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Box p-000071
Folio, unpaged; 6 engraved half-page illustrations; self wrappers, edges a bit toned and spotted, faint stain at bottom right-hand corner of upper cover, else very good. Prospectus for a 6 volume work (1772-1787), in which are reproduced specimen illustrations from Canterbury, Ipswich, Odiam, Colchester, and Southampton, with detailed descriptions. The whole printed on exceptionally thick paper. Penn State and Toronto only of the prospectus in OCLC.
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4to; pp. iv, 30; 5 plates from the work (pls. CXXVI-CXXX); prospectus for a piece described as "a small fragment of a work, intended to be published speedily; on the history of antient castles; and on the progress of architecture". Green boards, edges and corners worn, pages untrimmed.
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Broadside, folio (321 mm.); a few shallow tears along left-hand edge, evidence of having been previously tipped-in on right margin; a very good copy. Prospectus for the rare first edition, issued in four parts, 1797-1799, containing 48 colored engravings by Alexander, the junior draftsman on the Macartney Embassy to China. Full page contemporary manuscript "Curious Predictions 2" on verso, entirely about the predicted fall of Napoleon. This prospectus unrecorded.
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Broadside (408 x 246 mm.); moderate foxing and soiling, hinged to mat; very good. Scarce Broadside for "the most curious book of its kind hitherto extant," soliciting subscribers for the second (and first complete) issue in parts of Bickham's magnum opus, the outstanding English writing manual of the 18th-century, following the 1733-1741 serial first issue also published by subscription. According to Muir, the Bickham venture was "the first recorded attempt to issue in periodical parts a work that was intended for subsequent issue in book form" (P.H. Muir, "The Bickhams and their Universal Penman," The Library, series 4, Volume 25, pages 162, 165, and 185).
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Item 36262
8vo, pp. 8; "prospectus of...a weekly periodical upon a plan never before attempted". Text in two columns. Previous folds, edges and corners worn, tear to last leaf through middle of last paragraph, text still legible. Back leaf provides List of subscribers. With TLS from the author to Webb, Esq., written "in the hope of adding to my number of subscribers".
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Item 36245
8vo, pp. 8; wood-engraving portraits and illustrations throughout, text in two columns, first describing Eastman's supposed kidnapping before giving over to the advertising of a magical panacea discovered by Eastman during his time with the Indians. The work is described by G.P. Garrison as "a revolting fictitious story written to advertise Dr. Clark Johnson's Indian blood syrup."
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Item 42370
Broadside (189 mm.); contemporary owner's unobtrusive ink marks, else near fine. Publisher's list of titles from the series, which include the works of Julius Caesar, Catullus, and Cicero, among many others.
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Box b-000869
Broadside, 4to (263 mm.); toned, edges trimmed, very good. Prospectus from the Philadelphia Repository, Extra, for Saturday, November 13, 1802; provides the work's table of contents. Postscript to the Extra printed on verso, along with a small advertisement for James Carson's "A Practical Grammar of the English Language" and a proposal for a collection of sacred music.
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Bifolium, 4to, text only on front cover; printed letter dated August 18, 1803, "Sir, I take the liberty to send you herewith a specimen of the paper, printing, and engravings of my standing Edition of the Bible". Integral letter addressed to Mr. W.W. Woodward, red wax seal; top third cleanly separated from the bottom due to previous folds. This Mathew Carey prospectus not in OCLC.
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Bifolium, small 8vo; edges a bit worn, else very good. Prospectus for the sixth edition with additional advertisements for Scheidlein's "Analisi della Processura Civile Austriaca ovvero Schiarimenti sul Regolamento Giudiziario Civile" and Giuseppe Marocco's "Della Necessita di un Difensore nelle Cause Criminali qualunque sia la Processura Penale".
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Broadside, 4to (320 mm.). Proposal "for the printing by subscription" of this work, which does not appear to have made it to print. Manuscript list of subscribers bottom 2/3 of leaf. Previous folds, ink stains to Broadside verso, name of compiler and original price have been crossed out, small circular loss where the price has been marked out. A rare, unrecorded prospectus.
