An Essay on Wind. With Curious Anecdotes of Eminent Peteurs, Etc. Written for the Edification of Windbound Ladies and Gentlemen.
Privately Printed, n.d. [c.1904?]. 8vo, (12), 109 pp. Black cloth, paper label on backstrip. Cloth a touch faded with some wear to backstrip, binding a little weak, good. Number 40 of a privately printed edition of 650 copies. A mysterious collection of scholarly essays. The title and first two parts, An Essay on Wind and Afterthoughts on Farting, are a reprint of a thoughtful survey of the history and art of farting attributed to the politician Charles James Fox (1749-1806), supposedly written for a wager and dedicated to Lord Chancellor Thurlow. Subsequent parts appear to be reprints of works by other anonymous authorities including The Boghouse - A Poem and The Benefit of Farting Explained. The book closes with Mark Twains infamous 1601, which purports to be an extract from the diary of one of Queen Elizabeths ladies-in-waiting in which she describes the Queen and famous writers of the day (Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare) discussing who farted, before moving onto other scatological subjects.
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