In the Parlor with the Lamp Turned Low [wrapper title]. SMUT, H. H. Hill.
In the Parlor with the Lamp Turned Low [wrapper title].
In the Parlor with the Lamp Turned Low [wrapper title].

In the Parlor with the Lamp Turned Low [wrapper title].

[New York: H. H. Hill, No. 264 William St. ca. 1906]. First edition. Wire stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, 7.63 x 5.5 inches, [32] pages printed on cheap peach paper stock. Illus. Wrappers somewhat soiled and a little worn and stained; fragile cheap paper stock a trifle worn, but overall in very good condition. Item #20007

A cheap compendium of suggestive and lightly smutty song lyrics and short humorous squibs, with titles like, “Sporty George Could Do It Every Night,” and “She Let Him Do it Once, But that was All.” (The copyrights on the song lyrics date from 1903 to 1906.) The pamphlet includes ten pages of illustrated ads for cheap publications on the expected subjects (ventriloquism self-taught, how to write love letters, 1000 jokes, Hoyle’s card games, etc.), usually published by Wehman but all advertised here as available for order from H. H. Hill, No. 264 William St., New York. One advertisement for more straightforwardly obscene titles available from Hill is buried discreetly at the foot of one of the comic-innuendo sketches, noting “ ‘Only a Boy.’ — ‘Only a Girl.’ — ‘A Bride’s Confession.’ — ‘Fanny Hill.’ — ‘A Bashful Young man,’ — 75 cents, each; two for $1.00, or five for $2.00. The Publishers, upon receipt of the price, will send any of the following books by mail, Postage free, to any part of the World.” Though OCLC notes a few holdings of the separately published sheet music, “In the Parlor with the Lamp Turned Low” by Dorothy Jardon and Edward Madden, there do not seem to be any holdings for this cheap promotional compendium.

Price: $250.00

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