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[William, Earl.]: The golden rod and magical guide, or The new illustrated silent friend, marriage guide, and medical adviser, 1878

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Scope and Contents

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.


Arrangement follows the order of the original Excel inventory.


Author: [William, Earl.]

Harrisburg: B.G. Stauffer

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Finding aid created via automated processes by Regine Heberlein, 2017.

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[William, Earl.]: The golden rod and magical guide, or The new illustrated silent friend, marriage guide, and medical adviser; Collection of Ephemera Relating to the Marketing of Books, RBD2, Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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