Large, mail-order bifold broadsheet, “H. B. Foster’s Price Guide”, advertising a huge stock of drugs, surgical instruments, patent medicines, perfumes, dyes, glassware, hardware and more. H. B. Foster.
Large, mail-order bifold broadsheet, “H. B. Foster’s Price Guide”, advertising a huge stock of drugs, surgical instruments, patent medicines, perfumes, dyes, glassware, hardware and more.
Large, mail-order bifold broadsheet, “H. B. Foster’s Price Guide”, advertising a huge stock of drugs, surgical instruments, patent medicines, perfumes, dyes, glassware, hardware and more.
Large, mail-order bifold broadsheet, “H. B. Foster’s Price Guide”, advertising a huge stock of drugs, surgical instruments, patent medicines, perfumes, dyes, glassware, hardware and more.
Large, mail-order bifold broadsheet, “H. B. Foster’s Price Guide”, advertising a huge stock of drugs, surgical instruments, patent medicines, perfumes, dyes, glassware, hardware and more.

Large, mail-order bifold broadsheet, “H. B. Foster’s Price Guide”, advertising a huge stock of drugs, surgical instruments, patent medicines, perfumes, dyes, glassware, hardware and more.

Concord, New Hampshire: 1862. Envelope or Cover. The large advertising flyer measures 22” x 15”. It was folded four times into a 6” x 3” rectangle and sent through the mail to a New Hampshire physician. It bears a three-cent Washington stamp (Scott #65) and a circular Concord, N.H postmark dated March 22, 1862. In nice shape with just a little edge-wear. A printed caution at the top reads: “This Price List I consider Confidential in all cases, and for the exclusive use to the party to whom I send it. Present prices subject to subsequent variations. To which I would invite the attention of Druggists, Physicians and Merchants, before purchasing elsewhere.” This list contains at least 1,750 items broken into categories including drugs and botanicals, patent medicines, surgeon’s instruments, flint and green glassware, medicinal extracts and pills, dyes and dye stuffs, bronzes, perfumes and a selection of teas, coffees, and tobaccos. Very good. Item #009464

An astonishingly comprehensive snapshot-in-time listing anything a mid-19th century pharmacist or physician could possibly want for their practice. Scarce. As of 2019, nothing similar is for sale in the trade. There are no records of similar items sold at auction per Rare Book Hub or held by institutions per OCLC, although both databases list trade catalogs and medical advertising almanacs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Price: $500.00