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Elephants, Grapes & Pickles, (Illustrated by Ed Powers)
1 (Illustrated by Ed Powers) Elephants, Grapes & Pickles
Los Angeles, CA Price Stern Sloan 1964 1st Edition; 1st Printing Paperback Very Good- 
Color Illustrations; This is a small format paperback book with cardstock covers and a stapled spine. The book is in Very Good- condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The gray covers have noticeable toning, especially the spine joints and top edge. The text pages are clean and bright. "His book design and illustrations have given life to over 100 humor, satiric, and general interest books published over 20 years by Price-Stern-Sloan, Putnam, and Tallfellow Publishers. He created the book and calendar brand images for the franchise of "Murphy's Law" (based upon the aphorism: "If Anything Can Go Wrong, I Will: ) that has sold continuously since the late 1970s. His general conceptual work has resulted in highly imaginative graphic, logo, and identity programs for many leading corporation. A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute ( Cal Arts) , Powers has worked as an Art Director and hands-on Designer / Illustrator in the motion picture, advertising, and publishing industries. Powers holds a California Teaching Credential, and has also Completed a Master of Arts Course in Psychology. Over the pst six years, his stunning fin arts murals have been commissioned for restaurants, private villas, and world-class hotels." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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HERRINGS GO ABOUT THE SEA IN SHAWLS, Abingdon, Alexander
2 Abingdon, Alexander HERRINGS GO ABOUT THE SEA IN SHAWLS
New York Viking Press, Inc. 1997 0670877514 / 9780670877515 1st Edition Thus; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Dr. Seuss 
B&W Illustrations; Originally published in 1931 under the title "Boners", this is a First Edition thus. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The dust jacket (plasticine) is in Very Good+ condition with one chip missing from the top front flap end and one small edge tear to the bottom spine end. The text pages are clean and bright. "The feverish search for information grows apace. People are assuaging their thirst for boundless knowledge at the wells of synthetic waters. Learned and semi-learned purveyors of informatoin are enriching - if not the reader - themselves, their families, their booksellers, and their publishers with volume after volume of closely packed and loosely gathered stores of knowledge." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Out Of The Hurly Burly, Adeler, Max (Pseudonym Of Charles Heber Clark)
3 Adeler, Max (Pseudonym Of Charles Heber Clark) Out Of The Hurly Burly
Philadelphia, PA John C. Winston Co. 1900 Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by A. B. Frost 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The cover and spine is illustrated with gilt, black, white and brown. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing and fraying. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name and date on the front endpaper. "Nearly all of Clark's writing was published under the pseudonym of "Max Adeler". His best known work was Out of the Hurly Burly, extremely popular in its time and almost forgotten today. Its boisterous, extravagant humor made Clark's work highly popular in England for many years, and some of his work was initially published there. "Out of the Hurly Burly" was the first book illustrated by comics pioneer A. B. Frost, who would also illustrate other books by Clark. Some of the pieces in Clark/Adeler's books hold up quite well today." "Arthur Burdett Frost (January 17, 1851 – June 22, 1928) , usually cited as A. B. Frost, was an American illustrator, graphic artist and comics writer. He was also well known as a painter. Frost's work is well known for its dynamic representation of motion and sequence. Frost is considered one of the great illustrators in the "Golden Age of American Illustration"." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Hell Of A Way To Run A Railroad, Arno, Peter (Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr. )
4 Arno, Peter (Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr. ) Hell Of A Way To Run A Railroad
New York Simon & Schuster 1956 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Peter Arno 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping, rubbing and wear. The spine has a slant to it. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has wrinkling, edge wear, nicks, small chips and rubbing to the spine and flap joints. The rear cover has some ground-in dirt and rubbing. "Peter Arno (January 8, 1904 – February 22, 1968) was a U. S. Cartoonist. He contributed cartoons and 99 covers to The New Yorker from 1925, the magazine's first year, until 1968, the year of his death. Roger Angell recently described him as "the magazine's first genius. ..After graduation he adopted the pen name Peter Arno and joined the staff of the fledgling magazine The New Yorker. The iconic cartoons and covers he created there, from 1925 through 1968, helped establish the magazine's reputation for sophisticated humor and fine illustration. His work often depicted a cross-section of New York City society, though he was also inspired by situations he encountered during his travels. Arno drew his cartoons in batches, usually over a two-day period each week. In a famous March 1, 1941 cartoon he coined the popular expression "back to the drawing board". In a famous March 1, 1941 cartoon he coined the popular expression "back to the drawing board"." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Devil's Dictionary, Bierce, Ambrose
