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Jokes and How to Tell Them, Adler, Larry
1 Adler, Larry Jokes and How to Tell Them
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1963 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Isadore Seltzer 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; jacket mildly soiled, insignificant chipping at top of spine, tiny tear at top front corner]. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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My Life With Women: Confessions of a Domesticated Male, Armour, Richard
2 Armour, Richard My Life With Women: Confessions of a Domesticated Male
New York Mcgraw-Hill Book Company 1968 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Leo Hershfield 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light soiling to bottom edge; jacket shows minor edgewear, some diagonal creasing at corners of both flaps]. "Starting with the girl next door, who taught him the difference between the sexes when he was eight years old, [the author] tells of his troubles with women in high school, in college, and ever since. Armour was never the Great Lover. He was the Great Loser. Much as they may boast in public, many men will identify with him and laugh through their tears or cry through their laughter. It seemed impossible that this Utter Failure would ever marry. But, thanks to a curious set of circumstances, he did. Most of this book is about married life, viewed as only Richard Armour can view it. After being married thirty-five years, to the same woman, he thinks it is time to tell all, or almost all." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Nights with Armour [*SIGNED*], Armour, Richard
3 Armour, Richard Nights with Armour [*SIGNED*]
New York McGraw-Hill (c.1958) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Leo Hershfield Signed by Author
[some wear at heel of spine, bottom corners lightly bumped, otherwise a nice clean copy with a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown; jacket has some edge/corner wear,a bit rubbed, front flap vertically creased]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep with a generic inscription ("All good wishes"). More "Lighthearted Light Verse." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Dear Animated Bust: Letters to Lady Juliet Duff, France 1915-1918, Baring, Maurice
4 Baring, Maurice Dear Animated Bust: Letters to Lady Juliet Duff, France 1915-1918
Wilton, Salisbury, U.K. Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd. 1981 0-85955-086-9 / 9780859550864 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Humphrey Stone 
[no siginficant wear to book, light spotting/foxing to edges of text block, one-time owner's name on ffep; jacket lightly rubbed, with faint soiling]. Letters home from a Royal Flying Corps staff officer stationed on the Western Front during World War I -- eccentric, whimsical, and sometimes just plain weird, written as "a civilising distraction from the mental and physical discomforts of the war, written to someone who may have missed a good deal of the subtleties, but who has done us all the favour of fostering the flow." (This someone, Lady Juliet Duff, is described in the book's introduction as "not an obviously appropriate recipient for epistolary fireworks....not even clever or well-educated....although she hid her ignorance quite amiably behind a wall of vagueness. [Ouch.] Nor was she accounted much of a beauty by her contemporaries, though both Baring and [Hillaire] Belloc thought her lovely. Her gift was that of sympathy; she was a good listener.") Among the myriad delights presented by these letters is the fact that Baring managed to sign each and every one with a different (made-up) name: Quesnay de Beaurepaire, Edwin Clayhanger, Gorner Grat, Paul not Saint nor Esterhazy nor Herbert, Fana la Tulipe, Rex Poode, Keith of Ravelstone, and on and on in endless inventive profusion. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Four Children for the Doctor, Barkins, Evelyn
5 Barkins, Evelyn Four Children for the Doctor
New York Frederick Fell, Inc. (c.1955) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, top corners slightly bumped, light dust-soiling to top edge, a touch of fading to cloth at top of spine, small bookstore stamp at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket shows general wear at edges, small tears at a couple of corners, soiling to rear panel, spine title quite faded]. The author got a lot of literary mileage out of her experiences as "the glamorous young wife of a busy Westchester physician," this being her fourth book about the having and raising of his kids. In this one, her pregnancy with #4 occasions much concern and attention from the existing trio, and numerous allegedly hilarious situations arise from the parents' "varied and unsuccessful attempts to distract their offspring from a strange and sudden passion for obstetrics that threatens to engulf the entire family." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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At a Venture, Bennett, Charles A.
6 Bennett, Charles A. At a Venture
New York Harper & Brothers 1924 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by Clarence Day, Jr. 
[solid copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, dust-soiling and rubbing to red topstain; jacket has numerous chips (especially at spine, including loss of most of book title), and is split at rear hinge, but front panel is substantially complete and still attractive]. (20 full-page line drawings) Humorous essays by "a philosopher by profession, a humorist by nature, a New Englander by residence, an Oxford man by education, and an Irishman by birth." (That's just one guy, not five.) The author's "topics range from the jazz orchestra of the future to the next war." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Book of Jonah, Newly Revised, Blechman, R.O.
