Gems from the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair

Whiting, Sydney. Memoirs of a stomach. Written by himself, that all who eat may read. Edited by a Minister of the Interior. London: Chapman and Hall, 1854.

Collier, Jane. An essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting; with proper rules for the exercise of that pleasant art. London: A. Millar, 1757 [The reader is instructed in the art of tormenting, being advised how to annoy servants, humble companions and spouses, as well as how to bring up one’s children to be a torment to others].

Huygens, Christina. The celestial worlds discover’d: or, conjectures concerning the inhabitants, plants and productions of the worlds in the planets. London: Timothy Childe, 1698 [One of the earliest discussions of the possibility of alien life].

Nightingale, Florence. Notes on matters affecting the health, efficiency, and hospital administration of the British Army, founded chiefly on the experience of the late war. Presented by request to the Secretary of State for War. London: Harrison and Sons, 1858 [Upon her return to England from the Crimean War, Nightingale conducted an exhaustive study of the health of the British Army; it was in this work that she used a “polar area pie chart” (for the first time?) to show the number of men who died from the conditions of in the hospitals compared to those who died form their wounds].

Sleeper, M.B. Construction of radio phone and telegraph receivers for beginners. Solid, useful data, photos, and drawings prepared specially for the radio novice and experimenter on the erection of antennas, planning a station, and building all kinds of crystal, audion, and regenerative receivers, with amplifiers and loud speakers for radio telephone broadcast reception and telegraph signals. New York: The Norman Henley Publishing Co., 1922.

Butler, Charles. The American Gentleman. Philadelphia: Hogan & Thompson, 1836 [How to form an ideal American male character].

Robinson, Solon. HOW TO LIVE: Saving and wasting. Or domestic economy illustrated by the life of two families of opposite character, habits, and practices, in a pleasant tale of real life, full of useful lessons in housekeeping, and hints how to live, how to have, how to gain, and how to be happy; including the story of A Dime A Day.  New York: Fowler and Wells, 1867.

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