1888 N79 Duke "Histories of Poor Boys and Other Famous People" Complete Set (50)

Sold For: $1,560

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2397

Item Year: 1888

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Complete set of 50 1888 N79 Duke "Histories of Poor Boys and Other Famous People" booklets. This is a very strong set of these extremely rare 16-page booklets with colorful covers, which were issued as tobacco premiums, with conditions ranging from Gd to Vg (including a few Vg-Ex and a few lesser). Issued with Duke's Cigarettes, the set is entitled "Histories of Poor Boys and Other Famous People." 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 Allen 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 19th-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 50 booklets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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