Joe Miller's Jests. Or, the Wits Vade-Mecum. Being a Collection of the most Brilliant Jests; the Politest Repartees; the most Elegant Bons Mots, and most pleasant short Stories in the English Language.


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Place Published: London
Publisher: T. Read
Date Published: 1739

Description: First carefully collected in the Company, and many of them transcribed from the Mouth of the Facetious Gentleman, whose Name they bear; and now set forth and published by his lamentable Friend and former Companion, Elijah Jenkins, Esq. [2], 70pp. Thin 12mo, bound by Riviere in 19th century straight-grained olive green morocco, a.e.g. (lightly edgeworn but sound; light foxing and toning throughout; several bookplates on endpapers and one description mounted to flyleaf); housed in an attractive cloth-backed marbled board slipcase with leather spine label. London: Printed and Sold by T. Read, 1739. Genuine first edition with "Price One Shilling" at bottom of title. Scarce. Near fine.

Comments: Extremely scarce. First edition of the most famous collection of anecdotes and humor. Compiled by Elijah Jenkins [pseudonym of John Mottley] partially from several other jestbooks. Mottley named the book in honor of Josias Miller, the famous comic actor who had died the previous year. --DNB; ESTC T124768.

Binding: hardcover
Condition: near fine
Language: English
Type: Books

Book ID: 227332

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By This Publisher: T. Read
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Hello from England. I received the book today, and just wanted you to know that I'm really happy with it -- its condition is really amazing, and a lot better than I had hoped. It also happens to be a really excellent book, which helps. I also wanted to say thanks for the great packaging: it's surprisingly often that companies don't pack their books properly and they end up getting damaged during the shipping process! Kind regards, - Hannah W.
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