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1 Manuscript Broadside with Probably an Original Poem Written with Calligraphy and Fancy Penwork Ornamentation
NA Very Good 
N.p., American. N.d., circa 1840s. (The heavy stock paper is watermarked Whatman 1843.) We can not state definitively that the verse was original to whomever wrote it out, but we could find no trace of the poem elsewhere. The elegaic verse begins: "Abby's gone! that pleasant daughter,/ She whose face was lighted up/ At your coming and whose presence/ Added joy to life's full cup." We would guess that the manuscript was inspired by an actual death, and was a gift to the bereaved parent(s). The calligraphy is a beautiful complement to the sentiments expressed. A most unusual and appealing piece of poetic ephemera. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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New Paragon School Desk.  Manufactured by A. H.  Andrews & Co., 686 Broadway, New York
2 New Paragon School Desk. Manufactured by A. H. Andrews & Co., 686 Broadway, New York
New York 1881 
Advertising school equipment, with biggest emphasis on the company's new patented desk, but also promotion its school globes, its lunar tellurian, its "Alpha" dustless crayon, its dustless eraser and the Potter blackboard. Circa 1881 (when the desk was patented). 47 by 15 cm. All these products are shown in small engraved illustrations. The sheet is now folded. Text on both sides. Light wear. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Vida de la mujer y hombre borracho Num. 54
3 Vida de la mujer y hombre borracho Num. 54
NA Very Good 
N.d., 19th Century. 43 by 31.5 cm. 48 cells, or small vignettes, depicting how alcohol is the road to a life of misery and destruction. The cells are woodcut illustrations, each with a caption that carries forward a loose episodic narrative of the many inconveniences and miseries caused by drink. Scarce, with no copies located anywhere. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Ye Tale of Fiddulpington
4 Ye Tale of Fiddulpington
NA Very Good 
Original nonsense narrative poem about a spendthrift, dissolute knight who marries for money. N.d., circa 1890. 34 by 21.5 cm. With eight round mounted cameo caricaturish illustrations rended with pen and ink. The poet was a gifted amateur -- his silly verses will still provoke laughter. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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[Broadside] Butts & Ordway, Agents for The Famous Spiral Spring Cart.
5 [Broadside] Butts & Ordway, Agents for The Famous Spiral Spring Cart.
Boston NA Very Good 
Cute advertisement showing a monkey atop the cart driving two frogs! N.d., late 19th century. Dimensions: 28 by 21.5 cm. The ad speaks of the easy adjustability of the cart, its versatility (it can be used with large or small horses, etc.), its elimination of horse motion to its ride -- in other words, a smooth ride. Condition: tiny hole by where folds meet. A few tiny edge chips by folds. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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[Broadside] The Life of a British Sailor Saved by Morrison's Pill.  Morrison's Pills for Exportation.
6 [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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[Broadside] Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden, Jan. 31, 1818, a new Tragedy, called Retribution; . . . Harlequin Gulliver . . .
7 [Broadside] Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden, Jan. 31, 1818, a new Tragedy, called Retribution; . . . Harlequin Gulliver . . .
1818 NA Good 
Of particular interest is the advertisement for the Gulliver's Travels adaptation. Also actors in the first play, Retribution, include Macready, Kemble, etc. Framed, 33 by 21 cm. The broadside itself, 31 by 18.5 cm. Age toning, moderate soiling. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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[Theatrical Broadsides] Two broadsides announcing and promoting  plays featuring actor Charles Mathews First broadside:  Last Night.  Theatre-Royal, Hay-Market.  September 15, 1817.  The Travellers Benighted; . . . The Actor of All Work; . . . Teasing Made Easy.  Second broadside:  Mr. Mathews will be found at home, in the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh, Tuesday, March 25, 1828. . . Home Circuit, or Cockney Gleanings . . . Before Breakfast
8 [Theatrical Broadsides] Two broadsides announcing and promoting plays featuring actor Charles Mathews First broadside: Last Night. Theatre-Royal, Hay-Market. September 15, 1817. The Travellers Benighted; . . . The Actor of All Work; . . . Teasing Made Easy. Second broadside: Mr. Mathews will be found at home, in the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh, Tuesday, March 25, 1828. . . Home Circuit, or Cockney Gleanings . . . Before Breakfast
London, Edinburgh Printer: T. Woodfall. No printer given for second broadside 1817. 1828 
Framed, 39 by 50 cm. First broadside measures 29 by 17.5 cm. Second, 27 by 19 cm. Attractively matted and framed. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Oxford Almanack for the Year of our Lord God MDCCCVIII, Turner, I.M.W., artist.  [James Mallord William Turner].  Engraved by James Basire
9 Turner, I.M.W., artist. [James Mallord William Turner]. Engraved by James Basire The Oxford Almanack for the Year of our Lord God MDCCCVIII
1807 NA Very Good 
A scarce broadside almanac and one dominated by a Turner panoramic view of the university town from the far side of the river. Measuring 54 by 48 cm. About two-thirds of the broadside is taken up with the engraving. Below the engraving is the calendar. In between is the title in a center box, and to its sides are boxes with one, listing the kings of England, the other, the then current officers of the university. No copies found anywhere. The British Library has a similar broadside almanack for 1806, depicting Exeter College and executed by Turner and Basire, but not this year nor this panoramic scene. Also no copy showing up in a search of the Bodleian. Backed by linen, as we believe it might have been originally so issued. Light soiling, but mainly an appealing patina from the age toning. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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