Philadelphia: H.C. Peck & Theo. Bliss, 1852. First edition thus. Original Cloth. 270pp; illuminated extra-title by W. Croome, lithographed by T. Sinclair, Phila. Bound in red cloth with elaborate gilt-stamped pictures and decorations on spine and both covers, all edges gilt. With old pencil signature of Elmira Stevenson and the custom bookplate of Hiram Edmund Deats, Flemington, N.J., a well-known historian, philatelist, and book collector. Traces of light foxing here and there, still a nice, bright example. 7.25" x 4.75" Very Good. Item #039095
"Directions for consulting the oracle. The person who holds the book asks the question. The person whose fortune is to be read selects any one of the fifty answers under that question, say No. 10, and the questioner reads aloud the answer No. 10, which will be the oracle" (page 12). [The extra, illuminated title-page was not present in the first printing of this work.].