I thought I’d present items from my personal collection of Southworthiana from time to time as a feature on the blog. I’ve been collecting Southworth material since the mid-1990s, starting with various editions of her novels (mostly discovered in antique shops and from internet sites like Abebooks), which I now have boxes and boxes of in my house. While editions of her books still catch my eye (just the other day I found a copy of Old Neighborhoods and New Settlements, her 1853 short story collection published by Hart, on ebay), I’ve mostly been searching for other types of items–autographs, letters, and other ephemera–in recent years, and I’ve been lucky to acquire some interesting things.

One interesting acquisition was this booksellers’ signage for the Street and Smith paperback editions of Southworth’s novels from the 1910’s.

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Recently I came across an 1864 advertisement for Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters, a very popular medicinal tonic or “cure-all,” sold in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In this particular ad (not the one pictured above) from the National Republican (publicly accessible via the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America database), a paper published in the District of Columbia, the company includes celebrity endorsements of the product. One of these letters is written by E. D. E. N. Southworth. I quote below the letter in full: Read the rest of this entry »