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Bifolium, 8vo; toning, chips and tears along edges, much of spine perished, else good. 3 reduced specimen pages from the octavo, twelves, and eighteens editions provided. Prospectus advertises the 2-volume work as "in the Press, And will appear in the ensuing Spring," although the first edition does not seem to have appeared until 1824. Prospectus not in OCLC.
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Second edition, 8vo, pp. 31; folding engraved frontispiece, 1 lithographic folding plate, and 2 additional multifolding plates; original pictorial wrappers, respined, edges worn with small losses to corners; some interior foxing, else very good and sound. Thomas Hornor, a talented perspective draughtsman, obtained permission to build a shack on the scaffolding erected on St. Paul's for replacing the ball and cross above the Cathedral's dome. On it Hornor proposed to draw a huge panorama of London, which this Prospectus offers to the public in the form of four engravings. This was to be supplemented by a Select View in London and its Neighbourhood, a work of one hundred engravings available in ten fascicles. Neither project was ever completed, making the prospectus itself the only printed result of Hornor's work.
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8vo, pp. 4; engraved printed color plate of the Rosa centifolia; original brown printed wrappers; stitched,as issued; fine. The publisher's original prospectus for the octavo edition of Redouté's Les Roses, published in 3 volumes 1824-26. Includes 3 pages of text outlining the scope of the work, and details on ordering and the schedule of publication is outlined on the back wrapper. See Sitwell, Great Flower Books, p. 128.
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8vo, pp. 16; stitched self-wrappers, untrimmed; edges darkened and a bit foxed; over all very good. "The National Library is intended to be a domestic repository or cyclopaedia of essential information, moral, civil, physiological, medical, mechanical, agricultural, scientific, and miscellaneous." This introductory pamphlet is a prospectus demonstrating that the Library and Advocate will be "an independent, impartial messenger of intelligence." The maiden issue present articles on the Washington Reformation, Nullification, paper money and banking, Medical Reformation, and inter alia, "An Essay on Native Depravity," by "A Friend to Mankind". Not in American Imprints or Sabin.
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Broadside, large 8vo (262 mm.); color decorative boarder of birds, butterflies, and flowers; stains and foxing, minor tear to bottom left hand edge not affecting text. Heading reads "To the Ladies," dated 1st. March, 1843, and is signed by F. Quarre. Although the piece does not mention the name of the journal, the dates and contents suggest that it is an advertisement for Miss Leslie's Magazine, which ran from January to December, 1843.
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Broadside, folio (340 mm.); stains, small tear to top edge and loss between heading and text, not affecting text; printed in two columns. Prospectus for this Washington-based newspaper "made up of the daily proceedings of the two Houses of Congress...The Appendix is made up of the President's annual message, the reports of the principal officers of the Government that accompany it, and all the long speeches of members of Congress." Blank space at bottom in which to list the subscribers' names. OCLC locates one copy of this prospectus, at the New York Historical Society.
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Bifolium, 4to, prospectus with integral address leaf with 1 1/2 p. autograph letter signed by Henry Bernhard addressed to J.A. Kerly of East Hampton, Long Island. Address panel, postal hand stamps, red wax seal. Previous folds, minor foxing, some toning on address leaf, small circular loss at tail of address leaf at seal, but not affecting manuscript.
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Broadside printed receipt (approx. 5.1 x 15.9 cm) accomplished in manuscript; typographical decoration along left-hand edge; fine. Receipt from the office of the anti-slavery newspaper The True American, which ran in 1845 and 1846, made out to the publisher George Merriam. Dated June 8, 1845, just a few days after the first appearance of this publication, on the 3rd. Merriam paid $2.50 for a year's subscription. Signed by Wm. L. Lane. The paper was published weekly by Cassius Marcellus Clay (cousin of Henry Clay).
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Broadside, 4to (247 mm.) prospectus for the publication of a new periodical, of which, we are told, "No work of the same size and style of execution has been offered at a price so moderate as this". Verso side provides conditions and order form. Small tears from previous folds not affection text.
