SKU: 006493 Category:


Selections from the Writings of Josh Billings, or; Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor
Book #: 006493

Author: Billings, Josh
Illustrator: n/a
Publisher: Kentwyn DeRenne
Place: Athens, Georgia
Year: 1940
Edition: Limited/Numbered

Book Cond.: Very Good
Jacket Cond.: Poor
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 16mo – over 5¾” – 6¾” tall
Book Type: n/a
Signed: Signed by Publisher

Description / Comments:
Size: 16mo – over 5¾” – 6¾” tall. Copy no. 140 of 324 numbered copies signed by the publisher. Black gilt stamped cloth over boards, marbled endpapers, XX, 73 pages, [3], Introduction by Carl Purlington Rollins, 11 illustrations by Thomas Nast. Spine ends lightly bumped, tiny spot of paint on back top edge, interior pages lightly toned; otherwise a nice copy, clean, no writing or marks and binding is sound. In a blue paper dust jacket, that is soiled and chipped along all edges, corners and spine ends, spine discolored, two short tears on back of jacket. From the Introduction: “Josh Billings was the pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw, born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1818. He wandered far and wide in the United States gathering that wisdom from which his wit was to be distilled. ‘Josh Billings, His Sayings’ appeared in 1865, and for the next 20 years these and similar wisecracks, pithy and flavorous, were an essential part of the American scene. For ten years ‘Josh Billings’ Farmers’ Almanax’ delighted his none too polish contemporaries, for though the matter was sophisticated, being the traditional subject matter of humor, the manner was not. He depended on absurdity in presentation to get a hearing for his wit.” Illustrator: Nast, Thomas. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 0 lbs 6 oz. Category: Humor; Signed by Publisher. Inventory No: 006493.