1886 Original Antique REEVES POCKET COMPANION CONTAINING VALUABLE INFORMATION Gaslight Design Printed Woodcut Covers ALMANAC
1886 Original Antique REEVES POCKET COMPANION CONTAINING VALUABLE INFORMATION / J. H. Reeves' Pocket Companion, Containing What You Know. What You Don't Know. What You Ought To Know. For Book-Keepers, Mechanics, Farmers, Politicians, Lawyers, Bankers, Merchants, &c.
Published by J.H. Reeves, New York City, printed by Jersey City Printing Company, 1887. First Edition. Illustrated wrappers, 6.25" x 3.5", string and staple bound, 70 pages, Chromoxylograph (color woodcut) covers. J.H. Reeves sold patent medicines in New York in the mid to late 1800s and includes advertising and testimonials for Quack patent medicine. Scarce, OCLC locates only 2 copies held in collections worldwide. VERY GOOD CONDITION: The covers have light wear/age, but remain very bright, internally, light wear from use/age, otherwise the inner pages are bright, clean and unmarked. An excellent example of this ephemeral 19th century Gaslight printing style.
The Gaslight style had a universal vogue, appearing in printed ephemera from the New World to Imperial Russia. A 19th century graphic design style that creates the illusion of depth, it was used for labels, packaging, display, sign writing, business stationery and security printing.