5 Bierce, Ambrose The Devil's Dictionary
New York Dover Publications, Inc. 1958 Reprint Paperback Very Good 
This is a trade sized paperback book. The book is in Very Good condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. There spine ends, corners and edges of the book covers have rubbing and light wear. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's ink stamped name and address on the title page. "The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce consisting of common words followed by "howlingly funny" definitions. The lexicon was written over three decades as a series of installments for magazines and newspapers. Bierce’s witty definitions were imitated and plagiarized for years before he gathered them into books, first as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906 and then in a more complete version as The Devil's Dictionary in 1911. Initial reception of the book versions was mixed. In the decades following, however, the stature of The Devil's Dictionary grew. It has been widely quoted, frequently translated, and often imitated, earning a global reputation." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Chocolate The Consuming Passion, Boynton, Sandra
6 Boynton, Sandra Chocolate The Consuming Passion
London, England Methuen & Company 1982 1st British Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Sandra Boynton 
Color Illustrations; This is a trade paperback book with heavy cardstock covers and a glued spine. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The bottom rear corner of the book has a small bit of laminate missing. The text pages are clean and bright. "Sandra Keith Boynton (born April 3, 1953) is an American humorist, songwriter, director, music producer, children's author and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than fifty books for both children and adults, as well as over four thousand greeting cards, and five music albums. Although she does not license her characters to be redrawn or adapted, she has herself designed – for various companies – calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys. " 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Right Playmate, Broughton, James
7 Broughton, James The Right Playmate
San Francisco, CA Pearce & Bennett / Pterodactyl Press 1964 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Suzanna Hart 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping to the spine ends and corners of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. The offwhite dust jacket has some beginning toning and ground-in dirt, along with several small edge nicks and a couple of beginning edge tears. "James Broughton (November 10, 1913 – May 17, 1999) was an American poet and poetic filmmaker. He was part of the San Francisco Renaissance, a precursor to the Beat poets. He was an early bard of the Radical Faeries as well as a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, serving the community as Sister Sermonetta." Suzanna Hart, the illustrator, was also wife to James Broughton from 1962-1975). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Look Eleven Years Younger, Burgess, Gelett
8 Burgess, Gelett Look Eleven Years Younger
New York Simon & Schuster 1937 3rd Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
B&W Photographs; This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The book covers have some spotting and ground-in dirt, especially to the lower edges. The spine of the book has rubbing and color loss to the lettering. The text pages are clean and bright. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs illustrating different poses. "This book would probably never have been written if I hadn't once heard of a remark someone had made about me. At the time it hurt rather badly. It was a good thing after all though because it mad em get rid of a fault which had undoubtedly annoyed a good many people." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Pigs Is Pigs, Butler, Ellis Parker
9 Butler, Ellis Parker Pigs Is Pigs
New york Mcclure, Phillips & Company 1907 Early printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Will Crawford 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and was likely issued without a dust jacket. The covers have some edge wear, rubbing and nicking. There is some ground-in dirt to the covers in general, and a couple of small spots of rubbing to the front cover illustration. The text pages are clean and bright, with the exception of a couple of small spots of foxing beginning. The illustration page has two tiny pokes where someone used a stapler. There are five full page black and white illustrated plates (including the frontispiece). Overall, a very nice clean, bright early copy. "Mike Flannery, the Westcote agent of the Interurban Express Company, leaned over the counter of the express office and shook his fist. Mr. Morehouse, angry and red, stood on the other side of the counter, trembling with rage. The argument had been long and heated, and at last Mr. Morehouse had talked himself speechless. The cause of the trouble stood on the counter between the two