Item #140945857 The Library of Useless Knowledge. Athansius Gasker, pen name of Edward William Clarke.
The Library of Useless Knowledge
The Library of Useless Knowledge
The Library of Useless Knowledge
The Library of Useless Knowledge

The Library of Useless Knowledge

London: William Pickering, 1837.

First edition. [iv], 52pp. Finely bound by Riviere in half red morocco with marbled sides and endpapers, ruled in gilt, spine decorated in gilt, t.e.g., front wrap bound-in. Very Good overall, rubbed, with tidemark near foot continuing throughout bottom margins, slight warp to boards at foot, hinge starting at various places along bottom edge, foxing to front wrap. Rear wrap not included.

A rare satirical title poking fun at the well-known series The Library of Useful Knowledge, promoted by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1826-1846). Composed primarily of wealthy, reform-minded gentlemen, the SDUK sought to make esoteric science and math related subject matter accessible to the middle and working classes through cheaply-printed (and therefore affordable) material. This humorous work was appreciated by Edward Fitzgerald and William M. Thackeray. Item #140945857

Price: $2,500.00