New York Boston: J. C. Derby / Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1854. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Small 8vo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4"), gilt-stamped spine with vignette of Mrs. Partington and blind-stamped decorative brown covers, engraved frontispiece & 7 full-page steel engravings (with tissue guards) and numerous in-text vignettes, Mylar protective cover, xii + , 14-384. Fine / None. Item #2759
Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber (1814-90) was on the staff of the Boston Post and author of this American humorous classic which became a brief series about Mrs. Partington's witty exchanges and activities. She first appeared in a weekly Shillaber published in 1851 called "The Carpet-Bag," which published the following year "The Dandy Frightening the Squatter" by 16-year old Samuel L. Clemens [aka "Mark Twain"]. The LIFE AND SAYINGS (1854) contains a number of comic pieces including a brief chapter on Daguerrotypes. In 1851,
Shillaber was important in the development of a new school of American humour, and his books of the sayings of "Mrs Partington" were bestsellers. The engraving of Mrs. Partington prompted Mark Twain to recycle same as the image of Tom Sawyer's Aunt Polly.
BAL 17540, Wright II 2207 first edition, first printing.
SUPERIOR CONDITION: tight, bright, no foxing to plates, the occasional small brown spot to a few pages. Slight rubbing to corners.