Published by Scott, Webster & Geary, undated, likely date is around the 1840s. Green leather binding with gilt decoration and lettering. Five spine bands and marbled end papers and page edges. Includes to engravings as illustrations on the title page and frontispiece.
Joseph Miller (1684 – 15 August 1738) was an English actor.
After Miller's death, John Mottley brought out a book called Joe Miller's Jests, or the Wit's Vade-Mecum (1739), this was a collection of contemporary and ancient coarse witticisms, only three of which are told by Miller.
Later (not wholly connected) versions were entitled with names such as "Joe Miller's Joke Book", and "The New Joe Miller" to latch onto the popularity of both Joe Miller himself and the popularity of Mottley's first book. It should be noted that joke books of this format (i.e. "Mr Smith's Jests") were common even before this date and it was common practice to learn one or two jokes for use at social events. Owing to the quality of the jokes in Mottley's book, their number increasing with each of the many subsequent editions, any time-worn jest came to be called "a Joe Miller", a Joe-Millerism, or simply a Millerism.
Although, in fact, the actor reputedly never uttered a joke; delivering his anecdotes in a dead pan voice and style. In all there are 1,346 jests in this volume, so very much a 'complete' book and covers many subjects in a variety of ways.
Nicely bound with some rubbing wear. and tear on the covers. However the internal pages are generally in a nice clean condition and the binding is sound and tight. There is some light foxing and water staining on the top right hand corner of the pages.