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1 Abuse of Alcohol, Tobacco, Opium, Etc.
St. Louis, Missouri Rio Chemical Co. Wraps. Stapled. Very Good 
A high for a high! Or a cure for sundry intoxicants or narcotics with a product containing cocaine! N.d., circa 1890. 8vo. 19.5 by 12.5 cm. 16 pp., wraps. The product being promoted here was called Celerina. The pamphlet starts off with an article entitled "Inebriety" by S. B. Houts, which goes into the wonderfulness of Celerina. Following, and about ten pages of the pamphlet, are doctors' testimonials. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC First Search. (There are a few examples of other promotions of Celerina listed.) 
Price: 200.00 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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4 Conquer Constipation and Reduce Your Weight
San Francisco Rol-Ton Laboratories NA Good 
Promotion for a kooky roll contraption, the Cathryn Joyce Reducer, which promised the two assertions of the title through various exercises depicting in ten vignette drawings. (The roll had two grips and four balls in the center which rolled on the central axis as the user rolled the object up and down various parts of the body. N.d., circa 1920s. Folding sheet, opening to eight pages, including the cover. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. We can't say whether the device was the first such gimmick promising weight loss without dieting, or for a non-exertion exercise machine, but it was most definitely early in the chronology of such gimcrackery, as it was the 1920s when a more svelte body shape became the ideal. Moderate wear to the pamphlet. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Cured by Dr. Wm. Hall's Balsam for the Lungs
5 Cured by Dr. Wm. Hall's Balsam for the Lungs
New York NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880. Ad for a lung panacea, a remedy for everything from colds to consumption. Closed, 9 by 8.5 cm, showing a disconsolate man, when the flap is lowered (14 cm), showing him rejuvenated and holding a bottle of the medicine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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De Trey's Diatoric Teeth
6 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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Happy Days.  Presented by the Makers of Carter's Little Liver Pills
7 Happy Days. Presented by the Makers of Carter's Little Liver Pills
New York City Ballin, Liebler 1881 Wraps. Brochure Near Fine 
12mo. 14.5 by 9 cm. 32 pp., plus wrap covers. A fairly standard promotional brochure for a medical remedy, this one, to treat all sorts of digestive and liver problems. Mixed in with the outright touting of the liver pills are short articles of interesting miscellaneous facts and figures, verse, and the like. One can think of this sort of pamphlet as the predecessor of drug company-owned radio or television shows, in which to win some goodwill and induce the public to pay attention to its sales pitch, it offers entertainment which may or may not also make a soft or subliminal sell for the product. This brochure has an appealing chromolithograph on its cover and its back, and obviously it is seeking to reach its consumers through their children as well. A tiny corner chip on the rear cover, and light wear besides. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Hood's Pansy
8 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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Hot Cross Buns Hot Cross Buns
9 Hot Cross Buns Hot Cross Buns
Providence, RI Horsford's Acid Phosphate Wraps. Brochure Very Good 
Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC or elsewhere. N.d., circa 1900. 4to. 24 by 17 cm. 12 pp., including wraps. With four of these pages featuring full color plate illustrations, all naive color woodcuts that show the influence of the Lowlands in their palette, style and clothing. This promotional brochure is made up principally of familiar nursery rhymes that are slightly tweaked, and it is wherein these modifications that lies the small surprise. In addition to the color plates, each nursery rhyme is accompanied by a black and white illustration. The back cover is devoted to an advertisement for Horsford's Acid Phosphate, "a wonderful tonic and nerve food. [A scientific and carefully prepared Medicine.]" This panacea is supposed to cure headache, indigestion, debility, dyspepsia, exhaustion, wakefulness, and a reduced state of the nervous system. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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J-A-K-E-S Jingle Book
10 J-A-K-E-S Jingle Book
Plattsburg, NY Jacques Capsule Co., Inc. 1922 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
16mo. 15 by 11 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp. including wraps. Promotion for a panacea drug, Jacques Little Wonder Capsules, with colorful illustrations of adaptation of nursery rhymes and similar doggeril verse. There are two illustrations per page that show the influence of the newspaper comic strip. Uncommon, with only three copies located on OCLC FirstServe. Moderate wear and soiling to cover. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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11 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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12 New Trubyte Form Selector. "Play the Trubyte System" for the Most Pleasing Dentures. For Every Face Form There is a Harmonizing Tooth Form. Face Forms. Tooth Forms.
