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1 Soulby, W. H. The Hoax Art Album ... containing over one hundred amusing and interesting picture puns
London & Manchester Cartwright & Rattray [1897] First edition Hardcover Good W. H. Soulby Signed
This extremely interesting book would have been the centre of attention for Victorian parlour games, long before TV and even radio was there for entertainment. At the top of each of the 22 pages of puzzles there is a cryptic title for you to decipher - some a bit cheeky and some quite difficult. Below the title there are 4-6 flaps, each with a clue, and you lift the flap for a picture [coloured wood engraving] that illustrates the answer. Some quite naughty, some obscure and some just down right witty and funny. If all else fails and you can't work out the answer there is a flap in the centre of the page under which are the answers to all of the riddles on the page. There is also one page with the 'Young Ladies Alphabet' and another with a rhyme called 'Ten Points in a Good Wife'. This copy has been signed by the author on a prelim page. All together a witty and cleverly composed book that is quite a rarity and a splendid glimpse into a completely different world. 31.5 x 27 cm. Dark blue cloth binding with blind embossed titling. Coloured engravings with gilt ornamentation to all pages.. Re-bound with the original cloth overlaid. Replacement end papers. Remants of a damp stain to both boards. Generally clean contents with a little damp along the lower edge of pages - this does not go past the outer gilt border of the pages. 
Price: 875.00 GBP
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