FIRST EDITION OF THE SMITH BROTHERS’ THE TIN TRUMPET, 1836, HANDSOMELY BOUND
SMITH, James and SMITH, Horatio. The Tin Trumpet; or, Heads and Tales, for the Wise and Waggish to Which Are Added, Poetical Selection. By the Late Paul Chatfield, M.D. London: Printed for Whittaker, 1836. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter burgundy morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $450.
First edition of this two-volume pseudonymously written collection of wit and wisdom by two of the 19th century’s most popular humor writers, handsomely bound.
Humorists and brothers James and Horatio Smith wrote this “medley of remarks, ethical, political, and philosophica” (DNB). Well-liked in their day for their superior wit, the brothers frequented the salons of famous authors such as Keats and Shelley. With half titles. Sadleir 3109. Wolff 767.
A bit of wear to extremities, mainly affecting spine ends. A near-fine copy.