The History of Sandford and Merton - Thomas Day Find the book at Gutenberg here (note some versions have illustrations), and wikipedia page here. If you want to read about the eccentric author, his wikipedia page is here.It's thanks to another GRfolk, Bettie's review of How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate - or adding the book to a shelf prior to review - which made me look up the author and then this book - and well, that's the random way you sometimes find yourself reading odd books you'd never heard of the day before.