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Single sheet folded into 4 leaf pamphlet, pages uncut, 4to; prospectus with integral address leaf. Address panel "To the postmaster at Lyme, N.H.", postal stamps. Previous folds.
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Broadside, long 4to (353 mm.); "Prospectus for a Democratic paper at the City of Manchester...To the Democrats of the County of Hillsborough and the patrons of the Manchester Democrat in particular." Bottom half provides room as an order order form.
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4to, bifolium printed on blue paper; text printed on p. [1] only; previous folds, small loss from wax seal damage not affecting text, else very good. Announcement of a new annotated edition of the minor works of Webster to be published in six volumes, including 200 copies to be printed on large paper. Manuscript lettered signed "Little Brown" addressed to Messrs. G and C. Merriam regarding an order of 10 copies of two titles (Chitty's Pleadings (?), in 3 volumes, and one other).
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New edition, "very much enlarged, and otherwise improved," bifolium, 4to; previous folds, contemporary hand has cancelled the drop title "Will be ready about the first of June, 1852," and replaced it in manuscript with "is now ready out"; minor ink spots and soiling, else very good and sound. Advertisement for three religious works, the first being a collection of hymns; the latter two titles are "Sermons for the College, being a collection of original sermons, contributed by distinguished ministers of different Protestant denominations in the United States together with two sermons by eminent living ministers of England: to which is added a supplementary essay by Rev. Thos. F. Akers," third edition; and "Lights of Temperance. A new work," edited by James Young, third edition.
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Bifolium, 4to; printed on pale grey paper, text on p. [1] only; previous folds, small tear affecting the "P" in "Party," else very good and sound. Autograph note signed on p. [3]; integral envelope, wax seal intact. Advertisement circular for Baldwin's collection of "politico-biographical sketches of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, and John Randolph of Roanoke".
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Broadside, large 4to (277 mm.); a bit toned along previous folds, shallow tears not affecting text; a good copy. Prospectus for this one-volume edition of Fenimore's works, announced 3 years arter his death. Includes a "blurb" by Victor Hugo, "the greatest of contemporary romanticists and critics, declares that Cooper is a creator indeed 'a prodigious genius'".
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Broadside (210 x 132 mm.); printed on blue paper; previous folds, small embossed stamp, Kent Mills Commercial; near fine. The earliest publishing prospectus for the Nevada Territory, here issued just after Nevada was organized as a territory and, auspiciously, advertising the impending publication of its first session laws: "Containing the Organic Act creating the Territory; a full List of all the Federal and Territorial Officers; also, the names of Members and Officers of the Legislative Assembly".
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Bifolium, 4to; text printed on p. [1] only; previous folds, else about fine. With an autograph letter signed by the secretary of the Society Committee's D.H. Pease, asking Henry White, Esq., of New Haven, "to...call the attention of those friends in the 'Mother' State who feel an interest in the history of the 'Fire Lands'". Prospectus for a fifth volume of the Fire Lands' Historical Society Pioneer. Canvassing agent's integral order blank printed at bottom of p. [1].
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Single leaf folded into 8-sided brochure, 8vo; prospectus for the 1871 issue of the periodical; wood-engraving illustrations of six examples of phrenological types (Intelligence vs. imbecility, for example). Includes offer of a Grover and Baker sewing machine, the year's premium list, an order form, and publicity for the publication of Samuel R. Well's Works for home improvement and Works on physiology and hygiene. Previous folds.
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Bifolium, 8vo, wood-engraving illustration of experiment intruments, red bordering, blue advertisement for Hotze's first lessons in physiology pasted to front. Previous folds with small loss left edge not affecting text, stain to back cover.
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Bifolium, 4to; wood-engraving of "Representation of set no. 1" on back of prospectus; letter from the publisher concerning art education; lists of the materials, special features, and general features, and prices for each set (Set no. 1, which consists of thirty pieces "selected from the most useful and beautiful geometrical figures and curved forms, and includes New Adjustable Model-Stand," $20).
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Oblong 8vo, pp. 15; text printed in triple columns; self-wrappers; covers foxed, the whole rather toned, else very good. Prospectus for a portrait of Father Pius IX promising books for parish libraries to be free of charge.
