Joe Miller's Jest Book
by Mark Lemon
Publisher: Hurst & Co.
Number of pages: 292
An immense collection of the funniest jokes, quaint and laughable anecdotes, mirth provoking stories, brilliant witticisms, and queer sayings. Here are over seventeen hundred jokes from the 1800's. The Jest Book was first published in 1864 and reprinted several times.
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by Ellie Bishop - Booktrope
A hilarious guide to the art of taking sick leave when you really need it. Filled with symptoms and prescriptions for common illnesses and proper stage-setting techniques, you'll have a pool of credible excuses just waiting to be used.
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by Jerome K. Jerome
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by Edith B. Ordway - George Sully and Company
This book presents a grindstone whereon the reader may whet his wits. It is of sufficient hardness to resist the coarsest metal of broad-bladed humor, and of sufficient fineness of grain to edge the best steel of fancy.