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THEY DIDN'T REALLY MEAN IT
Unintentional double-entendre titles
Women on the Job
Judith Buber Agassi
Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1979
A lively account of the activities of professional women.
The Resistance of Piles to Penetration
Russell V. Allin
An important treatise on a common problem.
Games You Can Play with Your Pussy
Watertown, Mass.: Ivory Tower Pub. Co., 1985
American Bottom Archaeology
Charles John Bareis and James Warren Porter
Chicago, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1983
How It Was Done at Stow School
Hamilton Adams, 2nd edition, 1888
The author did not like the way it was done at all.
The Boy Fancier
Frank Townend Barton
Routledge; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1912
Tips on caring for domestic pets.
Enter Ye In
James Sidlow Baxter
Edinburgh: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1939
And after twenty-one years:
Edinburgh: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1960
Couplings to the Khyber
Percy Stuart Attwood Berridge
Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1969
Riveting tales of the railways.
"Green Balls". The Adventures of a Night Bomber
Edinburgh: W. Blackwood and Sons, 1919
The Last Agony of the Great Bore
Boston, Mass.: Dutton, 1868
On the drilling of the Hoosac Tunnel.
The Saddle of Queens
Lida Louise Bloodgood
J.A. Allen, 1959
Enid Blyton's Gay Story Book
Hodder and Stoughton, 1946
An unusual selection by the queen of storytellers. The stories include:
The Three Sailors
Let's Play Worms
That Tiresome Brownie
Mary D. R. Boyd
Philadelphia, Pa.: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1867
Richard's dogged determination does not go unrewarded.
Athletic Publications, 1923
'World's Champion All-round Ball-Puncher' but then balls usually are round, aren't they?
Where to Say No
Rose Terry Cooke
Gall and Inglis, 1887
Miss Cooke lays down the law.
The Garden of Ignorance. The Experiences of a Woman in a Garden
Herbert Jenkins, 1913
The author leads us up the garden path in this down to earth series:
The Garden of Experience
Herbert Jenkins, 1922
The Joy of the Ground
Herbert Jenkins, 1928
The Lusty Pal
Herbert Jenkins, 1930
The Story of my Ruin
Herbert Jenkins, 1924
Flashes from the Welsh Pulpit
J. Gwnoro Davies (ed.)
Hodder and Stoughton, 1889
'... it is to be hoped that these Flashes have retained sufficient heat to warm some Christian's heart.'
Penetrating Wagner's Ring
John L. Di Gaetanao
New York: Da Capo, 1978
An in-depth study of the great composer's Meisterwerk.
The Pansy Books
Ida M. Loder Donisthorpe
G. Routledge, 1887-90
(27 vols) A comprehensive library of pansiana.
Men Who Have Risen: A Book for Boys
Charles Altamont Doyle (illustrator)
J. S. Virtue, 1859
Fishing for Boys
J. H. Elliott
Chaps and Short Pants
G. G. Swan, 1946
Vince the Rebel; or, Sanctuary in the Bog
G. Manville Fenn
Law Relating to Carriage of Goods by Sea in a Nutshell
Sweet and Maxwell, 2nd edition, 1925
Erections on Allotments
George W. Giles and Fred M. Osborn
Central Allotments Committee, n.d.
Whippings and Lashings
The Girl Guides Association, 1977
The anonymous author of this little gem (in both senses it measures just 3 inches by 2.5 inches) offers some sound advice: 'Always use ropes or cord of suitable thickness', and 'Do not fumble or use fancy methods'. A copy in the authors' collection has been annotated by a previous owner, with the codes ' = I can do it', and 'X = I can't do it'.
Cocktugs. A Short History of the Liverpool Screw Towing Company
W. B. Hallam
Liverpool: Printed by James Birchall and Sons, 1963
The Romance of Three Bachelors
New York: n.p., c.1895
Kept for the Master's Use
F. R. Havergal
J. Nisbet, 1879
Making It in Leather
M. Vincent Hayes
New York: Drake, 1972; Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1973
A how-to book for devotees of this specialised handicraft.
Warfare in the Enemy's Rear
Allen and Unwin, 1963
Handbook for the Limbless
Geoffrey Howson (ed.)
Disabled Society, 1922
With a foreword by John Galsworthy.
The Nature and Tendency of Balls, Seriously and Candidly Considered in Two Sermons
The Chronicles of the Crutch
William Tinsley, 1860
The Tory Lover
Smith, Elder, 1901
Suggestive Thoughts for Busy Workers
J. Osborne Keen
Bible Christian Book Room, 1883
Fanny's First; or, Tender Trifles
W. Brown Kitchiner
The Big Problem of Small Organs
Alan T. Kitley
Colchester: The Author, 1966
A key difficulty solved in a noteworthy book. 'Having spent ten years devising schemes for the small organ I reluctantly decided that "there ain't no such animal", as a famous cowboy once said.' Mr Kitley then went away and wrote a book on it.