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Bifolium, 8vo; prospectus for "a chronicle and narration of the part taken by the brave and earnest settlers of Groton, in the struggles with King Phillip and the Indains of later date"; list of titles from the same author and list of titles from the Town Histories series included. Edges and corners slightly worn, some discoloration, previous folds.
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8vo, pp. 52; folding panorama plate, 7 additional maps and plates, some photographic; original blue printed wrappers, ex-New York Public Library with faint rubber stamps throughout, small loss at spine foot, minor chipping along edges, else very good and sound. Promotional work include the table of contents, testimonials, press opinions, and specimen pages. Includes numerous testimonials by United States senators, librarians, former governors, and one chief justice of the Supreme Court. Pamphlet title: "Prospectus of the History of North Brookfield, Massachusetts. Testimonials of the value of the work and some specimens from its pages."
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Broadside (304 x 195 mm.); decorative mast head of the newspaper, half-page illustration of the title character signed "Filmer Sc."; cream colored wove paper, name and address of Alice Pratt, Connecticut, in manuscript on verso with stamp and Brooklyn, NY postal cancelation; previous folds, else very good. Promotional Broadside for the May 12, 1888 issue of the New York Ledge, advertising its serialization of the novel Lady Kildare. Written by Irish-American author Harriet Lewis, the book was published posthumously in New York the following year by R. Bonner's Sons, publishers of the literary weekly newspaper. The novel's subject matter, life and love among the Irish aristocracy, would have been appealing to the newspaper's audience for romantic fiction.
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Publisher's advertising kit, comprising of one large bifolium, 3 Broadsides printed on yellow and pink paper, one order blank, one typescript letter, and a pre-addressed envelope; accompanied by original envelope addressed to [?] Chase of Newcomb, New York. Broadside illustrated with 7 large steel-engraved illustrations; edges dust-soiled and chipped, previous folds; a very good, sound collection.
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Bifolium, 12mo (122 mm.); announcement of the production of a new series in the spirit of the Temple Shakespeare: a list of the first plays to be printed includes Webster's "Duchess of Malfi," Marlowe's "Edward II," Jonson's "Every Man in His Humour," "Arden of Faversham," Fletcher's "Faithful Sheperdess," Shakespeare and Fletcher's "The Two Noble Kinsmen," "Edward III," Beaumont and Fletcher's "Philaster," "The Merry Devil of Edmonton," Kyd's "Spanish Tragedy," Heywood's "Woman Killed with Kindness," and Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus". Also privdes specimen page, p. 4 of "Edward II". Text in red and black, light foxing.
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Bifolium, 12mo; text on front leaf only; prospectus for a history of the reaper, based on the "investigation into historical records upon this subject". Some toning.
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Bifolium, 8vo; previous fold, faint damp staining to upper half of pamphlet, else very good. Circular advertising a new, 3-volume medical work "of such scope and magnitude as to render the Homoeopathic practitioner independent of old school text-books on Pathology and the History of Medicine". Contents of each volume provided. Integral order blank addressed to the distributor F.E. Boericke provided at the end of p. [3].
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12mo, bifolium printed on blue paper; text printed on p. [1] only; previous fold; Mitchell's pressure stamp; fine. Announcement of a new stand by a former employee of Messrs. Balch Son of Providence, R.I. with a manuscript note signed by Mitchell on p. [3] addressed to Messrs. G. C. Merriam regarding the lowest cash price for their unabridged Webster dictionary.
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Broadside (approx. 222 mm.); shallow losses along left-hand edge, else a fine, untrimmed copy. A short catalogue of 8 recently published titles; these include Mylius's "The Junior Class Book; or Reading lessons for every day in the year"; the second edition of "Mrs. Leicester's School; or, The history of several young ladies, related by themselves"; "Poetry for Children, entirely original"; Edward Baldwin's "The History of Rome: from the building of the city to the ruin of the Republic" and "Fables Ancient and Modern" (the latter also available in a cheap edition and in French, whose "easy and natural style is peculiarly eligible as a first Book in the study of that Language"); "History of England, with heads of the kings"; and, lastly, a new edition of "The Pantheon, or Ancient history of the Gods of Greece and Rome."
