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    [TEMPERANCE] [SAMMELBANDS] Temperance Tracts Issued by the National Temperance Society and Publication House [clothbound sammelband of 48 Temperance tracts] by (STEARNS, J. N., publisher) [Various authors]

    New York: J. N. Stearns, (undated, ca. 1870?. First Edition?. Hardcover. Very good. Octavo. Bound by the publisher in plain brown cloth with gilt spine decoration. Spine ends worn, but internally clean, bright, and crisp, with the original yellow endpapers preserved. Overall, a solidly very good copy. Early 20th century bookstore stamp on the front free endpaper. SIGNED by the publisher (likely also the compilor), J. N. Stearns, on the front paste-down, and also bearing the pencilled signature of one James A. Briggs, a notable Clevelander and member of the Temperance Society. 48 tracts in all. There is no Contents page, but some titles include "Is Alcohol Food?" "Who is Safe?" "Drunkenness and Christian Love," and many others. While not dated, there are several references to events in 1868 (and some earlier), so we presume it dates to about 1870, and not much later, considering the materials used. Though known to libraries, this volume is scarce in commerce, and likely moreso in this condition and with the associations on the front paste-down. A desirable volume dating from the height of the Temperance movement.


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    A GREAT MOTHER SKETCHES OF MADAM WILLARD by Willard, Frances E. ; Norton, Minerva Brace

    Woman's Temperance Publishing Association. Good with no dust jacket. 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Temperance, front free end paper reduced. .


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    Nineteen Beautiful Years by Willard, Frances E

    London, England: White Ribbon Publishing Company, 1893. the rare first English editionof this important Temperance biography, portrait frontis, tissue guarded - the poet John Greenleaf Whittier prefatory note and an introduction to the English edition by Lady Henry Somerset - 5 inserted plates, 1 in-text - 188 pages, 2 pages of ads black coated endpapers - blue denim textured gilt stamped original cloth - minor tan at the spine, contemporary signature else a fine tight copy - rare .. First Edition. Cloth. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    TO THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN OF SMITHFIELD by [Smith, Gerrit]

    Peterboro [NY], 1843. Broadsheet, 8" x 12". Very Good. The well-known reformer congratulates the Town's electors for refusing "to license dram-selling." Nevertheless, he says with frustration, "dram-selling is continued in your town. There are men amongst us so greedy of gain, so unscrupulous as to the means of acquiring it, and withal so lawless, as to perpetrate this transgression of both human and divine law." Drunkards are "the victims of a slavery which is a thousand fold more dreadful than that of the South." He urges "simple moral influence against dram-selling." OCLC records ten locations under several accession numbers as of March 2018.


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    [Brass axe pendant worn by supporters of anti-alcohol activist Carry Nation, with later postcard of her home] by [Nation, Carry A.]

    n.p.: n.p., n.d.. 1.25 inch brass axe pendant, the emblem of Carry Nation's crusade to abolish the evils of liquor (she would bust up saloons and crack open barrels to spill the wicked brew, in actions that she called "hatchetations"). Supporters of her organization in the early 20th century could purchase these to show their support. A leftover stash was still for sale at the historic Carry Nation home when Jocelyn Cohen of the Helaine Victoria Press visited many years ago in an effort to find old photographs to use for her postcard series, and she bought the remainder, which we in turn have purchased from her. Also included is a period-style postcard tinted in colors of the historic home, as well as a large Helaine Victoria Press postcard on the Whiskey Crusade that includes mention of Nation's campaign. Date of the hatchet unknown; a New York Times report from August 19, 1901 mentions her selling them but presumably there would have been different versions over the course of her career.


