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1 PYTHIAN ADVOCATE (ST. LOUIS) VOLUME 1 A Journal Devoted to the Promotion of Pythianism in the West and South
St. Louis, MO T. R. Gelwicks 1880 Hardcover 
This is Volume 1 (Number 1 through 12) of the St. Louis, MO. Newspaper Pythian Advocate starting May 1880 and continuting monthly through April, 1881, bound in book covers. This is a publication of The Order of Knights of Pythias. Each edition has about 7 to 11 pages of articles, news, tips, reports, business, essays and one page of advertising of businesses in St. Louis. This is an ex-library copy - there is only a small stamp and a call number in pencil on the first page of Volume 1 - in the corner. Library markings on the spine have been blacked out. There is a library book label on the front pasted down end paper to indicate that the book belonged in the Reference Room. There is tape at the inside hinge and smudging on the end papers. The interior pages are very clean and crisp. The covers are marbled paper with a leather spine. Leather on the corners has mostly disappeared exposing the book boards. The marbled covers have worn off on the edges and there is missing color and paper in places, especially on the rear cover. There is a leather label in the center of the front cover with the title in gilt and with a border which is wearing. The pages are crisp and clean except for the last page which as a chip and old tape, not yellowed. The rear free end paper is missing and there is more tape at the hinge. There is a missing cut-out from Number 12 that is about 2 x 3 inches. It is next to the advertising from the previous month which has an ad for Brownings' Oyster House (restaurant) at 510 Chestnut St. In St. Louis. The first choice is Baltimore Oysters, any style, per doz. , 25 cents. The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization established in the U. S. In 1864. There are references to the need to expand to the west and south within the articles. ; 4to 
Price: 95.00 USD
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