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Bones: His Gags and Stump Speeches
Bones: His Gags and Stump Speeches Gags
Minstrel show joke book published in 1879. Appears unread. Near mint to mint condition.

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This might be the only remaining stock of these unread vintage books. The books are fragile but in near mint to mint condition. They really belong in a museum. Get this collector's item now while they last.

Some copies show foxing, corner chipping and other minor blemishes which is to be expected from a 19th century paperback book. A few reveal slight rusting on binding staples from decades in storage at the Wehman Brothers warehouse. All copies are legible. Cover might show lighter or darker ink color. Some covers printed slightly askew.

These books are long out of print, so order now. When they're gone, they're gone.

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Bones: His Gags and Stump Speeches
Published by Wehman Brothers (copyright 1879)

Did you ever wonder what kind of jokes and stories Mister Bones told at those mysterious old-time minstrel shows? If so, then this rare vintage nineteenth century first-edition joke book is for you. Originally published for wannabe minstrels and amateur endmen, this book is steeped with gags and funny tales.

The book gives hints for putting on a minstrel show and is loaded with numerous jokes, crossovers, end men's gags, monologs, skits, and the like. Includes words and music for two minstrel songs titled Don't Get Weary; Or, Johnny You've Been a Bad Boy and Gentlemen Coons' Parade.

Beautifully illustrated cover with nice drawing of Mister Bones. Inside are sixty-four pages: 50 pages of gags, plus 6 pages of tunes, plus 4 pages of advertisements.

What exactly will you find in this book? Below is a description from a period advertisement that spells out all the details.

This book contains a series of the best selected jokes, conumdrums, gags, stump speeches, sketches, dialect pieces, etc. It is a book for every burnt-cork man; every dabbler in darkey doings, and everybody that likes genuine fun. This book is way ahead of any work of its kind, and is an absolute necessity for anyone that wants to know the best bits of the Ethiopian stage as produced by the most celebrated end men and comedians of the present day. It also contains a number of mirth-provoking Dutch stories and dialogues, and "Broken Chinee" dialect pieces that will make your sides ache with laughter: besides sketches with songs including both words and music. In fact, the book is crammed, jammed, chock-full and bubbling over with red-hot, fiery fun and merry music.

  • Gags: Packed with end man gags.
  • Stump Speeches: Includes burlesque lecture on women's rights.
  • Condition: Extremely fragile. Suitable for collectors and museums only.
  • Grading: Near mint to mint. Appears never read.
  • Sheet Music: Includes music and lyrics for two songs.
  • Illustrations: Covers and ad pages only.

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