New York The Dentists' Supply Company of New York 1938 NA Fine 
Revolving wheel card gizmo to help denture customers select the right denture style based on their face shape. 23 by 17 cm. Explanatory contents on back. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Notebook of Medical Remedies (Receipts Book)
13 Notebook of Medical Remedies (Receipts Book)
1847-1864 Full Calf Very Good 
Oblong, 13 by 21.5 cm. Handwritten medical recipes and concoctions, both human and some equine. A total of 59 pages of text, starting at both ends of the book, with many blanks in between -- over 100 blank pages. Ten pages starting at the front are just notations for the receipt of funds; these are helpful in terms of dating and location. The other end is entirely recipes, and thus of far greater interest in terms of content. Recipes are for such things as purgative horse balls, Golan tincture, Breed's Bitter Tincture, a cure for Rheumatism, a treatment for Rheumatism of horses, balms for scratches, medicines for fever, cholera, Scarlet Fever, ague, and Pink Eye; a stomach bitter, a treatment for dysentery, a tooth powder, cough mixtures and syrups, and on and on. With pills, powders, syrups, creams, oils, teas, etc. Unusual concoctions include McNair's Blister and other blisters. All written in a neat, near calligraphic hand. Heavy wear to the cover. Some scattered soiling. Marbled endpapers. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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14 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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15 Physician's Anatomical Aid Patented
Chicago Western Publishing House Pebbled Cloth Portfolio Very Good 
Portfolio with ten chormolithographic plates depicting the human anatomy, with six of those plates having flaps, two of these devoted to the male and female sexual organs. N.d., circa 1890. 39 by 28 cm. By portfolio, what is meant is that the outside is an actual portfolio with a key lock. In this one, the lock only partially functions -- it doesn't truly lock. The word, "Physician", is rubbed out on title. One of the clasps meant to hold down the flaps is missing, with no loss to the flaps. Wear and rubbing to the pebbled cloth. Soiling scattered throughout the contents. Still, all flaps are present and functional as intended, and still an excellent cross-sectional presentation of human anatomy. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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16 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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17 Practical Hints on Massaging at Home to Clear the Complexion, Remove Wrinkles, Round Out Thin Cheeks, Neck, Shoulders and Arms to Develop the Bust
Brooklyn, NY Dr. Charles Flesh Food Co. 
N.d., circa 1890. 8vo. 16 by 13 cm. 16 pp., including wraps. With grainy photographs illustrating how to eradicate lines on the forehead, get rid of crow's feet and accomplish other health and beauty objectives. The company, though, is also pushing healing soap, face powder, ceme "Oz-No-La", tonic tablets for nervous people, laxative pellets, Revivo hair treatment, Dry Rouge. The company has a product for much of what can ail you. And it assures readers that its youth reviving products are not about vanity but rather "your duty to yourself and friends." Scarce, with only copy located on OCLC FirstSearch at the University of Rochester. Light soiling and wear on cover. The brochure is of a very thin paper stock and is thus quite fragile. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Pregnancy.  Its Signs and Complications
18 Pregnancy. Its Signs and Complications
New York The Denver Chemical Manufacturing Co. Printer: The Equity Press Inc. 1924 First edition Wraps Very Good Plus 
8vo. 19 by 11.5 cm. 16 pp. Front cover with cut-out window with one side shaped to contours of doctor with stethoscope. Fresh tinted illustrations within. Uncommon piece of medical ephemera, with only five copies located on OCLC First Search. Light wear. 
Price: 135.00 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
19 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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20 Syrup of Figs. Nature's Pleasant Laxative. Manufactured by California Fig Syrup Co.
San Francisco California Fig Syrup Co. NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. 12.5 by 8 cm. With three ridged edges. 4 pp., including wraps. Pretty chromo on cover, two page sales pitch within, B/W picture of packaging on back. Slight abrading on back where once the item was pasted. Minor loss of words there. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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