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History Written with Pick and Shovel: Military Buttons, Belt-Plates, Badges, and other Relics Excavated from Colonial, Revolutionary, and War of 1812 Camp Sites By the Field Exploration Committee of the New-York Historical Society
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History Written with Pick and Shovel: Military Buttons, Belt-Plates, Badges, and other Relics Excavated from Colonial, Revolutionary, and War of 1812 Camp Sites By the Field Exploration Committee of the New-York Historical Society

By Calver, William Louis and Reginald Pelham Bolton

New York: New York Historical Society, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. The Society's collection of 18th and early 19th-century military and domestic relics, with their associated records of discovery, cast considerable light on the uniforms, equipment, and camp life of the American Revolution and War of 1812. The relics were secured by archaeological excavation [...] during a period of many years on military sites in the State of New York and along the Canadian frontier. Articles written by the authors, relating to their excavations and to the life and equipment of soldiers appeared in various issues of the Society's Quarterly Bulletin and in its Annual Report. 8vo, xiii, 320pp, index, blue cloth boards, gilt title on spine, b&w illustrations.

$110.00

Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written During the War Between the United Colonies and Great Britain.  Volume I.
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Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written During the War Between the United Colonies and Great Britain. Volume I.

By Washington, George; John Carey

London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, B. and J. Whilte, T. Cadell and W. Davies, W. Otridge and Son, J. Debrett, R. Faulder, and T. Egerton, 1795. Hardcover. Good condition. The first of 2 volumes of Washington's war time correspondence in the American Revolution, with letters from June 24, 1775 to December 29, 1776. Letters include the evacuation of Boston after Washington's successful placement of cannons on Dorchester Heights, and the Battle of Long Island and the British taking of New York. Volume concludes with letters dated December 27 and 29, 1776 which describe the famous crossing of the icy Delaware River: "... But the quantity of ice, made that night, impeded the passage of the boats so much, that it was three o'clock before the artillery could all be got over; and near four, before the troops took up their line of march. This made be despair of surprising the town, as I well knew we could not reach it before the day was fairly broke" (p360). With the additional title page which reads, "American State Papers, being a collection of Original and Authentic Documents Relative to the war between the United Stated and Great Britain". 8vo, viii, 364 pp. Original gilt leather boards, the front board detached but present, corners rubbed, the spine worn; pages mostly bright and clean. (Left as is for the possibility of binding in a similar fashion an odd second volume). Howes W-142.

$450.00

Andreana Containing The Trial, Execution and Various Matter Connected with the History of Major John Andre, Adjutant General of the British Army in America, A.D. 1780
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Andreana Containing The Trial, Execution and Various Matter Connected with the History of Major John Andre, Adjutant General of the British Army in America, A.D. 1780

By [John André]; Horace Wemyss Smith

Philadelphia: Horace W. Smith, 1865. Limited edition. Hardcover. Good - condition. A Limited Edition of 50 copies in quarto size. With the portraits & facsimiles called for. Engravings include: portrait George Washington, portraits of Major Andre, portrait John Paulding, portrait Miss Honora Sneyd, portrait Miss Anna Seward, folding facsimile plate ("A representation of figures exhibited and paraded ..."), portrait of Benedict Arnold, and facsimile Arnold's Pass. A reprint of 1780 edition: Proceedings of a Board of General Officers held by order of His Excellency Gen. Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, respecting Major John André, Adjutant General of the British Army, September 29, 1780. Large 4to, (9 1/2" x 12"), frontispiece portraits, 67pp, portraits, facsimiles. Deaccessed by the NY Association of the Bar Library, with their stamp on the title page. Pale green cloth library binding, leather spine labels damaged. Internally, some of the early leaves detached, slightly chipped at edges due to paper quality issues. OCLC: 1635835.

$450.00

Proceedings of a General Court Martial for the Trial of Major General Arnold
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Proceedings of a General Court Martial for the Trial of Major General Arnold

By [Benedict Arnold]; Francis Suydam Hoffman; W. Elliot Woodward

New York: J. Munsell, 1865. Limited edition. Hardcover. Good - condition. Limited edition of 35 copies in quarto size, a presentation copy to Charles G. Barney, Richmond Virginia, signed Francis S. Hoffman, Sept. 6 1865, and signed again by F. S. Hoffman at the limitations page, above the J. Munsell imprint. A reprint of 1780 edition. Large 4to, (10 x 12 1/2"), frontispiece portrait, xxix, 182pp. Deaccessed by the NY Association of the Bar Library, with their stamp on the title page. Three quarter green leather and marbled boards. Front board detached, spine chipped. Internally, early leaves detached, slightly chipped at edges. OCLC: 2941872.

