Beware of Traveling Salesmen and Agents! [Harrington, Bates]. How 'Tis Done: A Thorough Ventilation of the Numerous Schemes Conducted by Wandering Canvassers, Together with the Various Advertising Dodges for the Swindling of the Public. Syracuse, NY: W.I. Pattison, 1890. 283 pp. 9 Woodcut plates, 3 large woodcut text illustrations. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Original pebbled cloth, ornate blind-stamped frames to boards, gilt title and ornaments to spine, which are dulled. Light rubbing and a few light stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining to head of text block, light foxing in a few places. $350. * Second and final edition. The work is devoted to exposing the swindles of traveling agents and salesmen whose schemes involved bogus patent rights, lighting rod protection against losses in case of fire, and "investments" in non-existent tree nurseries and other agricultural concerns. Their victims, the intended audience of this volume, were mostly farmers and small townspeople. The second edition is a reissue of a work published in Chicago under the author's name in 1879.
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