Boston: Deland and Barto, Printers, .
Softcover. Very good. Six-panel, accordion-folded booklet cut into an unusual shape (a rectangle with two corners cut off). One short closed tear, minor foxing at the folds.
John L. Stoddard (1850-1931) was a popular American traveler, photographer, and lecturer. Although the 10-volume set of his lectures is ubiquitous, OCLC records no copies of this booklet, which announces that he “will give his fully illustrated series, entitled The Capitals of Europe, at Carll’s Opera House” (New Haven, CT) over five nights in January and February. Detailed information is provided about each of five lectures: I) Madrid and Lisbon; II) Paris, The Capital of Pleasure; III) Berlin and Sans-Souci; IV) St. Petersburg; and V) Constantinople, The Portal of the Orient. The back panel gives a rather unsatisfactory explanation for the item’s shape: “This circular has been printed in this form to enable the holder to detach the pages referring to the different evenings and use as an evening program if desired.”.