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    A Satirical Look at Rude People with Walking Sticks and Umbrellas

    [Solomon Upright, pseudonym of John Shute Duncan]. Hints to the Bearers of Walking-Sticks and Umbrellas. London: Printed by C. Squire, for J. Murray, 1809. Third edition (only the second is earlier, as the first doesn't appear to be extant). Approximately 8.25 x 5.25 inches. Octavo. 32 pages, 8 (publisher's catalogue). With eight hand-colored engravings inserted throughout, as well as additional woodcuts in the text. Original printed wrappers. Some wear and chipping to spine. A fine copy of this extremely rare and fragile item.

    John Shute Duncan (1769-1844) was the keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He wrote serious scholarly works on natural history, theology, and sociology; but this strange little book is his only foray into satire, as he skewers rude people who fail to use their walking sticks or umbrellas with care. Rare.


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