$450.00

"Andre and Arnold".  ALS letters to Franklin Couch regarding Andre's capture loose in binder of clipped articles on the same
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"Andre and Arnold". ALS letters to Franklin Couch regarding Andre's capture loose in binder of clipped articles on the same

By Spooner, Walter Whipple; Franklin Couch; Judge Dykman

New York, 1899. Hardcover. Very good condition. Archive of material pertaining to Andre's capture which includes two sets of handwritten letters to historian Franklin Couch of Peekskill NY loosely inserted into an album of newspaper clippings. The first set of 4 handwritten letters are from W. W. Spooner, author of 'History of Westchester County, NY from Earliest Settlement to the Year 1900'. Spooner states that he is working to finalize his history of Westchester manuscript. In the first letter, he asks Couch specifically for information about the Cockcroft family and land it owned in Peekskill NY. In the second he requests permission to incorporate a Couch article entitled "Arnold's Treason" in his history; the third and fourth letters pertain to Spooner sending a copy of the Arnold chapter for Couch's review. These four Spooner letters written on letterheaded paper, New York History Company, 110 Fifth Ave., NY NY, and dated Aug. 2, Sept. 27, Oct. 20, 1899 and March 26, 1900. The second set of handwritten letters to Franklin Couch are from Judge Dykman, and pertain to the specific events of the capture of Andre. Dykman states, "I could never believe that you ever said there were eight persons in the party engaged in the capture of Andre". In the remaining letters Dykman asks Couch about Dean being one of the captors; and says that the changing of Couch's manuscript (in the History of Westchester County) was "a very presumptuous act". The Dykman letters are dated Oct 2 & 4, 1900 and Jan. 13, 1901. One more Dykman letter to Couch is laid down at the last page of the album, stating that Dykman feels it was not Spooner who made the changes to Couch's manuscript on the capture of Andre, and that Spooner did not object to Dykman's published criticism. It is dated Jan. 17, 1901. Three parts of published serialized articles are also loosely inserted, including: "The Last Twelve Days of Major John Andre" (pp 49 - 57; 148-157; 494-498); "Original Documents" (p321); "Homestead of David Williams" (pp168-171); and "Bibliographic Notes on Poems and Ballads Relating to Major Andre" (pp217-220). The album pages with newspaper articles pertaining to Andre's Captors, 23pp at the front of the album. The rear of the album with 4pp of newspaper articles pertaining to Rochambeau in the Revolution, the additional Dykman letter, and a pamphlet titled, "David Williams and the Capture of Andre, A Paper Read Before the Tarrytown Historical Society, by Marcus D. Raymond. Jan 15th 1903". Large 4to album (10 x 13"). Three quarter brown leather and marbled boards. Front cover with holed punched handwritten title card, "Andre and Arnold"; spine with typed paper label laid down. Album corners rubbed, spine rubbed, title labeled chipped. Internally, letters, serialized articles and newspaper articles all in good + condition.

$1450.00

Cornelius - Russell - Littlefield - Phelps and Allied Families.  Long Island genealogy
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Cornelius - Russell - Littlefield - Phelps and Allied Families. Long Island genealogy

By Welsh, Goldie Baughman

1941. Hardcover. Good +. A scarce typed genealogy of related New York families, beginning with the Cornelius family which settled in Flushing, Long Island in 1645, and where Aaron Cornelius received a large patent for the land which now encompasses Flushing, Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Rosslyn and Freeport. Concludes with the text of Civil War letters written by Daniel Littlefield. There are real albumen photographic illustrations throughout. Thick 4to binder, 133pp, bibliography pp134-158. Black gilt stamped faux leather binder, gilt title at front cover, "Our Ancestors. Cornelius - Russell - Littlefield - Phelps. Laurence Cornelius". Internally, text with evidence of damp; pages rippled, some staining at gutter, but text perfectly legible. OCLC: 16260176 records one copy, in the Archives of Michigan.

