[S.l.: s.n., 1880. First Edition. Broadside. Very good. [ca. 1880s] Broadside, approximately 28 x 6 3/4 inches. Small closed tears and moderate chipping at upper right edge, not affecting text. Very good. Attractive broadside for B. A. Bambers traveling magic lantern and electric-battery-quack-medicine dime show, which toured in the Midwest and Northeast during the late 1800s. The show represents a bridge between the great American dime museums of the 19th century one of the final iterations of cabinets of curiosities, now assembled by showmen, rather than princes and apothecaries and the cinema of 20th century. Here, a juxtaposition of natural objects, exotic scenery, painting, and statuary, are shown in luminous two dimensions. The typical style and subjects of the quasi-educational dime museum and its 10-cent price remain in the magic lantern show, but the objects and tableaux have lost their materiality and set the stage for new forms of popular spectacle. With lively 19th-century wood type, a portrait of Mr. Bamber, and an enchanting view of the flight of the god Mercury through a moonlit night. While this broadside advertises Bambers 5th Annual Tour, no materials for previous or subsequent tours are recorded.
New York: Currier & Ives, 1860. First Edition. Broadside. Good.  Color lithographic broadside, image approximately 12 x 9 inches. Top half-inch of image trimmed, not affecting pictorial content. Toning, small chips and closed tears, early soft folds. Good. Early Currier & Ives portrait of the albino Dutch Lucasie family, whom Barnum brought to New York from Amsterdam in 1857, advertised for years at the American Museum as natives of Madagascar, and contracted for tours, as advertised here. Scarce.
Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach and Baldwin, 1865. Hardcover. Near fine. 842 pp. plus  pp. of publishers advertisements, twelve wood-engraved plates, and steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Lincoln. Three-quarter calf and cloth, spine stamped in black and lettered in gilt. Marbled edges and endpapers. Bookplate of Blumhaven Haven of Herman Blum. Professional repair to joints at head of spine. Binding lightly scuffed, minor early tape remains in pastedowns. Internally clean and bright. Near fine. The first biography of Abraham Lincoln published after his death (following 1860 and 1864 editions), including an account of his assassination. This example from the Blumhaven Library of Herman Blum (1885-1973), the noted Philadelphia collector of books and manuscripts. Sabin 3617n.
[Manchester, N.H.?: s.n., 1890]. Very good. [ca. 1890s] Broadside, 10 x 5 3/4 inches. On green paper. Small discoloration, affecting a few characters of text, light horizontal fold, very minor chipping at edges (affecting no text). Very good. Broadside advertising the services of palmist, phrenologist, and clairvoyante "Mrs. Dr. Stanley," who exhibited the "Strange Gift of Prophecy" and specialized in counseling on matters of marriage and healing of women's afflictions. The lower portion of the broadside is completed in print with the fees (fifty cents to two dollars) and address of her current engagement: No. 188 Merrimack St. (likely in Manchester, New Hampshire). Newspaper records show Dr. Mrs. Stanley touring the Midwest, the Northeast, and California between 1890 and 1902. In late 1890 and early 1891, she was the subject of some controversy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The November 30, 1890, issue of the NEWS-DEALER there reported that she and another woman, both "alleged fortune tellers and 'trance mediums'," became the targets of "the eagle eye of that great guardian of public morality Con[stable] McGroarty," who brought them before the mayor on the basis of "an absurd old law." The mayor was forced to fine and expel them, despite the fact, as the paper remarked, nobody had "ever complained that these two ladies did any harm." Six weeks later, Stanley's name reappeared in the NEWS-DEALER when a Mrs. Ludwig from nearby Pittstown poisoned herself with an ounce of arsenic. Local rumors circulated that family troubles were the cause and that "Mrs. Ludwig thought that her husband did not treat her as a husband ought to." Mr. Ludwig, however, denied "all of the above and claims that the cause was due to what Mrs. Dr. Stanley, the fortuneteller who was driven out of Wilkes-Barre recently, had told Mrs. Ludwig that Mr. Ludwg would desert her and that she would never see him again."
