Montgomery: 1869. First Edition. Title continues: "With Reference to the Soil, Climate, Population, Topography, Productions, Mineral and General Resources of the State of Alabama." 8vo, pp. 18 (ads), -154, xlvi (statistics); 1, 18b-68 (ads), index. Original green wrappers lightly soiled; spine with later paper over the original; contents clean with just a few spots of foxing. Very good. Noting that "there have been no civil disorders in Alabama since the close of the war," Hodgson (Editor of the Montgomery Daily Mail) invites "men of worth, from all sections of the Union, and in all parts of the world” to settle in Alabama, where they can take advantage of favorable tax laws and land for homesteaders. He provides considerable detail on Alabama's natural resources and industrial and agricultural activities—including timber and cotton production, iron works, and coal mining—and also advocates for the establishment of an "Alabama Water Line" (via the Coosa and Alabama Rivers to Mobile or Pensacola) to supplant the overcrowded Mississippi as the gateway for international commerce via the Gulf of Mexico. Owen p. 982.
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Pasadena, CA: Radiant Life Press, 1917. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 8vo, pp. 48 + 7 b/w plates, in original stapled pictorial wrappers. Touch of foxing and wear to the edges, else fine. James first saw Captain, a performing horse owned by W.A. Sigsbee of Chicago, at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. Amazed by the horse's apparent ability to count, add, and subtract; play "Nearer My God to Thee" on the chimes; and perform a variety of tricks in response to verbal commands, James resolved to learn more about the horse and his trainer. Here their story is told in full from Captain's point of view ("There are some people who think I don't like to give performances. I don't know why, except that I do get tired a little once in a while, and sometimes my master wants me to be quiet and good when I feel frisky and frolicsome and want to kick up my heels. I always feel better the busier I am...."), and Sigsbee has his say as well. After conducting his own "scientific investigation" of Captain's abilities, James concludes that there is no explicit trickery involved in their show, but that the horse may pick up on cues of which the audience--and likely even the trainer--is unaware. This leads to his more general observation that there is still much to learn about animal intelligence. "There is too much assumption in human beings about most things, animal instinct and human reason not excluded. What I wish to protest against, with emphasis and vigor, is the assumption that we know all there is to know about intelligence, that we know the limits Nature herself has placed upon its development, and that all efforts to foster further development are useless. I affirm that we do not know; that we have never, as yet, even tried to know; and that until men with loving, devoted, sympathetic singleness of heart and purpose seek to develop all there is in the mentality of all the lower animals, dogs, cats, deer, as well as horses, shall we begin to have a real foundation for our assumptions upon the subject."
[San Francisco]: 1883. Sold by Private Subscription. 12mo, 320 pp, in original cloth boards stamped in gilt. A very good copy with some uneven sun fading to front board, remnant of paper once affixed to rear endpaper. Sherman was a veteran of the Mexican War and California pioneer who worked as mineral surveyor until 1877, when he settled in Oakland and spent the rest of his career as a mining consultant, writer, and historian. Also a prominent member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in California, he was firmly convinced that loyalty to the Pope and the corrupt practices of the Catholic Church and its priests threatened the very foundations of American democracy and freedom. The first part of this book consists of Sherman's translations of purported secret Jesuit documents, including the "Secret Instructions of the Society of Jesus," which includes chapters on how to gain influence over the wealthy and powerful and how to convince rich widows to enter the religious life and turn over their money to the order. In the remainder of the book, Sherman expounds at length on his theory of the role of the Church in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (apparently Lincoln once told an off-color joke about French priests and that sealed his fate), and reprints anti-Catholic and anti-Jesuit texts from a variety of sources. He exhorts his fellow citizens to beware of a "system which is a nursery of every sort of pollution, of lust and of crime" and a "vile tape-worm that is consuming the vitals of our nation" and must be "expelled from the body politic and utterly destroyed."
