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1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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 feverCover 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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Dr. U.S. Manuels Course of Physical Culture
5 Dr. U.S. Manuels Course of Physical Culture
Philadelphia Croft and Allen Company 1904 Wraps Very Good 
12mo. 12.5 by 7.5 cm. [32] pp. Pictorial wrappers, 16 color litho illustrations showing how various exercises are done. The sixteen exercises described are ones we are told were "approved of by a jury of experts". They are mostly vigorous stretches, and they touch on virtually all body parts, including the feet, the trunk, the hands, etc. This scarce brochure (no copies on OCLC) was a promotion for a chocolate and breakfast food (breakfast cocoa) manufacturer. The fact that it is also promoting physical culture might seem an odd initiative for a chocolate company, but certainly one that has become well-worn by breakfast food brands. The final eight pages and the inside rear wrap are devoted to Croft and Allen products, with a chromo image of a Swiss Milk Chocolate box on the inside wrap, and a color illustration of the company's large factory on the rear cover. The manual is a comparatively early specimen of physical culture literature, at least in terms of its seeking to reach a wider audience. Condition: tiny corner chip, front wrap. Otherwise, light wear. 
Price: 175.00 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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11 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
12 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
13 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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14 The "Dilatare" Pessary Woman's Friend. (Patented September 27th, 1898)
New York The Hygiene & Kalology Co. 1898 First edition NA Very Good 
Folded sheet sales promotion for the company's new pessary, which they touted as a home remedy for a multitude of woman's genialogical issues, including suppressed menstruation, leucorrhoea, and most interestingly, barrenness. As to the last problem, the company offered a two month money back guarantee. With several simple illustrations. Closed, 21 by 14 cm, and four pages. Usual testimonials on last page. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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The Burleson Sanitarium Established 1899.  The largest institution in the world for the treatment of diseases of the rectum
15 The Burleson Sanitarium Established 1899. The largest institution in the world for the treatment of diseases of the rectum
Grand Rapids, Michigan Burleson Sanitarium 1923 Wraps Near Fine 
4to. 27 b 14.5 cm. 96 pp. The Burleson Sanitarium continued in operation until 1968, at a different location from the one shown in this booklet beginning in 1927. The institute professed to use a painless dissolvent method in conjunction with the application of a mild electric current that was non-surgical. This technique it claimed could cure piles, fistulas, fissures, ulcers, prolapses and all other diseases of the rectum excepting cancer. The brochure speaks of the sanitarium's hotel facilities -- the sanitarium in fact basically occupied a full floor of a Grand Rapids hotel. Contained within the brochure are many photos of staff, top to bottom, and the facilities -- waiting rooms, treatment rooms, labs, and the hotel's whole facilities, including the kitchen, bedrooms, etc. 23 pages of testimonials. Uncommon. Condition: light wear of the wraps. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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16 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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Victor Vario-Frequency Diathermy Apparatus A Two-Section Mobile Apparatus for a Complete Range of High Frequency Therapy.  Bulletin No. 274
17 Victor Vario-Frequency Diathermy Apparatus A Two-Section Mobile Apparatus for a Complete Range of High Frequency Therapy. Bulletin No. 274
Chicago Victor X-Ray Corporation NA Very Good 
Circa 1925. 4to. 25 by 17 cm. 12 pp., including cover. Scarce. Only one copy, of an earlier version of this brochure, found on OCLC -- at Harvard Med. Cover is lightly to moderately soiled. Otherwise clean. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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18 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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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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