Buffalo: Printed and Published at the World’s Dispensary Printing Office and Bindery, [ca. 1885]. First edition. Original printed green wrappers, 7.63 x 5 inches, 96, 71 pages. Frontis portrait, illus., map. Some light spots of abrasion to the rear wrapper; wrapper edges and spine a little sunned, with one faint small splash mark to the upper wrapper; a very good copy. Item #18775
From the longtime populist Buffalo medical man and founder of the Invalids’ Hotel in Buffalo; this account includes a bold-type cautionary instructions in the rear on how those visiting the institute in Buffalo might “Avoid Swindlers Who Sometimes Infest the Cars and Depots in and Near this City.” (First, avoid asking questions of anybody who looks like a policeman; second, don’t tell anybody on the train your intended destination; further instructions for dealing with baggage follow.) Atwater 2798, noting this title “addresses diseases of the male genitalia, with special emphasis on those that are the consequence of masturbation. . . . The 71-page ‘Appendix’ provides a copiously illustrated description of the Invalids’ Hotel & Surgical Institute. . . . This booklet is Part VII of the ‘World’s Dispensary dime series.’ “.