$375.00

Centennial Souvenir of the Monument Association of the Capture of André

By Husted, Nathaniel C.

New York: Printed for the Monument Association, 1880. First edition. Hardcover. Good -. The Monument Association was formed to mark the place where the British spy Major André was captured. A Tarrytown African American couple, William and Mary Taylor, freed slaves, donated their property as the site for the monument. The cornerstone was laid on Independence Day, July 4, 1853, with the marble quarried at Sing Sing (today Ossining). The volume includes the history of the movement to erect the monument (Part I), a description of the Centennial celebrations (Part II) and an Appendix. 8vo, 167pp, 2 b&w plates printed on photographic paper. Original brown pebbled cloth, with gilt title at spine. Spine chipped and cracked. First fascicle loose. Period owner signature at title page, Jas. T. Sutton, 1881. OCLC: 166620992 records only the William Clements Library, University of Michigan with a copy.

$200.00

Photograph album of a turn of the century horse & buggy trip through Catskill, Lebanon & Schoharie NY; Manchester & Wilmington VT
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Photograph album of a turn of the century horse & buggy trip through Catskill, Lebanon & Schoharie NY; Manchester & Wilmington VT

By [Andre, Major John; David Williams, Andre's Captor

1900. Hardcover. Very good overall. Seemingly a record of a horse and buggy tour through central New York and on to Vermont. There are nice architectural views of family homes, and others that interested the travelers. The 3rd & 4th photos are of the obelisk of David Williams, Revolutionary War hero, one of Major Andre's captors, along with John Paulding and Isaac VanWart. The obelisk is in the Old Stone Fort Cemetery. The early photos family homes, the Catskill Mountain House, street scenes, countryside, farmland, a waterfall, hedgerows, and a Civil War statue (near Schoharie?), "A.C Blackburn, Pharmacist," with an sign advertising sporting goods and "Kodak", the proprietor at the door. Next are photos of Bennington County Court House and church next door. some of the homes photographed are very grand. Gilson Adjustable Album patented 1897. Oblong, 8 1/2 x 6". 36 silver gelatin photographs approximately 5 1/4 x 3 3/4" , mounted on 18 card leaves. tiny bit of foxing, card a little warped. Original black cloth boards, tied with gilt "Photographs" on front board. A pleasant vernacular photo album.

$150.00

The Capture of Major Andre. From a painting by A.B. Durand in the possession of the Honble. James K. Paulding. Published by the American Art Union exclusively for the members 1845

By Durand, A.B. (after), Jones, Smillie & Hinshelwood, engravers

New York: American Art Union, 1846. Very good overall. Handsome engraving dramatising Major Andre's capture. Andre was adjutant to the British General Henry Clinton, and is shown here in civilian clothes, his boots & hat removed, with the American patriot Hiram Paulding turning away from him with his arm outstretched in rejection, his other hand holding the compromising papers. Andre had negotiated the surrender of West Point with Benedict Arnold. He was hung by the Americans as a spy; in Britain, he was memorialized as a hero. Engraving after the painting by Asher B. Durand; the figures engraved by Alfred Jones and the landscape by Smillie and Hinshelwood. First issued in 1845 by the American Art Union. Copper engraving black and white as issued, 18 x 15 1/2" plus margins. Lightly toned, a strong impression.

$1250.00

Autograph Revolutionary War Pay Order, signed by Capt. Ezra Speary, Ez. Williams and Jno. Lawrence, Esq. Treas
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Autograph Revolutionary War Pay Order, signed by Capt. Ezra Speary, Ez. Williams and Jno. Lawrence, Esq. Treas

By [Revolutionary War]

