An interesting relic of the 19th century; a salesman's prospectus for an 1893 edition of James G. Blaine's Life an Public Services. The bindings gives an example of the cloth edition, and within the cover is a leather spine label of the "Deluxe" edition. A flyleaf proclaims, "Magnificent Premium with Every Book". The first approx. 70 leaves give examples of what will be in the book. At the rear is a broadside, subscriber's list (of which this seller did not achieve any entries). This is an affordable example of this style of prospectus, a similar format of salesman's prospectus for Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn is fetching nearly $10k.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 20 x 13.5 x 1 cm. Cloth hardcover publisher's binding. Page edges marbled. Decorative endpapers. Approx. 100 exemplary leaves. Broadside and subscriber's list at the rear.
See pictures. Some vintage patina with shelf and edge wear and an occasional rub. Just the slightest out-of-square. Leather strip on pastedown. Several small pencil bookseller marks on sales flyleaf. Some toning to pages, typical of 19th century paper.
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