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    THE USE OF BRANDY AND SALT, AS A REMEDY FOR VARIOUS INTERNAL AS WELL AS EXTERNAL DISEASES, INFLAMMATION AND LOCAL INJURIES; CONTAINING AMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING AND APPLYING IT. EXPLAINED BY THE REV. SAMUEL FENTON, M.D., LIVERPOOL, AND WM. LEE, ESQ., OF LA PERTE IMBAULT, IN FRANCE. SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED by Fenton, Samuel; Wm. Lee

    New York: Carvill & Co., 108 Broadway, 1842. 42, [2 blanks] pp. Original printed dark blue wrappers [disbound]. Narrow extremity wear to wrappers. Else Very Good. This, the second American printing, followed the New York 1841. Previously it had been published in Britain in 1840. Fenton's concoction is "a simple but powerful remedy... an antidote to many of the common ills of life. Readers are counseled to "use French brandy only." A plethora of diseases, listed in alphabetical order, are cured by the medication. An index is included. AI 42-1771 [3]. Not in Sabin. OCLC records only a facsimile copy of this edition as of August 2018.


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    BEAUTIFUL LIFE OF FRANCES E. WILLARD by Gordon, Anna

    Chicago, IL: Woman's Temperance Pub. 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket; Previous owner's name. ; Memorial edition commemorating the life of the head of the Temperance Union in Evanston, Illinois. A Memorial Volume. Introduction By Lady Henry Somerset. With Character Sketches. ; 416 pages .


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    Anna Morrison Reed 1849 - 1921, edited by: John E. Keller by [Reed, Anna Morrison]

    Lafayette: the editor, 1978. xxvi, 285p., illustrated with period photos and documents and two modern line maps; first edition cloth boards in dj, copy as new. "The collated writings of a nineteenth century Butte County girl..[who] lived several places in California, especially in the gold mining area, and married a miner.. As a popular lecturer and writer on Temperance and Women's Sufferage, she traveled widely throughout northern California for several years. Her diary and writings reflect ..the conditions in the 1860's to the 1920's.." Although dues-paying temperance advocate she was not a prohibitionist: "I know that Prohibition does not prohibit.." Reed in fact campaigned against prohibition, against the consumption of coffee ("the cursed Mohammedan Drink") and against tea ("from another pagan nation") and was an advocate of the temperate use of wine ("approved by Christ himself") and beer. She was a speaker for peace (and presumably pacifism) at the PPIE.


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    Temperance card by Brady, William M.D

    Evanston, IL: Signal Press, n.d.. Single card printed on one side, 3x6 inches on blue cardstock blotting paper (unused), very good condition. "I believe that signing the total abstinence pledge of the Loyal Temperance Legion for my mother, who was an active member and officer of the WCTU, was the finest thing that every happened to me as a boy and youth." The LTL was the children's branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.


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    The Down Hill Road by BURNHAM, G[eorge] W., illus

    Boston: H. L. Hastings, 1878. The largest, central vignette depicts "A High old time," with three carousing young men and their passed-out mate on the floor, the apex of the story of a nice young boy leaving home ("Good bye Mother. Dont Worry about me!") which ends with Mother weeping at an unmarked grave. Along the periphery of this nuanced moral tale is that of "A Nice Young Man" and his wife, who start out the New Year with what appears to be a nice snifter of cordial which quickly devolves into "A Little for Medicine, you Know," "Tol'able Strong, if you Please," "Give us a Stiff Horn, Old Woman," "You Drink Like an Old Fish," "A Sot," and "A Blot." Broadside (61.5x41cm.); depicting 19 captioned photoengravings printed in black and tan; dampstaining to bottom edge, else Very Good. A premium picture offered to subscribers of The Christian, "a large, 16-page family illustrated Christian Temperance paper."


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    La Prohibition: Boutade in vers

    Quebec: L'Imprimerie Nationale, 1919. 31p., wraps, name rubberstamped on front cover, evenly toned, otherwise very good. French-Canadian poetryon Temperance, with a statement by Cardinal Gibbons calling for the continued legality of sacramental wine.


