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Laughing Gas, the Best Jokes

Cecil Hunt

Horace Cecil Hunt was a journalist, editor, novelist and anthologist. He published his first book of 'howlers' in 1928 and his last in 1951 including the three volumes listed here. He also published anthologies of prayers, place names and epitaphs, as well as this collection of jokes. The jokes are very dated.

Blampied only provided a design for the cover and the endpapers. The copy below is dated September 1940, by which time Jersey was under German Occupation.

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●  First edition

Bibliography code: MET-40.1

Publisher: Methuen Publishers, London

Series: none

Year: 1940

Format: 8vo

Pages: vi; half title, pp 136

Binding: orange printed boards with title and author in black on spine

Size: 190 x 130 mm

Dust jacket signed: Blam in the middle of the front panel

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 4 shillings

Printing history: None stated

Printed by: J and J Gray, Edinburgh

Notes: At the end of the Foreword, Hunt wrote: I thank my secretary, Bettine Spear, for giving me its apt title and for other assistance which was no less real because it is less evident. The inscription shown to the left is opposite this text. The cop of the book also contains Bettine Spear's bookplate, which was designed by Blampied.

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Inscription by author (click to enlarge)