The hand-book of swindling.

London, Chapman and Hall, 1839.

8vo, pp. viii, 87, [1]; with four engraved satirical plates (including frontispiece) preserving the protective tissue; water-staining to the lower part of the book block, still a good copy in the original olive green cloth, upper side blocked and stamped in gilt; a few light stains.


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First edition, rare, of a satirical booklet mocking the dishonest of all trades, as well as the contemporary vogue for ‘how-to’ books. The inspired, dramatic and hilarious illustrations were devised by H. K. Browne acting under the pseudonym ‘Phiz’. Before turning to theatre and then periodicals, as a young boy the author Jerrold volunteered in the British Navy, serving for a time under Captain Charles Austen, brother of Jane.

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