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PLU-RI-BUS-TAH: A SONG THATS-BY-NO-AUTHOR. "A Deed without a Name." Perpetrated by Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P.B. [pseudonym]
New York: Livermore & Rudd, 310 Broadway, 1856.. 12mo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [ix] x-xi [xii-xiii] xiv-xxiv] [25-27] 28-264 + 10 pages of publisher's ads followed by a blank leaf, flyleaves at front and rear, Illustrations "interpolated" by John M'Lenan, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, blue coated endpapers. First edition. A classic of early American humor, including numerous silhouette-like illustrations by McLenan, also well known as a comic draftsman. "His work will bear comparison with the best of his time." - Hamilton 1063. Doesticks was a national figure before the publication of this parody in verse which had a tremendous sale and considerably enhanced his reputation. "With this book-length mock-heroic, precipitated by the wave of interest in Longfellow's HIAWATHA, he achieved a national hit, taking hits at American follies, especially American love of money. Although it was probably begun as a parody, it soon achieved independent position on its own merits as social satire ... The Ring Lardner of his day, he brought to American humor terse, vigorous, quick moving phases and vivid slang, and became the most popular American humorist writing in the period before that of Charles Farrar Browne." - DAB. BAL 20092 (state A of the advertisements, no priority established). Harris Collection Catalogue, p. 284 (recording a later printing). A early copy with contemporary gift inscription dated 3 May 1856 (the month of publication) on the front flyleaf. A fine copy. A lovely copy of a somewhat uncommon book rarely found in such spectacular condition. (#148175)
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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