Branson, MO: The New Menace, .  pp. Stapled wrappers, lightly toned, a few spots of foxing. Very good. The New Menace was a virulently anti-Catholic newspaper founded in 1911 (as The Menace) and boasting a subscriber base of more than a million after just three years. Circulation declined during World War I as fears focused on the German enemy, but grew again in the early 1920s, a time when new Ku Klux Klan organizations were being formed around the country. In August 1921, three priests were murdered in separate incidents in Alabama, South Dakota, and California. The Knights of Columbus and other Catholic organizations argued that the murderers were the result of hatred incited by anti-Catholic newspapers. This pamphlet responds to that accusation, insisting that one case had no "point of contact with anti-papal political activity until Rome instructed her lecturers to attempt to make out a murder indictment against the anti-papal movement." The other two dead priests, they claim, had documented records of lewd behavior and "probably would have been killed by any father zealous for the sanctity of his home and the chastity of his daughter." Not found in OCLC.
New York: Geo. A. Crofutt, 1872. First Edition. 5" x 7", pp vii, 219,  (ads), illustrated with engravings. A good copy in publisher's green cloth with portrait of Hickman and his facsimile signature in gilt on front board. Boards edgeworn and lightly soiled, gilt rubbed; binding sound, text clean but for very minor annotation on two pages. Autobiography of frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickman (1815-1883), who was baptized into the Mormon church in 1839 and served as a bodyguard to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young before being excommunicated in 1868. In this book he attributes his expulsion to his refusal to carry out a murder on behalf of Brigham Young, but also confesses to having killed several others on the Prophet's behalf. In addition to its anti-Mormon content, Hickman's memoir is of interest for his account of his trip across the plains to Salt Lake in 1849 and the journey to California; his experiences among the miners and in the mining camps; and his wide-ranging travels in the West in the 1860s. Howes H-465; Graff 1879; Flake 3990.
Washington: Robert Armstrong, 1854. 4to, pp iv, 186, complete with 54 folding maps, charts, and tables. Original brown with gilt titles. Some foxing in the text, some charts mis-folded, a few with tears or small splits at the intersections, but overall very good. The surveys covered by this report include the Atlantic, Gulf and California coasts. Among the notable maps are the Cape Fear River, Galveston Harbor, San Diego, San Francisco Bay and Vicinity, Santa Barbara (Preliminary Sketch), and the north coast of Washington State, including Cape Flattery. This copy has the bookplate of the Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department and compliments label of Prof. A.D. Bache (Superintendent of the Coast Survey) on the front pastedown.
Washington: Daily Chronicle Press, 1863. 31 pp, in original sewn wrappers. Small label at one corner of the front cover, spine chipped but wrappers still well attached; about very good. Porter, a respected career Army officer, chose to ignore what he perceived as a dangerous and contradictory orders from General John Pope during the Second Battle of Bull Run. He was relieved of command, court-martialed, and convicted of disobeying a lawful order. The Judge Advocate General reviewed the evidence at President Lincoln’s request, and in this pamphlet gives his reasons for upholding the verdict. Two decades later, Porter finally succeeded in having the conviction overturned. The commission that reviewed the case credited him with saving the Union army from a disastrous defeat and declared his conduct “obedient, subordinate, faithful, and judicious.” Sabin 32653.
New York: 1863. 14 pp, in original printed wrappers. One tear extending 3/4 in. from the spine (affecting inner margins, but no text), else a very good copy. A defense of Fremont’s 1862-63 campaign against Stonewall Jackson in Virginia. Schalk was critical of Fremont’s actions in his book Summary of the Art of War. Pilsen, who served as Fremont’s Chief of Artillery, accuses Schalk of numerous factual errors and “plain villany” in his attack on “a man who has spent his life in the civil and military service of the country, and who, besides the skill and energy he displayed in the West, in this particular campaign brought a striking example of what true zeal and ingenuity can perform.” Sabin 62870.
Chicago: Business Publishing Company, 1887. pp 11, . Stapled wrappers. Light soiling, a few short tears, good to very good overall. Stamp in red ink on front cover urges lawmakers to “Lift a Crushing Burden from Agriculture and Commerce” and notes that the pamphlet has been liberally distributed to state and federal legislators. Nicholas was editor of the Daily Business, a short-lived Chicago newspaper concerned with “Money, Stocks, Grain, Provisions, Produce and Live Stock.” Here he argues that recent steep declines in grain prices are largely due to the rise of “bucket shops”— small, private establishments where customers placed wagers on the price movement of commodities, rather than participating directly in the market. Nicholas urges lawmakers to protect honest citizens from “these pernicious institutions,” which are “a national curse, a public menace, and a source of direct personal loss to every Famer and Merchant—and indirectly to every honest member of society.” Ultimately, legislators agreed with him, outlawing bucket shops in most states by within the next two decades. Today the term “bucket shop” is often used to refer to any fraudulent or dishonest trading operation.
