I actually went through this Victorian Era book page by page with a smile; it is a salesman sample comprising of 3 different books "The Gleanings of Life in Verse and Melody", "Young American Speaker" and "Little Folks Delight", ...in the good ole days, the door to door salesman would take this book around the community in an attempt to sell one of the 3 books... book gives a summarized example of each of the 3 books, enough information given for the customer to know what he or she was purchasing.....each book has an explanation which are shown in my photo 1, 4 and 7, followed by a title page for each book (photos 2,5,8) which gives the reader an good idea what the book contains plus, after each title page, there are many pages from each book to examine its contents, there are also pages that can be filled out for the customer orders...this book is lavishly illustrated with many etchings; I wish I had more photo space to display some of these illustrations...the front hard back cover is photo 3, the hard back back cover is photo 6 and the hard back cover "Little Folks Delight" (photo 7) is contained within the book ..
hard back covers display wear, soiling, corner bumps, top & bottom spine shelf wear; book is complete, all pages attached; interior pages .. first interior blank page has a piece of page missing, a corner crease & short tear, second blank page has a small area patched with glue which also adhered a bit to the "presented" page, the presented page has written name in the "to and "by areas ...first frontispiece page has a short tear...pages have light age toning except for the "Little Folks Delight" pages having page browning.....I noticed what appears to be a separation within the book that has space and has slight movement, altho pages are attached...the pages are not numbered in order, believe it contains approx 200-250 pages...book measures 10 1/4" X 7 1/2" and 1 1/2"thick.....great sample book to add to your collection..
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book samples "The Gleamings of Life in Verse and Melody", "Young American Speaker", "Little Folks Delight"
1895 Salesman Sample Book, 3 Book Samples, Profusely Illustrated, International Publishing Company