men. It was a soap box across the top of which were nailed a number of strips, forming a rough but serviceable cage. In it two spotted guinea-pigs were greedily eating lettuce leaves." "Ellis Parker Butler (1869 -- 1937) was a native of Muscatine, Iowa. Dropping out of high school to help support the family he worked in a number of jobs including ones in a spice mill, an oatmeal mill, a china store, and a wholesale grocery. During this time he submitted material for publication, some of which were accepted. Moving to New York City in 1896, he began writing for trade magazines such as the Tailor's Review, the Wall Paper News, and The Decorative Furnisher. In 1905, his humorous short story, "Pigs is Pigs" appeared in the American Magazine, and the following year it was published in book form. Its phenomenal success allowed Butler to give up editing trade papers and turn to full-time authorship. It would remain his most popular work. " 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Pythons Autobiography, Chapman, Graham, John Cleese, Et Al (with Bob McCabe)
10 Chapman, Graham, John Cleese, Et Al (with Bob McCabe) The Pythons Autobiography
New York Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martins Press 2003 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket Remainder 
Color Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is mostly crisp and clean, with some beginning nicking to the top spine end. There is a black marker dot to the top edge of the text block. "Monty Python (also collectively known as The Pythons) were a British surreal comedy group who created their sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, including touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books, and musicals. The Pythons' influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles' influence on music. Their sketch show has been referred to as "not only one of the more enduring icons of 1970s British popular culture, but also an important moment in the evolution of television comedy." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Guilt without Sex, Collens, Gina
11 Collens, Gina Guilt without Sex
Los Angeles, CA Price Stern Sloan 1981 1st Edition; 1st Printing Paperback Very Good+ with No dust jacket as issued Illustrated by Don Robb 
B&W Illustrations; This is a small paperback book with cardboard covers and a stapled binding. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light sunning to the covers. The text pages are clean and bright. "What is guilt? Guilt used to be Jewish or Catholic - but now it belongs to everyone. Guilt is the need to say you're sorry when you had absolutely nothing to do with what happened in the first place." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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THE PUNCH BEDSIDE BOOK, Davis, William (editor)
12 Davis, William (editor) THE PUNCH BEDSIDE BOOK
London, England Punch Publications Limited 1971 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket Illustrated by various artists 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright except for a couple of smallish spots of foxing to the first several pages. All edges of the text block have some toning / yellowing and there is some beginning toning / darkening to the edges of the front endpapers. The dust jacket is clean and bright, with the exception of a couple of tiny edge nicks and some bumping to the top spine end. The dust jacket art is by Quentin Blake. The book has been illustrated throughout by various illustrators. "What do you think about when you are in bed? No, don't answer that. We know. You think about the unpaid bills, the day's triumphs and injustices, the evening's indiscretions, tomorrow's hangover, possible avenues of escape. If you are young, in age or spirit, you will also give some thought to s*x. This Bedside Punch includes contributions from well-known writers and cartoonists, male and female, who claim to have known about permissiveness long before anyone gave permission. It won't help you get to sleep, but we hope it will make you feel a lot happier about staying awake." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mr. Dooley In Peace and in War, Dunne, Peter Finley
13 Dunne, Peter Finley Mr. Dooley In Peace and in War
Boston, MA Small, Maynard & Company 1899 3rd Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
This book is in Near Fine condition. This is the third Edition (January 1899). The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light wear and rubbing / bumping to the spine ends and corners of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. "Finley Peter Dunne (July 10, 1867 — April 24, 1936) was an American humorist and writer from Chicago. He published Mr. Dooley in Peace and War, a collection of his nationally syndicated Mr. Dooley sketches, in 1898. The fictional Mr. Dooley expounded upon political and social issues of the day from his South Side Chicago Irish pub and he spoke with the thick verbiage and accent of an Irish immigrant from County Roscommon. Dunne's sly humor and political acumen won the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, a frequent target of Mr. Dooley's barbs.Indeed Dunne's sketches became so popular and such a litmus test of public opinion that they were read each week at White House cabinet meetings." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Whattizzit? Nature Pun Quizzes, Eckert, Allan W.
