New York: German Electric Agency, [ca. 1891]. A moderately early version of this promotional catalog. Small 8vo, wire stitched into original color lithograph wrappers in green (with the wrapper title, “The Electric Era”), 24 pages. Illus. Small tear from the lower margin of the front wrapper and title page, with some loss; old vertical crease, cheap paper browning but fairly supple; a good, sound copy. Item #18217
“Although Electricity, properly applied, is a wonderful remedy of nearly all classes of ailments, still it is in diseases of the generative organs that it is most employed by the medical profession.” Galvanic belts and electric suspensories that are said to use electricity to cure diseases of the lungs, paralysis, epilepsy, female complaints, diseases of men (impotence, nervous debility, etc.). A company founded in Brooklyn in 1880 that, owing to its success, moved its offices to Vesey Street in Manhattan in 1892; this promotional pamphlet predates that move and includes testimonials up through 1891. The attractive lithograph wrappers capture the excitement of electricity. See Atwater 1342, which notes a [ca. 1888] German Electric Belts pamphlet of 31,  pages with Ziegenfust’s name on included on the title; see also Atwater S-444, which notes a ca. 1894 edition of 24 pages and without Ziegenfust’s name on the title page.