people. In the World of Knowledge, Henry Root continues his satirical, and at times very funny, exploration of the world. . Hardback.


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    MOTEL OF THE MYSTERIES by Macaulay, David

    Houghton Mifflin. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Three quarter inch triangular chip to the top rear panel of the DJ. DJ has some cockling. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 95 pages; Extra postage required for priority and international shipping. .


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    Songs of Thomas Love Peacock by Peacock, Thomas Love

    London: R. Brimley Johnson,. Hardback. 130pp. Charming collection of songs from Thomas Love Peacock's novels. Organised into Ballads, drinking songs, war songs, glees and catches, lyrics, satires & epigrams. Frontis with tissue guard still present. Uncut pages. Dark purple boards with gilt embossed titles and decoration to front and gilt tiles to spine. Boards are rubbed to front and edges and slightly bumped with sunning to spine. No dw. Good + copy. . Hardcover.


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    The Battle of the Books by Roxburghe Club of San Francisco; Edgar Kahn; Colonel Carroll T. Harris; Jonathan Swift

    San Francisco, CA: Roxburghe Club, 1945. Folded Leaf, 11 x 14.75 cm. 4 pp. Letterpress on Watermarked Ingres Laid Paper with Deckled Edges. Very Good with minor creasing & faint stains. Scarce.


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    LAUGH and be FAT, or, The MERRY COMPANION; CONTAINING Great Variety of Comical and Diverting STORIES: A Curious Collection of POEMS: A Curious Collection of EPITAPHS: A long String of out o’th’ Way Conundrums and Answers: And a Choice Collection of Songs, sung at the public Places of Diversion. by [Handel, George Frideric]

    Near Fine. London: Printed for the Booksellers in Town and Country. Price ONE SHILLING. [1795?] 96 pages, in-12. ESTC T37602. Bound with THE MERRY JESTER; OR, Wits in high Glee. Title page lacking. 48 pages, in-12. No place , no date. [18th century]. Also bound with Budget of Wit. Scottish Prudence. 16 pages. [Early nineteenth century]. Bound in quarter brown calf on nineteenth century marbled boards. Top page edge gilt, the first two eighteenth century chap books are printed almost entirely on bluish paper. Of special interest were the career woes and personal foibles of George Frideric Handel in The Merry Jester: "There was a short time when Mr. Handel, notwithstanding his merit, was deserted, and his opera at the Haymarket neglected by almost every body but his m---y, for that of Porpora at Lincolns-Inn-Fields; at this time another nobleman asking the Earl of C------d if he would go one night to the opera. No, my lord, said the earl, I have no occasion for a private audience of his m----y to-night." Book plate of H.S.K. Edwardes: Get Wisdom, And With All Thy Getting, Get Understanding. Booksellers tag of Kerr & Richardson of Queen Street, Glasgow. Two fine 18 century titles, and the third is good, but trimmed close across the top.


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    Elegie [An elegy] by Žižka, Otokar and Bohdan Lacina, illustrator

    Vyškov na Morav: F. Obzina, 1932. Quarto (28 × 19.2 cm). Original printed wrappers; 55, [8] pp. Frontis illustration. Signed and inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Wrappers lightly creased; still about very good, in protective mylar. First edition of this book of verse, a revised edition of the "forgotten" volume "Tvář v plamenech" (The face in flames). Žižka (1907-1963) was a Czech writer and poet. With a preface by the Catholic modernist poet Jakub Deml. With overall typographic design (title and cover printed in black and blue) and a surrealist frontis drawing by Bohdan Lacina. Along with Josef Istler, Miloš Kořeček, Vilém Reichmann, Václav Tikal, and Václav Zykmund, Lacina was an early member of the post-war surrealist Ra Group (Skupina Ra). One of 225 copies, this copy no. 203 on milled "Antik." Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only show the copies at Northwestern and Pennsylvania State.


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    [Published by the Dead]. L'autre monde: journal des trépassés [The other world: a journal of the departed], nos. 1-5 (complete series). WITH: Le Néant: journal de nulle part et d'ailleurs [Nonbeing: a journal from nowhere and elsewhere] by Attributed to Camille DEBANS (1834-1910) and André GILL, illustator (1840-1885)

    Paris: J. Strauss, 1877. Folded newsprint, measuring ca. 54 × 38 cm.; 4 pp. per issue. One issue with old repairs; occasional fraying to edges due to paper stock; still a very good set. [NEWS FROM THE NETHERWORLD, PRINTED IN COLOR ON BLACK STOCK]. Rare complete series of this satirical death-themed newspaper, printed in variously colored ink on black paper. Ostensibly edited by the departed, L'Autre monde explores earthly life as seen from the beyond, describes the reality of hell, and the supposed exploits of famous figures after their death. The price is given as 25 centimes ("only on Earth!"), the publication year is 3753; the editorial office is "on the banks of Styx" and subscription possible "through the Paris Catacombs." Unsurprisingly, the first issue was printed as a prank on April 1. Illustrated throughout with caricatures and drawings of skeletons, skulls, and other morbid imagery; with texts such as "Histoire de ma mort," "L'histoire du diable," or "Sensations d'un suicidé." Several of the issues are themed, such as one on sorcerors (no. 2) and another on spirits (no. 5). A sixth issue (billed as vol. II, no. 1) was published twenty-two years later, in 1896, and is here not included. While the paper's author was never confirmed, it has been suggested to have been the journalist and writer Camille Debans (1834-1910), with drawings provided by André Gill (1840-1885). (See Dictionnaire universel illustré, biographique et bibliographique, de la France contemporaine, 1885).   In any case, the journal seems to have inspired several similar macabre mystifications, some of which are listed in a blog entry of the BnF (https://gallica.bnf.fr/blog/30102018/lautre-monde-le-journal-des-trepasses). The present group includes an unnumbered issue of a newspaper in the same style, but likely dating to the 1920s: Le Néant: journal de nulle part et d'ailleurs. One of the macabre illustrations, showing three dead men protesting conditions in hell, is by Robert Dansler (1900-1972).  Collection J. L. Beijers (1900), 403. See also Grand-Carteret, Les moeurs et la caricature en France, p. 560. Both only list nos. 1-5. KVK, OCLC show two complete holdings, at BnF and Oxford. Individual issues are held by Manchester, Basel, and Northwestern (only no. 5). The later journal (Le Néant) is not in KVK, OCLC and does not appear to be held by the BnF.


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