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Advertising - Feet. M. Joel & M. Kock, (from Paris) Corn Operators, by Special Appointment to the Duke de Orleans and Princess Adelaide, Prince Nassau ... most respectfully informs the Nobility, Gentry and Public in general, that they eradicate Bunions and Soft Corns from their very roots; ... n.p. [c1830?]. Single sheet (220x140mm); text printed in a decorative border with a cut of a corn operator at work at the top and a bare foot at the bottom. A couple of spots but pretty good. Au$125

Messieurs Joel and Kock normally spent their winters in Paris and summers in London but here their residence has been filled in by hand as 3 George Place, Plymouth, opposite the Royal Hotel.


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[Catalogue - Prints]. Hodgson & Graves, London. Catalogue of Engravings, after the finest pictures of the schools of Europe; systematically arranged ... index to the subjects ... a list of works in progress, or recently completed: forming part of the stock of Hodgson and Graves. London, Hodgson & Graves 1836. Octavo modern 'art' morocco with the original titled cloth from the front board laid down; viii,212 [of 214]pp. Top trimmed from the title, some browning and a leaf missing. Au$50

A bit sad, this somewhat flawed copy of an extensive and invaluable catalogue of the stock of the heirs to Boydell is unappealingly if solidly bound and has as said a piece cut from the top of the title page. More disturbing is the lack of p193/4 which contains W to Z of their list of books. However, the catalogues of engravings and index are complete and are certainly useful to any afficionado of engravings of the later 18th and earlier 19th centuries. Listed - wherever applicable - are dimensions, the cost of prints, proofs, special proofs and coloured copies.


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HOWARD, Thomas. On the Loss of the Teeth; and on the best means of restoring them. London, Simpkin & Marshall 1859. Small slender octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth; 62,[1]pp and a charming frontispiece printed in blue with a before and after overlay. An over possessive medico's bookplate and blindstamp on the front endpapers, rather a good copy. Au$200

A successful little book it seems, there were several printings between 1852 and 1862 (the publishers claim 27 by 1857). Howard, surgeon dentist to the Archbishop of Canterbury, at first seems to approve of artificial teeth made of hippo tusk but later points out that they don't last long. There are similar problems with ivory, gold and natural teeth (recycled from other mouths) which understandably disturb persons of "extreme sensibility and delicacy of feeling". He has, though, invented a "new description of composition teeth" which are "perfectly incorruptible" - their "durability is unbounded".
By 1863 Howard had moved from Hanover Square to Fleet Street and extended his hours from 11 till 4 to 10 till 5. Whether this means a thriving business or desperate decline I can't tell.


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[Catalogue - Fashion]. Grands Magasins du Printemps. Paris. Saison d'Ete 1870. Grands Magasins du Printemps. Exposition Publique et Grande Mise en Vente des plus belle nouveautes de la saison. Catalogue des articles les plus remarquables .. 1870. Paris, the company 1870. Small quarto printed wrapper; 32pp, 10 full page wood engraved illustrations. Printed in blue. A touch rumpled. Au$250

High fashion for ladies of course - and for young girls: one of the plates illustrates three girls and a baptism robe.


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Catalogue - Gravestones. D.L. Kent & Co. East Dorset, Vt. Turned Marble Monuments, Urns, etc. [c1870-80?]. Lithographed broadside, 59x72cm, illustrating 21 designs. Unfolded, in excellent shape. Au$450

Restrained and classical, not a barley twist or angel in sight.


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Catalogue - Fashion &c.. Grands Magasins de la Paix. Paris. Catalogue des Grands Magasins de la Paix. Premier Maison du Monde. Saison d'Hiver 1871-1872. Paris, the company 1871. Large octavo printed wrapper (a bit chipped); 64pp, woodcut illustrations. Minor signs of use. Au$125

Illustrated are some smart false collars (for men), some specimen embroidered initials and a range of metal beds - from the ornate and grand to portable, and some bassinettes and cots.


