IMPROBABLE RIDDLES

or a Whetstone for dull Wits … Printed at Derby, for the benefit of the travelling Stationers.

[J. Drewry? 1790?]

12mo, pp. 24, with a device of printer’s tools on the title-page and 20 woodcut illustrations within the text; a fine copy in the original printed yellow paper wrappers, with four wooduct vignettes; covers a little soiled and dusty.

£750

Approximately:
US $973€891

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An attractive illustrated riddle chapbook. The solutions include ‘a pipping pounded into Cyder’, a man fleeing his scolding wife, a hog fattened with acorns, a young virgin, a mermaid, and a paper kite, though how one would ever guess ‘a Taylor at Dinner with a Dish of Cucumbers, served up with Pepper, Salt, and Vinegar’ is beyond us.

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