Very Good. Item #5895
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. First American Edition. Octavo; xxix, 255pp. Illustrated frontis and five color plates (one missing at p. 23), with inset illustrations throughout. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt stamped bordering and jester illustration, beveled edges to boards, and gilt page edges. Boards lightly bumped at corners with some scuffing along joints and some soiling to spine. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is secure. One plate at p. 75 cleanly separated but laid in. Faint gift inscription in pencil on front free endpaper, else pages unmarked. Binder's stamp of Westleys & Co., London, at bottom of back pastedown.
First American Edition of MacKenzie's translation of the Till Eulenspiegel story first appearing in medieval German chapbooks around 1510-1515. The protagonist Eulenspiegel, more directly translated as "owl mirror," was portrayed as a sort of traveling (often scatalogical) practical joker who finally succumbed to the plague in 1350.