Folio ledger in original reverse calf binding, with c. 180 pages used. Boards worn and detached, contents very good and easily legible. A valuable record of commercial activity in early nineteenth century New York City, as seen through the records and correspondence of textile merchant James Rushton (1769-1845[?]) and his son Joseph Rushton (1798-1861). The first c. 50 pages of the ledger are taken up by detailed records of expenditures and income in 1812 and 1813; the remainder consists of copies of correspondence by both men dating from 1818 to 1822. The accounting section shows that the Rushtons dealt primarily in textiles, with numerous transactions recorded for broad cloth, drugget (a coarse woolen), Holland (a plain linen used for upholstery), serge, crepe, and shalloon (a lightweight woolen used for linings). However, they also frequently bought and sold wine (French, Lisbon, Oporto), tobacco, hops, and pepper. Each transaction includes the quantity of goods purchased, name of the other party involved, and price. The Rushtons were originally from Yorkshire, and they retained strong ties in England, importing goods and serving as agents for several British textile manufacturers and merchants. A contract for one such arrangement, with Leeds cloth manufacturer John Garforth, is laid in. They corresponded regularly with their business associates, occasionally sharing personal and family news, but primarily reporting sales and discussing the prices and demand of various types of cloth. On October 9, 1818, for example, James writes to Manchester merchant Nathaniel Briggs: “This may inform thee that I have made sales of the Bale N3 except one piece…and may inform thee that fine goods is very dull at present, but expect they will sell better in a few months…Blues is the best coller at present. Shawls has been very plenty in the market but they are getting scarce and would sell well at present. Bottle green and red browns is very bad collers for cloths. Thou may have an idea by the sales what is the best collers….” He also reports on changes in import laws (“there is a new law at the customs house to open one package out of every shipment to have it appraised that people may be detected if they invoice these lower than the cost”) and the best procedures for moving material though customs (and possibly avoiding duties: “the customers like the cloths a great deal better to be tilited [i.e, to have customs information stamped on the bale] and lay the cost on the cloth and not to mention the cost on the invoice.”.
Newport, R.I. James Atkinson, 1840. 8vo, 102 pp, in original sewn wrappers. Very good, with a corner missing from rear wrapper and occasional light foxing. First publication in this form; originally a series of articles published in the Newport newspaper Herald of the Times, written in opposition to Van Buren's economic policies and in support of the Whig Party platform. Hazard (1797-1886) was a Rhode Island textile manufacturer and dedicated social reformer who favord protections for American domestic manufacturing as a solution to unemployment. He later published works on capital punishment and poverty issues. Sabin 31111 (noting that the work "contains many facts relative to the early history of manufactories in Rhode Island"); Bartlett p. 148.
Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1896. Hardcover. Good. 692 pp + ads (some chromolithograph) and approximately 50 colored maps, most double-page. A good copy in original blue cloth, with some soiling and edgewear, discoloration to head of spine, front hinge cracked. A valuable resource and snapshot of American finance at the close of the Gilded Age. Each bank in the United States and Canada is listed, with details of deposits, loans, securities, etc. Also includes lists of bank directors and more than 6000 commercial lawyers. In addition to maps of states, territories, and provinces, there are city maps of Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Macon, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Although these directories were issued by Rand McNally on a semi-annual basis beginning in 1883, they are relatively scarce in commerce.
Maryville, MO: Printed by Marville Adverstising Company, . 4.25 x 6 inches, 93 pp, with three illustrations from photographs. Original wrappers. Old tape repairs to title page and spine, light soiling to some page edges, general handling wear, one marginal notation in ink. Two original newspaper classified ads seeking photographs of Hez Rasco and his victims taped to title page. Overall, a fair to good copy of this apparently unrecorded item from a notorious Missouri murder case. The defendant, Hezekiah “Hez” Rasco, was a repeat offender, having been convicted of a brutal rape and murder in 1896, at the age of just 16. On November 20, 1910, he suffered heavy losses in a poker game to Oda Hubbell. The next day, Hubbell and his wife and two children were murdered, and their house set on fire in an attempt at concealment. Although the defense argued that no murder had occurred, good investigative work—and the lengthy closing argument transcribed here—convinced the jury otherwise. Rasco was hanged for the crime in March 1912. Not found in OCLC.
