Item #8695 Paying Employment! $50.00 to $175.00 Per Month A Fortune for Agents. A New Book…How to Be Your Own Lawyer…Encyclopædia of Business Law and Forms.

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Paying Employment! $50.00 to $175.00 Per Month A Fortune for Agents. A New Book…How to Be Your Own Lawyer…Encyclopædia of Business Law and Forms.

Philadelphia: P. W. Ziegler, [ca. 1880]. Broadside, 18.75” x 15.75”, purple paper. CONDITION: Good+, 2” tears to upper and lower left corners (no losses), minor soiling in three spots, some chips at edges.

A scarce Philadelphia broadside aimed at would-be agents for a popular—and enormous—legal guide.

Over almost 700 pages in length, Hugh M. Spalding’s How To Be Your Own Lawyer : An Encyclopædia of Business Law and Forms (1877) is touted here as useful to just about every class of society: “Business Men, Farmers, Mechanics, Merchants, Attorneys, Conveyancers, Professional Men, Public Officers, Manufacturers, Landlords, Tenants, Capitalists, Working Men, Administrators,” and so on. The book is “REAL MONEY VALUE,” and several agents, quoted in the finer print, report on their elaborate success: “I have already taken 100 orders in this city, and shall take at least 800…I took 63 orders in less than a square, and 16 of them were from one building…” Spalding’s work garnered praise in the papers as “one of the few books which purports to teach ‘How to be Your Own Lawyer’ that is considered of any account by members of the legal fraternity” (Somerset Herald).

P. W. Ziegler & Co. was a popular subscription publisher with offices in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Chicago. Advertisements for the firm appear in newspapers as early as 1874; by 1900 its primary office was located at 215 Locust Street in Philadelphia, in a large building shared with two other publishing ventures. The company seems to have closed in 1908 after a fire “completely burned out” the building (“Firemen”).

Not in OCLC.

REFERENCES: “Firemen Have Busy Time,” The Lancaster Morning News, February 7, 1908, p. 6; The Somerset Herald, July 27, 1881, p. 3.

Item #8695

Price: $950.00

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