Remember this article? It was linked around quite a bit:
100 Actual Titles of Real Eighteenth-Century Novels, The Toast, Aug 6, 2014
And understandably - there are some really funny titles in there.
Someone on my dashboard yesterday had actually discovered a couple of reviews for a few of these books. It's driving me crazy because I now can't re-find that post - I do wish we could search the dash! Silly me, of course I can look up posts I liked in my Timeline! So I can credit Julia/Bambbles Rambles for this:
She did choose one of the books I'd have had to peek into (you know, if I'd seen the book's title as it sat on a shelf): The Adventures Of An Irish Smock, Interspersed With Whimsical Anecdotes Of A Nankeen Pair Of Breeches. You can never tell with a name like that - the only humor might be in the title.
Anyway, I sort of assumed that none of these other books were to be found online and then went about rummaging around for other books. And then I read the list again, snickered a bit here and there (again), and googled. And found three volumes of this:
The Charms Of Dandyism; Or Living In Style. By Olivia Moreland, Chief Of The Female Dandies. (1819)
Via Google Books:
Note: I do not claim this is either good or funny - I haven't looked at more than 3 pages. I do see that it is loooong. But free is free. I'll poke around in it a bit more later.
If any of you pick it (or multiple volumes) up and read more? Do let me know how it goes? I have SO many found ebooks of this sort that I've picked up with the thought "might be so bad it's good, maybe?" that I then forget to get back to and actually read.
I really need to start a re-occurring title for this kind of post, along the lines of Free Ebooks I've Bumped Into That I Might Read, Or Maybe Not. Just to keep passing this sort of thing along.