NP: 1930. 8 x 12 inches, printed in black, red and purple. Old creases from folding, all else very good. Broadside advertising an interdenominational religious revival to be led by Thomas Noah Carter, a reformed “drunkard, dope fiend, criminal, leader and character in the underworld.” Carter was converted in 1922 while in the Arizona State Prison. Upon his release the same year, he began conducting revivals in churches and correctional institutions around the country. In 1927 he published From Prison Cell to Pulpit, Being the Personal Testimony of Thomas N. Carter, Jr. By 1935, newspapers were reporting that he had visited 3000 correctional institutions in North America.
Auburn: Derby & Miller, 1851. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 68 pp, in original printed wrappers. Mild vertical crease, brief notation at lower right corner of front wrapper; very good. This is the full text of Seward's compelling closing argument in defense of a group of men charged with burning down the Michigan Central Railroad's freight depot in Detroit. The accused men were angry about property damage and loss of income resulting from the construction of the railroad across their land. The trial received considerable publicity and evoked strong opinions on both sides, with many believing the men were being "railroaded" because of their anti-Railroad activism (and that no arson had actually occurred). Despite Seward's impassioned defense and demonstration that the Railroad's witnesses were highly unreliable, twelve of the men were convicted and sentenced to hard labor. Abel Fitch, who was accused of being the ringleader, died of dysentery contracted in jail before the trial was over.
6 x 9 inches, 24 pp, in original pictorial wrappers. One woodcut illustration. Some chipping and one short tear; very good. One of two sensational pamphlets published in the wake of an 1872 police investigation into mysterious sounds and sightings reported at a Newburyport, Massachusetts primary school. The first chapter offers a general history of the town's odder elements (eccentric citizens, unusual laws and punishments); the second gives an account of witchcraft accusations, arrests, and trials in the Puritan era; and the remainder is devoted to "Modern Witchcraft," namely ghostly manifestations and at the Charles Street Schoolhouse. These included the appearance of disembodied hands and faces, doors opening and bells ringing by themselves, unnatural illumination of the classroom, etc. Although the police soon determined all of these manifestations were the work of three mischievous boys, Davis knew a better story when he heard one. He reports that "it has been said" a boy was once whipped to death at the school, and "many believe that the Charles-Street School-House troubles arise wholly from this source."
Jacksonville, FL: Colonization Dept, Sutherland, McConnel & Co., 1911. Near fine. Broadside, 18 x 24 inches. Printed in black on white paper in two columns with wide architectural border (on which text urges you to "Put your money on the pillars of success"). Near fine, with old creases from folding. Corner mounted and shrinkwrapped on foam core. Promotes the "grand opening" of a 27,000 acre tract of land in Duvall County, Florida with a sales pitch that includes not only the usual praise for the productivity of the soil and the healthful climate, but also the safety of the investment in an region known for questionable and outright fraudulent land deals. "Florida has passed through the days of wild speculation," it proclaims, assuring the potential buyer "a good, sound, title and deed" and offering special excursion rates for the Midwestern investor to travel to Florida and inspect the land in person. One copy located in OCLC.
Very good. Thirty-five original sepia prints, 5 x 7 inches., showing scenes from some of the many camping trips of the group of prominent men who called themselves the Vagabonds—Ford, Edison, Burroughs, and Firestone. Two matted, the rest loose. Minor rippling, else very good. The idea for the Vagabonds summer camping trips originated in 1914, when Ford and Burroughs visited Edison in Florida. “In 1916, Edison invited Ford, Burroughs and Harvey Firestone to journey through the New England Adirondacks and Green Mountains. In 1918, Ford, Edison, Firestone, his son Harvey, Burroughs, and Robert DeLoach of the Armour Company caravanned through the mountains of West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Subsequent trips were made in 1919 to the Adirondacks and New England; in 1920 to John Burroughs' home and cabin retreat into the Catskill Mountains; in 1921 to West Virginia and northern Michigan; and in 1923 to northern Michigan….The trips were well organized and equipped. There were several heavy passenger cars and vans to carry the travelers, household staff, and equipment; Ford Motor Company photographers also accompanied the group. The 1919 trip involved fifty vehicles, including two designed by Ford: a kitchen camping car with a gasoline stove and built-in icebox presided over by a cook and a heavy touring car mounted on a truck chassis with compartments for tents, cots, chairs, electric lights, etc. On later trips, there was a huge, folding round table equipped with a lazy susan that seated twenty” (Henry Ford Museum). The group offered here includes some well-known and often reprinted images (e.g., Ford repairing one of his boots, Burroughs picking berries, the men traveling the countryside on horseback), but also several less common, possibly unpublished images, including one of Ford washing handkerchiefs in a creek, several showing the women of the party, and one of Ford’s personal photographer George Ebling, who likely took many of the photos in the group. President Warren G. Harding joined some of these excursions, and he appears in at least four of these images.