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Bifolium, 4to; lithographically printed text on p. [1] only; previously folded down into self envelope (loss from removed wax seal not affecting text), addressed in manuscript; very good. Circular requesting "experimental knowledge of our best farmers" for the second volume of the Board's Memoirs. This plea is due to the fact that "The materials furnished by the County Agricultural Societies are very scanty"; the Committee therefore "solicit you to aid them, by communicating...any experiments, observations or facts, which have come within your practice, or fallen under your notice, and which you may deem calculated to extend the sphere of agricultural knowledge...The General Committee request, that in any communications which you may make in pursuance of this request, you will endeavor to be concise and perspicuous, and that on subjects relating to tillage, the condition and nature of the soil, price of labor and manure, method of cultivation and product, and valuable breeds of animals, may be particularly noted." The circular is signed in text by Stephen Van Rensselaer; J. Buel, Rec. Sec'ry. The self envelope is addressed in manuscript to "Judge Moon, Champlain, [illegible]"; "Stephen Van Ransaler [sic] Circular 1822" added in another hand. The postal cancellation stamp is dated Albany, July 8. Not copies in OCLC; not in Shoemaker.
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Bifolium, 4to; prospectus for an atlas of Mexico that does not appear to have made it into print (the prospectus found in OCLC, not the work proper); order form provided. Printed on yellow paper, previous folds. Not in Imprints.
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Bifolium, 4to; text printed in triple column on p. [1] only; previous fold, else about fine. Autograph letter, approx. 125 words, signed by Hitchcock on p. [3]. Description of the establishment and its merchandise and services offered, as well as its periodical The Farmer and Gardener. Hitchcock describes his establishment as "comprising a stock and experimental farm; a nursery and seed and flower garden; a store for the sale of field and garden seeds and agricultural implements and books; a general agricultural and horticultural agency; the publication office of the 'Farmer Gardener,' and Live-Stock Breeder Manager,' and of 'Hints to Farmers,' and an office of application for farmers, gardeners, overseers, managers, " The integral autograph letter is addressed to C. Bernie of Taney Town, Maryland, and asks about any Merino rams for sale. The American Farmer was a weekly focusing on rural economy and printed in Baltimore, 1819-1897; Hitchcock (1793-1868) was one of its editors and the proprietor of various business establishements associated with it. Not in OCLC.
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Bifolium, 4to; prospectus for "an application to the Latin Language of the principle which guided Hoogeveen in the construction of his Dictionarium Analogicum Linguae Graecae". Includes facsimile of a holograph list of subscribers. ALS from the author loosely inserted: "Sir, In presenting to you the accompanying copies of my Prospectus of a new Latin Lexicon, I am especially authorized to mention the name of the Reverend W. Blakesley Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, who has taken much interest in my endeavors to procure a sufficient number of subscribers to secure me from loss in printing the work; which in [illegible] by that gentleman, and many other very distinguished scholars and accomplished judges of such subjects, as most valuable in all philosophical investigations of the Latin Language, and the languages derived therefrom. I need hardly add that, there is nothing of mercenary speculation in the undertaking, but that it is purely scholastic--in fact the offspring of philological studies carried on during many years in Germany, in the University of Virginia, and the Trinity College Dublin; and I should, of course, be greatly obliged to you for any services you can render as to procurring as subscribers the eminent gentlemen connected with your venerable College; for which I entertain a preculiar regret, as being myself one of the "Founder's Kin": Hoping for the honor and advantage of your important patronage, I have the honor to be, sir, your faithfully humble servent...P.S. I shall be happy to furnish more copies of the Prospectus if required." Not in OCLC.
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Bifolium, 4to; printed on blue paper, mostly fine. Prospectus for Vol. 1 only; consists mainly of expert opinions from such personnages as President of the United States Millard Fillmore, as well as a handful of Justices of the Supreme Court.
