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Antiphlogistine.  Depletes Inflamed Areas.  An External Application for Inflammation and Congestion
1 Antiphlogistine. Depletes Inflamed Areas. An External Application for Inflammation and Congestion
New York The Denver Chemical Mfg. Co. 1904 Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 18 by 11 cm. 16 pp., plus wraps. Nine illustrations, seven of which are colored. We are told antiphlogistine will deplete inflamed areas, maintain moist heat, stimulate reflexes and bleed yet saves the blood! Conditions it allegedly can treat include cancers, rheumatism and gout, synovitis, sprains, pleurisy, consumption, erysipelas, felons, croup, throat affections, chronic ulcers, burns, septic wounds, inflammation of the bowels, frost-bites, necroses, boils, etc. With each of these listed conditions short instructions are given on how to apply. The product was made we are told from pure glycerin, boric acid, salicylic acide, iron carbonate, peppermint, gaultheria, eucalyptus and iodine. The Denver Chemical Mfg. Co. at the time had agents in the U.S., Britain, Australia, Tasmania, Mexico, New Zealand, India, cuba and Hawaii. Uncommon -- only known copy of this issue at the Strong. Light wear. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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2 Ayer's American Almanac 1902
Lowell, MA J. C. Ayer & Co. 1901 First Edition Brochure Very Good 
20 by 12.5 cm. Unpaginated, 36 pp., including wraps. Promotional pieces for various medicines and treatments, perhaps the most entertaining of which is for various "hair foods". Also cough medicines, headache pills, laxatives, and on and on. Scarce, two copies only on OCLC FirstServe (Rochester, New York Historical Society). Heavy age toning to pages but otherwise clean. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Barker's Komic Picture Souvenir
3 Barker's Komic Picture Souvenir
Philadelphia The Barker, Moore & Mein Medicine Co. Printed by Theodore Leonhardt & Son Wraps Wraps 
N.d., circa early 1890s. Oblong 8vo. 17.5 by 26.5 cm. 143 pp. There are various versions and formats of this collection of humorous cartoon advertisements for Barker's various remedies, this being early, and perhaps the earliest, of the collections. The cartoons sometimes play into the rampant Rascism of the day. The most prevalent aspect, though, is allusions to the political scene. Many of the cartoons are anthropomorphic. While there are sometimes long captions, the humor is primarily visual, and it is the visual element that can still generate an appreciative chuckle, as the text, besides being dated and making what are now esoteric allusions, is too laden with Barker product promotion. The pages are heavily toned, as to be expected with the cheap paper stock used. Small corner chip on cover. Light wear besides. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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De Trey's Diatoric Teeth
4 De Trey's Diatoric Teeth
De Trey & Co. Ltd. Wraps Very Good 
Scarce catalogue for improved false teeth which allowed for articulation. N.d., circa 1910. Oblong 4to. 25 by 31.5 cm. 36 pp., wraps. No copies of this catalogue were located on OCLC First Search. De Trey was the progenitor of The Dentists' Supply Co., which still exists today as Dentsply. Spine torn and partly perished. Otherwise, besides some light wear, clean and fresh. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Disease-Breeding Germs in Water Destroyed with Ozone Produced by Electricity
5 Disease-Breeding Germs in Water Destroyed with Ozone Produced by Electricity
Philadelphia United Water Improvement Company Good 
Scarce tract on the need to purify water for health reasons, and a consideration of the various means used to accomplish it. Circa 1910. (Stamped date of 1911 on cover, and dated letter reprinted within with date of 1909.) 4to. 22 by 15 cm. 32 pp., including cover. No copies located on OCLC or elsewhere. The brochure strikes us as prescient, as in its points about various approaches taken to improve water consumption, such as a warning against bottled water. Advocated is the use of ozone, or oxidation. Discussed too are the medical perils of impure water, such as typhoid fever. Cover soiled, with three very minor edge chips. With several ex-lib markings -- blindstamping by Franklin Institute, and several ink stamps and an inked number. Internally clean. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Electro Medical Guide and Directions for the Use of the Smith & Shaw Closed Cell Pocket Battery [together with] Four page folded sheet promotion of the closed cell pocket battery
6 Electro Medical Guide and Directions for the Use of the Smith & Shaw Closed Cell Pocket Battery [together with] Four page folded sheet promotion of the closed cell pocket battery
New York The Smith and Shaw Electric Co. Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1886, based on accompanying four page flyer which contains dated testimonials. 12mo. 17 by 12.5 cm. 30 pp. A long glossary of conditions alleviated by electricity, with general advice on how it is to be done with the particular condition. List is arranged alphabetically, "Abscesses" to "Wry Neck". A variant on the typical 19th Century nostrum promotion? Also several pages devoted specifically to the company's pocket battery. Scarce -- only one copy found on OCLC, at North Carolina. Light wear. Folded sheet accompanying brochure is foxed, with old fold lines, and somewhat rough. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Hood's Pansy
7 Hood's Pansy
Lowell, MA C. I. Hood & Co. NA Fine 
Pansy-shaped booklet with chromolithograph of pansy on cover. N.d., circa 1890. 10.5 by 10.5 at tallest and widest. 16 pp., plus wraps. Promotion for a sarsaparilla panacea, with "Makes the weak strong". Minor soil spots on cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Illustrated Catalogue of Reliable Goods Abdominal Supporters, Elastic Stockings, Knee Caps, Suspensory Bandages, Anklets, Orthopaedic Apparatus, Trusses, Etc. Etc.