7 Blechman, R.O. The Book of Jonah, Newly Revised
New York Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1997 1-55670-548-4 / 9781556705489 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by the author 
[nice clean copy, no discernible wear to book; tiny scrape to jacket near bottom right-hand corner]. (cartoon sketches) The eccentric cartoonist's re-imagining of the story of Jonah (including the Whale episode). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Maggie of the Suicide Fleet; as written from the log of Raymond D. Borden, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R., Buranelli, Prosper
8 Buranelli, Prosper Maggie of the Suicide Fleet; as written from the log of Raymond D. Borden, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by Herb Roth 
[moderately shelfworn book, light bumping to bottom corners, spine slightly turned; jacket edgeworn, a little browned at spine, worn at spine ends, one tiny chip at bottom of front panel, small tears with very minor paper loss at front corners]. (line drawings) The true story, more or less, of the U.S.S. Margaret, the most notorious ("the worst," in the author's words) of the many private vessels that were pressed into service for submarine patrol by the U.S. Navy during World War I. A former pleasure yacht, the Maggie "was an old, old lady, never built to go out of sight of land, even in her youth, and when she got to sea her troubles began. Her recruits were all farmers and when her wheel came off in the steersman's hand he hardly had sense enough to be astonished. Maggie was equipped with depth bombs, but she could never use them; she was so slow that if she dropped one she couldn't get away from the explosion. All during the war she was sent places but she never kept a date. The story of her adventures and those of the crew who had a fondness for the damsels of the Azores, is an amazing tale of much excitement and more humor." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Whimsey Report; or, Sex Isn't Everything, Cummings, Parke
9 Cummings, Parke The Whimsey Report; or, Sex Isn't Everything
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company 1948 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by Al Piane 
[lightly bumped at several corners, stray pencil smudge on fore-edge, contemporary gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, minor tears and dog-earing along top edge, light soiling, browing at flap edges, short diagonal crease at top corner of front flap]. (cartoon illustrations) Humorous "survey" of human behavior, in which the author and his crack team of researchers (a Professor Tewksbury of State University -- which state, the author never found out -- and Al, a guy recruited at a local tavern) discovered "that men sweep crumbs under rugs; boggle at cleaning out attics; refuse to get up and close the window when thunderstorms come at midnight; think their wives can't drive well or make good coffee. Women, on the other hand, interrupt their husband's reading of the paper; sleep with curlers; snore; like hot baths and hate showers." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Handies and Footsies, Dunn, Bob
10 Dunn, Bob Handies and Footsies
Racine WI Whitman Publishing Co. (c.1936) Unstated edition Softcover Good Illustrated by the author 
[worn but intact copy, small piece missing at bottom right-hand corner of front cover and first few pages, small tear at top of front cover (also extending slightly into first few pages), pages browned with age but not brittle; one-time owner's name and date in pencil at top inside front cover]. (cartoon drawings) Wacky cartoon drawings illustrating a sort of variant form of charades, in this case focused exclusively on acting out "familiar phrases and popular sayings," e.g.: "Hip, Hip, Hooray"; "Shuffle Off to Buffalo"; "Starting from Scratch"; you get the idea. Bob Dunn achieved some small measure of fame later in his career as writer/artist of the syndicated feature "They'll Do It Every Time," which he took over after the death of its creator, Jimmy Hatlo, in 1963. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Lady Addle at Home, Dunn, Mary
11 Dunn, Mary Lady Addle at Home
London Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1945 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [some wear and fading to cloth at base of spine, top corners bumped, light general wear, faint bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.)]. (B&W photographs) The second (of two) Lady Addle books, gently satirical faux memoirs in which the fictional Lady Blanche Addle (née Coot), daughter of the 13th Earl of Coot, gushingly details the utterly mundane details of her utterly uninteresting life as a member of the British upper crust, with the humor (and the book really is quite funny) arising from Lady A's obliviousness to her own pomposity. This volume is actually less a memoir than a compendium of Lady A's culinary and household tips, each one more ridiculous (and hilarious) than the next. (For all the fun-poking that's going on, though, there's a distinct undertone of stiff-upper-lip making-do-ness throughout, with numerous references to wartime food shortages and other deprivations, and recipes for things like "fishless fishcakes" (involving seaweed and cold cooked potatoes) and "marmalade without oranges or sugar.") The illustrations are genuine Victorian-era photographs, with an occasional bit of doctoring (to give The Princess Pansy of Splasche a lazy eye, for instance). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Dunt Esk!!, Gross, Milt