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4to, pp. 24, [8] leaves of plates; a salesman's sample bearing the original printed wrapper of the first part and containing original text on the West and Eastern states; two parts with two title leaves are included in the same wrapper. Back cover of the sample copy is a prospectus for the work, setting terms and conditions of publication. Foxing, edges and corners worn. In modern burgundy cloth box with burgundy and gold-stamped morocco spine. Charles A. Dana had been one of the leaders at Brook Farm, writing for The Dial and The Harbinger, and later edited the New York Tribune and became world-famous as "Dana of The Sun".
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Broadside, 8vo (220 mm.), featuring the publication of "The authentic and authorized edition" "written by a gentleman well qualified by his literary attainments, and his long connection with the Democratic press." Foxing.
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Broadside (222 x 159 mm.); darkened with a bit of spotting, tear affecting a couple of letters without loss of meaning, edges worn from handling; good. Advertisement announcing "Republican voters you want this campaign edition," in which they will find biographies of John Charles Frémont and William L. Lewis, illustrated with 2 steel portraits; also included in the volume will be the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, "and other valuable matter". At bottom of advertisement Broadside: "Fremont Clubs supplied at low rates by the hundred or thousand". Not in OCLC; see OCLC no. 3908809 and Sabin 70021 for the published work, "Republican campaign edition for the million: Containing the Republican platform, the lives of Fremont and Dayton, with beautiful steel portraits of each, and their letters of acceptance. Also, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States."
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Broadside, 4to (250 mm.); previous folds, else fine. Prospectus for a pro-slavery, anti-North newspaper, which had been moved from Knoxville to Washington, "and in the struggle which the South is called upon to make for her own rights and honor, they mean to stand with the South. A thoroughly Democratic and States-Right Journal...It will uphold the Federal Union, provided the sovereigntty of the confederated States be respected...Holding that the Institution of Negro Slavery is a sound, just, wholesome Institution...It is thought right at the beginning of the new year to be thus explicit as to its politics of this Journal." Only a few issues of this newspaper, which apparently ceased publication in mid-summer 1859, are recorded.
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Bifolium, 4to; tear from previous fold affecting text without loss of meaning, else good and sound. Prospectus and call for agents of actress and author Logan's work, aimed "to exhibit in all its phases that peculiar realm known as the Show World" (that is, "a scathing onslaught on the Incidences and Immoralities of the Play-House"). At head of title: "10,000 Copies the First Month" (Sold? Ordered? Dreamt-up?) Also described as "The Greatest moral work ever published on amusements". Includes agent conditions and press testimonies. Accompanied by 3 Broadside circulars and blank and previously-addressed envelopes of bright orange and red.
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Broadside, 4to; prospectus advertising the work as "The greatest artistic and literary work of the day"; verso provides opinions of the press and a call for "one thousand male and female agents," providing "liberal commissions paid to good agents". "One Volume will contain Sketches of New Yorkers" at bottom of Broadside verso.Tears from previous folds affecting text, though text still legible, small loss to top left-hand corner.
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Bifolium, 4to; includes mission statement and a specimen verse from St. Matthew's gospel, chapter V. At head of t.p. "Now ready, in One Volume Demy Quarto, cloth...or in Four Volumes, each containing one of the Gospels separately, cloth..." Small tears from previous folds, not affecting text; corners worn, very slight foxing.
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Broadside, 4to (279 mm.); wood engraving of "Rain-in-the-Face. The Indian who killed General George A. Custer"; verso touts work as "A fascinating biography. 'Twill beguile many a long winter's evening". Includes three excerpts, "The Woodstock races," "Private correspondence," and "The last charge". Previous folds, two small stains, book publisher's stamp.
