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1 TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL CIRCULAR AND CATALOGUE OF THE WILLIAMS & ROGERS ROCHESTER BUSINESS UNIVERSITY: 1893-1894.
Rochester, NY: Press of Democrat and Chronicle, 1893. 
6" x 8". 124 pp. Blue cloth-covered boards embossed with brown decorative devices and gilt lettering. Ink marks on front board, bottom of spine chipped, mild wear. Overall very good. A treasure trove of information for those interested in Rochester, NY, history or academia. Many black and white photographs of the interior and exterior of the campus. The beautiful buildings, their interiors and even the manual typewriters all in a row give a glimpse into late 19th century business education. Detailed course descriptions, many recommendations and comments from former students, and a list of the names of former students.

 
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2 J.W. Butler Paper Company. CAMEO PLATE COATED BOOK, THE PRODUCT OF MESSRS. S.D. WARREN & COMPANY, MANUFACTURERS OF THE BEST IN STAPLE LINES AND BOOK PAPERS.
Boston: 1912. 
7" x 10" . [8] pages. An American trade catalog displaying various types of paper and printing processes. Bound with string. Two small closed tears at top of front cover and a 3" closed tear on the spine. Some spots on front cover. Else very good. From the catalogue: "Examples are shown of commercial printing varying from the simple to the more important and attention is called to the fact that each form of advertising gains distinctly in value through the medium of the paper on which it is printed."

 
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PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT SEEKING:
3 King, W.C. and Derby, W.P. PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT SEEKING: "AGENTS WANTED TO SELL THIS WONDERFUL BOOK: 'CAMP FIRE SKETCHES AND BATTLEFIELD ECHOES OR 61-5' THE MILLION EDITION ONLY $1.95"
Boston: Lindsay & Co., c. 1887. 
6 1/2" x 10.5". Single sheet printed on both sides. Recto features the cover illustration from CAMPFIRE SKETCHES AND BATTLEFIELD ECHOES OR 61-5, a volume of civil war recollections. The advertisement seeks agents to sell the "Million Edition" of "this wonderful book" and entreats them to work for Lindsay & Co. by promising "Big Money for Live Agents". The verso is the frontispiece, entitled "The Union in Peril" and "engraved exclusively for 'Echoes of 61-5'". Better than very good condition with one small closed tear on the left margin and two creases where the sheet was folded. While subscription books used by book agents are uncommon, they can be found from time to time. Publisher's advertisements for book agents are much more difficult to find. This is the first we've ever seen. A rare surviving bit of nineteenth century biblioephemera.

 
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4 Miller, Florence Shankland. TWO 19TH CENTURY PATENTS GRANTED TO A WOMAN, ONE SIGNED BY A FORMER UNION GENERAL.

Early patents for new and useful improvements to a mechanical dishwasher. Though the U.S. awarded the first patent in 1790, the first awarded to a woman was not granted until 1808. Florence Shankland Miller of Hoopeston, IL was granted United States Patent Number 414,562 on November 5, 1889 and Number 455,988 on July 14, 1891 for inventing new and useful improvements to mechanical dishwashers. Interestingly, one of the two patents is signed by Union General Cyrus Bussey (1833-1915), who, in 1889, was Assistant Secretary of the Interior. During the Seige of Vicksburg, Bussey served as chief of Calvary for Grant's army. 8 x 12. 4 pages each. Orange seal affixed with blue silk ribbon on first page. Patent includes specifications and diagram of the inventions. Some minor toning. Else Very Good.

 
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5 Seymour Co. BESSEMER COVERS.
New York: n.d. circa 1910. 
7" x 10" . Portfolio. This trade catalogue is unfolded into three sections, one exhibiting the colors of paper available (of nine colors listed, only three are shown), one exhibiting the textures which could be imprinted on each of the colors of paper (pig skin, lizard skin, seal skin) , and one holding 16 loose scraps of paper of varying sizes and textures. Water stain in the shape of a ring on front cover. Some fading and wear to covers. Still, a very good and very uncommon example of materials used for bookbinding.

 
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6 Utica Saturday Globe. THE KING OF DESPERADOES IS THE NOTORIOUS OLIVER CURTIS PERRY, WHO ESCAPED LAST WEEK FROM MATTEAWAN (N.Y.,) ASYLUM, WITH THREE RUFFIAN COMPANIONS. HE IS THE MOST SENSATIONAL AND DARING TRAIN ROBBER AND ALL AROUND CRIMINAL OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, OUTDOING JESSE JAMES IN CUNNING AND BOLDNESS.
Utica, NY: The Utica Saturday Globe, ca. 1892. 
4 1/2" x 9". Near-fine broadside advertising the April 20, Utica (NY) Saturday Globe Newspaper: "The Utica Saturday Globe of April 20, will Detail and Illustrate the Startling Career, Desperate Deeds, Life in Prison, and Remarkable Escape of this Gifted Ruffian." The first person to rob a train solo (as opposed to being accompanied by gang of thieves like the James Gang), Oliver Curtis Perry was indeed a "gifted ruffian" and the "king of desperadoes" who outdid "Jesse James in cunning and boldness." In a dramatic and great train robbery involving swinging into a moving train car on a piece of rope while wearing a mask and a red cloak, stealing $78,000 in currency, and stealing a locomotive, Perry made headlines all over the country before he was finally captured. This broadside is undated but details his (temporary) escape from prison and was printed in Utica, NY, the region where this bold crime was committed.

 
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SIGNED PROMOTIONAL POSTER.
7 [Alighieri, Dante] Birk, Sandow. SIGNED PROMOTIONAL POSTER. "CALIFORNIA ARTIST SANDOW BIRK CREATES A MULTI-MEDIA CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION OF THE CLASSIC DANTE'S INFERNO USING REFERENCES TO CURRENT EVENTS AND PEOPLE IN A LANDSCAPE POPULATED BY MINI-MALLS, FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS, AND ATMS."
Fullerton, CA : California State University, Fullerton, 2006. Fine. 
18" x 24" poster intended to be folded and sent as a mailer advertising an event at the Main Art Gallery of California State University, Fullerton, February 4 - March 10, 2006. This particular copy was never folded or used and is in perfect condition. Illustrated on both sides in Birk's black and white drawings, which feature Dante's Hell as if it took place in the popular culture of California. SIGNED by Birk.

 
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