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    The wet parade by Sinclair, Upton

    Pasadena, CA: Self-published by the author, 1932. Hardcover. 431p. ,Later printing of Sinclair edition lacking Farrar emblem. Some dulling and fading to cloth along spine. Previous owner's name and date to top right corner of front free endpaper. Slight wear to corners. No dj. *AhouseA47a. Sinclair's novel about temperance and regret at the evident failure of prohibition.


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    True to His Colours; or, The Life That Wears Best by WILSON, T.P.; Francis Arthur Fraser, illus

    London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1879. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo (18.25cm.); publisher's brown decorative cloth embossed in black and gilt, brown glazed endpapers; 349pp.; engraved frontispiece, five leaves of plates signed in image "FAF." Just a hint of edge wear, else Near Fine. Contemporary manuscript gift inscription from the Metropolitan Methodist Sabbath School for a Reward of Merit. English temperance novel illustrated by Francis Arthur Fraser, best known for illustrating Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Mark Twain's Roughing It, and other 19th-century classics.


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    National Temperance Magazine Vol II (1845) by Various

    T. Cook/Midland Temperance Press, Leicester, 1845. First Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Poor Condition/No Dust Jacket. Annual Published as a monthly magazine from 1844 to 1846 & gathered as an annual in three volumes of which this is the middle one. The printer & publisher was Thomas Cook, founder of the world-wide travel agency bearing his name. In 1832, Cook moved to Adam and Eve Street in Market Harborough. Influenced by the local Baptist minister Francis Beardsall, he took the temperance pledge on New Year's Day in 1833. As a part of the temperance movement, he organised meetings and held anti-liquor processions. Thomas Cook worked successfully for some years as an important printer and publisher in Leicester. However, his famous pioneering railway trip to a temperance rally in Loughborough in 1841 would lead eventually to a change of career. Excursions further afield led ultimately to the establishment of a large international travel business which became so successful that Cook gave up his book trade activities in 1854. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 576 pages. Item Type: Annual. small mark to page 10 (mud-splash?) covering the word "need" (which remains visible) with some slight migration to adjacent pages.. Binding is tight, covers and spine sound but a piece is missing from the leather at spine top. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Top edge brown. Gilt titles on black label spine. bumping & light wear to corners & edges. half-leather with marbled boards. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Religion & Theology; Christianity; Temperance; Baptist Churches; England; Religion & Theology. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3292. .


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    The Temperance Manual. [with]: Marsh's Temperance Anecdotes. . . . by EDWARDS, Rev. Justin (D.D.) (1787-1853); John MARSH (1788-1868)

    New York:: American Tract Society, [no date]; New York: American Temperance Union, 1848., 1848. 2 volumes in 1. 12mo. 90, [1], 3; vi, (7)-180 pp. Woodcuts throughout, index. Original half black calf, gilt spine title; top of spine replaced with kozo, joints reinforced, rubbed, waterstained. Very good. Both are rare. Against the consumption of alcohol. FULL TITLE: The Temperance Manual. [with]: Marsh's Temperance Anecdotes. A choice collection of more than two hundred temperance anecdotes; accumulating through twenty years; illustrating the evils of intemperance and the power of the pledge; with topics, facts, and statistics, useful to temperance lecturers.


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    Eighteenth amendment not a remedy for the drink evil by du Pont, Pierre S

    Washington, D. C.: Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, no date (late '20s). 10p., 9 x 4 inch upright brochure, staple- and thread-bound; wraps very edgeworn, ex libris with accession marks, text is underlined. Reprinted from Current history magazine.


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    Smoking and Drinking by PARTON, James

    Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. First Edition. Hardcover. Temperance and anti-smoking work by English-born American biographer, best known for his works on Horace Greeley, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Voltaire. 12mo (17cm.); original green blind and gilt-ruled cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in gilt, brown glazed endpapers; viii,[9]-151pp. Spine cocked; two short closed tears and small blemish to glaze of front free endpaper. Congressman and 23rd United States Attorney General Caleb Cushing's copy with his signature "C. Cushing" to front flyleaf. Additional pressure stamp of a Paul Edson Green of Westfield, NY, to front free endpaper and flyleaf.