Chicago: The Western News Company, 1870. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. 9 numbered lithographic cards, 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Titled envelope lacking. Some toning, light soiling, and wear. Very good. The pirated, first separate issue of Bret Harte's famous and famously misunderstood satire, after its first appearance in the September, 1870, issue of San Francisco's THE OVERLAND MAGAZINE. The poem, a parody of Swinburne's ATALANTA, begins with a game of euchre between the narrator, his friend Bill Nye, and a Chinese immigrant, Ah Sin. Nye is engraged when his own attempt at cheating with cards up his sleeve is foiled by Ah Sin's superior efforts at the same. After complaining about being "ruined by Chinese cheap labor," Nye sets upon Ah Sin, and "a scene" ensues. Of the three versions of the poem illustrated in 1870 and 1871, the present set, illustrated by Joseph Hull, is unique in depicting the "scene that ensued" as a white mob attacking Ah Sin. As both a writer and newspaper editor, Bret Harte had long spoken out against white anti-Chinese bigotry and violence, which he had intended for this poem to mock. The irony was lost to the wider public, however, and Joseph Hull's illustrations helped fuel the wild popularity of the poem and its use as a rallying cry against Chinese immigrants.
Ithaca, N.Y.: Published by the author. Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff, Printers, 1838. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. 371 pp. plus engraved plate and large folding map. Modern blue cloth, front free endpaper renewed, original printed paper spine label laid down. Pencil ownership inscription, "Tho. M. Rogers 1840," on title page, later ownership ink stamp of L. D. Oliphant on first leaf of text. Text and plate foxed and toned. Map virtually unfoxed, clean, and bright. Overall very good. Complete first edition of a major early Pacific Northwest travel narrative. The Rev. Samuel Parker (1779-1866) was a Massachusetts-born Presbyterian missionary, joining a party of the American Fur Company on an expedition west from Council Bluffs to Walla Walla in 1835, himself under the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Howes describes his map of the Oregon Territory as the "earliest showing accurately the Oregon interior." With early vocabularies of the Nez Percé, "Klicatat," "Calapooa," and "Chenook." Howes P-89 "aa," Wagner-Camp 70.
Philadelphia: House of Representatives, 1800. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 31 pp. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt morocco label. Uneven toning in title page, else fine. The key federal document in the Western Reserve's transition from Connecticut territory to Ohio land. The report, authored by U.S. Representative and future Chief Justice John Marshall, provides a detailed account of the history of overlapping claims to present-day northeastern Ohio by Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the resolution of the dispute in favor of Connecticut, the lands' subsequent sales, settlement, and improvements, and current issues surrounding Connecticut's offers to cede sovereignty of the lands to the federal government. The Congressional committee here recommends accepting Connecticut's cession of jurisdiction. Congress complied, formally ending Connecticut's authority in the Western Reserve and absorbing the lands into the Northwest Territory. The already-significant population of the Western Reserve allowed the eastern portion of the Northwest Territory, "Ohio country," to begin the path to statehood in 1801, which was completed with Ohio's admission to the Union in 1803. "One of the great documents of the trans-Alleghany pioneer West" - Eberstadt (114:592). Evans 38873. Howes C683, "a". Sabin 15688. Thomson 974.
New-Haven: Published and sold by the author [et al.]; A. H. Maltby & Co., Printers, 1821. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. ,vi,10-157 pp. including engraved half title, engraved frontispiece, and musical notation in pp. 111-156, plus 21 leaves of plates (1-20 numbered), complete. Later speckled paper over boards, gilt leather label. Moderate foxing throughout. Very good. Rare first edition of the first illustrated guide to the organization, rituals, and symbolism of the Masonic Knights Templar for the General Grand Encampment of the United States, by the influential Masonic author and lecturer Jeremy Ladd Cross (1783-1860). The work follows on the success of Cross's pioneering 1820 publication of Masonic emblems, THE TRUE MASONIC CHART, with a monitor for the specifically Christian "knighthood" orders associated with Freemasonry in the U.S. Following ritual manuals, lessons, constitutions, and lists of officers for the orders is a large selection of songs, many with musical notation, and plates of symbols, ritual schematics, and Biblical and allegorical scenes, including Paul's shipwreck on Malta. The frontispiece, a depiction of Constantine's vision of the cross blazing in the heavens, is an early copper engraving of Simeon Smith Jocelyn (1799-1879) of New Haven. Jocelyn is evidently the illustrator of the all of the plates in the volume (taking the place of Amos Doolittle, who engraved the plates of the TRUE MASONIC CHART). Around the time of the TEMPLAR CHART's publication, Jocelyn enrolled at Yale to train as a Congregationalist minister. Successfully ordained, in the 1830's Jocelyn abandoned the engraving trade to dedicate himself completely to antislavery and African American educational causes, becoming a major leader in the latter.
