London: T. Hurst & T. Ostell, 1811.
Hardcover. 6 1/2" X 4 1/8". [ix], 1-24,13-36, 25-48, 37-60, 49-72, 61-84, 73-96, 85-108, 97-144pp. Title dated 1803, "Proclamation" dated 1811. Pencilled notations to front free endpaper: "It appears to be an issue of 'The Spirit of English Wit' of 1809 enlarged--including the sigs ^xB to ^xI of that work, alternately with fresh sigs. ? If title page belongs to ed." Pagination and a quick collation confirms. At the very least, a collection of early 19th century humor and wit, with very confusing dates and edition points.
Marbled paper over boards, with spine backed in plain paper over heavily rubbed leather, with corners still leather. Both boards cracked and separated from binding. Very heavy wear to binding, with corners rubbed down, edges rubbed to boards, heavy scattered rubbing, and flaking off of paper covering spine. All edges red. Bookplate of English writer, biographer, and newspaper editor Walter Jerrold to front pastedown. Toning to endpapers. Does not contain any frontispiece or illustrations. Light occasional foxing, heaviest at title page, with offsetting to facing page. Pages otherwise clean and unmarked. Text block is sound. Fair. Item #1924