14 Eckert, Allan W. Whattizzit? Nature Pun Quizzes
Dayton, OH Landfall Press, Inc. 1981 1st Edition; 1st Printing Pamphlet Very Good+ Illustrated by Robert Cyphers 
B&W Illustrations; This is a small paperback book with cardstock covers and a stapled binding. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping and a light wrinkle to the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. "There are those who contend that the pun is the lowest form of humor, while others consider it to be one of the highest. the opinion is often based upon whether the one making the assessment has just made the pun - or been the victim of it." This book, while a latecomer, is considered one of the author's scarcest books. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Tomfoolery, Flagg, James Montgomery
15 Flagg, James Montgomery Tomfoolery
New York Life Publishing Company 1904 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good- Illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good- condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some edge wear, rubbing and bumping. The covers have some noticeable ground-in dirt. The text pages are clean and bright. The front endpaper has been removed. "James Montgomery Flagg (June 18, 1877 – May 27, 1960) was an American artist and illustrator. He worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, but is best remembered for his political posters. He was enthusiastic about drawing from a young age, and had illustrations accepted by national magazines by the age of 12 years. By 14 he was a contributing artist for Life magazine, and the following year was on the staff of another magazine, Judge. From 1894 through 1898, he attended the Art Students League of New York. He studied fine art in London and Paris from 1898–1900, after which he returned to the United States, where he produced countless illustrations for books, magazine covers, political and humorous cartoons, advertising, and spot drawings. " 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Sam, The Ceiling Needs Painting, Gelman, Woody, Sy Goodstadt, and Mel Poretz
16 Gelman, Woody, Sy Goodstadt, and Mel Poretz Sam, The Ceiling Needs Painting
New York Kanrom, Inc. 1964 1st Edition; 1st Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
B&W Illustrations; This is a small format paperback book with thick cardstock covers and a stapled spine. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping. The bottom front corner has light creasing and a small nick. The text pages are clean and bright. "Woodrow Gelman (1915 – February 9, 1978) , better known as Woody Gelman, was a publisher, cartoonist, novelist and an artist-writer for both animation and comic books. As the publisher of Nostalgia Press, he pioneered the reprinting of vintage comic strips in quality hardcovers and trade paperbacks. As an editor and art director for two-and-a-half decades at Topps Chewing Gum, he introduced many innovations in trading cards and humor products." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Modern Demonology A Satire, Getlein, Frank
17 Getlein, Frank A Modern Demonology A Satire
New York Clarkson N. Potter Inc. 1961 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Robert Osborn 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some beginning bumping. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is mostly clean and bright, but does have some light rubbing to the spine and flap joints, some light bumping to the spine ends, and a couple of tiny tears to the to spine end. "Robert Chesley Osborn (1904–1994) was an American satiric cartoonist, illustrator and author...Osborn characterized himself as "a drawer" whose figures "seemed to come right out of my subconscious." Garry Trudeau called him "one of the very few masters of illustrative cartooning." Robert Motherwell wrote that his drawings were "so alive that they seemed to writhe on the page with an uninhibited energy .... Osborn's art is a call to responsible action." ; Motherwell was among those who compared Osborn's graphic work to that of Daumier, Goya, Saul Steinberg, as well as to the sculpture of Alexander Calder, who was a friend of Osborn's." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Calculating Cat Returns, Gurney, Eric
18 Gurney, Eric The Calculating Cat Returns
Englewood Cliffs, NJ Prentice-Hall / Stuart L. Daniels 1978 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket Illustrated by Eric Gurney 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some beginning bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has a couple of small semi-closed tears and associated wrinkling. The spine of the dust jacket has fading and there is some generalized ground-in dirt as well. "Eric Gurney (1910–1992) was a Canadian-American cartoonist and illustrator. He emigrated to the USA in 1938 to work with The Walt Disney Company, where he was a story writer and a collaborator on several classic Disney films. Turning freelance in 1948, he did cartoon illustrations for magazines and advertising campaigns. Gurney is well known for his humorous illustrations in books for children and adults. He received the National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award for 1961 and 1971 for his work." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Works of John Held Jr., Held Jr.,  John
19 Held Jr., John The Works of John Held Jr.
New York Ives Washburn 1931 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by John Held Jr. 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The covers of the book are red velour. The covers of the book have some rubbing, a couple of scratches and some wear to the velour, especially to the spine. There is some nicking and a couple of tiny edge tears to the spine ends. The text pages are clean and bright. "I have been known John Held Jr. ever since he was born. His first official job, which was witnessed by the city editor of the Salt Lake Tribune on which he was working at the time, was - what?" 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Teddysee, Irwin, Wallace
20 Irwin, Wallace The Teddysee
New York B. W. Huebsch 1910 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by M. L. Blumenthal 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some bumping, rubbing and light edge wear. The top rear spine joint has an inch long repaired tear. There is a small spot of ground-in dirt to the front cover by the foredge. The text pages are clean and bright. "A native of Oneida, New York, Irwin grew up in Colorado and went to California to attend Stanford University. As editor of two campus publications, he lampooned faculty in verse and was expelled, as he later boasted, for having a character that “savored of brimstone”. He moved to San Francisco and began his career as a journalist for William Randolph Hearst’s Examiner and other papers. With the encouragement of Gelett Burgess, Irwin branched into poetry with The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum (1901) , followed by Nautical Lays of a Landsman (1904) , At The Sign of the Dollar (1905) , Chinatown Ballads (1906) , and The Love Sonnets of a Car Conductor (1908)." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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