[William Allen Butler]. Nothing to Wear. New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1857. First edition. Original maroon binding is faded. Autograph note signed by the author mounted to front pastedown. Very good. Hugely popular poem of the day satirizing New York society.

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    This lot: Nothing to Wear: An Episode of City Life. First edition in book form, having been published originally in Harper's Weekly. Twelvemo. 67 pages. Illustrations by Hoppin. Frontispiece. Original maroon binding with gilt lettering and blind-stamped decorations. Coated maroon endpapers. Publisher's ad on yellow paper inserted before front free endpaper. Cloth faded along spine and board edges. Top corner of front board bumped. Pages toned with light foxing. In chemise and worn custom slipcase.

    This incredibly popular poem which satirized New York society's extravagances, originally appeared in Harper's Weekly (and then in book form) authored anonymously; Butler was forced to reveal his identity as the author when others began to claim credit. BAL 20094.

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