Joe Miller's Jest Book
by Mark Lemon
Publisher: Hurst & Co.
Number of pages: 292
An immense collection of the funniest jokes, quaint and laughable anecdotes, mirth provoking stories, brilliant witticisms, and queer sayings. Here are over seventeen hundred jokes from the 1800's. The Jest Book was first published in 1864 and reprinted several times.
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by Jesse Lynch Williams - Charles Scribner's Sons
The first day at college: Hi, there! you big Freshman, take off your hat -- yes, we're talking to you -- take off your hat to the class above you -- stop, don't try to get by, my sober-faced young friend. That would not be nice of you.
by Addie Johnson - Conari Press
The Little Book of Big Excuses is the ultimate compendium of strategems for all excuse-meisters who want to weasel out and slack-off with impunity. Life is serious business, people, so pay attention. Let Addie help you off the hook.
by Edward John Hardy - T Fisher Unwin
We strongly recommend this book as one of the best of wedding presents. It is a complete handbook to an earthly Paradise, and its author may be regarded as the Murray of Matrimony and the Baedeker of Bliss. Admirably written volume.
by Jerome K. Jerome
This is a story of three Englishman who pile into a boat with food, clothes, and a fox terrier and set off on the Thames to see the English countryside. The book is today considered one of the funniest books in the English language.