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Conundrums, 1830.

Great Britain, 1830.
Physical Description:
36 cards ; 61 x 92 mm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6371 .C66 1830 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Archives & Manuscripts
Set of 36 cards containing riddles in manuscript. The set is written in pen and brown ink throughout, in a single unidentified hand. The cards are neatly and uniformly scalloped at the corners. They are sewn together, at the side edges, with strips of pink ribbon, so that the set forms a single continuous chain of cards and ribbon. The first and last cards also have ribbons sewn at the top and bottom edges, with which to tie the set closed in deck form.
The set comprises 72 numbered riddles written on the front and back of each card. Answers are not provided. Sample riddles include: "7. Why is Jack Lawless like a besieged tower?"; "18. Why should a horse like Vauxhall much?"; "33. Why is a whisper like a counterfeit guinea?"; "51. Why was Sir Charles Cotton the fittest man to command the British Navy?".
Subject Terms:
Wit and humor -- English.

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