San Francisco: North Point Press, 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Original cloth, spine gilt, in pictorial dust jacket. Warmly inscribed and signed, "Rennie," by the author with his caricature self-portrait drawn both beside the signature and in the book's fore-edge. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Six early "passion pieces" by Lawrence Weschler, "stories of people merely going about their everyday lives, when suddenly they seem to catch fire, becoming utterly obsessed and ending up somewhere entirely different from where they thought they were headed" (publisher's jacket description). The essays include portraits of English teacher Akumal Ramachander and reclusive painter Harold Shapinsky, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Danish cheese exporter-turned-museum founder Knud Jensen, bookseller Leonard Durso, Russian avant garde conductor-turned-lexicographer Nicloas Sloniminsky, and artist J. S. G. Boggs (the creator and spender of his own paper currency about whom Weschler would write a full-length biography in 1988).
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1794. First separate American edition. Softcover. Near fine. 24 pp. Original self-wrappers, stitched. Very minor foxing and soiling, else fine, untrimmed and partially unopened. First separate American edition of a key tract in American Unitarianism. Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), best known as the discoverer of oxygen, was an important English scientist, political philosopher, theologian, and dissenting clergyman. He emigrated from England in 1794 due to increasing religious pressure there and settled in Philadelphia, where he played a central role in the founding of the first American church to call itself "Unitarian." The DAB calls Priestley "the chief early protagonist of the Unitarian movement in the United States." Evans 27554.
[Albany: New York Senate, 1836]. First Edition. Disbound. Near fine.  pp. Single leaf, disbound. Stab holes, minor edge toning, else near fine. Petition by the Medical Society of the State of New York to the state legislature to build an adequate home and hospital for the mentally ill. Signed in print by 28 members of the Society, the document refers to an estimated 2000 "lunatics" in the state with no means for treatment or care (at the time, New York's sole incorporated asylum could house only 250 patients and its only private facility 60). Confident in new possibilities for successful treatment, the petitioners argue that "justice and humanity" call the state to "restore that unfortunate portion of our population to reason, their friends and the community."
Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1823. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 24 pp. Original plain green wrappers, stitched. Contemporary ink ownership signature of "G. Bond" on front wrapper. Wrappers lightly chipped at spine ends and corners, light soiling to front wrapper and extreme fore-edge, else near fine. An anti-Calvinist pamphlet from the Unitarian Controversy of 1805-1835, insisting upon "right of thought" and separation of church and state as fundamentally Christian principles. The author targets Massachusetts's "orthodox party" of Congregationalist clergy as heirs to Constantine and Rome in their abuses of Christianity and mental enslavement of their churches' laity. Sabin attributes the work to John Lowell, Jr. (1769-1840), the prominent Federalist Massachusetts lawyer, prolific pseudonymous pamphleteer, and author several years earlier of "Are You a Christian or a Calvinist?" Sabin 42457.
Dallas: Fikes Hall of Special Collections and DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 1987. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. 28 pp., including illustrations. Pictorial wrappers, stapled. Fine. Catalog of an exhibition of the Robert O. Harris Whitman collection at Fikes Hall of Special Collections, Southern Methodist University, 1987.
Amherst, N.H.: R. Boylston, 1817. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. 28 pp. Printed self-wrappers, stitched. Very minor foxing, else fine, largely unopened. Sunday sermon by Rev. Thomas Beede, credited as New Hampshire's first Unitarian minister, delivered successively in Wilton and Amherst in 1817. The sermon discusses the relationship between the Abrahamic and Sinai covenants with an eye to the issue of infant baptism. Beede acknowledges Joseph Lathrop and John Reed as sources, and the pamphlet concludes with a printing of two of Isaac Watts' hymns, "Gentiles by Nature" and "How Large the Promise."
