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The American Jest-Book Being a Chaste Collection of Anecdotes, Bon Mots, and Epigrams, Original and Selected for the Amusement of the Young and Old of Both Sexes: by the Author of the American Chesterfield, American Chesterfield Author
1 American Chesterfield Author The American Jest-Book Being a Chaste Collection of Anecdotes, Bon Mots, and Epigrams, Original and Selected for the Amusement of the Young and Old of Both Sexes: by the Author of the American Chesterfield
Philadelphia Hogan and Thompson 1833 unknown Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
The book has wear on edges, corners, and cover surfaces. The spine has an area of loss from top to bottom, though it is superficial and much of the original spine remains. The paste down title on the front cover is still present with only light wear and some aging. The book is still square and securely bound with no tears or parting. The interior pages show some foxing and age toning, though no more than would be expected. A former owner , John Warner has signed his name several times on the front pastedown and ffep. He also dated one of his signatures "1835." ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 216 pages; The American Jest-Book is a collection of jokes from 1833. This was the last edition of The American Jest-Book which began in the late 1700's. Humor has changed through the years. This is a solid copy of a very hard to find book. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Kill Duck before Serving Red Facts At the New York Times, Amster, Linda and Dylan Loeb McClain (Eds. )
2 Amster, Linda and Dylan Loeb McClain (Eds. ) Kill Duck before Serving Red Facts At the New York Times
New York City St. Martin's Griffins 2002 1st Edition Stated; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Tom Bloom 
This copy appears to be almost new.; B & W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 172 pages; This is a book of humorous corrections that the famed New York Times has had to make through the years. The humor here is akin to Jay Leno's headlines. It is a stated first edition and appears to have been issued only in softcover. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Heads of State The Presidents As Everyday Useful Household Items, Anthony, Carl Sferazza
3 Anthony, Carl Sferazza Heads of State The Presidents As Everyday Useful Household Items
New York Bloomsbury 2004 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book and jacket have only very light wear. ; Color Photographs; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 96 pages; Every President depicted in some household object that was actually manufactured and offered for sale. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Bizarre Books, Ash, Russell and Brian Lake
4 Ash, Russell and Brian Lake Bizarre Books
London Pavilion 1998 Second Printing Softcover Near Fine 
Book has light aging but otherwise appears New and unread. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 224 pages; Large and humorous collection of unintentionally funny titles of real books, in the tradition of Scouts in Bondage but this one has more. Ice Cream for Small Plants, Groping, The Sauciest Boy in the Service, Discovering the World of the Three-Toed Sloth, The Normal Production of Psychic Gloves, I Love Little Pussy -- you get the idea. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Native American Humor, Aswell, James R.
5 Aswell, James R. Native American Humor
Garden City Garden City Publishing Company 1949 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by Leo Hershfield 
Black covers with red titles and illustration. Some edge, corner and surface wear but square and securely bound. ; B&W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 396 pages; Great collection of early American humorists (not American Indians) up to Mark Twain. Many selections from Old Southwest Humorists. Excellent collection illustrated by the well-known courtroom artist and book illstrator Leo Hershfield. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Scouts in Bondage And Other Violations of Literary Propriety, Bell, Michael (Ed. )
6 Bell, Michael (Ed. ) Scouts in Bondage And Other Violations of Literary Propriety
New York Simon & Schuster 2006 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover As New in As New dust jacket 
Book and jacket are As New and unread. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 96 pages; Wonderful collection of books (mostly British) with unintentionally funny titles; for example: Memorable Balls, How Nell Scored, and, of course, Scouts in Bondage. Each book is illustrated with a full color photo. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Rise and Fall of American Humor, Bier, Jesse
7 Bier, Jesse The Rise and Fall of American Humor
New York City Octagon Books 1981 1981; Reprint Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Red boards, square, securely bound, very light aging. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 526 pages; This is the 1981 reprint of Bier's thorough 1961 study of American humor. Excellent resource on American humorists. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Handbook of Ambulant Proctology, Blanchard, Charles Elbert, Md
8 Blanchard, Charles Elbert, Md A Handbook of Ambulant Proctology
Youngstown Medical Success Press 1937 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Book has some light edge and corner wear, a small dampstain lower left and occasional spots or faded areas on cover. Square and securely bound. A former owner, a doctor, has listed the cost of several medicinal items on the ffep. ; B&W Illustrations and Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 297 pages; This is basically a medical book. But, the idea of "ambulant proctology" is so disconcerting that the book falls into thea large category of unusual titles. Do people receive treatment as they walk by. Does the doctor keep moving as he cures. Even if "ambulant proctology " just refers to out patient care, how many people really want to try it. Put this book on the coffee table and see where the conversation goes. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Crackers, Blount, Roy, Jr.
