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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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Hood's Pansy
4 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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5 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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6 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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7 Photo Album of Institute for 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. Probably the Perkins Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts -- the buildings resemble those on the campus today yet with differences which suggest these buildings may no longer stand, if indeed this is Perkins. Condition: moderate wear and soiling to the album. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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8 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
9 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
10 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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11 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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12 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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13 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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14 [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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15 [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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16 [Russian Cookbook] ????? ? ??????? ? ????????? ????? [The Book of Healthy and Tasty Food]
Moscow ????????????? 1962 Cloth Good 
4to. 26.5 by 21 cm. 424 pp. Many color plates -- these are photo-based color drawings, for the most part. Also many b/w text illustrations, mostly photos. This cookbook, originally published in 1939 and revised afterward, was developed by scientists at the Soviet Institute of Nutrition in the Academy of Medical Sciences. With its lavish illustrations, the book was more than a practical handbook in the kitchen, but also a potent piece of Soviet propaganda. Many of the recipes were not feasible for the average family during the Soviet Era because of the chronic scarcity in grocery stores, but they nonetheless suggested how life was good under the Soviet system. Also, the writers touted the success of the Soviet food industry in the introductory chapter. Moderate wear to binding. Scattered soiling of the pages. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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17 Albin-Guillot, Laure Les Sources scientifiques litteraires anecdotiques T. VII. No. 8
Paris Alf. Daniel-Brunet Wraps Near Fine 
Handsome drug catalogue. 8vo. 19 by 13.5 cm. 16 pp., with one fold-out. Promotion for several pharmaceuticals, including ones called la Coreine (for colitis), Stal-Kosal (for dyspepsia, etc.), Novo-Brol, etc. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Bobbin, Timothy [John Collier]. Edward Orme, engraver The Passions, Humourously Delineated. Containing Twenty-Five Plates, With His Portrait, Title Plate, and Poetical Descriptions.
London Edward Orme. J. Hayes, printer 1810 Half Calf Very Good 
4to. 28 by 21 cm. 26 hand-colored plates in all (including dedication page plate, which does read as a full plate), plus frontis copper engraved portrait, uncolored, of Bobbin. Following a one page intro (address), the format is a plate is faced with an explanatory verse, usually short but in two instances, continuing onto a second page. Scarce with contemporary hand-coloring. Bobbin, whose real name was John Collier (1708-1786), was the Lancashire Hogarth, and was both celebrated in his day for his illustrations and his writings, which in the case of this work, was rendered in light verse. His publication on the Lancashire dialect was indeed the first important work to treat the subject and thus his legacy is both as a humorist and a linguistic scholar. The illustrations evoke the saucy genre paintings of earlier Dutch artwork as well as Hogarth and closer contemporaries such as George Moutard Woodward. They are exceptional, though, in their economy of composition, with little expended on extraneous background and details, and in this they stand apart from Woodward, not to mention Rowlandson and other illustrators of the period. Topically, the illustrations and verse have a broadness of theme that while of its period, also handily transcend it. Thus topics include love, anger, mercenary marriage unions, the squandering of savings in the pursuit of a Pyrrhic court victory. Dentistry, or the torture of tooth pulling, is the subject of a number of the plates, as is intemperate drinking. The characters depicted are rogues, simpletons, rakes, picaresque types, vulgarians, the panoply of everyday English society, brimming with life, if not always virtue. Rebacked in matching calf. Old calf abraded and chipped. Scattered soiling. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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Four works by George Cruikshank bound together, including:  (1) Phrenological Illustrations, or An Artist's View of the Craniological System of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim.  (2) Illustrations of Time.  (3) Scraps and Sketches.  To be Continued Occasionally.  (4) Scraps and Sketches, Part the Second., Cruikshank, George
19 Cruikshank, George Four works by George Cruikshank bound together, including: (1) Phrenological Illustrations, or An Artist's View of the Craniological System of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim. (2) Illustrations of Time. (3) Scraps and Sketches. To be Continued Occasionally. (4) Scraps and Sketches, Part the Second.
London Cruikshank himself. Sold by J. Robins and Co. 1827, 1827, 1828, 1829, respectively Half Calf. Marbled Boards. Very Good 
Oblong, 26.5 by 37.5 cm. 24 hand-colored plates. Note that all of these are works often encountered in black and white, or without hand-coloring. One of the plates for Scraps and Sketches, the first part, is grouped in the Part the Second -- both are supposed to have six plates. (Title, 3, six hand-colored plates, blank, title, six hand-colored plates, blank, title, five hand-colored plates, blank, title, seven hand-colored plates, blank.) The four works, while separate, are all of a piece in their oblong dimensions, their general format and humor, their publication details (self-published, with Robins as the vendor). Phreonological Illustrations here was issued one year after the first edition, but the plates are all watermarked August 1826. The Illustrations of Time is a first edition. Cohn 178 and 179. The Scraps and Sketches are both first editions. Cohn 180. Two other installments, those of 1830 and 1831, are not included here. Light scattered foxing and soiling (finger smudges) throughout, with most of it on the tissue guards. On the prelims and two text pages of Phrenological Illustrations the foxing is a bit more prevalent. Edgewear to the binding, with rubbing along the edges especially at the corners. Rebacked, with matching leather. Newer endpapers. Handsome original leather label on front board. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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Writing Folio (or Blotter) Promotion with Chinese-style Faux Lacquer (Faux Mother-of-Pearl and Paper Mache Boards), Produced by F. Hoffmann-La  Roche & Cie., F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Cie.
20 F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Cie. Writing Folio (or Blotter) Promotion with Chinese-style Faux Lacquer (Faux Mother-of-Pearl and Paper Mache Boards), Produced by F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Cie.
Paris Faux Lacquer Very Good Minus 
Handsome folder promoting opium as a pharmaceutical! N.d., circa 1900 to 1910. 30 by 23 cm. Tabularly-presented text is on the endpapers, with four leaves of heavy blank yellow paper bound in by string. On the two page table of particular interest, in our view, is the drug called "Pantopon 'Roche'" whose composition is "Opium Total". Other drugs, we note, contain "barbiturate." The opium-connection might explain the Chinoiserie decoration of the binder. Of course, the boards are also very decorative, making this binder a prized promotional giveaway, which we assume it would have been to the company's customers and other contacts. The Basel-based Hoffmann La Roche was founded in 1896 and soon had offices in Paris. It remains to this day a pharmaceutical giant. Minor surface loss to the black faux lacquer surface along the edges. Ink and pencil marks abounding on the yellow blanks, suggesting these were used as blotter paper. Minor loss and looseness to the endpaper at the spine. 
Price: 775.00 USD
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