Toledo: E. G. Ashley, Grand Financial Secretary, 1907. Hardcover. Near fine. 24 pp. including in-text figures and photographic portraits. Printed in red and black. 12mo. Original flexible black cloth, stamped in gilt. 3/4-inch closed tear in front free endpaper, else near fine. In addition to the directory, the volume includes an "early history" of the association, a "list of vessels of the Great Lakes, American and Canadian, with names and addresses of owners," "other information of a miscellaneous nature of interest in shipping circles in the Great Lakes," and scores of advertisements for marine suppliers in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Milwaukee, and various other Great Lakes cities. Several of the different companies' advertisements contain wood-engraved or photographic views of their buildings, ships, or machinery. Scarce.
[Virginia: Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad, 1881]. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. ,13, pp., including two-page map, three full-page engravings, and illustrated advertisement. Original printed wrappers. Neat five-inch separation of wrapper at spine, very light soiling to wrappers, else near fine. An attractive advertisement for Virginia's Luray Caverns, evidently issued by the Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad for the 1882 tourist season. The pamphlet prints a detailed account of the wonders of the caves by an 1880 Smithsonian expedition, together with a railroad map of the eastern United States leading to Luray, with illustrations of the caverns and the Natural Bridge landmark. A full-page advertisement for the Luray Inn includes a large woodcut view of that institution. OCLC locates no copies. Rare.
[S.l.], 1946. First Separate Edition. Hardcover. Fine. ,76, pp. Original half gray and green cloth. Fine. Reprinted from the Connecticut State Medical Journal.
Cincinnati, Oh.: C.N. Morris, 1875. First English Language Edition. Softcover. Very good. 16 pp. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers lightly soiled, else near fine. From the library of Dr. Ephraim M. Epstein, first President of the University of South Dakota, bearing his bookplate. Polemic "Dedicated to all Patriotic Citizens of the United States" by the pastor of Cincinnati's Third Protestant Church on the dangerous influence of the Roman Catholic Church. Delivered at Cincinnati in May, 1875, and translated from the German.
[Massachusetts?], 1880. Broadside. Near fine. [ca. late 1880s]. Broadside, 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Two neat vertical folds and one neat horizontal fold. Light contemporary pencil note ("What prizes & railroad facilities?") in lower margin. Half-inch closed tear in horizontal fold, not affecting text, else fine. Unrecorded broadside advertisement of agent M. J. Finn of Natick, Massachusetts, for a great variety of outdoor entertainments available for hire to fairs and other exhibitions. The broadside most significantly features T. S. Baldwin and his GRAND BALLOON ASCENSION AND JUMP FROM AN ALTITUDE OF 5000 FEET. Baldwin (1860-1923), a U.S. Army Major and pioneering aeronautical performer and engineer, designed and operated parachutes, balloons, and airplanes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, creating the famous California Arrow dirigible, which was exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair, and numerous other flying machines, used variously for entertainment, military, and navigational purposes. Also advertised in this broadside are Jeakles Wonderful Hippodrome Chariot Races, Miss Loui Cassini, Champion Lady Equestrienne, Finns Running Dogs, Mlle. Carlotta, Lady Aeronaut (i.e., Mary Hawley Myers, an important figure in her own right, who performed throughout the 1880s), a Mounted Sword Contest, Abdallah Ben Saids Troupe of Bedouin Arabs, Rowing Tricycle Races, Mlle. Maretta Meyers, wire walker, globe runner, juggler, slide for life by the hair and teeth, and a variety of other unusual performers. A very early and extremely rare Baldwin ephemeron, in remarkably good condition.
[n.p.], 1890. Broadside. Good. [ca. 1890s]. Broadside, approximately 9 x 6 inches. Margins heavily chipped, but affecting only two characters in first line of text; paper toned and brittle; soft early folds; else good. An unrecorded broadside advertising the Gypsy fortune teller, "Gertrude Erdo," spiritual descendant of the original Erdo, the "famous old Gypsy Queen" and clairvoyante. The broadside describes Madame Erdo's various supernatural powers, partly in verse, and states that she will be available "in your city for a short time only" at 37 West Long Street (likely Columbus, Ohio).