Hartford, Connecticut, 1777. Very good condition. A Revolutionary War pay order made out to Captain Ezra Sperry (sic) for the sum of 60 pounds six shillings and eight pence for "sundry losses of cloathing (sic) & expense of sickness of his compy of Militia Expedition to N. York 1776 as pr acct and charge the state - Hartford. May 22nd, 1777". It is signed on the verso in full by Captain Speary, who writes, "May the 29th, 1777 received this order in full of Samuel [Hamilton?] as witness my hand, L60 - 6 -8, Ezra Speary". Signed below Speary's statement is Samuel [Hamilton? Horniston?]'s signature, and the docket in another hand, "No. 7506, Order, Capt Ezra Sperry, dated 22nd May 1777, L60 - 6- 8, audited 11th Sept 1777", signed E. [Ritkin?]." George Washington had been unsuccessfully battling the British in New York and had called for militia reinforcements to assist. Seven Connecticut militia regiments journeyed to New York in March 1776 to help in holding the city until the Continental army arrived from Boston, where the British had just evacuated. In August 1776 the British and their fleet arrived in New York, leading to victories on Long Island and Manhattan and driving Washington out of Manhattan and up to White Plains NY. Washington guessed that the British would attack Philadelphia next, so he moved south to New Jersey. At Trenton Falls NJ, Washington's position looked weak, but surprisingly, Howe ordered his army into winter quarters rather than attacking the Americans. Washington successfully counterattacked the British at Trenton in late December 1776 and then at Princeton in early 1777. In a just 9 days Washington had turned the tables and produced two major victories over one of the world's most powerful armies, putting to rest any doubts about his military leadership. There is a Captain Ezra Sperry born 12th Dec 1730 in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, died 10 Nov 1803 (aged 72), Bethany, New Haven County, Ct and buried at Old Bethany Cemetery, Ct. John Lawrence (1719 - 1802) was the treasurer for the colony of Connecticut. Pen and ink on watermarked laid paper, docketed on verso. 8 3/4 x 6 1/4". Period folds.

$450.00

A Plan of the Operations of the King's Army under the command of General Howe,  K.B. in New York and East New Jersey. against the American Forces commanded by General Washington, from the 12th of October, to the 28th of November 1776.  Wherein is particularly distinguished the Engagement on the White Plains, the 28th of October
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A Plan of the Operations of the King's Army under the command of General Howe, K.B. in New York and East New Jersey. against the American Forces commanded by General Washington, from the 12th of October, to the 28th of November 1776. Wherein is particularly distinguished the Engagement on the White Plains, the 28th of October

London, 1793. The map centers on the Revolutionary War in the Hudson river valley, specifically the Battle of White Plains, showed from the British point of view. It covers the area from Manhattan to Peekskill, showing both sides of the Hudson River, with camps, routes of attack, retreat, with the ships Tartar, Phenix and Roebuck in the river off Tarrytown. Copper engraved map 19 1/4 x 28 1/4 plus margins. Engraved for Stedman's History of the American War. This map is laid down on board with some loss, somewhat browned and framed in a simple, oak wood frame. Sold as is.

$750.00

Lord Cornwallis.  Engraved portrait with battle vignette
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Lord Cornwallis. Engraved portrait with battle vignette

London: Fielding & Walker, 1781. Very good condition. Copper engraved portrait of Lord Cornwallis (Charles, Earl Cornwallis 1738-1805), with a vignette below the portrait depicting British troops firing on fleeing American soldiers. This scene could depict the May 1780 British taking of Charleston, which dealt a serious blow to the American cause. It could also depict Cornwallis' next victory, in the battle of Camden, in which the North Carolina and Virginia militia fled. This rout cemented Cornwallis' reputation at home, where he was widely perceived as a hero and the best man to defeat the Americans. The engraving is dated February 1781. Shortly following this date, the decisive battle of Yorktown began, on September 28, 1781. Cornwallis officially surrendered, ending the American Revolution, on October 19, 1781. 8vo, 4 1/4 x 7", tipped on to gray stock, 5 x 8"

$75.00

The New, Comprehensive, Impartial and Complete History of England: from the earliest period of Authentic Information, to the End of the Present Year. Containing A full, accurate, clear...Account of all the most remarkable Transactions, memorable Events...in which the English have been concerned...to the Present Very Important Crisis... with An interesting and circumstantial Detail of the origin, Constitution, and Present State of this Kingdom, and of our various Conquests, Acquisition, and Revolutions, in various Parts, at Home and Abroad... Also a Faithful Chronological Account of All the Monarchs who have swayed the British Scepter..
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The New, Comprehensive, Impartial and Complete History of England: from the earliest period of Authentic Information, to the End of the Present Year. Containing A full, accurate, clear...Account of all the most remarkable Transactions, memorable Events...in which the English have been concerned...to the Present Very Important Crisis... with An interesting and circumstantial Detail of the origin, Constitution, and Present State of this Kingdom, and of our various Conquests, Acquisition, and Revolutions, in various Parts, at Home and Abroad... Also a Faithful Chronological Account of All the Monarchs who have swayed the British Scepter..

