1838. London: Robert Tyas, 1838.
12mo, [1-5], 6-76, (4, publisher's ads) pp. With four plates by John Leech. Original publisher's cloth over card stock, upper cover stamped and lettered in gilt, edges gilt. Cloth lightly sunned and worn, front hinge cracked, a bit shaken, contemporary inscription and dealer notes to half title. Very good, housed in a custom cloth chemise.
§ First edition. Published when the war of 1812 was well within memory, a compendium of jokes and anecdotes poking fun at American manners and customs. Despite the promising subject matter it has not aged well and is now most useful as a survey of the eye-watering casual racism and sexism of the era, particularly concerning black people, Native Americans, progressive women, and the Irish. A second edition was published the following year. Item #123333