12 Gross, Milt Dunt Esk!!
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1927) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by the author 
[moderately shelfworn, spine slightly turned, rear hinge a little weak, longish gift inscription (dated 1930) on ffep; jacket edgeworn, shallow chip at top of front panel, a bit of paper loss at spine extremities]. (cartoon drawings) Vintage N.Y. Yiddish dialect humor (enhanced by the author's typically whimsical illustrations), featuring more escapades of the Feitlebaum family -- Momma and Poppa, Nize Baby, and Looy (shockingly misspelled as "Looey" in the dust jacket blurb). "The dialogue ('East Side as she is spoke!') has a lot of new tongue twisters that will keep the whole family in spasms of laughter." Ezz mozt ee-fek-tif when izz ret out loudt. [NOTE that this is a Grosset & Dunlap (reissue) dust jacket, although the book itself is a first edition.] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Famous Fimmales With Odder Ewents From Heestory, Gross, Milt
13 Gross, Milt Famous Fimmales With Odder Ewents From Heestory
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1928 First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by the author 
(no dust jacket) [a decent copy, shelfwear to bottom edge, binding cracking in middle of book, top front corner bumped, spine darkened and a bit soiled]. (cartoon drawings) Not-quite-Yiddish versions of the lives and exploits of Halan from Troy, Lady Godiwa, Loocritchia Borgia, etc., along with "heestorical" accounts of other episodes, e.g. "How It Got Inwanted Tenksgeeving Day," "An Antidote from De Bustun Tippotty," etc. Effrytink you knowed iss ronk. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Rhymes for the Irreverent [*SIGNED*], Harburg, E.Y.
14 Harburg, E.Y. Rhymes for the Irreverent [*SIGNED*]
New York Grossman Publishers (c.1965) 0-670-59734-1 / 9780670597345 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Seymour Chwast Signed by Author
[no discernibile wear to book; jacket has a narrow discolored strip along the top of the front panel, otherwise quite nice]. (B&W cartoon drawings) INSCRIBED ("Peace") and SIGNED by Harburg on the ffep. Humorous doggerel by the renowned lyricist ("The Wizard of Oz"; "Finian's Rainbow"; etc.). Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Laughing Willow: Verses and Pictures, Herford, Oliver
15 Herford, Oliver The Laughing Willow: Verses and Pictures
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1918) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by the author 
[light wear to edges of paper-covered boards, minor soiling to top page edges; jacket has one tiny chip at top of front panel, water-staining along spine and near bottom right corner of front panel, short closed tear at top of rear panel]. pen & ink drawings) "To see the Kaiser's Epitaph / would make a weeping willow laugh." Humorous doggerel by the writer/illustrator sometimes referred to as "the American Oscar Wilde," much of it thematically related to World War I ("The Air Raid"; "Marching to Berlin"; "The Touching Ballad of General von Beers"; etc.). Uncommon in jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Women and Children First, Hewes, Cady (Bernard DeVoto)
16 Hewes, Cady (Bernard DeVoto) Women and Children First
Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1957 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, but bottom front corner worn through (exposed board), tiny tear in binding at top of spine; jacket a bit rubbed, moderate edge/corner wear, a couple of tears and some paper loss at top of spine]. Suburban humor of the Fifties. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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My Side, King Kong, as told to Walter Wager
17 King Kong, as told to Walter Wager My Side
New York/London Collier Books/Collier Macmillan Publishers 1976 0-02-040750-5 / 9780020407508 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[tight and clean book, moderate edgewear]. Trade PB The big ape tells his side of the story. "Piercing the sham, ripping off the veils, and lying a lot to get even, the planet's suavest and most sympathetic simian lets it all hang out." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Caution: Small Ensembles, Koren, Edward
18 Koren, Edward Caution: Small Ensembles
New York Pantheon Books (c.1983) 0-394-53322-4 / 9780394533223 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by the author 
[small dent in bottom of rear cover; jacket mildly rubbed, slight wear along top edge]. (cartoons) A collection of the author's New Yorker cartoons from 1980-1983. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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William McGonagall Meets George Gershwin: A Scottish Fantasy, Milligan, Spike, and Jack Hobbs
19 Milligan, Spike, and Jack Hobbs William McGonagall Meets George Gershwin: A Scottish Fantasy
London Penguin Books 1989 (c.1988) 0140119353 / 9780140119350 1st printing thus Softcover Near Fine 
[virtually as new, with the teensiest bit of handling wear]. Mass Market PB (B&W drawings) "Yes, folks. The further, incredible, utterly amazing, irrefutable facts about Scotland's worst-ever poet." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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"In the President's and My Opinion...", Pearce, Donald; illustrated by Arnold Roth
20 Pearce, Donald; illustrated by Arnold Roth "In the President's and My Opinion..."
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1967) Presumed 1st Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Arnold Roth 
[solid copy, minor wear at extremities, "V" in ink on top edge, brief gift notation on front pastedown, a little sunning to spine]. Creative and unintentionally wacky (and occasionally accidentally profound) turns of phrase, excerpted from the essays of college freshmen. (Random example: "The Greeks and the Romans at the very height of their civilizations never had it so good.") The author (a college English professor) assures us that he didn't make anything up. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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