By Barnard, Edward et al.

London: Alexander Hogg, at No. 16, Pater-noster Row, 1785. Second edition. A most interesting copy, augmented with four contemporary manuscript maps with strong connections to James Cook's voyages. The intricate maps are in pen and ink, in the same ink & style as the signature of Henry Salmon, the owner of the book in 1790. This copy was poured over by Mr. Salmon. There are occasional ink spatters and a few minor notations; there is the remnant of his cup of tea splashed onto a page; and his intricate hand-drawn maps are meticulously drawn and strategically placed to reflect the nearby text. Although Mr. Salmon is not listed as an original subscriber, original subscribers include Mr. George William Anderson, editor of the folio edition of Cook's Voyages; and Mr. Arnold, author of the New History of America. This history of England and its rulers is replete with plates illustrating the rulers of every age. The section covering the reign of George II is a very important record of the Revolutionary War in America. This period is referred to in the title as "the Present Very Important Crisis". The images that illustrate this section are most important, for example, the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The American views include: "View of the Attack on Bunker's Hill with the Burning of Charles Town June 17th 1775"; "Portrait & Uniform of An American General (with) A real representation of the Dress of An American Rifle-Man"; "The American General Lee taken Prisoner by Lieutenant Colonel Harcourt of the English Army, in Morris Country, New Jersey, 1776"; the Engagement of Captn Pearson in His Majesty's Ship Serapis, with Paul Jones of the American Ship of War called the Bon Homme Richard..." & "The Unfortunate Death of Major Andre...". Several of the manuscript maps are on watermarked laid paper, the watermark being a crest topped with a crown, with a bell on the suspended from it. They are strategically tipped-in to illustrate nearby text. They include: [Map of English Channel]; showing the South coast of England and the North coast of France. Plymouth is prominent on the map, the launching place of Cook's three voyages. 14 1/4 x 9". Bound into the section on the reign of George II. [Map of present day Indonesia, the Philippines & the north coast of Australia]; identifies divided New Guinea marking the Western portion as an island; Endeavour Straits recorded, Dampier's Coast, on the northwest of Western Australia; place names marked on the Philippines - Manilla, Lobo, "Negroes Island"; Borneo - C. Bad Luck, 5 interior towns marked (Borneo, Lawa, Parak, Plajow, Benjarmasser); Malacca is marked but not marking Singapore; Island of Yap next to Martyrs Group; Java includes Batavia & Japara. The Endeavour River, the site of the grounding of Cook's ship "The Endeavour" is marked, as well as Endeavour Straits. 14 1/4 x 12", folded, wove paper. Bound into the section on the reign of George III. ["New Holland"] including New Zealand and present day Indonesia. On the map of New Zealand, the creator copies the mistakes made by Cook with Banks Island and Stewart Island as part of the mainland. The South Island is called Tovaipoenammoo, the North Island called Eaheu Nomdrve. The East coast of Australia and Tasmania are joined; "New South Wales discovered 1770 by Capt. Cooke" (sic) runs parallel to the East coast. The map marks Botany Bay and Cook's geographical markings all the up the coast. On the coast of Western Australia, Dirk Hartog, Dampier & Tasman's discoveries are marked; Land of Lyons in the south west; Rottenest Island; Red Point (halfway to Shark's bay); Dirk Hartog's Island; Barren Island; Shark's Bay; Williams Bay; Trial Rocks, F. de Witts Land. "New Holland" in the middle of continent. Cook discovered the East coast of Australia in 1770, but it was not until Flinders' & Bass's circumnavigation of Tasmania in 1798 that this misrepresentation began to be corrected. The map of Australia is tipped-in in the section of the George III's reign. 16 x 12 3/4", folded, watermarked, laid paper, tipped in with a sheet of ledger paper. [Map of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River]; encompassing Cape Cod and to the North, Labrador and New Foundland. Geographical features marked include "Great Fishing Bank of New Foundland", "Labrador Little Esquimaux", mouth of the St. Lawrence is marked "Gulf of St. Lawrence". Quebec & Boston are marked. Cook first made his name as a promising navigator by mapping the St. Lawrence River during the British attack on Quebec. Remnants of the same ledger tab on verso of map 16 x 12 3/4". The frontispiece map is by Thomas Kitchen, "A New and Accurate Map of That District of Great Britain called England and Wales. This map has Mr. Salmon's MANUSCRIPT ADDITIONS on the southern margin of the map including the northern coast of France and the Aldernay Islands. With original outline color, 13 x 15", folded. Inscribed on the original front free end paper "Henry Salmon's Book Febry 22nd 1790"; and signed on the verso of the frontispiece "Henry Salmon". OCLC: 40226187 second edition citing 1785; Copac and the ESTC both cite the publication as (1791?). However, the last text entry is dated 25th January 1785. Folio, (15" tall), pp (2) iv, 5-712, 4pp (Subscriber's List). Frontispiece (Magna Charta [sic]), text double column, (iv) [(advertisement) pp., last pages of the index, list of subscribers], 104 plates of portraits of the monarchs, maps of the British Isles, important battles, signing of the Magna 'Charta' (sic), Guy Fawkes, the Great Fire, Bill of Rights, etc. Four manuscript maps. Pages 441-444 are omitted as issued. Light general foxing, a couple of ink spots in text margins (Mr. Salmon?), minor border repair on a plate, remnants of tea splashing (Mr. Salmon again…) p. 372, frontispiece and several other pages with marginal repairs. Overall a nice clean copy. Nicely rebound in full brown calf binding, gilt title and author on spine, raised bands. A highly unusual copy of this book.

