Very Good+. Item #7056
Chicago: Dearborn Publishing Company, 1888. Large octavo (22.5cm.); publisher's green pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt, floral endpapers; ix,-504pp.; frontispiece, illus. throughout. Light shelf wear, front hinge starting to crack but holding, textblock uniformly toned due to poor paper stock, else a Very Good, still quite brilliant copy.
Later printing of a massive collection of the barbs of popular Wisconsin journalist and humorist Bill Nye, founder of the "Laramie Boomerang." Topics covered include "Care of House Plants" ("Vines can be left in the room during the winter until the furnace slips a cog and then you can pull them down and feed them to the family horses" (p. 266); "Letter to a Communist," ("I must decline your offer to whack up"); and the opium habit. One copy of this edition in OCLC as of July, 2019, at the U. of N. Texas.