Explorations at Sodom
Melvin Grove Kyle
Religious Tract Society, 1928
Archaeological secrets uncovered.
Derek Verschoyle, 1954
The eminent art historian recalls some fashionable Society entertainments.
Briefs Calmly Considered
York: A. Barclay, 1826
The anonymous author is unaroused by his subject.
Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life
William Barry Lord and Thomas Baines
Horace Cox, 1871
The Midnight Cry; or, Signs in the Church of the Bridegroom's Second Coming
Rev. J. Lowes
Carlisle: n.p., 1800
A Sermon: 'Fire from Heaven ... has burnt up our natural heavens of joy and delight in the flesh.'
Rev. R. Lowry and W. Howard Doane
New York and Chicago: Biglow and Main, 1886
Queer Doings in the Navy
Asa M. Mattice
Cambridge, Mass.: Line Officers' Association, 1896
School Experiences of a Fag at a Private and a Public School
Smith, Elder, 1854
Little Lays for Little Lips
Helen J. A. Miles (illustrator)
William Wells Gardner, 3rd edition, 1875
Featuring 'The Foolish Chicken'.
Motor Cycles in a Nutshell
Swinfen Bramley Moore
P. Lund Humphries, 1923
Mr Moore was also the author of several other 'In a Nutshell' books including map-reading a skill which he clearly lost when he wrote Our Present Position: What About It? (S. W. Partridge, 1922).
The Fags, and other Poems
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1912
A book to keep one abreast of ornithological knowledge.
The Oldest Trade in the World, and Other Addresses for the Younger Folk
George H. Morrison
Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, 1898
A title in the Golden Nails series.
Tinklings from the Sheepfolds
Matthias Pearson (pseudonym of John William Fletcher)
Simpkin, Marshall and Co., 1871
The author of Flirtation; or, The Way into the Wilderness
(Robert Theobald, 1854) provides some interesting thoughts.
A Love Passage
Lady Harriet Phillimore
Christian Knowledge Society, 1908
Scouts in Bondage
Aldine Publishing Co., 1930
'Hurrah!' A Bit of Loving Talk with Soldiers
Samuel Gillespie Prout
James Nisbet and Co., 1881
What Was Said in the Woods
Gustav zu Putlitz
Longman, Brown, 1851
Report of the Committee on Relations with Junior Members
Oxford: Oxford University Gazette, 1963
Shag the Caribou
C. Bernard Rutley
In the same series as Peeko the Beaver, and not to be confused with:
The Romance of the Newfoundland Caribou
Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore
William Heinemann, 1913
Shag: Last of the Plains Buffalo
Robert M. McClung
New York: Morrow, 1960
Shag: The Story of a Dog
Thomas Clark Hinkle
Camping Among Cannibals
Alfred St Johnston
Dangerous exploits by an eccentric explorer.
The Comings of Cousin Ann
Emma Speed Sampson
Chicago, Ill.: Reilly and Lee Co., 1923
A French Letter Writing Guide
Wicklewood: Primrose, 1980
Under Two Queens
John Huntley Skrine
The Scrubber Strategy
Robert T. Stafford
New York: Harper and Row, 1982
Fifty Years with the Rod
Philip Allan, 1929
An exhausting half-century described by the President of the Scottish Anglers' Association.
Betty Hyde's Lovers; or, The Household Brigade
n.p., c. 1890
D. C. Thomson and Co., 1926
'"Jeehosphat! What a disgraceful scene!" said Dick Brett, doing a series of physical jerks behind a bush, as he began to grow into visibility.'
The Hooker's Art
Jessie A. Turbayne
Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer, 1993
Keeping your Tools Tiptop
Detroit, Mich.: The Author, 1954
The Gay Boys of Old Yale!
John Denison Vose
New Haven, Conn.: Hunter and Co., c.1869
Carefree varsity days recalled.
The Big Book of Busts
John L. Watson
San Francisco, Ca.: Hypermodern Press, 1994
A chess rather than chest book.
Organ Building for Amateurs
Ward Lock, 1887
A do-it-yourself guide to bigger and better organs.
Girls of the Pansy Patrol
Aldine Publishing Co., 1931
May Wynne was the pseudonym of Mabel Winifred Knowles, the author of over 200 girls' stories, including Jill the Hostage (Pearson, 1925) a perfect partner for Geoffrey Prout's Scouts in Bondage (see page 17).
Moscow: MIR, 1975