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Scouts in Bondage: And Other Books from an Innocent Age [Hardcover]

Michael Bell
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Book Description

23 Oct 2006
All the books illustrated in this irresistible little volume were collected by Michael Bell when he owned an antiquarian bookshop in Lewes. His criterion was simple: these were old books that raised a grin if not a guffaw from his customers as soon as they saw them. Some are simply mystifying like the enigmatic "Book of Blank Maps"; bizarre like Frances E. Willard's perfectly straight-faced account, "How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle"; or simply evoke a world which has long since vanished like Paulo Montegazza's manual on "The Art of Taking a Wife". Sometimes it is the combination of title and cover artwork that does the trick, but most frequent of all is the title that now conveys a meaning quite at odds with the author's original intentions, the boy's story "Invisible Dick", for example, or another children's novel, "How Nell Scored".

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (23 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845131967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845131968
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A soon-to-be classic 20 Dec 2006
I remember some of these titles from when the Author ran the bookshop in Lewes - they were in a corner of the window with 'not for sale' signs but I always stopped and browsed with a smile on my face. Back to the book - great stocking filler or toilet shelf gem - you will love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind!!! 30 Nov 2006
By Susan
This gorgeous book is just fantastic.....I nearly passed it by in the bookshop as it isn't overly noticeable, but who can pass up a title like this! Michael Bell has collected some absolute gems of book titles from his bookshop, and most of them certainly wouldn't be printed today. Place your tongue firmly in your cheek and enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious. 23 Dec 2006
By Jante
A wonderful very funny book. I dare anyone not to laugh out loud, how could you not? 'What to do if it's catching. A book of blank maps with instructions. Leathers in Mozambique' to name a few book titles you'll find within this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scouts in Bondage 25 Jun 2007
I haven't laughed so much in ages,tears were streamig from my eyes.Be warned though you have to have a smutty mind to really enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 16 Dec 2006
I picked this book up in the Book Shop, I dont know why, and started reading, Ive never laughed out loud at anything before. I apologised to the bloke standing next to me, he said he read the book and done the same thing himself and also brought three copies to give away.

The titles choosen are so innocent and suggestive but not in a rude why at all, which makes it all the funnier.

You cant get better.
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