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55) The Family Jo Miller. A Drawing Room Jest Book.

London 1848

This edition of a historical joke-book consists of a biography of Joseph Miller, a famous comedic actor of the 17th century and a posthumous compilation of jests, titled Wit’s Vade-Mecum (1739), which had been attributed to Miller by its author, the dramatist John Mottley. The popular pocket book is decorated with an engraving after Miller’s friend William Hogarth and is depicting Miller’s favourite stage, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, furthermore with a title illustration by Kenny Meadows and a portrait engraving of Miller by Linton.