Philadelphia, PA: Bradley-Garretson, c. 1903. Deep Blue cloth over boards with folding snap cover and leather carrying handle. 7" x 9.75", contains four preliminary salesmen samples of books to be order pre-publication. Seven lines of ordering page filled out with examples of sample orders. Interior weakness to some spines, 3-of-4 of the samples have still bright and attractive blind stamped covers, the fourth with rubbing to the cover. Kit cover has wear at the base of folding cover.
These were not complete books, but mock-ups, usually consisting of sample pages of text, possibly with a few illustrations, examples of different available bindings, and a space in the back to take down orders. They were brought door to door by traveling salesmen from around the time of the American Civil War through the early 1900's. In an era pre-radio, they often promoted books which gave parents the opportunity to educate and entertain their families. Good +. Item #3103