Tuesday, June 11, 2013

German-language bookplate inside 1871 Dr. Chase book

This colorful German bookplate, which translates (fairly obviously) to This book belongs to Henry Kauffman, is pasted to the inside front cover of an 1871 edition of "Dr. Chase's Recipes, or, Information for Everybody: An Invaluable Collection of About Eight Hundred Practice Recipes for Merchants, Grocers, Saloon-Keepers, Physicians, Druggists, Tanners, Shoe Makers, Harness Makers, Painters, Jewelers, Blacksmiths, Tinners, Gunsmiths, Farriers, Barbers, Bakers, Dyers, Renovaters, Farmers, and Families Generally. To Which Have Been Added a Rational Treatment of Pleurisy, Inflammation of Lungs, and other Inflammatory Diseases, and also for General Female Debility and Irregularities: All arranged in their Appropriate Departments."

The author, Dr. Alvin Wood Chase (1817-1885), was a New York state native who spent much of his life in the Midwest, selling household wares, gathering folklore and (sometimes questionable) folk cures, and writing numerous editions of his most popular tome. There are claims that sales of his book rivaled sales of the Bible in some years.

Much has been written about Dr. A.W. Chase, and so I'll turn it over to some other fine bloggers and writers for you to explore more about his legacy.

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