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    Frances Willard, a biography by Bordin, Ruth

    Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986. Hardcover. xv, 294p., very good condition in like dj.


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    [CIRCULAR] Pennsylvania Rumsellers Must Pay Damage - So says our highest tribunal in the case of Mrs. May Bulger vs. Louis W. Prenica, Nebraska City, Neb by Women's Christian Temperance Union

    Beaver Falls, PA: WCTU, 1914. First Edition. Paperback. Cites recent Supreme Court ruling "finding no constitutional objection to a law making saloonkeepers liable for damages resulting from their sale of liquor;" calls on Pennsylvania citizens to "...Spread this informaion, and encourage such as are aggrieved to demand redress through the courts from those who have for years fattened upon the weaknesses of their fellowmen." At foot of text: "Adapted, in part, from the editorial in North American, April 30, 1914." Not recorded in OCLC. Broadside circular, 11" x 8" (ca 28cm x 20cm). Text in one column below headline, printed recto-only. Old folds; minor toning and edgewear; two brief pencil marks in left margin; Very Good.


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    BIBLE TEMPERANCE IS NOT TOTAL ABSTINENCE by George M Beebe

    Minneapolis, MN: George M Beebe. Fine with no dust jacket. 1918,. Hardcover. Alchoholism; Abstinence; Prohibition; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; George M Beebe, BIBLE TEMPERANCE IS NOT TOTAL ABSTINENCE, George M Beebe 1918, hardbound in original blue cloth with no dust jacket. Scarce. From the Bayard collection in Delaware. Temperance, Alchoholism, Prohibition. .


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    Character is bounded on the north by sobriety, on the east by integrity, on the west by industry, and on the south by gentleness. — Frances E. Willard [poster] by Willard, Frances E

    Evanston, IL: Woman's Christian Temperance Union, n.d.. 18.75x24.74 inch poster with portrait of Willard, quote beneath; minor edgewear, near fine. This quote was widely used in Temperance materials.


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    Collection of 8 Anti-Tobacco Tracts by [TOBACCO]

    V.p., ca. 1940-1960. First Edition. Paperback. 1. Virgil C. Finnell. Truth About Tobacco. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, n.d., ca. 1940s. 16mo (13.5cm.); original pictorial staplebound self-wrappers; 13pp. Near Fine. Chairman of the Prohibition National committee on the evils of smoking. 2. F.O. Hursh. Are You a Preacher and Do You Smoke? [Minneapolis: Osterhus Pub. House, n.d., ca. 1950.] Small 12mo (15.25cm.); bifolium printed on peach stock. About Fine. Not in OCLC as of July, 2015. 3. D.H. Kress & R.C. Carley. It Might Be Fun to Smoke If... [Minneapolis: Osterhus Pub. House, n.d., ca. 1950.] Small 12mo (15.25cm.); single sheet folded into 8-panelled pamphlet, upper panel illustrated. Fine. Text excerpted from Kress's The Cigarette as the Physician Sees It and Carley's Do You Know. Not in OCLC. 4. No-Tobacco Army. A Thought-Provoker. Pittsburg, PA: No-Tobacco Army, n.d., ca. 1940s. Oblong 12mo card broadsheet (8.5x14cm.), verso illustrated with a depiction of a normal brain cell juxtaposed with a "tobacco-crippled" brain cell. Not in OCLC. 5. M.E. Poland. Tobacco and Its Relation to Human Life. Pittsburgh: No-Tobacco Army, n.d., ca. 1940s. Octavo (22.5cm.); staplebound self-wrappers; 7pp.; illus. Wear from handling with a few small losses to extremities not affecting text, minor soiling. "This Tract Is Suitable for School Children in the Upper Grades, But It Is Instructive and Interesting for Adults." Not in OCLC. 6. F.W. Schwarz. Is Smoking a Sin? [Minneapolis: Osterhus Pub. House, n.d., ca. 1950s.] Small 12mo broadsheet (15cm.) printed on green stock. Signed in text at bottom of verso "F.W. Schwarz, Bloemfonkin, S. Africa." Condemnation against smoking in the form of 7 question-and-answers between the author and three smoker "Christian ladies" residing in the Provincial Hospital at Port Elizabeth. Not in OCLC. 7. O.H. Shenk. Going Up in Smoke! Lancaster, PA: "Ridgeway," n.d., ca. 1940s. 12mo broadside (17.5cm.) printed on peach stock. Uneven toning to extremities, else Fine. Anti-smoking poem. Not in OCLC. 8. Tobacco--A Parable. [Minneapolis: Osterhus Pub. House, n.d., ca. 1950s.] Small 12mo broadsheet (15.25cm.) printed on orange stock. Fine. Not in OCLC. 8 volumes, various sizes and formats. All Very Good to Fine.