$9000.00

Atlas to Marshall's life of Washington
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Atlas to Marshall's life of Washington

By Marshall, John

Philadelphia: J.Crissy, 1832. First edition. Hardcover. The atlas issued to accompany the second edition of Marshall's 'Life of George Washington' and was superbly engraved by Yeager. The 10 maps are copper engraved with original wash color, and the American and British positions colored in blue & red. Maps include Boston with its Environs; Plan of New York Island and part of Long Island...after the Engagement on the Heights August 27th 1776; Plan of the Country from Frogs Point to Croton River... Engagement on the White Plains...; Plan of the Northern part of New Jeresey... after crossing the North River in 1776; Map of the Country from Raritan River in East Jersey to Elk Head in Maryland...; Map of the Country which was the scene of Operations of the Northern Army... including the Wilderness through which Genl. Arnold marched to attack Quebec (Vermont not shown, but NY "Hampshire Grants" extends to the NH border; Map of part of Rhode Island... Siege of Newport; Map of part of Virginia North Carolia Suth Carolina & Georgia... the most important Operations of the Southern Armies; Plan of the Investment and Attack of York in Virginia; Plan of the Siege of Charleston. 8vo, engraved title page and ten double-page maps, all hand colored. Original drab blue paper boards with tan cloth spine and corners, printed paper label on front cover. Boards lightly soiled, split along the back spine hinge. Slt offsetting on maps otherwise very good; previous owner book plate at paste down, Thomas L van Norden. HOWES M317.

$400.00

'Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; performed in the Years 1776, 7, 8, and 9':  The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle 1781. Volume LI. For the Year MDCCLXXXI
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'Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; performed in the Years 1776, 7, 8, and 9': The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle 1781. Volume LI. For the Year MDCCLXXXI

By [Cook, James; John Rickman] Urban, Sylvanus

London: J. Nichols for D. Henry, 1781. Hardcover. Very good condition. Contains an important article on the death of Captain James Cook in a review of the first full account in English of Cook's third voyage, published three years earlier than the official account. The book is attributed to Lieutenant John Rickman, who served as second lieutenant on the 'Discovery', commanded by Charles Clerke. The article includes a description of the death of Cook in Hawaii and a commentary by the author. Of the killing of Cook on the 14th of February, the author writes: "Capt. Cook, after shooting one of the natives, while he was aiming at another, having a double barrelled gun, was knocked down by a club, and then stabbed in the back by a pa-ha-hee, "a kind of poignard, made by our armourers, at the king's request, the day before". (p234). And he continues, in the second part of the article, with: "Thus ... ended the life of the greatest navigator that this or any other country could ever boast, after having successfully led his crews of gallant British seamen thrice round the world ..." (p278). Other articles of interest include Progress of the War in America, Progress of General Arnold with 4 entries, including one describing the reward put on Arnold's head (p537), Pennsylvania fireplaces designed by Benjamin Franklin when he lived in Philadelphia, with a folding copper engraved plate (p453), and a folding plan for a road to avoid Highgate Hill (p212). Other articles with folding plates include the Account by Commodore George Johnstone of his Engagement with the French fleet at Madeira (folding plate showing the Station of the Ships in Port Praya Bay), and Dr. Lindsay's new Theory of Water spouts. One volume with the 12 monthly issues. 8vo, 633pp & [15]pp index, 15 copper plate engravings complete. Published in the May 1781 issue, the article runs from p. 231-4 & p. 278-9. Text block is printed slightly crooked on some pages. Nicely rebacked with red title label, 5 raised bands, the original marbled boards, new end papers. Some dusting internally. See Beddie 1615 for Rickman's work. This review is not listed in Beddie. Beddie 1651 lists an article published in the London Magazine in Dec 1780 by "Periplus" "A Summary account of the voyage undertaken... the Resolution and Discovery...", referring to this as "a republication, with corrections to both account and chart, from July 1780 number of the magazine."