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Catalogue - tiles. Minton, Hollins & Co. Stoke Upon Trent. [Catalogue of art-painted tiles, enamelled tiles and embossed Majolica tiles]. Minton Hollins c1873. Small folio (33x22cm) publisher's cloth backed printed boards (ink stain on front cover); 2pp and 25 chromolitho plates, 12pp price list loosely inserted. Minor signs of use, the ink stain apart a rather good copy. Au$2750

Here we have the arty tiles those for walls, surrounds and so on. Encaustic and paving tile patterns were available separately from the company. Around 1870 there was a split between the partners of Minton and for a short while there were two companies making Minton tiles until a law suit settled the matter. Hence the stern declaration on the cover - and the price list - that the patents and the name belong this firm. Both cover and price list include their 1873 Vienna exposition medal and a slip added to the price list announces a price rise in August 1872 - 10% will be added to the prices here.
Maybe once a week for years and years - this was a long time ago when I kept shop with open doors in Sydney - an unappealing man would come in and ask if we had a 19th century Minton tile catalogue. When I said no, he said, "I do." I think he had some job that would be unspeakably dull but that it allowed him to tour the bookshops of greater Sydney assuring us all that he had a Minton tile catalogue. The last time I went to a Sydney book fair there he was, asking the same question with such anticipation that he barely paused for the answer before his inevitable boast. I don't remember his name, I don't know if he's still alive and I have no wish to see him ever again but still, still, I would like to say, "Why yes, yes I do".


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[Catalogue - Fashion]. Maison du Petit Saint-Thomas, Paris. Maison du Petit St Thomas. Saison d'Hiver 1879 - 1880. Paris, the company 1879. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 72pp, numerous wood engraved illustrations throughout and four fabric samples tipped inside the front cover; an additional illustrated leaf loosely inserted. A touch rumpled. Au$225

Something about this makes me think that this is the company that dressed the subjects of Manet paintings. An appealing catalogue with the latest fashions for women, men and children, from lingerie and cravats to fur trimmed coats and manteaus. There are as well such things as umbrellas, some furnishing fabrics and at the very end, some Chinese and Japanese 'objets authentiques' - vases, a cabinet &c.


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Catalogue - Pharmaceuticals. McKesson & Robbins, New York. Prices Current of Drugs and Druggists' Articles, chemical and pharmaceutical preparations, proprietry medicines & perfumery, sponges, corks, dyes, paints, etc., etc., etc. New York 1879. Octavo publisher's flush cut limp cloth, front titled in gilt; 224pp, numerous wood engraved illustrations. One section excepted, printed on pink paper. A rather good copy. Au$375

As well as the goods listed in the title this offers scales, glassware, brushes, surgical instruments and English toothbrushes, and still more.


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[Exhibition - Sydney 1879]. Sydney International Exhibition 1879. Official Catalogue of the British Section. London, J.M. Johnson [1879]. Octavo publisher's cloth; xlii,[2],316,viii[advert]pp, numerous wood engravings through the text. A rather good copy. Au$350

A presentation copy, so titled on the front cover and inside inscribed by the compiler, Edmund Johnson, to J.W. Willis-Bund. The title page is headed 'Under Revision' which suggests an early version of the catalogue but they may all be; the last copy through here was also a presentation copy with the same heading and the copy before that was so long ago it may as well have been catalogued in cuneiform for all the information it gives.


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Exhibition - Melbourne 1880. Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880. The Official Catalogue of the Exhibits, with introductory notices of the countries exhibiting. Melbourne, Mason Firth &c 1880. Two volumes bound together in contemporary half red gilt calf (edges a bit rubbed or scuffed); xvi,308;xvi,364pp, folding plan and some illustrations in the text. An attractive copy. Au$600

Second and better edition - late arrivals missed by the first edition have been included and "considerable improvements" and "extended notices" have been incorporated. So it is now "a complete record of the numerous exhibits".


