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PETER LOVE-LAUGHTER. The new fun-box broke open: or, a diverting selection of droll stories, Queer Adventures, wise sayings, irish bulls, strange whims, and original jests.

London. Printed and sold by Dean and Munday, [1822].
8vo. [3], 6-30pp. The pagination would suggest the absence of an initial leaf or frontispiece, or perhaps of the work having been issued in wrappers, with the upper panel included as a part of the text; the paucity of detailed records for the publication make it difficult to substantiate what, if indeed anything, is wanting. Uncut. Stitched, as issued. A trifle dust-soiled, spotted and browned, some slight chipping to margins, occasional creasing.
A rare miscellany of comic tales and curious anecdotes, compiled under the distinct, and rather on the nose pseudonym of 'Love-laughter'. Many of the some 90 short pieces share the common attribute of concluding with an often highly telegraphed and absurd punch-line, with many directed at the expense of the inhabitants of Ireland: 'An Irish country schoolmaster being asked what was meant by the word, 'fortification,' instantly answered, with the utmost confidence, "two twentyfications make a fortification."' Overall the work provides exceptional insight into how humour has altered in the intervening two centuries.

A publication with a similar title was issued by printer Brett Smith of Dublin in 1815, under the pseudonym of 'Johnny O'Daisy'.

COPAC locates a single copy (Oxford); OCLC adds no further.
£ 175.00 Antiquates Ref: 20428