Title The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women, Illustrated By As Many Engravings; Exhibiting Their Principal Eccentricities and Amusements.
Binding Soft cover
Book Condition Very Good
Type Soft cover
Size 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall
Publisher London John Harris 1827
Seller ID 000848
Original printed wraps; 7 x 4 1/4 inches; 16 leaves, printed on one side only, each leaf with a hand-colored engraving and verse below. Wraps soiled and grubby with tide marks to top edges, spine hinge split and was repaired with scotch tape, original string binding has broken leaving leaves loose in wraps, scattered foxing and smudging, booksellers label from Niddery Booksellers of Watford inside front cover. First published in 1820, reprinted in 1821, the paper of this copy is watermarked 1827. One of the rarest of the publisher's 'Cabinet' series and most interesting because it was the first printed collection of Limericks. A year later, the publisher John Marshall brought out an imitation: Anecdotes and Adventures of Fifteen Gentlemen (1821), which inspired Edward Lear to write his own comic rhymes using the same verse form, and ultimately to produce his celebrated Book of Nonsense in 1846.
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