SAMPLE BOOKS
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In the 19th and even into the 20th century, books were often sold door-to-door by salesmen (and -women) bearing "sample books" like those in this offering. These were mini-versions of the books being sold that had been specifically designed for an agent's show-and-tell — bearing, usually, the volume's title-page, table of contents, and most thrilling illustrations and "bits" (sometimes from proofs or early states), with standard and perhaps optional binding samples glued to the pastedowns. Also present might be "bound-in leaves of recommendations, advertisements, and conditions of sale, tipped-in sales speech slips, handbills, and broadside puffs, loosely inserted leaflets and pamphlets of sales advice, and leaves and chits of manuscript additions solicited by agents from their territories' influential citizens" (Arbour, xi).
Buyers should be aware that consecutive reading of extensive blocks of text is not possible with the "samples" below—they were DESIGNED to be tantalizing!

Extra-Illustrated Sample for a Book Exhaustive of the Subjects Treated
& Worthy of the Commonwealth”
An Abolitionist Hero-Worshipper's Copy
(A Remarkable Repurposing).  Headley, Phineas Camp.  Massachusetts in the rebellion, a record of the historical position of the commonwealth, and the services of the leading statesmen, the military, the colleges, and the people, in the civil war of 1861–65. Boston: Walker, Fuller and Co., 1866. Small 8vo (23.6 cm; 9.25"). Engr. frontis., xii, 16, [24] pp.; [8] plts., [2] pp. mss.
[SOLD]
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The Latest & Greatest in Early 20th-CenturyFamily-Friendly Publishing
(Composite volume of canvassing books).  Sample book: Mother Goose alphabet her rhymes and jingles [etc.]. [Chicago?: L.G. Stahl et al., 1901–05]. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.65"). [Approx. 250] pp.; 40 plts.
[SOLD]
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ENJOYABLE Dictionaries for Adults & Children
(Saleman’s Sample Book).  Lewis, William Dodge, ed. The new Winston simplified dictionary and reference library. Philadelphia: Universal Book & Bible House, copyright 1937. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.9"). Frontis., [approx. 145] pp.; 25 plts. [with] Brown, Thomas Kite, Jr., ed. The new Winston simplified dictionary for young people. Philadelphia: Universal Book & Bible House, 1937. Frontis., [approx. 126] pp.; 20 plts.
$150.00
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                    ILLUSTRATED,  click here.

A Famous Designer's TRAVELOGUE ofHis TRIP TO CHINA in 1984
(Saleman’s Sample Book).  Miho, Jim.  Kromekote opens up a whole new world. [New York?, Cincinnati?]: Champion International Corp., [1985]. 32mo (near miniature: 10 cm; 3.9375"). [48] ff.
$175.00
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“EXOTIC” PLACES,  click here.

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        FINANCE / ECONOMICS,  click here.

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      & UNDER,  click here.

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