Chicago: O.J. McClure, 1932. Paperback. Third printing. A book encouraging prohibition and emphasizing the evils of alcohol. "It is liquor that causes crime. Liquor causes crime directly, by poisoning the mind and producing criminal tendency. Everybody knows this. But everybody does not know the liquor causes far more crime by poisoning the mind with its false propaganda" (page 17). Red side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Darkening to covers and damp staining throughout. A good reading copy of a somewhat scarce title. 64 pages. Good +.
New York: The American News Company, 1879. Hardcover. Includes 25 colored art plates and 800 engravings. A memento from the first World's Fair in the U.S., which was attended by nearly 10 million visitors. Thirty-seven countries participated in this historic event. Elephant folio bound in three quarter tan leather over black pebbled cloth boards. Gilt title to spine and front cover. This impressive volume has been expertly restored and rebacked using all of the original materials. Minor wear and rubbing to boards, edges, and corners. A few chips to leather and book cloth. A few small dampstains to book cloth. Clean and bright interior with vibrant chromo-lithographic illustrations. Occasional smudge marks to margins. 395 pages. AME/122018. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1926. Hardcover. "Every story in this book is true. In books out of print, in trustworthy histories, in letters and newspapers that are long out of date, the foundation for every story has been found. In spite of their privations and sufferings, some of the finest characters in American history were produced in those stirring days. The lessons they inculcated are not limited in time or in power" (preface). Stories address topics including ghosts and witches, pig stealing, fish, nicknames, Blackbeard, Colonel Smith, Indians, Arkansas pioneer life, Captain Samuel Brady, Georgia pioneer life, and more. Tan cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Slight browning to spine. Minor fraying to spine ends. Star stamp to rear free endpaper and a few pencil markings to endpapers, else clean. 252 pages. AME/102518. Very Good.
Baltimore: Montgomery Ward & Co., 1931. Softcover. Who knew that Montgomery Ward used to sell groceries by catalog? Pages of dry goods; canned fruit, vegetables, and fish; condiments, jellies, and jams; smoked meats; livestock feeds, and more. All at prices that seem impossible today. Inserted are an order form and mailing envelope, and a flyer talking about their monthly Thrift Specials. Some aging to paper but very good condition. 7.25 x 9.25 inches. 32 pages. COOK/121018. Very Good.
Hartford, CT: Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1875. First Edition. Rare inscribed copy: "To Dr H. D. Nicoll, With grateful thanks and compliments of the author. A.E. Young," written on free front endpaper. In this fascinating autobiography by Brigham Young's "apostate" wife, Ann-Eliza Young (1844-1917) writes of the horrors and degradations of polygamy that she learned through her personal experiences as Young's wife number 19. Brigham Young was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the foundings of the precursors to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University [Wikipedia]. Ann-Eliza reluctantly married him in 1848 when she was 24 and he 67. She filed for divorce in 1873 and was excommunicated by the Mormons in 1874. She became an outspoken advocate for women's rights and against the suppression of women. She dedicated this book to the Mormon Wives of Utah and also made a statement to the wives of Brigham Young that her quarrel was not with them and that she still had the warmest and tenderest feelings toward them. Bound in brown cloth with ornate gilt and black decorations and lettering on the front cover and spine. Spine is chipped, and covers are bumped and rubbed although still bright. Front and rear hinges are tender with front hinge slightly pulled open. Interior pages are clean with occasional light brown spots and a few page creases. Gutter exposed in book's middle because of opening flat. Ink ownership signature of Miss Annie Walker on free front endpaper that has left small inkstains on front pastedown. With steel engraving frontispiece of author protected by tissue guard and numerous illustrations throughout by Stanley Fox, a frequent illustrator for Harper's Weekly. A very nice copy despite noted flaws. 605 pages. REL/112718.