QUACK, QUACK, QUACK: THE SELLERS OF NOSTRUMS IN PRINTS, POSTERS, EPHEMERA & BOOKS.
Helfand, William H.
This catalog accompanies an exhibition on medical quackery, tracing its prevalence from the itinerant seller of nostrums four centuries ago to unsolicited spam on the Internet today. Prints by William Hogarth, Honoré Daumier and others highlight the theatrics of the quack at work; posters by Jules Chéret, Maxfield Parrish and their contemporaries illustrate the remarkable artistry with which proprietary medicines once advertised; and works by H.G. Wells, Weir Mitchell and other writers offer a delightful look at the elaborate language once used to promote the quack's wares.
William H. Helfand is the author of five books including Pharmacy: An Illustrated History (co-author David Cowen, Harry N. Abrams, 1990), and The Picture of Health, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991) as well as a number of articles on the history of pharmacy, and on prints, caricatures, posters and ephemera relating to pharmacy and medicine. In recent years, he has curated several exhibitions on prints, drawings and photographs relating to pharmacy, dentistry and nursing in the Ars Medica Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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FINDING ONE'S WAY 1975 - 2001.
One of ten copies. This is an important collection of early works from the Hesterberg Press. Each clamshell box contains twenty-three original works in seven folders along with a sewn booklet printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, which gives a history of the Hesterberg Press and a full descirption of each work. Eleven Thomas Bewick engravings, printed from wood, are featured in typocrafters' keepsakes, broadsides and sewn booklets. Also are several folio signatures from three of the early books.
The works are presented in secure folders in chronological order and represent the major works of the press during this period. The clamshell box is covered in cloth with a blind stamped cover and gold stamped label by the Campbell-Logan Bindery, Minneapolis.