Catalogues

A sampling of some of our more recent catalogues. (Clicking the link takes you to a PDF.)

Catalogue 36

Catalogue 36 is a miscellany of 260 American pamphlets. The material covers a number of this concern's usual topics (American social thought, religion, and miscellaneous literature) though the prominent thread of active disparagement that runs through so much of American pamphlet material led me to organize the catalogue largely along "anti-" lines, with groupings of material ranging from Anti-Baptist, Anti-Catholic and Anti-Comstockery all the way through to Anti-Unitarian and Anti-Vice material.

Catalogue 35

Catalogue 35 is another miscellany, this of 220 books and pamphlets from non-American sources, including a smattering of material in languages other than English.

Catalogue 34

Catalogue 34 is an accumulation of some 91 choice items ranging from an uncommon promotional pamphlet for Miss Dollie Dunton (a 19th c. juvenile midget songstress), to a densely-written autograph letter from a minor anti-Trinitarian in the grips of paranoia, and a reforming broadsheet from the indefatigable abolitionist gadfly Gerrit Smith to promote his "religion of reason."

Catalogue 33

Catalogue 33 is another brief miscellany of recent acquisitions in a variety of subjects. A few highlights include an early imaginary voyage to the Antipodes, a scattering of free thought and early radical titles, and a novel treatment for the male debility attendant upon indulgence in the solitary vice -- a treatment built upon those sturdy twin pillars of camphor pomade and air-tight hygienic undershorts.

Catalogue 32

Catalogue 32 is a brief miscellany of recent acquisitions, with items ranging from E. B. Foote's early work on divorce reform to an uncommon early example of anti-Unitarian verse (William le Tans'ur's "The Christian Warrior Properly Armed," 1776).

Catalogue 31

Catalogue 31 offers another miscellany of 116 acquisitions ranging from an early look at American clairvoyance (Wm. L. Stone on Loraina Brackett, 1837), to an entertaining account of a libidinous bishop, to a fine CDV of one of America's earliest performing band-saw virtuosos (Reuben McChesney, "The Mohawk Dutchman"). The catalogue of course offers a range of items on other topics, largely American and largely from the 19th century (though I stray on occasion from those confines).

Catalogue 30

Catalogue 30 stands as the landmark Printing and the Mind of Cranks, a selection of items on subjects ranging from a novel scheme for the dry swimming suit (a boon for shipwrecked steamship passengers), to various frustrated prophets of the millennium, to those who would caution the unwary that indulgence in sexual activity "is much more debilitating that a whole day's work."

Catalogue 25

Catalogue 25 is a specialty offering, American Sermons & American Sex -- an accumulation of 185 items that are either American topical sermons or American books on sex (with a brief interlude relating to clerical fornication).