LAYAWAY PURCHASE RECEIPT. P. F. Collier, Publisher, 14 Dupont Street, San Francisco. 2. 19 . 1887. Charles. 1812 - 1870 Dickens, Peter Fenelon Collier, 1849 - 1909.

LAYAWAY PURCHASE RECEIPT. P. F. Collier, Publisher, 14 Dupont Street, San Francisco. 2. 19 . 1887.

San Francisco: 1887. A fill-in-the-blanks job-printed receipt for this California publisher, detailing layaway terms. Verso with blanks to record customer's payment record. 3-7/8" x 10". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning. Vertical fold line. Very Good. Item #47242

One Francis Cutting has deposited One Dollar, as of February 19, 1887, towards purchase of "1 Set Dickens" at a list price of $10.00. The set was paid in full March 21st of that year.

As background to this transaction, we find that in the 1870s, Collier started work as a salesman for P. J. Kenedy, publisher of books for the Roman Catholic market. When Collier wanted to boost sales by offering books on a subscription plan, it led to a disagreement with Kenedy, so Collier left to start his own subscription service. P. F. Collier & Son began in 1875, expanding into the largest subscription house in America with sales of 30 million books during the 1900–1910 decade." [Wiki]

So here offered a surviving 1880s receipt of Collier's very successful subscription business.

Price: $75.00