The PRACTICAL JOKE; or The Christmas Story of Uncle Ned. Third Series. - No. 3. Childrens Chapbook.

The PRACTICAL JOKE; or The Christmas Story of Uncle Ned. Third Series. - No. 3.

New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, 88 John Street. (n. d.). Ca 1849 - 1856. OCLC records just one copy with this earlier "88 John Street" imprint [Free Libary of Philadelphia]. Not in the Spencer Collection Catalogue. 16 pp. Illustrated with 7 cuts, with 1 signed: Barritt sc.; 2 - W. Howland; 1 - Lossing & Co. sc.. T.p. cut replicated on front wrapper. 32mo. 4-1/2" x 2-15/16". Printed pale yellow paper wrappers, sewn. Modest wear & soiling. Period poi to front wrapper verso. A VG - VG+ copy. Item #37118.1

Not, as the title might suggest, a Christmas story about Uncle Ned being himself a practical joke, but rather a more solemn tale related by the narrator's Uncle Ned, with a very earnest moral. To wit: when you trick your friend into falling through the ice on a frozen lake, and then you have to rescue him because he can't swim, and then he almost dies from hypothermia, you have taken your practical joke too far.

Price: $75.00

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