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Hitchcock, Edward. History of a Zoological Temperance Convention.

Illus. with frontis. of a general view of the convention. Also illustrated with numerous wood engravings of animals at and scenes from the convention. Decorative engraved brown covers. First Edition. Boston, MA: Nathaniel Noyes, 1855.

 An account of an animal kingdom convention called forth to debate whether to embrace the man-made tendencies towards alcohol, tobacco, capital punishment, war, and slavery that had been introduced to them since their first convention (on Noah’s Ark). Arguments are made by various members of the animal kingdom; breakout committees are formed to drink wine and demonstrate the effects and a human Dandy is trotted out to give a cigar-smoking demonstration that only ends in disaster. After speeches, testimonies, and rebuttals, pledges and resolutions against unnatural vices are made so these noble animals are not reduced as low as man on “scales of patriotism and benevolence”. Hitchcock served as president at Amherst University, was a man of science and religion, believing that the two could exist together, and was a zealous supporter of the Temperance Movement—and if this book is an example, had a charming sense of humor. Some wear at spine and extreme ties, foxing, otherwise good. 

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