[Philadelphia: John B. Perry, ca. 1850s]. 19,pp. Illus. 12mo. Dbd. Occasional light foxing. Tears and repair to rear blank endpaper. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM36102
Philadelphia bookseller's catalogue and advertisements, most likely issued in the mid-1850s. Perry lists a number of popular-style books in the catalogue, including how-to guides, songbooks, works relating to love and romance, adventure narratives, and a pair of sensational books on murders, which Perry describes at length. Also featured are blank books, annuals, a fine-paper edition of PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and Perry's popular quarto FAMILY BIBLE. With two pages of text advertisements for lithograph prints, frames, and Perry's Philadelphia store, and a full-page advertisement for THE COMICAL SONGSTER illustrated with a clown straddling a bass drum. An unusual catalogue from a pulp publisher dealing in marginal and sensational literature.