New York: J. W. Bell, 1850. 8vo, 35 pp, in original wrappers. Some chipping, especially at spine, but overall very good. A classic work of American humbuggery, purporting to be a translation of an original Spanish-language memoir about the discovery of two descendants of a vanished race. As Sabin (98812) notes, both the Spanish original and its author were myths, created to promote the appearances of two mixed-blood, microcephalic children from El Salvador, Maximo and Bartola, who were being paraded around the United States as ethnologic curiosities. "According to their publicity, they were discovered in an ancient Aztec temple, perched on an altar like a pair of idols. They proved enormously popular with the public, even among archaeologists and scientists....Eventually, they joined the family of human oddities exhibited by the great showman P.T. Barnum" (Library of 19th Century Photography).
9 x 16.5 inches, oblong, two-hole punched and bound with cord. 20 leaves printed rectos only, on which are mounted 37 original 5 x 7 black and white photographs, each with a printed caption. The volume as a whole is a bit warped from poor storage, one leaf detached, images fine. A yearbook of sorts from an annual Department of Justice event that brought together employees from the Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Prison Service for training and friendly competition. The men (they were all men) attended lectures and demonstrations and then competed in pistol shooting events, with trophies awarded to the high-scoring individuals and the winning teams. The photos show the six member teams, the “top brass,” and the competition, winners, and awards dinner. Also pictured are several demonstrations—on prisoner transportation, judo, “shake-down” technique, and use of smoke and tear gas—and a display of contraband collected from prisoners. Some of the captions are straightforward (e.g., “H.H. Raney, Jail Inspector, Instructing the Proper Way to Transport Prisoners”), while others offer some choice law enforcement humor (“We ain’t lost one yet, Guard, hit that chicken snatcher with the whip, he’s dragging his feet!). A curious and entertaining artifact, apparently unrecorded.
Collection of 40 playbills dating from 1864-1894. Various colors and sizes, with the largest 8 x 14 inches and the smallest 3.25 x 7 inches. Some with chipping to the edges, overall very good. Paris Hill Academy was a school founded and constructed by the citizens of Paris, Maine in 1856-57. By the early 1860s it was home to the Paris Hill Thespian Club, which performed popular dramas and hosted musical performances and lectures. The Unity Club took over in the 1870's and continued the tradition, producing comedies, operettas and organized socials through the 1890s. This collection includes playbills for performances of the burlesque William Tell, With A Vengeance; Cinderella (billed as a "Fairy Extravaganza"); Sleeping Beauty; Our Mutual Friend; She Stoops to Conquer, and many others, often followed by cake and ice cream and a promenade with dancing. On February 22, 1883, the group held an "Antiquarian Supper" to celebrate Washington's Birthday (and as a fundraiser). The 25-cent admission fee included supper and a performance of the drama One Hundred Years Ago. In all, an interesting and visually appealing record of American popular entertainment in the late nineteenth century.
