Bell, Ernest A. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls (Salesman's Canvassing Book with complete Book, 2 Vols.) No place given: No publisher provided, 1910.

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Bell, Ernest A. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls (Salesman's Canvassing Book with complete Book, 2 Vols.) No place given: No publisher provided, 1910. Edition Unstated.

Binding: Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good- Condition. Size: 8"-9" - Octavo (8vo). 481 pages. Item Type: Book.

Either the canvassers did their work well or the subject matter appealed to a wide audience, because there are many copies of the full book readily available. The more important of the two volumes is the salesman's canvassing book, which is much scarcer. Arbour (1996) provides this description of those selling aids: "generally a thinnish volume comprising (in its most basic form), specimen pages, specimen plates, one or more leaves of promotional text ..., and subscription leaves" (p. xv). He lists four different canvassing books in the Zinman Collection, of which this is No. 107.

The contents include a variety of specimen pages drawn from the full text and several plates (which are arranged differently from the book itself). There is a tipped in page at the front promoting a paid membership subscription (missing from the Zinman copy), a half broadside with the pricing for two bindings (the cloth, as here, and a half-morocco), subscription leaves (here with one sale made in Greenville, Ohio), and a 16 page section printed on red paper that promotes the book, provides examples of actions being taken against "white slavery" and has two pages addressed "To Our Soldiers in the Field" discussing the value of their service in selling the book and providing examples of how much money other salesmen have made through their canvassing.

The text block of the full book is tight. The binding of the Salesman's copy is broken between a plate and page 58, exposing the webbing. In both the paper is tanned from age. There are two 3/8" tears at the bottom margin of p. 77 of the Salesman's copy.

Both books are bound in green cloth over boards with a pasted-down image of a young girl behind bars on the front cover and the title stamped in faded gilt and black. The Salesman's copy has the design for the spine stamped in gilt and black on the rear cover. The corners of both books are slightly turned in and a bit worn at the tips. The bottom corner of the front cover of the full book has taken a slight bump and has some fraying. There are some white spots on the spine and rear cover of the Salesman's copy, a couple of which have resulted in surface loss. There is a 2/8" by 1/8" hole toward the bottom of the rear hinge. There is a little wear at the head and foot of the spine of the full book and a scratch diagonally across the rear cover. In both books the end papers are intact, but the front hinges are loose. 

There is some light foxing in the margins of some of the pages of the Salesman's copy. The full book's pages are cleaner, with just a bit of scattered foxing, also confined to the margins.

Previous owner's signature in pencil on the front free end paper of the full book. The page edges of both copies are darkened, particularly the top edges.


Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz. Category: Sociology & Culture; Prostitution -- United States; Selling -- Books -- United States; United States; 1900-1920; Books on Books. ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 1306.