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    ACCOUNT OF THE TRIAL OF JOHN EDWARDS, OF THE CITY OF NEW-YORK; WHO WAS PROSECUTED FOR "COLLECTING, OR PROMOTING AN ASSEMBLY OF PERSONS, UNDER THE PRETENCE OF PUBLIC WORSHIP IN A PUBLIC STREET, ON SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 1822." WITH A SHORT ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE, AN ADDRESS TO THE MAYOR AND CORPORATION, AND ADVICE TO THE POLICE MAGISTRATES, &C. WRITTEN BY JOHN EDWARDS. EXCEPT THE TRIAL, WHICH WAS TAKEN DOWN IN SHORT HAND by [Edwards, John]

    New York: Printed for the Author, 1822. 76pp. Original printed wrappers [front wrap loose]. Frontis illustration: cannon, swords, other implements of War, caption 'War Condemned by the Precepts of the Gospel.' Disbound, foxing, two rubberstamps on title page. On blank portions of the title page a contemporary hand has twice written, 'Patent Scale' and 'Beam Maker.' Good+. Edwards was ensnared for violating New York City's law regulating public assemblies. "Mr. Edwards, defending himself before the Mayor's Court, declared that his address was on temperance and given before a crowd that had gathered around a drunken fight. The jury acquitted him, and Edwards completed the matter with this little volume which begins with an historical sketch of religious persecution and ends with considerable advice to both the Mayor and police on cleaning up the city" [Cohen]. Cohen 12014. Sabin 21923. OCLC records twelve locations under several accession numbers as of September 2018.


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    Is alcohol useful or necessary as medicine by Allen, Martha M

    Newark, NY: Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Michigan, 1894. 8p., wraps, 4.5x5.5 inches, slight creases on two corners, numeral penned at upper right corner. Argues that medical specialists agree on the uselessness of alcohol in medicine.


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    The Missing Link; or, Bible-Women in the Homes of The London Poor by [TEMPERANCE] [GREAT BRITAIN] "L.N.R." (pseud Ellen Ranyard)

    London: James Nisbet, 1859. First Edition. Hardcover. Gough was by many accounts the first American public "celebrity," a reformed drunkard who capitalized on his past to become the most highly-paid and highly sought-after lecturer of his generation. The present volume - a somewhat simpering account of missionary work among the London poor - has been inscribed to Gough by one John Lang. While we cannot say with confidence that this inscription is from the Australian barrister and author of that name (generally regarded as the first Australian novelist), we can note that both Gough and Lang were engaged on a tour of Great Britain in 1859 and that it is not entirely unlikely that their paths might have crossed in Dundee, whence the inscription is datemarked. 12mo (16cm). Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards; gilt spine in six compartments; marbled endpapers and page edges; 296pp. Copy of the prominent Boston reformer and temperance lecturer John B. Gough, with his ownership signature and a lengthy presentation to him, dated 1859, from a John Lang, Dundee [Scotland?]. Corners and spine ends rubbed and touched-up; else a tight, VG copy.


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