1953 · Paris
by [Legman, Gershon].
4to. Paris: Les Hautes Êtudes, 1953. 4to, xiii, , 517, pp. Original cream wrappers printed in red and black, in the original glassine; light foxing to the untrimmed edges of the text block, touch of browning to the spine panel of the glassine, otherwise a fine unopened copy. § Only edition of Legman's meticulous collection of limericks, most obscene. 'The largest collection of Limericks ever published, erotic or otherwise. Less than two thirds of these seventeen hundred examples had ever before appeared in print, as they were gathered from oral sources. Gershon Legman, the anonymous editor, provides variant lines, couplets and conclusions, with variants cited for geographical and personal names, and a full index of names and rhymes. Gershon's notes are scholarly, as opposed to Norman Douglas's mock-scholarly one, but the latter are quoted." (Norman). (Inventory #: 123928)