9 Blount, Roy, Jr. Crackers
New York City Alfred A. Knopf 1980 First Edition; Second Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Book is square and securely bound with light toning on bottom foredge but otherwise with only very mild shelf wear. Jacket is very attractive except for come wear and a tear on back top edge. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 291 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates :Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife and Everything in Between, Cathcart, Thomas and Daniel Klein
10 Cathcart, Thomas and Daniel Klein Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates :Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife and Everything in Between
New York Viking 2009 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
Book appears to be as new and unread; jacket is as new also. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 245 pages; A study of the "Big Questions" using jokes and a flippant attitude. Really funny book. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar; Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, Cathcart, Thomas and Daniel Klein
11 Cathcart, Thomas and Daniel Klein Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar; Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington
New York Abrams Image 2007 Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
Both books and slipcase seem new and unread. ; 2 Volumes; B&W Drawings; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 200, 192 pages; Two volume set of Catcart and Klein's humorous approach to philosophy and political science. The Plato book seems to be a 9th printing and the Aristotle a 1st. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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My Thirty Years out of the Senate, Downing, Major Jack (Seba Smith)
12 Downing, Major Jack (Seba Smith) My Thirty Years out of the Senate
New York City Oaksmith and Company 1859 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
This book came from the Sondley Reference Library in Asheville North Carolina. It has typical libray markings but no card pocket or Due Date slip. Otherwise there is general wear on the corners and edges, but square and securely bound. ; Signature of F. A. Sondley; Woodcuts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 458 pages; This is one of the famous Major Jack Downing books by Seba Smith New En glander who pioneered vernacular humor in America. He is the northern counterpart to the Old Southwest Humorists. This book is signed on the ffep by F. A. Sondley, an author and historian from Asheville NC. Sondley donated many of his books to the Asheville Public Library which established the Sondley Reference Library in his honor. This copy, for whatever reason, was deaccessioned, but the association to Sondley is intersting. ; Signed by Associated 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Third Annual Edition of Laughter, Ernst, Theodore R.
13 Ernst, Theodore R. Third Annual Edition of Laughter
New York Theodore R. Ernst 1927 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Black covers with gilt titles and frame. Square with a secure binding that has a very small start. Damage at top of spine. Some wear and soiling on edges, surfaces and corner interior toning. ; Gems of the World's Best Humor; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 304 pages; Boo is made interesting by bookplate of Milton Ochs, brother of Adolph Ochs, Publisher of the New York Times. Milton ran the Chattanooga Times and other enterprises. This boo was donated to the Provost Marshal's School Center during WWII. Nice association. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The World's Wit and Humor :An Encyclopedia of the Classic Wit and Humor of All Nations, Harris, Joel Chandler, et. al.