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Catalogue - hearses. Merts & Riddle, Ravenna, Ohio. Merts & Riddle, Coach and Hearse Builders. Ravenna, printed by S.D. Harris [188-?]. Oblong octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 50pp, full page wood engraved illustrations throughout. A remarkably good copy. Au$250

Ravenna was clearly a hearse town in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Merts and Riddle bought their employer's coach building company in 1861 and expanded into hearses a decade or so later. When Merts left in 1891 the company became Riddle Coach & Hearse Co. This is the earliest catalogue - dated "1880 or so" - in the collection of Thomas Riddle, descendant and company historian. The catalogues at the Huntington with a conjectured date of 1875 aren't. Romaine did not see any Merts & Riddle catalogues.


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Catalogue - Hardware. The Penn Hardware Company, Reading, PA. Illustrated Catalogue of General Hardware Manufactured by the Penn Hardware Company ... 1883. Reading, printed by Coleman 1883. Quarto publisher's cloth (spine tips a little worn); x,143pp, wood engraved illustrations throughout. A rather good copy. Au$375

Builder's hardware and household goods handsomely illustrated, often at full size. The household goods include some lamps, inkstands and a couple of toy savings banks.


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TRELOAR, W.P. The Prince of Palms. London, Sampson Low &c [1884]. Elegantly slender octavo publisher's dark green cloth, front cover decorated & titled in gilt (a touch flecked); 50pp, colour frontispiece, wood engraved illustrations through the text, some full page. A rather good copy of this appealing book. Inscribed and signed by Treloar. Au$250

Treloar's father had published a pamphlet with the same title "about forty years ago" (in 1852 actually) with the object of publicising his new industry of cocoa-nut fibre mats and matting. The Treloars have done pretty well with coconuts as W.P. is Sir William Treloar Bart. The view of acres of their works at Southwark illustrates well enough the extent of their success and he has in turn published this paean to the enriching nut, updating and giving an account of the industry around the world.


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Catalogue - clothing. E. Rosenburger, New York City. A Dark Secret is Let Out By [cover title; inside:] The Clothing Specialists of America. E. Rosenburger & Co. NY, the company [c1890]. Large octavo (26x18cm) publisher's illustrated wrapper; [16]pp, illustrated by wood engravings throughout. A vertical fold, a rumpled but very decent copy. Au$350

A splendid example of the value that even the most casual racism adds to any advertising. Who could resist opening this to find out what could so shock this mammy? What is it about images like this that made them so successful? It can't just be that they were funny, nor that they comforted one race nursing a fear of another. And what makes them so magnetic now. It can't just be that they shock us? And what is the dark secret? I've been right through this and I'm still not convinced there isn't some secret beyond Rosenburger's cheap suits for men and boys.
I can't find this or any Rosenburger catalogue in Romaine, McKinstry or anywhere else I can think of looking.


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Agricultural machinery. A.G. Webster & Son, Hobart. Grain & Manure Drills, Sold by A.G. Webster & Son. [Hobart? c1890]. Illustrated flyer 16x13cm on blue paper, folding out to form eight pages; text on one side illustrations on the other. A smallish mark. Au$40


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Catalogue - farm machinery. The Farmers Friend Mfg Co, Dayton Ohio. Grain Drills. The company [c1890?]. Square octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 8pp including wrapper, illustrated. A nice copy. Au$40

With the Hobart agent's name, A.G. Webster & Son, printed on the front. Webster & Son - now Webster Ltd - went big in the 1880s publishing their own Tasmanian Agriculturist and Machinery Gazette and importing just about everything farm that there was.


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Catalogue - Pharmaceuticals. Weeks & Potter, Boston. Revised Catalogue of Foreign and Domestic Drugs, selected powders, fine essential oils, waters and extracts ... wines and liquors, proprietry medicines, druggists shop furniture ... sundries and surgical appliances, sponges, fancy goods, and toilet articles. Boston 1890. Octavo publisher's limp cloth, the front titled in black (spine browned and a bit rubbed); 468,130pp, profusely illustrated with wood engravings and a handsome full page colour lithograph of a bottle of their Beef, Iron and Wine. Used but solid and very decent. The second section consists of advertisements. Au$300

The advertisements include a warning by Dr S.A. Richmond of Tuscola, Illinois, against fraudulent companies selling bogus versions of his justly celebrated Samaritan Nervine. He prints the text of a judgment against such a company and invites the many thousands of those he has saved from epilepsy, insanity and death to join him 'lashing these ignorant, impotent, piratical scoundrels through the earth with a whip of scorpions.'


