The Scrap Book; a Selection of Humorous Stories, Interesting Fables, and Authentic Anecdotes. [gift book]


Rare literary annual and gift book of American humor, the well-illustrated volume in an embossed and gilt decorated binding. Relief print illustration plates and textual illustrations add hilarity and exaggeration to the comical anthology.

The text is comprised of comic poetic verse, historical anecdotes and selections from various literary works, including Aesop and other fabulists. Story titles within include “Ostrich Riding,” “American Indians,” Origin of “‘Uncle Sam’,” “Dr. Johnson’s Pudding,” “Faithful Negress,” and even a rather more uplifting than humorous anecdote about British abolitionist Granville Sharp.

Lacking one text leaf and one plate, this volume remains quite rare. OCLC records only one copy, at AAS.


Description: The Scrap Book; a Selection of Humorous Stories, Interesting Fables, and Authentic Anecdotes. [gift book]

New York: Published for the Booksellers, [1837]. 288pp + [17 (of 18)] leaves of plates. Approx. 5¼x 4 inches; in sixes. Publisher’s full, black embossed leather binding with gilt spine titling; all edges gilt. Among the plate leaves is an added illustrated title page bearing the title “The Scrap Book; or Humorous Annual: a Selection of Humorous Stories, Interesting Fables, and Authentic Anecdotes.” Date from spine. Added title page and plates printed on color paper. Numerous textual illustrations. Ownership inscriptions of “N. Burt.” Lacking leaf B6 and the plate between B6 and C1. Binding rubbed at extremities with loss at head of spine; lower joint starting; first two signatures proud; fair.

[3729195]

Not in Imprints. Faxon 748; Thompson, R., Annuals, p154; Wolf, Early American Embossed Leather Bindings, 198.


Price: $150.00

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