Minor Mischiefs

ANON. Minor Mischiefs.

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ANON. Minor Mischiefs Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1812.

Small 8vo. Sometime bound in quarter brown morocco over marbled paper boards, black spine label, title gilt; pp. viii, 195 [1. ad]; some mild offsetting from frontispiece, some page creases, overall an excellent, sturdy copy.
What can only be described as a 'book of complaints', this anonymously authored text is a collection of essays about things in London that annoy the writer. From loose paving stones that splash the wearer's fancy clothes (a 'vile ambush') to those who are 'too civil by half' (be upon your guard against these sugar candy souls). Whoever this person is, they would have loved the internet. A folding plate by Cruikshank displays a London street at its most inconvenient.
Chapters headings of things the author hates include:
- Dust
- Cats
- Garden Pots
- Quizzing
- Waiters
- [the] Size of Winter Theatres
- Epitaphs