While preparing for a small first person event, I thought if I "read books of the period 1850's" I would have some food for conversations. BTW...this only works if "others" also participate in the prep-work [easier said than done]. Luckily two other ladies had read the same on I listened to. I actually listened to the books on librivox and got a lot of sewing done for the event. I also had an issue of a Godey's printed up at my local office supply store to be used as "mail" and so the ladies could discuss the magazine. It was a hit. Plus I have a "souvenir" from this event. While searching for the issue online I read in a Godey's, Vol. 55 1857, under Literary Notices about books being sent by mail. This notice appears in each month.
Now I'm on the lookout for reprints of fiction and non-fiction to use at events and to listen to more literature on Librivox.org
BOOKS BY MAIL.--Now that the postage on printed material is so low, we offer out services to procure for our subscribers or others any of the books that we notice. Information touching books will be cheerfully given by enclosing a stamp to pay return postage.
When ordering a book, please mention the name of the publisher.
There follows in the actual book, a list of books with a summary and review (fiction and non-fiction) and their prices.
Here is just a list of the titles:
THE OLIVE BRANCE; or, White Oak Farm
COUNT OF MONTE-CHRISTO
THINGS NOT GENERALLY KNOWN: A Popular Hand-Book of Facts and readily accessible in Literature, History, and Science
AMERICA AND EUROPE
THE AMERICANS IN JAPAN: An Abridgment of the Government Narratives of the United States Expedition to Japan, under Commodore Perry
THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE [I have this one :) ]
ILLUSTRATED SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES and Adjacent Parts of America, from the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time.
HANSFORD: A Tale of Bacon’s Rebellion
LIFE PICTURES: From a Pastor’s Note-Book.
MARYATT’S WORKS. PETER SIMPLE AND JACOB FAITHFUL.
RANDOM SKETCHES; or, what I Save in Europe From the Portfolio of an Artist.
EDGAR HUNTLY; or, Memoire of a Sleep-Walker
THE NORSE-FOLK: or, a Visit to the Home of Norway and Sweden
LIVE SCENES FROM MISSION FIELDS: A Book of Facts, Incidents, and Results, the most Material and Remarkable in Missionary Experience, Condensed and Arranged fro Popular Use.
THE EXHIBITION SPEAKER.