$500.00

History of the Town of Queensbury, in the State of New York, with Biographical Sketches
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History of the Town of Queensbury, in the State of New York, with Biographical Sketches

By Holden, A. W.

Albany: Joel Munsell, 1874. Hardcover. An account of the history of the town now called Glens Falls, NY, with ALS tipped in at the frontispiece, from the author to Edward W. Nash, dated Sept 30, 1878. The letter concerns an exchange of books predicated on the author providing half a dozen of his Queensbury work. Holden, the author, was the chief of staff of the homeopathy hospital on Ward's Island, which was founded in 1868 as an inebriate hospital, eventually becoming the homeopathy hospital in 1894 and moving to Blackwell's Island. This volume belonged to Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt and President Harry Truman. Patterson was the chief "mobilizer" of US forces in the second World War; his main responsibility was to rapidly arm a threatened and unprepared America. Tall 8vo, viii, 519pp, portraits. Publisher's plum cloth, the spine cloth loosely inserted at the front of the volume. Cloth a bit faded; armorial bookplate Frederick H. Comstock struck out at front paste down. Needs a rebind. A volume with interesting New York associations.

$95.00

Washington and his Generals
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Washington and his Generals

By Headley, J. T.

New York: Baker and Scribner, 1847. Hardcover. Very good condition. Many fine engraved portraits, including Major General Israel Putnam, Montgomery, Benedict Arnold, Stark, Schuyler, Gates, Anthony Wayne (Volume I); and Greene, Moultrie, Lincoln, Lee, Sullivan, Marion, Lafayette, and Jones (Volume II). Eighth thousand. 8vo, xiv, frontispiece portrait of Washington, 348pp, 7 plates, advertisements [12pp]; Vol II: vi, 372pp, 8 plates. Complete with 12pp advertisements. Stamp of E I Headley at the ffep, Volume II. The ffep of Volume I removed; scattered fox spotting primarily to early pages, margins of plates. Volume II chipped top of spine, otherwise bright. Dark brown blind stamped and gilt cloth, gilt titles at spines.

$125.00

Memoir of the Life and Times of General John Lamb, an Officer of the Revolution, Who Commanded the Post At West Point At the Time of Arnold's Defection, and His Correspondence with Washington, Clinton, Patrick Henry and Other Distinguished Men of His Time
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Memoir of the Life and Times of General John Lamb, an Officer of the Revolution, Who Commanded the Post At West Point At the Time of Arnold's Defection, and His Correspondence with Washington, Clinton, Patrick Henry and Other Distinguished Men of His Time

By Leake, Isaac Q.

Albany: Joel Munsell, 1850. First edition. Hardcover. Good +. John Lamb (1735-1800), American soldier and politician, was a leading member of the Sons of Liberty before the Revolution; during the war he was captain of artillery and served under Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold in the Battle of Quebec. He commanded the artillery at West Point in 1779 and 1780. Personal copy of Henry E. Turner, New York lawyer and politician, signature at the title page. Turner was District Attorney of Lewis County NY and when the Civil War began, he helped to raise and became lieutenant colonel of, the 1st New York Light Artillery Regiment. Turner fought with the Army of the Potomac until 1862. 8vo, engraved frontispiece portrait, x, 431pp, 4 lithographed maps. In the original blind stamped dark brown gilt cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Spine ends chipped, top half of spine with splits at spine edges. Evidence of removed bookplate at front and rear paste downs with damage to top of the rear paste down. Pages clean and the 4 maps in very good condition. Howes L-165; Sabin 39521. OCLC: 365938203 records 3 copies.