14 Harris, Joel Chandler, et. al. The World's Wit and Humor :An Encyclopedia of the Classic Wit and Humor of All Nations
New York The Review of Reviews Company 1906 First Edition Hardcover 
Green boards with blindstamped design on front and gilt titles on spine. Light, edge corner and surface wear, with some fading on spine. Book is square and securely bound and seems unread. VG. ; Italian, Spanish; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 290 pages; This is Volume XIII only. I have several other volumes on line. This volume includes many Italian and Spanish writers such as: Boccaccio and Cellini, De Vega and Cervantes. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The World's Wit and Humor :An Encyclopedia of the Classic Wit and Humor of All Nations, Harris, Joel Chandler, et. al.
15 Harris, Joel Chandler, et. al. The World's Wit and Humor :An Encyclopedia of the Classic Wit and Humor of All Nations
New York The Review of Reviews Company 1906 First Edition Hardcover 
Green boards with blindstamped design on front and gilt titles on spine. Light, edge corner and surface wear. Book is square and securely bound and seems unread. VG to VG+. ; British; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 292 pages; This is Volume VIII only. I have several other volumes on line. This volume includes British writers from Austen and Byron to Disraeli and Thackery 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The World's Wit and Humor :An Encyclopedia of the Classic Wit and Humor of All Nations, Harris, Joel Chandler, et. al.
16 Harris, Joel Chandler, et. al. The World's Wit and Humor :An Encyclopedia of the Classic Wit and Humor of All Nations
New York The Review of Reviews Company 1906 First Edition Hardcover 
Green boards with blindstamped design on front and gilt titles on spine. Light, edge corner and surface wear. Book is square and securely bound and seems unread. VG to VG+. ; British; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 283 pages; This is Volume VI only. I have several other volumes on line. This volume includes British writers from Lang and Chaucer to Pope and Chesterfield. 
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Will Mrs. Major Go to Hell?, Heath, Aloise Buckley
17 Heath, Aloise Buckley Will Mrs. Major Go to Hell?
New Rochelle Arlington House 1969 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Yellow cloth with very light edge and corner wear. Some toning on foredges and a stain on the rear interior endpaper which alos touches the last page of text. Book is square and securely bound. Jacket has some chips and tears but is still quite attractive in mylar. ; Introduction by Priscilla L. Buckle & William F. Buckleyy; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 272 pages; This copy has a bookplate that I believe to be, after much research, signed by William F. Buckley. At first glace the signature appears to be Buckley's. At second glance, the initial appears to be a "G." However, it turns out that Buckley, in writing his "F" often made a curve that gave the "F" the look of a "G". The terms "chicken scratch" and "scribble" were invented for Buckley' signature which widely varies in the many known examples. I cannot prove that this signature is Buckley's, but I believe it to be and will glad take the book back with a full refund if you by it and find solid evidence that it is not William F. Buckley's signature. ; Signed by Associated 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Rotten Reviews Redux : A Literary Companion, Henderson, Bill (ed.)
18 Henderson, Bill (ed.) Rotten Reviews Redux : A Literary Companion
Wainscott NY Pushcart Press 2012 Reissue Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Mary Kornblum 
Book and jacket are unused. ; B&W Drawings; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 95 pages; Reissue of volume of bad reviews of classic books. First published in 1986. This reissue has a new Preface by Henderson, but the same great reviews -- for example -- "Whitman is as unacquainted with art as a hog is with mathematics." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Areas of My Expertise, Hodgman, John
19 Hodgman, John The Areas of My Expertise
New York Riverhead Books 2006 Second Printing Softcover Very Good+ 
Light bumps on corners; otherwise, square and securely bound. Spine is neither cracked nor creased. ; Really funny. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 256 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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My Life As an Experiment : One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself, Jacobs, A. J.
20 Jacobs, A. J. My Life As an Experiment : One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself
New York Simon & Schuster Paperbacks 2010 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing Softcover Near Fine 
Book is essentially new with maybe a hint of shelf wear and a remainder mark on bottom foredge. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 250 pages; Jacobs, who wrote The Year of Living Biblically, sets himself tasks and then reports on them. He does interesting things and writes in an engaging style. 
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