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Old Probability. Perhaps Rain - Perhaps Not. With 250 Comic Illustrations.

Shaw, Henry Wheeler] (pseudonym: “Josh Billings”)

Published by New York G. W. Carleton & Co. ., 1879
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Pagination by unit almanac. 8vo. A reprint of the "Allminax" for 1870Ð79 with much additional material appearing here first in book form (BAL). ShawÕs parodies of almanacs, containing verse, anecdotes, and ad in phonetc dialects, false astronomical and zodiacal information, etc. He divined them much in advance of their predictions. Many pages bordered in colors. Shaw (1818Ð95) was among the most popular of American humorists and lecturers of the latter half of the 19th century, perhaps second only to Mark Twain. His folksy wisdom was very popular. Thrown out of Hamilton College after one year for stealing the clapper from the chapel bell, he went West on an unsuccessful expedition to the Rockies, became a farmer, coal miner, operator of a dilapidated steamboat auctioneer, etc. before beginning his career as a journalist in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1858. The author of humorous books and almanacs. he later lectured on the circuit. He died of a stroke while sunning himself on a hotel verandah in Monterey, California. Wear at ends and edges of spine and at corners. Mild soiling of covers. Front hinge starting internally. Mild toning of some pages. Else, Very Good. BAL 17466. Red publisherÕs cloth. Gilt titling on spine. Decorations in black on spine4 and front cover. Bookseller Inventory # 5889

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Title: Old Probability. Perhaps Rain - Perhaps Not....

Publisher: New York G. W. Carleton & Co. .

Publication Date: 1879

Illustrator: Illustrated.

Edition: First Edition.

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