James Coffey

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[COFFEY, John (1852 – ca. 1912)] Life and Adventures of the Skeleton Dude. New York: N.Y. Popular Publishing Co., ca. 1890. Hand-colored pictorial wrappers. Illustrated. 32mo. Dampstained, worn, wraps chipped (lower with one corner lacking, affecting some text on wrapper). Coffey’s career in show business began later than most, as his emaciated figure only began to develop around the age of 30. His 5’ 7” frame supported only 70 pounds when Coffey was at his lightest.