[PUBS] Tavern Anecdotes Printed for William Cole, London, [n.d]
8vo. Original black morocco over marbled boards, edges coloured red; pp. [1, folding frontispiece], vi, 296; frontispiece a bit foxed, with some rubbing and scuffing to covers, internally clean and legible.
A strange but delightful book of stories about taverns, including local legends, anecdotes and rumours. Concerns itself chiefly with tavern signs, and how various taverns got their names - for instance, the legend of St. Dunstan, who could play a harp without touching it, and who pinched the devil's nose with a pair of red-hot tongs. Included at the beginning is the rare fold-out frontispiece (usually removed) which displays 22 humorous (and slightly rude) sketches of tavern mascots.