July 30, 2020 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
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Aunt Sally's Policy-Players' Dream Book and Wheel of Fortune and Other 19th Century Works

HENSON, Josiah (1789-1883); LOBB, John, ed. (1840-1921); STOWE, Harriet Beecher, foreword (1811-1896). "Uncle Tom's Story of His Life." An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson (Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom"). From 1789 to 1876. London: "Christian Age" Office, 1876. 

8vo (124 x 190 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait with Henson's facsimile signature, additional engraved portrait of Stowe, preliminary and end advertisements. (Possible lack of preliminary ads, pages begin with [iii], very light occasional spotting.) Rebound in grey boards, printed spine titles (discoloration to lower spine, slight separation of paper at spine caps). 

FIRST LOBB EDITION. 

[With]:

Aunt Sally's Policy-Players' Dream Book and Wheel of Fortune. New York: Wehman Bros, n.d. 

12mo (124 x 182 mm). Illustrated advertisements. (Evenly toned pages.) Original publisher's illustrated wrappers (some chipping and losses to front wrapper, else tight). 

Policy was a lottery game that flourished from its inception in Chicago in 1885, despite its illegality. The game was popular with the African American community where it was known as Policy, but it was played by other communities by different names, including "the numbers" by Italian-Americans and "bolita" by Cuban-Americans. Policy books such as this became very popular as a way of interpreting dreams to select the numbers to bet on. Aunt Sally's books were first published by Wehman Brothers in 1889, with facsimile editions printed later by various publishers. 

[With:]

[SERLE, Ambrose (1742-1812)]. The Religious Tract Society. The Happy Negro...To Which is Added, The Grateful Negro. London: W. Clowes, n.d. [ca 1825]. 

12mo (124 x 181 mm). Woodcut frontispiece and additional illustration. (Evenly toned pages.) Unbound.

An early printing of a tract perpetuating the myth of "happy slaves" content with their enslavement by "benevolent masters." 

Estimate: $150 - $250
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$125
07/30/2020

 

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