Title: Pages 2 and 3 of A new riddle book, or, A whetstone for dull wits.

Date: 1790?

Bibliographic Citation: A new riddle book, or, A whetstone for dull wits. Derby : Printed at Derby for the benefit of the travelling stationers, [1790?].

Notes: While various social organizations promoted both Christian and secular knowledge, popular demand stimulated the production of these more amusing and crass forms of print. Many of the riddles in this booklet appear to refer to sexual subjects, while the hilarity of the answer lies in its perfectly ordinary explanation. In addition to the coarse reference to the “white and stiff” candle, one riddle reads, “A dainty fine thing; Which under her wing; My Lady does commonly wear; With a bottomless hole; As black as a Coal; And cover’d all over with Hair.” The answer—“It is a Muff.”

Language: English

Subject: Riddles, Juvenile.
Chapbooks — Specimens.
Chapbooks — England — Derby — 18th century.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of: Sheila R. Bourke Collection

is Part Of Exhibition: People in the World of Print

Exhibition Theme: Working Class Reading

Call Number: PN970 T73 N49 1790 Rare Books/Special Collections – Sheila R. Bourke Collection

Image Identifier: new_riddles_1787_chapbook-p2and3