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Broadside (approx. 30.5 x 23.5 cm) printed on thing peach stock; 4 illustrations, text printed in triple column; splits along previous folds affecting text without loss of meaning, else very good. "It is not proposed in the limits of this Handbill to give anything but a fair outline of the merits of The New Illustrated Silent Friend." Given that the prospectus employs what must be the better part of a tray of agate type outlining this vade mecum's inclusion of such secrets as "how to produce the most Delightful Sensation over anyone, or any number of people, and when this feeling passes off, will only have the faint recollection of an *Oriental Dream,*" or a "rule with diagram and figures, by which any one can calculate what are *Lucky Numbers.* This table was made by a Southern gentleman, after twenty years' study, who died a *Millionaire,*" or "how any one may become a Ventriloquist," as well as the hints at sex noted in the promised marriage guide and health tips, the handy volume must be wonderful indeed. Little wonder the distributor notes in one of his display lines, "Agents Can Make $10 to $15 per Day by the sale of The Illustrated Silent Friend." With another display line noting, "The First Edition Published in 1858. Revised Edition 1878." The Illustrated Silent Friend is of note in part for including one of the earliest published American accounts of a purported UFO sighting, in Jay, Ohio, in 1858.
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Broadside, 16mo (148 mm.); advertisement for books from the publisher; "Capital New Books" advertised on Broadside verso. Previous folds, slight foxing.
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Bifolium, 4to; two specimen illustrations; previous folds, else very good. An immensely popular book in France, England, and America originally published in Paris in 1860. There was also an American edition that same year (Woman (La Femme)), with the same pagination as this 1881 Harford printing and an 1881 New York, Carleton printing, all apparently from the same plates. The text covers woman's place in society, her emotional life, and not least, her situation during conception, pregnancy, confinement, and nursing. The prospectus includes a pitch to sales agents; information on bindings; a detailed description of the contents; and press notices (Atlantic Monthly: "Its great lessons are on the side of humanity, and especially of justice to women, founded on a study of her organic and spiritual limitations").
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Bifolium, 4to; previous folds, else fine. Advertisement for eight recent titles, including works on railway law, municipal corporations, glossaries, common law, the law of wills, marriage and divorce, and criminal law. The Massachusetts Digest is also included in the list, described as being "A digest of the reported decisions of the supreme judicial court of the commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1804 to 1879," by Edmund H. Bennett, Russell Gray, and Henry W. Swift.
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Bifolium, 8vo; printed on green paper; previous fold, back cover addressed, stamped, and postmarked; description on p. [1] has been accomplished in manuscript, possibly by an agent. Over all, very good. Listing of 26 new medical editions, mostly in translation.
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Broadside (approx. 275 mm.); printed on pink paper; previous folds, else fine. Accompanied by a blank Application for Agency and the original postmarked envelope. At head of prospectus: Confidential terms to Agents Selling...," available in 4 bindings (cloth and morocco, plain or gilt edges). "We advise all agents to send for the Complete Outfit, and thus be Fully Equiped for the work."
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Broadside, 16mo (116 mm.); verso side provides prospectus for "The Pocket Atlas of the World. A comprehensive and popular series of 54 maps, illustrating political and physical geography. Prepared by John Bartholomew". Peach-colored paper, small fold to bottom right-hand corner. Prospectus not in OCLC.
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Broadside (307 x 151 mm.); text in double column; slight wear from handling to left-hand edge, else fine. Advertisement for works available from the Orange Judd Company, "Publishers and importers of all works pertaining to rural life," including titles "Published to this Day," "Nearly Ready," "In Press," "Recent Importations," "Just Published," and "Recently Published". Also advertised is the June number of the American Agriculturalist, "(43 years old), The oldest, ablest, and cheapest Journal for the Farm, Garden Household". Among the title listed are Gordon Stables' "Our Friend, The Dog" and "Ladies' Dogs, as Companions, Also a Guide to their Management in Health and Disease, with many Stories, humorous and pathetic, from life"; Robert Barnwell Roosevelt's "Superior Fishing; or, The Striped Bass, Trout, Black Bass and Blue Fish oof the Nothern States"; as well as works on ornamental gardening, bee-keeping, hunting, horse management, fly-fishing, farm drainage, flax culture, grape growing and wine making, truck farming, soil, pigs, and cattle.
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Broadside, 4to (304 mm.), wood-engraved portrait of Grant at the top above two columns of text touting the man and his work; text on verso addressed "To Agents" including terms and general hype for "quick sales and large profits." Previous folds, small gouge in left margin affecting the letter 'G' in "Gen." and one other word; text not affected on verso.
