A fascinating copy used to sell subscriptions of the unpublished book by "the well known author" James Herbert Walker; The Johnstown Horror or Valley of Death (1889). This dummy book features etchings depicting scenes of this true disaster. Many pages of the original manuscript are here in English, some are eye-witness accounts while others are newspaper reports (some outrageous and manufactured to drum up newspaper sales). There is a section for the sales pitch; prices and caution against buying untruthful penny dreadful editions. A foreign language section of the publication appears to be in German, but I am not positive. The book was available in cloth or leather binding. A sample of the leather spine is glued in the back. The pages for the salesman to register subscribers' names, residence, and style of binding are unused / blank. All of the pages appear to be present, but the numbering of this "dummy" copy are confusing. Some pages do not have the next consecutive number on the back of the same piece of paper. The stringing is a bit loose and the binding has the wear to be expected after 126 years.
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