The Budget of Wit and Amusement: Being a select collection of anecdotes, bon mots, &c. of celebrated characters: Including many originals
Albany: Daniel Steele / E. & E. Hosford - Printers, 1812. Very Good. Item #25759
Albany: Published & Sold by Daniel Steele, Sign of the Bible, Court-Street / E. & E. Hosford - Printers, 1812. "An Improved Edition." 12mo; full contemporary calf, tan gilt-lettered spine label; 252pp. Some scuffing to leather extremities, bottom inch of front joint cracked but holding, long closed tear to front free endpaper along with 1831 ownership inscription, small loss to top margin of title page not touching text, 20th century ownership ex libris to front pastedown. Overall, a Very Good, internally sound copy.
Uncommon compilation of amusing anecdotes, including that of the Scotchwoman Margaret Lambrum, who, upon the death of her husband and beloved Mary, Queen of Scots, donned men's garb and went out looking to harm Queen Elizabeth. Wise words, more so than hilarity, ensued. It should be noted that Queen Elizabeth features more than once--perhaps women in positions of power were especially funny in 1812.
SHAW & SHOEMAKER 24980.