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2 printed Broadsides (316 x 150 mm.); very shallow tears from previous folds not affecting text to one, some worm-holing in the other affecting text without loss of meaning; contemporary rubber stamp accomplished in manuscript at head of title of first Broadside, "We can give you an agency for these works in [your own county]"; very good. Prospectus for agents, most likely part of the initial salvo of the National Publishing Company to promote Burr's work.
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New, revised and enlarged edition, 8vo, bifolium; upper cover illustrated with a cut representing "the Beautiful Cover of the Book," printed on pink paper; previous folds, small damage at upper edge of p. [4] affecting text with very minor loss of meaning. Prospectus calling for agents, with the borders of the latter 3 pages giving data of successful convassers: "W.J. Dozer, 30 first 3 days...H. Garabed, 150 first 9 days;" etc. etc. Table of contents provided. "Send ninety-five cents for a specimen copy."
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8vo, unpaged; decorative borders highlighted in green and pink; original stitched pictorial chromolithographic wrappers highlighted in gilt; about fine. Announcement for the 1887 issue, the publication's 60th volume.
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Second edition, Broadside (267 x 203 mm.); previous folds, else fine. Prospectus for the second edition of Taylor's work, "Just Published". Two other works advertised on verso, Francis Wharton's "Law of Evidence in Civil Issues. With special reference to the modern improvements in the law"; and George Tucker Bispham's "Bispham's Principles of Equity," fourth edition.
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Bifolium, 16mo; photographic portrait; fine. With "List A" of the prominent women to be featured in the work; a pre-addressed order envelope; and the original, stamped and post-marked envelope in which this prospectus was mailed (address to Santa Cruz, Calif., written in manuscript).
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4to, unpaged; steel engraved illustrations throughout; original orange decorative wrappers (some dampstaining), small loss to top of back cover fore-edge, else a very good, bright copy. Extensive subscription book publisher's catalogue, addressed both to the public and with instructions to the Company's agents: "We want you to use this Catalogue in your regular work and show it to each and every person you canvass on the regular book you are selling. When you have obtained a subscription or failed to secure one, you can bring out this Catalogue and take quite a number of miscellaneous orders. Do not show the Catalogue, however, until you have either secured or absolutely failed to secure an order for the book you are regularly canvassing." Titles include "Heroes of the Dark Continent and how Stanley found Emin Pasha"; Edward S. Ellis's "Health, Wealth and Happiness: how to get them and how to use them"; Buffalo Bill's "Story of the Wild West and Camp-Fire Chats"; J.W. Buel's "Heroes of Unknown Seas and Savage Lands" ("New!!! Thrilling!!! Beautiful!!! Immense!!!") and his "Sea and Land: the great standard work on the wonderful in natural history" (with illustrated specimen page); and "The History of the French Revolution, 1789-1795; or, A country without a god". With excerpts of "What the World's Famous People Say of Our Books" printed inside back wrapper; many of these testimonials with facsimile signatures of the authors. Among these are Henry F. Ponsonby, Private Secretary of Queen Victoria: "I am commanded by the Queen to thank you for your kindness in presenting Her Majesty with a copy of your book, which she is reading with great pleasure"; former president Rutherford B. Hayes: "'The Pathway of Life,' like everything that comes from Dr. [T. DeWitt] Talmage, is popular, attractive and on the side of solid education, wholesome morals and true religion"; and Harriet Beecher Stowe: "I have received a copy of your beautiful volume. Having just recovered from an illness in which my life was despaired of, I cannot do justice to the literary merits of the writing, but I am delighted with the book and know that it is eminently calculated to have great success."
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Broadside, 12mo (170 mm.); prospectus for a work that "goes to the root of the God superstition, and shows the purely earthly character of what is called 'sin'". Broadside verso lists other titles published by the Truth Seeker Co., including Jacob Hartmann's "The Creation of God;" Zela Stevens' "Religion and Morality;" L.K. Washburn's "Cosmian Hymn-Book;" and "Design Fallacies". Previous fold, very good.