[Mobile, AL: nd] (1853). Printed circular on blue paper. Single sheet, folded to 10 x 8 in., (4) pp. One page of printed text, two internal pages containing a manuscript address and partial postmark, and a brief manuscript note from Strickland to the addressees, G. & C. Merriam of Springfield, Mass., dated Mobile, April 20, 1853, last page blank. A bit of loss at seal break, folded for mailing, else very good. Strickland advertised his establishment at 28 Dauphin Street in Mobile, purveyors of books, stationery, papier mache goods, blank books, account books, printing ink, book binding, etc., as being, he believes "the best in the Southern country, and his prices the lowest." The manuscript note to the Merriams discusses what sized plate they should send him for inclusion in the printing of his almanac (approx. 60 words). Item #61075
William Strickland was one of the leading bookseller and publisher in Mobile in the 1850's. According to Cathleen Baker's book, "The Press That Cotton Built," [Univ. of Alabama: 2004], Strickland was forced to flee the city of Mobile in 1856, for having in his stock copies of Frederick Douglass' autobiographical work, and for ordering copies of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
One copy of the printed circular on OCLC: Harvard.