Sample). Dale, Daphne [pseud. of
Beezley, Charles F.]. Polite manners for little men and women. [and]
Fowler, Alfred. Golden thoughts for daily
[Chicago?, ca. 1900]. 4to (24.5 cm, 9.6"). Various pagings; approx. 24 plts.,
Mock-up of several different children’s books, enabling one
salesman to push such items as Dale’s guidebook to good conduct; the anonymous
Easy Bible Stories for Young People, or Sunday Half-Hours with Jesus;
Maude M. Jackson’s New Speaker for the Little Folks; Florence Underwood
Colt’s Our Baby’s ABCs and Picture Book; the Kindergarten
Painting and Drawing Book (the sample cover and advertisement giving a different
title, Little Folks’Home Amusements, with the title-page noting
the work was inspired by the ideas of Col. Francis Parker); and the Rev. Fowler’s
Golden Thoughts (“Presentation Edition”)—all at once.
the enticing inserts describing the merits of the various works, several of
the books listed appear never to have reached actual publication.
In addition to the two different bindings depicted by the exterior covers
here, there are four additional sample covers included within the volume,
most of which are cloth stamped in bright colors, with one having a printed
paper overlay. The illustrations include a number of chromolithographs
among the profusion of plates; also present are pages printed in green
and red. The blank leaves for subscribers’information are untouched
and unused, as are the sample coloring-book pages.
This particular assemblage not listed in Arbour; listings
similar to individual items herein are described at a237, a415, and a706. One book’s
sample bindings (Polite Manners): One cover of blue cloth, stamped
in black and red, with a photographic vignette of a young lady in a beret;
spine and other cover of grey-green cloth, stamped in blue and gilt, with
a chromolithographic vignette. With light wear overall, cover vignettes
rubbed, corners bumped. Endpapers and some leaves stamped by a modern collector.
Pages with occasional small spots, some leaves browned.
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