8 Illustrated Catalogue of Reliable Goods Abdominal Supporters, Elastic Stockings, Knee Caps, Suspensory Bandages, Anklets, Orthopaedic Apparatus, Trusses, Etc. Etc.
Philadelphia G. W. Flavell & Bro., Inc. Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 8vo. 20 by 13 cm. 48 pp. Many illustrations and often long-ish, even narrative, descriptions of the many products, which include, besides those explicitly listed on the cover, such things as hernia binders, abdominal binders, pessaries, braces for knock knee (genu Valgum), bow legs, paralysis, hip joint disease, club foot walking shoes, medically indicated corsets for curvatures and Markoe's apparatus for torticollis, and much more. The models are often children. Also separate sheet with orthopaedic measurement diagram for proper sizing. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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9 Japanese Woodblock Print Medical Handbook
1872 Very Good 
Meiji 5, or 1872. 22 by 15 cm. 57 pp, all but one with fine detailed woodblock prints of human anatomy. Light to moderate wear of cover. Sharp impressions within. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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10 Original Japanese Woodblock Print Book on Chinese Medicine
Wraps Good 
Circa 1690. Oblong, 12.5 by 18 cm. 32 leaves, of which 13 pages have one or two illustrations, somewhat explicit, of men and women with medical issues. Considerable wear. Small hole and edge loss of front cover. Some soiling throughout, but overall, well-preserved. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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11 Photo Album of the Royal Normal College for the Blind, circa 1890
Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
Oblong, 17.5 by 23 cm. 13 laid-in well-executed albumen print photos, one per page. Depict blind students rowing, riding group bicycles, dancing around a Maypole, jumping rope, performing gymnastic exercises, swimming, choral singing, working in a shop class, performing an acrobatic stunt -- in other words, documenting their active lifestyle. Also a group photo of perhaps female teachers, and a group of teenage male students. The Royal Normal College for the Blind was founded in 1871 in Upper Norwood, London, by the English philanthropist and doctor Thomas Rhodes Campbell and the American abolitionist and pedagogue Francis Joseph Campbell. Both of these men were themselves blind, and it was their objective to establish a school that would train blind students to be independent. The curriculum prioritized physical and music education. The thought was to pave the way for students to have careers as organists, piano tuners and music teachers, as indeed many ended up having. The school continues to thrive; it is located in Hereford. Condition: moderate wear and soiling to the album. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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12 Pomeroy Surgical Appliances Catalog No. 14
Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 23 by 15.5 cm. 63 pp. Unusual, scarce trade catalogue for artificial limbs, various medical belts and corsets, crutches, elastic stockings and elastic wares, extension shoes and elevators, trusses, orthopedic braces and other products, jock straps, urinals, etc. No copies of this or any Pomeroy trade catalogue found on OCLC. Light wear. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Rubifoam.  How To Have Good Teeth.  Presented with the Compliments of E.W. Hoyt & Co. Lowell, Mass. U.S.A.  Manufacturers of the Perfect Liquid Dentifrice and Tooth Wash
13 Rubifoam. How To Have Good Teeth. Presented with the Compliments of E.W. Hoyt & Co. Lowell, Mass. U.S.A. Manufacturers of the Perfect Liquid Dentifrice and Tooth Wash
Lowell, Massachusetts E. W. Hoyt & Co. Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. Oblong, 10 by 15.5 cm. 8 pp., including wraps. The small brochure supposedly reprints the winning essay in an essay contest about tooth care. The essay sets forth a ten point guide to tooth care. In between each of the essay's points are interjected promotional pitches for Rubifoam. Also interspersed are sweet color illustrations that don't have anything to do with the topic at hand, but one might think of these vignettes as the Victorian equivalent of television pharmaceutical ads which show attractive young models enjoying a blissful lifestyle such as might not apply to the actual target audience for the drug. Here the vignettes mostly show children, giving this brochure a kinship to juvenile literature of the day. This brochure is scarce, with no copies found on OCLC First Search, and only a few items from Hoyt relating to Rubifoam. One small chip on front wrap. Otherwise, clean. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Sunbeam Talbot 80 90
14 Sunbeam Talbot 80 90
London Lund Humphries, printer. Rootes Group. Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1948, when the 80 and 90 models were first introduced. Oblong, 19 by 27 cm. 24 pp., plus stiff wraps. Promotion on the first car in the world to exceed a speed of 200 MPH! Many color illustrations. Scarce, with no copies of catalogue found on OCLC First Search. Small area where erasure evident on first page. Otherwise, clean. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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15 The Viavi Gynecological Plates Designed to Educate Mothers and Daughters Concerning Diseases of the Uterine Organs
