The Patent Hat


This antique hardcover book is bound in brown cloth boards, with gilt cover illustration and spine lettering. Spine faded; cover has some edgewear; bookplate from private, 19th-century library on front inner board; some foxing. Written under the pseudonym "Philo," this book is an unusual satire of religious sentiment. 232 pages; approx. 5"x7".



  • The Patent Hat
  • Ellis ("Philo") Ballou
  • Carlton and Phillips, 1855
  • First edition