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Social Ethics: An Essay to Show that

Social Ethics: An Essay to Show that, Since the Right of Private Judgment must be respected in Morals, as well as in Religion, Free Rum, the Conceded Right of Choice in Beverages, and Required Power to Decline Intoxicants Promotes Rational Sobriety and Assures Temperance. By Ezra H. Heywood, Corresponding Secretary of the Union Reform League.

Heywood, Ezra H. Princeton, Mass.: Co-operative Publishing Company, [1879-1882?]. First edition.. Cheap paper stock somewhat toned but supple; some light wear and soiling; a very good copy.. Original printed wrappers, 9.38 x 5.88 inches, 23, [1] pages. A moderately uncommon title from Heywood, the anarchist free-love reformer here weighing in on liberty in relation to temperance and prohibition: "As well say, by statute, what church I shall attend, what books I shall read, as, by force or finesse, to take from me fluids which I choose for diet. Freedom of Conscience includes moral right of choice in beverages, the right to make up our bill of fare, to run one's own stomach. After the race has wrestled through the toil and agony of ages to get freedom of thought, speech and press, it is rather late to invoke Spanish Inquisition, mediaeval-fire-and-fagot, the invasive torture of fines and imprisonment to 'regulate' choice in drinks." Heywood is listed here as the corresponding secretary of the Union Reform League, which per Martin's Men Against the State met annually at Heywood's in Princeton from 1879 until it dissolved in 1882, suggesting a possible range of publication dates. (The 1889 date suggested in the OCLC record is a chimerical ghost, evidently the algorithmic substitution of a system unable to parse the uncertainties of a catalog record suggesting a publication date of 188-?) Type batter suggests a possible later printing. With extensive ads for radical publications available from Heywood.
Programme Three Mammoth Entertainments for one price of admission [caption title; verso caption title:] A Startling Surprise for Everybody . . . Living Curiosities Will be Introduced during the Concert Performance Without Extra Charge.

Programme Three Mammoth Entertainments for one price of admission [caption title; verso caption title:] A Startling Surprise for Everybody . . . Living Curiosities Will be Introduced during the Concert Performance Without Extra Charge.

[Pullman Circus]. Pullman, Giles, manager. [N. p., n. p., ca. 1878-1880?]. Some short shallow chips from one long edge; a trifle toned and soiled; in very good condition.. Single leaf printed recto and verso, approx. 20.25 x 7.13 inches, illustrated with numerous woodcuts of human oddities. An attractive ephemeral showbill from the veteran circus promoter Giles Pullman, who offers a "Grand Comic Concert, Monster Museum, and Feast of the Ferocious Wild Animals." (The latter promises to be a "Crimson Carnival of Blood.") One side of the showbill is devoted to woodcut portraits of the "Living Curiosities" to be seen without extra charge, eight acts that include some of the better-known names of the period--the Madagascar Family (Rudolph Lucasie and his wife and two children, European albinos touted as Africans and performing in American since ca. 1860; the portrait is adapted from the well-known Currier & Ives portrait); Madame Lyons, "the Wonderful Bearded Lady;" General Mite (celebrated little man Francis Flynn, 1864-1898); as well as "The Persian Beauty, or Fan Woman" (a variant on a Circassian woman); a living skeleton, the fairy queen, the Wild Man from the Island of Ceylon, and "Nena, the Egyptian Wild Girl." This seems certainly a late appearance of the Madagascar albinos; General Mite seems to have started performing around 1878 (and married in 1884) and some accounts have Madame Lyons dying ca. 1880,
The Life and Letters of Fitz-Greene Halleck. By James Grant Wilson.

The Life and Letters of Fitz-Greene Halleck. By James Grant Wilson.

[American Poetry]. Halleck, Fitz-Greene. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869. First edition, trade issue.. Some light rubbing and slight sunning; a fine copy.. 8vo, contemporary blue half morocco, spine elaborately gilt, blue cloth sides, 607, [1], [4] pages, t.e.g. Frontis portrait, engraved title page (as published). This copy from the library of Halleck's biographer James Grant Wilson himself, with a small ink autograph note mounted to a preliminary binder's blank, "Purchased at the sale of the Sedgwick Library, New York, March 27, 1877. Jas. Grant Wilson." (New York lawyer William Ellery Sedgwick had died in 1873; his library was sold at the Clinton Hall sale rooms on March 27 and March 28 in 1877, with a 68-page catalog published by Leavitt.) Wilson has somewhat grangerized his own copy here, with six related supplementary autograph pieces tipped in, including a manuscript agreement between publisher J. S. Redfield and Fitz Greene Halleck to "Stereotype, print and publish, and endeavor to sell your Poems in one volume 12mo, the proceeds of sales, after paying . . . $325.21 recently paid by me to Harper & Brothers, and all other expenses, to be equally divided between you and me as fast as realized," dated New York, April 12, 1852, signed and endorsed by Halleck on the verso. (Redfield published three editions of Halleck's poems between 1852 and 1854.) Additional inserted material includes 1887 letters from Horatio Gates Jones and from William Leete Stone to Wilson on articles submitted for Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography (of which Wilson was an editor); an 1851 note from Edward Robinson to William Alfred Jones early in the latter's career as librarian of Columbia college; and two notes from William Alfred Jones to Wilson on literary matters (thanking Wilson for a book on Knickerbocker literature, asking for return of a photograph used as source of an engraving), including thanks to Wilson for his kind words about "poor Hoffman"--presumably the Knickerbocker author Charles Fenno Hoffman, who was institutionalized for insanity for the last thirty years of his life. BAL 7001.
Bloom and Brier; or

Bloom and Brier; or, As I Saw it, Long Ago. A Southern Romance.

Falconer, William. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger; Montgomery, Ala.: Joel White, 1870. First edition.. The spring of 1865 was signalized by the final overthrow of the Confederacy, and by the first of June, the proud, the boastful, the defiant, ay, the victorious South! was wearing, well-set, the galling yoke of subjugation, with the PURITAN walking triumphantly through the land, and marking his way by a subversion of all the foundations upon which her society, her civilization, her wealth, and her imperiality, had ever reposed. Anarchy, chaos, idleness, dissoluteness, and debauchery, followed upon his march; but these were to him the sign, evidence, and emblem of his sway and authority, and sweet was his enjoyment: his want of true game and chivalry was to him the impervious shield against the natural shame, of having so long been engaged in the effort to place his foot upon the neck of the hated South." A revisionist Southern romance set during the high period of plantation life in Alabama and the Civil War, with thoughtful men and sylph-like young women who would seem to argue that if the chivalrous South had but been left alone by the small-minded fanatics of the North, it would have worked out the question of slavery and industrialization in its own noble manner. (The South had clearly lost the war but as here was trying to win the hearts and minds of the Reconstruction.) Wright II, 883.