San Francisco The Viavi Company 1891 Cloth Very Good Plus 
8vo. 20 by 13 cm. Nine plates, all here, but not in chronological order. All but one have color chromolithography. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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16 Warner's Safe Dictionary Comprising over Five Thousand Words with Definitions and Pronunciations; Carefully Selected from Best Authorities and embracing All the More Difficult Words in General Use
Rochester, New York H. H. Warner & Co. 1889 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
4to. 29.5 by 15.5 cm. 32 pp. plus wraps. Versos are generally devoted to concise definition of words, and facing rectos are predominantly testimonials for the Warner & Co.'s various remedies. Inside cover features an illustration of a safe, as in a bank safe, which is meant as a metaphor for the company's "safe" cures. Warner had a diverse assortment of nostrums, including for kidney and liver, Bright's disease, female issues, malaria, and on and on. Elsewhere is a promotion for Warner's cookbook. A typical, if somewhat larger, pharmaceutical promotional flyer of the day, since these often included texts and illustrations not directly germane to the products being hawked but were coupled with the promotion to incentivize recipients to glance at the item, and possibly save it for a while. Moderate wear and soiling on the cover. Tiny dogear on lower corner of some leaves. Age toning to the leaves, as to be expected with the cheap paper stock employed. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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[Broadside] The Life of a British Sailor Saved by Morrison's Pill.  Morrison's Pills for Exportation.
17 [Broadside] The Life of a British Sailor Saved by Morrison's Pill. Morrison's Pills for Exportation.
London O. Hodgson NA Good 
Early use of humor in advertising of a medicine. N.d., late 1830s, according to British Museum. 38 by 27 cm. Hand-colored picture of a jolly shipwrecked sailor, his face ravaged by warts and sitting in what looks like a barrel in the middle of the ocean, a long pony tail trailing off and attracting the glances of smiling fish. The caption: "Never go to sea without a large box of Morrison's Pills they will save your life said the doctor and sure his honour was right and no mistake when we were wreckd [sic] and all aboard perish'd I swallow'd the Pills jump'd into the Box and here I am going with a fair wind safe ashore." Scarce. Besides the British Museum, only other copies known, via OCLC, at Wellcome Library, and digital version shows up for Tufts. Condition: staining and flattened creases. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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[Circular] Increase Your Height.  Clarke's Patent Invisible Elevator Co.
18 [Circular] Increase Your Height. Clarke's Patent Invisible Elevator Co.
New York The Clarke Supply Co. NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880. Single fold circular. 31 by 24 cm. 4 pp. Promoting shoes with internal heels meant to increase the appearance of height of the wearer. Cover with illustrations of bearded man and resulting height increases via various footwear, and of a foot in a boot, a shoe, etc. Speaks of many medical advantages of such footwear, including the prevention of nervous affection, prostration, neuralgia, headache, paralysis, epilepsy, locomotor-ataxia, Chorea, St. Vitus Dance, etc. etc., and so in keeping with quack medical promotions of the day. Asserts the invisible elevators avoid detection, discomfort or injury. With testimonials and a price list. Scarce -- no copies found on OCLC First Search or elsewhere. Condition: later neat folds now flattened. Short but neat handwritten note. Light wear. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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19 [Faux Book] "Weapons of Precision" "Tabloid" and "Soloid" Brand Products. Burroughs Wellcome & Co.
London Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Very Good Minus 
World War One era advertising box by pharmaceutical giant. The green tin box measures 173 by 130 mm, 40 mm thick. The raised bands and subtle gradations of color enhance the resemblance to an actual book. With typical scratches and minor dings as found on tin boxes of this age. Clean within. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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20 [Metamorphic Card] Buckingham's Dye for the Whiskers
Nashua, NH R. P. Hall & Co. NA Very Good 
An advertising card for hair whisker dye with a metamorphic flap to show the before and after. N.d., circa 1880. (Based on facial hair style.) Closed, 8.5 by 7.5 cm. Open, 13.5 cm. On the back of the card is a plug for a product called Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer. Besides claiming that the product will restore gray or faded hair to its original color as in youth, an assertion that the product will prevent baldness, cure dandruff, erutpions and itching of the head. If that were not enough, the product is hailed as an "excellent" hair dressing". Further claimed is that "the best Physicians use and recommend it." The back has remnants of adhesive, but while covering the edges of text, not making any of it unreadable. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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