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Terrement Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2014 1:19 p.m. PST

When CHARLES DICKENS moved into Tavistock House in 1851, he decided to fill two spaces in his new study with bookcases containing fake books, the witty titles of which he had invented. And so, on October 22nd, he wrote to a bookbinder named THOMAS ROBERT EELES and supplied him with the following "list of imitation book-backs" to be produced.

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History of a Short Chancery Suit
Catalogue of Statues of the Duke of Wellington
Five Minutes in China. 3 vols.
Forty Winks at the Pyramids. 2 vols.
Abernethy on the Constitution. 2 vols.
Mr. Green's Overland Mail. 2 vols.
Captain Cook's Life of Savage. 2 vols.
A Carpenter's Bench of Bishops. 2 vols.
Toot's Universal Letter-Writer. 2 vols.
Orson's Art of Etiquette.
Downeaster's Complete Calculator.
History of the Middling Ages. 6 vols.
Jonah's Account of the Whale.
Captain Parry's Virtues of Cold Tar.
Kant's Ancient Humbugs. 10 vols.
Bowwowdom. A Poem.
The Quarrelly Review. 4 vols.
The Gunpowder Magazine. 4 vols.
Steele. By the Author of "Ion."
The Art of Cutting the Teeth.
Matthew's Nursery Songs. 2 vols.
Paxton's Bloomers. 5 vols.
On the Use of Mercury by the Ancient Poets.
Drowsy's Recollections of Nothing. 3 vols.
Heavyside's Conversations with Nobody. 3 vols.
Commonplace Book of the Oldest Inhabitant. 2 vols.
Growler's Gruffiology, with Appendix. 4 vols.
The Books of Moses and Sons. 2 vols.
Burke (of Edinburgh) on the Sublime and Beautiful. 2 vols.
Teazer's Commentaries.
King Henry the Eighth's Evidences of Christianity. 5 vols.
Miss Biffin on Deportment.
Morrison's Pills Progress. 2 vols.
Lady Godiva on the Horse.
Munchausen's Modern Miracles. 4 vols.
Richardson's Show of Dramatic Literature. 12 vols.
Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep. As many volumes as possible.


I'm sure we TMP'ers could do the same with "authoritative source material" for our gaming.

JJ

Streitax Inactive Member03 Nov 2014 2:10 p.m. PST

I'm sure it is best appreciated by those who know more about the times and people of that time. Interesting that providing imitation book backs was apparently a thriving business.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Nov 2014 3:22 p.m. PST

Thanks, Terrement. I can always use a list like this.

Interesting that providing imitation book backs was apparently a thriving business.

More like rich people can always get anything they want. Was Dickens rich in '51?

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member03 Nov 2014 4:59 p.m. PST

I checked. None of these are available from Osprey.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2014 8:33 a.m. PST

Having work on occasion in the Palace of Westminster I can appreciate

Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep. As many volumes as possible.
I get the humour in more of these than I would have thought.

x42

Edit:- Just remembered booksbythefoot.com

Randall04 Nov 2014 9:14 a.m. PST

I do like the sound of Kant's Ancient Humbugs. 10 vols.

I think I need this for my bookshelf.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member04 Nov 2014 4:40 p.m. PST

I do like the sound of Kant's Ancient Humbugs. 10 vols.

I think I've got the one volume paperback edition in the attic somewhere.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member07 Nov 2014 6:29 a.m. PST

Reminds me of George Carlin's "Book Club" bit.

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