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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.

Author of The American Chesterfield (pseudonym)

Published by Philadelphia. Stereotyped by J[edidiah] Howe (1791Ð1834), who also held the copyright. 1832., 1834
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216 pp. Small 12mo., in 6's. Originally published in 1789 (see catalogue of AAS) in Philadelphia by M. Carey and W. Spotswood and in 1796, in Boston, by W. Spotswood, alone. A popular collection of jests, epigrams, etc., this book was issued several times from late 18th century until 1833. A second part, entitled the Merry Fellow's Companion, has also been published intermittently in that period. Owner's signature on front pastedown: "Hiram Q. S[?L]evarr". A classic in early American humor. Quite uncommon. Covers detached. Lacks front free end paper. Spine chipped with loss of upper 1 3/4" and lower 1/2" of spine. Foxed. Mildly shaken. Else, Good +. AmImp 10910. For earlier issues, see Shipton and Mooney, Short Title Evans, #29970, 47699 and others. Bookseller Inventory # 10985

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Title: The American Jest Book, Being a Chaste ...

Publisher: Philadelphia. Stereotyped by J[edidiah] Howe (1791Ð1834), who also held the copyright. 1832.

Publication Date: 1834

Binding: Brown publisher's cloth

Edition: Later edition.

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