One of the biggest collections of the best in humor, this overshadows, physically, the E.B. White Subtreury which appeared in 1941 and proved the popular values of anthologies of humor. Here, in what will run close to 1200 pages (and with more than 100 illustrations by Luoill Coroo) is a hearty compilation of light pieces which range from stories to poems, jokes, bon mots, anecdotes, boners, and what have you, in catholic, time-tested taste. Many genres of humor from past generations are here (Thackeray, Holmes, Lewis Carroll, Irving, Chesterton, Lear, Don Marquis, Ring Lardner, Mark Twain) -- on to the contemporaries (FPA, Demelmans, Irvin Cobb, Sally Benson, Dorothy Parker, Benchley, Ogdon Nash, Porelman, Thurber, Donald Ogden Stewart, etc.) and many less well known or less well remembered. There is little of the satiric, of the subtle, as this is levity on masses, for the massos. It has a surely popular, perennial merchandise value.