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1888 N79 Duke "Histories of Poor Boys and Other Famous People" Complete Set (50)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,963
Complete set of fifty 1888 N79 Duke "Histories of Poor Boys and Other Famous People" booklets. This is a very strong set of these extremely rare sixteen-page booklets with colorful covers, which were issued as premiums with Duke's Cigarettes, with conditions ranging from Vg to Ex (includes seven technically slightly lesser). Each booklet is the size of an insert card (2.75 x 1.5 inches) and features a portrait image of a historical figure (such as P.T. Barnum, Thomas Edison, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, John L. Sullivan, Jake Kilrain, etc.) on the front with a biography presented on the interior pages. These are very similar in design to the N78 Duke "Histories of Generals" booklets, and are, in fact, even rarer. The back cover of each features a beautiful colorful lithograph of a scene relating to the individual's field of interest. This is an extremely attractive set with outstanding eye-appeal. Duke's "Histories of Poor Boys and Other Famous People" are rarely offered as a complete set, and are highly prized by historical collectors, miniature book collectors, and nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 50 booklets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,963
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