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[Exhibition - Melbourne 1888-89]. Official Record of the Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1888 - 1889, .. Melbourne, Sands & McDougall 1890. Plump octavo publisher's gilt cloth; iv,1138,vipp, large folding plan, plans & photo plates (some folding). The large folding plan separated on some folds with some old tape marks; but in all a rather good copy. Au$600

Description and history, reports and awards, catalogue of the exhibits, &c.


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Catalogue - clothes. Capital & Labour Clothing Association, London. The Largest Clothing Manufacturer in the World. Glasgow printed c1890. Single sheet folded to form eight pages octavo by size, printed in green; numerous small illustrations. Apparently removed. Au$30

A condensed little illustrated price list of everything for men and boys - suits, shirts, hats, boots, socks and suspenders.


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Catalogue - farm machinery. The Farmers Friend Mfg Co, Dayton Ohio. Grain Drills. The company [c1890?]. Square octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 8pp including wrapper, illustrated. Marks on the back but a nice copy. Au$40

With the Hobart agent's name, A.G. Webster & Son, printed on the front. Webster & Son - now Webster Ltd - went big in the 1880s publishing their own Tasmanian Agriculturist and Machinery Gazette and importing just about everything farm that there was.


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Catalogue - farm machinery. Weir Plow Co, Monmouth Ill. Plows, Cultivators, Harrows, Three-wheeled Riding, Tongueless, Single and Gang Plows ... etc., etc. The company [c1890]. Large octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper, 67pp, well illustrated. Unfortunately a mouse, my guess, nibbled the edge of this and stuck a few pages together which have been torn, without loss, by an over eager reader. Still a decent copy. With two update leaves dated February and December 1891 pasted in at the end as instructed. And with the date stamp - 11 Jul 1891 - on the front of agent A.G. Webster & Son of Hobart. Au$50

A particularly handsome plow catalogue, and I don't say such things lightly, with two full page minor masterpieces of midwest wood engraving. Webster & Son - now Webster Ltd - went big in the 1880s publishing their own Tasmanian Agriculturist and Machinery Gazette and importing just about everything farm that there was.


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[Catalogue - Cast-Iron Hollow Ware]. E. Pugh & Co., Wednesbury. [Illustrated Price List of Cast-Iron Hollow-Ware - E. Pugh & Co.]. The company, before 1891. Octavo publisher's green cloth; [vi]pp, and 71 leaves printed on one side (numbered to 88 with some gaps in the numbering but complete as issued), numerous illustrations throughout. Mounted onto the title is a 64 page revised price list to amend all catalogues issued before January 1891. A note about their enamelling is dated 1884. Au$300

Enamelled and tinned ware: pots, pans, kettles, sifters, coffee mills, spittoons (plain and Turkish), and stable ware.


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Catalogue - Bicycles. John P. Lovell Arms Co. Boston. Lovell Diamond Cycles. 1894 .. [The company 1894]. oblong octavo colour illust wrapp; 32pp, wood engraved ills throughout. A bit used but certainly good enough. Au$150

An attractive catalogue; the models range from a boys' bike at $25 (and nothing else under $50) to a racer at $125.


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Catalogue - Mechanical Music. Symphonion Manufacturing Co. Symphonions. NY printed, the company [1894]. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper (chipped and close to detached); 29pp, illustrations. Outwardly dishevelled but decent enough. Loosely inserted are some small sheets which seem to be an owner's catalogue of their discs. Au$200

Fourteen models, from the modest No.28 (crank driven) to the sublime Eroica, near seven feet of neo-renaissance kitsch and 'Very Loud, Magnificent Music; Expressive.' Also a partial list of the steel music discs; a large and complete list is announced to be ready on Jan 1, 1895. But nowhere can I find an address to send to.


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