Lot 52 of 459:
Reminiscences of the Life of Artemus Ward, 1872  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
The Genial Showman. Being Reminiscences of the Life of Artemus Ward and Pictures of the Showman's Career in the Western World.

Author:
Hingston, Ernest P.

Place:
London

Publisher:
John Camden Hotten

Date:
[1872]

Description:

x, 519, [1] pp. With  color frontispiece and 18 plates. (8vo) 18.5x12 cm (7¼x5"), period brown half morocco and marbled boards, spine with black morocco label, gilt rules and lettering, top edge gilt. First English Edition, second issue, with the imprint of John Camden Hotten and stated "New Illustrated Edition. Complete in One Volume." 

Charles Farrar Browne was an American humor writer, better known under his nom de plume, Artemus Ward. He is considered to be America's first stand-up comedian. 

His birth name was Brown but he added the "e" after he became famous. In 1860, he became editor of Vanity Fear, a humorous New York weekly, which proved a failure. About the same time, he began to appear as a lecturer and, by his droll and eccentric humor, attracted large audiences. He was a favorite of Abraham Lincoln and a friend of Mark Twain's. A scarce and finely bound volume.


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Condition:
A bit of light rubbing to extremities; light toning and scattered faint foxing, a solid copy; near fine.


 
Item number:
291258
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