Various - Scatological Collection, 1871

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Various - Scatological Collection, 1871

500.00

17th and 18th Century Scatological Humor Collection

These three publications dating from the late 17th- early 18th centuries find humor in bodily excretions and social indecency in the tradition of Rabelais’s gross-out satires.

 

Character of a Certain Ugly Old Priest, 1684

John Oldham

London: [n.p.], 1684. Pamphlet, probably an excerpt removed from a collection of works. Title page and first page loose. 20 pp. 12mo. (4 ¾ x 7 ½ in.) Moderate chipping at edges and corners, and foxing on back cover, as well as small open and closed tears. Notes from a previous bookseller on the front page. Primarily a reading copy. 

John Oldham (b.1653 – d.1683) was a British poet and satirist well regarded in his day but now mostly forgotten by history, whose works challenged the politics, morals and manners of the Restoration. This scathing character study presents a priest so grotesque that he sleeps with his ears tied around the top of his head like a nightcap.

The grandson of a famous anti-papist, and son of a Protestant preacher, Oldham turned his wit against many of his contemporaries—perhaps most avowedly against the Jesuit community. At a moment in history, and in English culture, when religion, politics, and print were in flux, Oldham was a key agent of change through his humor. He died at the age of 30 from smallpox the year before this work was published.

 

The Toilette In Three Books, 1730

Joseph Thurston

London: Benjamin Motte, 1730. Quarter cloth with marbled paper boards. 47 pp. 8vo. (4 ¾ x 7 ⅝ in. ) First edition. Marbled cover and cloth spine. Some bubbles underneath the glue of cloth. Some mild foxing on interior pages, but overall very good condition.

This three-part tale, warning of the dangers of feminine wiles, is told in rhyming verse.

 

Human Ordure, Botanically Considered- The First Essay, Of the Kind, Ever Published In The World, 1733

Dr. S_ _ t (Usually attributed to Jonathan Swift)

H. Carpenter. Hardcover. 32 pp.

London: F. Coggan, 1733. Rebound in half-leather-style paper with marbled paper boards. Red Morroco label with gilt title to spine. 8vo. (5 x 8 in.) Minor clipping, minor foxing on certain pages but overall great condition. Bookseller’s penciling on the interior endpage. This title has been rebound with the edition of 50 blank pages at the end.

This humorous, if puerile volume, provides a comprehensive taxonomy of fecal matter, including its physical classification and properties as a fertilizer. It is sometimes attributed to the great satirist Jonathan Swift, writing under the pseudonym Dr. S_ _ t.

 

 

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