$125.00

War Out of Niagara,  Walter Butler and the Tory Rangers
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War Out of Niagara, Walter Butler and the Tory Rangers

By Swiggett, Howard

New York: Columbia University Press, 1933. Hardcover. Good + overall. Robert P. Patterson's signed copy with his annotations. Patterson was the Under Secretary and Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt and President Harry Truman. The book chronicles the New York frontier struggle during the American Revolution, centering on the British Loyalist officer Walter Butler and his Rangers, noted for their role in the savage attacks on white settlers in the Wyoming Valley massacre and the Cherry Valley massacre. Contents include: The Valley of the Mohawk, 1752-1769; Butlersbury, Eve of the Revolution; The Loyalist Issues; First Battle Actions, 1776; Spy and Prisoner, 1777; The Caldron in the Hills, 1778; Cherry Valley, 1778; The Long Northwestern Flank, 1779; Red War in the Valley, 1780; "The Winds Have Been Adverse" October, 1781; The Butlers of the Secondary Sources and Romances; and The End at Niagara. 8vo, frontispiece, xxv, 309 pp, illustrations. In the publisher's dark blue cloth spine lettered in gilt. Covers a bit marked.

$195.00

The Whitesborough Patent: manuscript ledger recording sale of land in Delaware County NY
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The Whitesborough Patent: manuscript ledger recording sale of land in Delaware County NY

By Foote, Ebenezer; Charles Hathaway

1844. Hardcover. Good + condition. A fascinating record of land speculation and ownership of New York state land as it passed from the original British patent holders, including Henry White (British, d. 1786) based in New York City, to Ebenezer Foote (1756 - 1829), who fought in the Revolutionary War. Foote saw action at Bunker Hill, survived Valley Forge, and was captured and escaped from captivity in Bridewell Prison in New York City. After the war Foote became a merchant, land agent, politician, judge and a founder of Delaware County. The Whitesborough patent was granted to several individuals including Henry White, a loyalist, New York City merchant, and member of the Council authorizing the granting of patents. He chose the upstate land (ca. 1770s) "from an idea that it might in remote times be beneficial to his children", perhaps thinking of a time when he and his children might have to flee the city. White remained a loyalist throughout the war, returning to England. His land in New York was confiscated by the state in 1779, whereupon he appealed to the Commissioners of Forfeiture for compensation, with limited results. He died in England in 1786. Ebenezer Foote, who purchased the land in 1799, was very active after the war, serving as member of the New York legislature (1792, 1794, 1796, and 1797) and working in the mercantile business in Newburgh and Ulster County until 1797. Foote helped found Delaware County and moved to Delhi. Foote served as the first county clerk of Delaware County (1798 - 1801), as a member of the state senate (1798 - 1802), and conducted an extensive land agency. In 1810, Foote was appointed the judge of the New York Court of Common Pleas, serving until 1816, and then again, from 1828 until his death in 1829. The ledger records Charles Hathaway acting as agent. William Sherriff, whose name is noted here, was one of the original Whitesborough patent holders, and had served as Quarter Master General for the British in the Revolution. A notice signed by Hathaway at the title page states, "Account of lands sold by the late Ebenezer Foote, and of lands contracted by Charles Hathaway, in the Whitesborough patent, for Capt. Wm. H. Shirriff (sic) the proprietor, rendered in May 1844". The ledger includes an alphabetical index of the names of the land purchasers, followed with the lot numbers, acreage, purchase price and payments recorded, on the first 95 double pages. Beginning with earliest date of 1816 and carrying through to 1850. At the rear of the volume a manuscript folding map shows the location of the lots. Map unfolds to 26" wide x 9 1/2", and extends to the Delaware River in the northeast, and showing lots numbered 1 through 40. It appears that 9 of the 40 lots have been subdivided, and new owners recorded. 8vo, 95 hand numbered pages are completed in a beautiful hand calligraphy, with about 20 double pages left blank. Faint foredge tide mark. Full brown calf with blind stamped decoration, gilt title at spine, "Ledger"

$1250.00

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