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Oxford Jests, Refined and Enlarged

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Oxford Jests, Refined and Enlarged by HICKS, Captain William (1699)

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Author: HICKS, Captain William
Title: Oxford Jests, Refined and Enlarged
Year: 1699
Publisher: C. Hitch and L. Hawes [etc]
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £1750
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'Whitty Jests, Merry Tales, Pleasant Joques' in this rare late seventeenth century jest book 'Collected and Composed by Captain W. Hicks, Native of Oxford. The Eight Edition Corrected.' Bound in twentieth century sheepskin with most of the nineteenth century spine of the previous binding relaid; new endpapers. The book collates complete as per ESTC, pp 180, a little browning especially to the first few leaves but a very good copy of a book rarely encountered in trade - there are no copies in auction records of any edition of Oxford Jests. Following on from the prefatory material the book is made up of 583 jokes and humorous anecdotes. Among the many stereotypical targets of the book's broad and essentially predictable satire are Welshmen, women of all ages, Oxford scholars and the Mayor of Abingdon. Despite the popularity of these Oxford Jests they survive in low numbers. Hicks himself attracted some approbrium for hitching his jest book to the city of Oxford with the implication that it was in some way attached to the university, an association he plays on in the jests themselves. ESTC and Copac locate 8 English library locations and 2 in the USA at Yale & Claremont. Incorrectly, ESTC post-dates the book to '1760?' although Yale and Claremont are correct in attributing it to 1698 where this self-evidently late seventeenth century imprint which describes itself as the 'eight' edition then sits correctly in the sequence of known imprints of Oxford Jests. ESTC T202030
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