A fascinating archive of letters from Rev. Charles Wesley Parsons (1851-1907) to his close friend Henry M. Quackenbush (1847-1933), gun manufacturer and inventor of the extension ladder and the nutcracker. Once a highly respected Methodist Episcopal minister, by his late forties Parsons had begun to suffer severely from both the symptoms and the treatment of tic douloureux (also called trigeminal neuralgia), a neurologic disorder that causes intense pain in the face. The pain was treated with topical cocaine, which over time caused Parsons to experience paranoia and hallucinations. In series of letters written to Quackenbush between 1895 and 1902, Parsons writes repeatedly of being watched in his home, followed by detectives and "sneaks," and harassed by gangs and policemen. On December 26, 1901, he writes:I’ve been so persecuted & abused. Oh, Henry, it isn’t my imagination. Two men sent to Watertown to destroy me & gave their whole time to doing everything that hellish malice could invent. I am weak, sick man, sitting on my bed, in my room half the time in pain, was under the eyes of a paid sneak (Emma too) night and day – a gang formed -- and they hounded and pursued my every step. If I dared go out the doors, one would stand on the corner, wave a signal, one on to the next, and turn and sneer in my face and say "You are our slave, belong to us." And I never committed a crime or immoral act in my life. … And the police in sympathy with it. Oh, your blood would have boiled if you had been by my side. This poor, weak American Citizen dared to board a train to go down town to get some Christmas things. A uniformed police officer slipped on the car ahead of me and cried, "Parsons is coming – don’t watch him." He might just as well have said, "Watch him" – for everybody looked out of the corner of the eye at me, as though I was an insane person – and 20 went ahead and they were the gang organized to kill me, and one stood on every corner ahead of me and said "Parsons is coming, watch him." And a thousand persons passed me by as though as pestilence. Oh it is awful.On January 28, 1902, he told Quackenbush he was out of cocaine and desperate for more to ease the pain, asking Will you please (I beg) send me by the quickest way possible (mail, I think best) one oz. of cocaine…. The next letter thanks his friend for the package, saying the pain has diminished, but reports that they tapped the wires of our telephone, put a microphone on and heard every word spoken in our house. And on March 9: I am cutting down, and by summer will hardly use any at all…This is the last time I’ll ask it of you, I feel sure – just mail me one more oz. of cocaine…The archive includes 17 letters and a postcard from Parsons to Quackenbush (three typed and the rest handwritten, c. 70 pages in all), as well as 3 letters to Quackenbush from a mutual friend, expressing concern that Parsons' "brain power" is failing and enclosing two postcards he received from Parsons complaining of abuse by the police. In all, a compelling archive offering firsthand insight into addiction and the treatment of chronic pain at the turn of the twentieth century.
Watertown, NY. 4 pp on a single folded sheet, 8.5 x 11 inches when folded. Undated, but reprints an article from The American Mining News, August, 1901. Old creases from folding, staple holes at upper corner, all else very good. Dunbar, a broker, appeals to Americans for investment in this Canadian mining region, because “Canadians, besides lacking the mining experience, are too slow to take advantage of the golden opportunities which are being grasped by the more venturesome Americans.” The Rainy River District, he says “possess advantages over almost every other gold mining country in the world,” due to easily worked ores and ready access to fuel, water, transportation, and labor. There was apparently something to these claims, as the area is seeing a resurgence in commercial mining activity today. Not found in OCLC.
New York: Phair & Co., Steam Printers, 1867. 8vo, 27 pp, with a real photograph of the deceased young mother as frontispiece. Original boards, spine covered (neatly) with cloth library tape. Text has several manuscript corrections. Inscribed on the front pastedown "For Libbie's dear Aunt Percy. From the bereaved Mother, with much love, and gratitude for the unbounded care and affection bestowed upon her dear Child, through all the years of her girlhood and still on, even to the closing of her early pilgrimage. Eliz. Ransom, 1867." Written to memorialize the author's daughter, Elizabeth Waterman Ransom Cornell (who died at the age of 29), this work reflects the popularity of a genre that could fuction as both an expression of grief and an antidote to it--creating a sense of connection with the absent loved one and also presenting death as comforting escape from daily toils. One copy located in OCLC (AAS).
Asbury Park, NJ: T.H. Beringer, 1896. Fourteen panels on one accordion-folded sheet, containing 50 photolithographic views in fine detail. Red cloth spine, red boards decorated in gilt. Small chip to head of spine, light edgewear to boards, minor damage to one corner of second panel, else very good. The primary focus is on recreational activities, with scenes of beaches, bathers, piers, and seaside pavilions; Schniztler's Palace Merrygoround; the new auditorium in Ocean Grove (completed in 1894); and boaters on several local lakes. There are also several street scenes and views of prominent residences, hotels, and civic institutions.