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The Story of a Year - Booklet Advertising Dr. Acker's English Remedies

London and New York: W.H. Hooker & Co., 1880s? Illustrated Victorian booklet advertising patent medicines under the umbrella of Dr. Acker's English Remedies, which claim to treat and cure everything from consumption to "depressed feelings and the thousand ills to which the [female] sex is subject" (p. 15). The booklet begins with a sensational story about Dr. Acker, in which he is on the precipice of dying from consumption, but discovers the cure in the nick of time; thus his Remedies were discovered. Several other stories are included, each illustrating the miraculous benefits of the medicines, including one on pp. 4-6 which details a woman's journey from depressed waif to cheerful and fulfilled housewife.

The bottom third of each page is filled with a smattering of somewhat questionable "Facts Not Generally Known", such as: "The average weight of a Scotchman's brain is 50 ounces, or about a half ounce heavier than the English or German brain which comes next" (p. 7). The wrappers themselves act as advertisements by showing an ill woman on the front wrapper, and the same woman cured on the lower wrapper. Small 4to (5" by 5"), pp. 16, with in-text illustrations, stapled in original photographic wrappers. Very good to fine. Some toning, wrappers loose, tape repair to gutter.

Price: $150.00

Item #21000887