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George Alfred Townsend: One of Delaware's Outstanding Writers (Signed)

By Hindes, Ruthanna

(Wilmington): (S. N. ). Near Fine. A few tiny extremity rubs. INSCRIBED by Hindes on front free . endpaper, dated 1947.. (1946). First Edition. Full cloth. Octavo. 72 pages. Scarce biography of this prolific Victorian journalist and writer. "Gath, " as Townsend signed himself, was the youngest war correspondent during the American Civil War. His dispatches from the Battle of Five Forks and the days following Lincoln's assassination drew national attention. He became an important writer during the Reconstruction era. On his estate near the Antietam battlefield in western Maryland he built the War Correspondents Arch, now within Gathland State Park. This is one of 125 copies of this book. .


Old New York, from the Battery to Bloomingdale

By Despard, M[atilda]. (text) and Eliza Greatorex (etchings)

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Very Good. Some expert repairs to this large volume include resewing some . loose leaves at front and some other paper repairs. It has also been . rebacked with linen, with the original spine laid back down. Rubs to . extremities but restored binding is solid.. 1875. Hardcover. Folio. 247 pages. A fantastic collection of over 60 etchings of historic buildings and place in New York City, along with lengthy descriptive texts for each. Etchings produced by H. Thatcher from original pen drawings of Eliza Greatorex. Bound in leather over boards with boards ruled in gilt, spine titled in gilt, all edges gilt. .


Lincoln Monument Dedication Poem, Delivered At Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, October 15, 1874

By Lord, James Judson

(danville, Ill): (Illinois Printing Co. ). Near Fine. (1907). First Edition. Full cloth. 9½" x 8". [23 ] pages. James Judson Lord's poem, read at the dedication of Abraham Lincoln's tomb and memorial in 1874. Printed on rectos only. Illustrated with sketches by W. Jerome Willoughby. MONAGHAN #1538. Bound in black cloth over boards with gilt-stamped title on upper board. Top fore corners bumped, moderate extremity rubs. Front free endpaper has a cleanly repaired tear at lower fore corner. Prior owner name penned neatly along top edge of front pastedown. .


Genealogical History of the Lee Family of Virginia and Maryland from A. D. 1300 to A. D. 1866 with Notes and Illustrations

By Mead, Edward C. (editor)

New York: Richardson And Company. Fair. 1868. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. viii, 9-15, 21-114 pages. Genealogical records and notes of this distinguished family, the most famous member of which is probably Gen. Robert E. Lee. Includes color plates of two coats of arms at front, engraved portraits, and extensive diagrams of family trees. Prior ownership name of Mrs. Edward A. Bridge dated 1868 on front free endpaper. Bound in brick-colored cloth over bevelled boards with gilt-stamped title and ornamental flourishes to spine, gilt-stamped coat of arms on upper board. Both boards ruled in blind, lower board has coat of arms in blind. All edges gilt. Some fraying to cloth at spine ends, light rubs at extremities, text is somewhat shaken with a few signatures hanging by threads. .


Virginia Carolorum The Colony under the Rule of Charles the First and Second, A. D. 1625-A. D. 1685, Based Upon Manuscripts and Documents of the Period

By Neill, Edward D[Uffield]. (1823-1893)

Albany: Joel Munsell's Sons. Very Good. 1886. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. 446 + errata sheet pages. Good history of the development of the Virginia Colony during the Carolan period, based on rare printed documents of the period and unpublished papers in the British Museum, Her Majesty's Public Record Office, the Virginia Historical Society, and the counties of Accomac and Northampton. Part of "Neill's Series of Virginia History. " Edward Duffield Neill had been an assistant secretary to President Lincoln. HOWES #N45. Attractive volume bound in dark green cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine, two-color title page, decorative head-pieces. Textblock was left rough cut at fore and bottom edges. Binding shows some mild extremity bumps with a few light rubs. Minor foxing to first and last few leaves. .


Early California Travels Series A Chronological Summary Index and Descriptive List

By Rudkin, Charles N[Athan]. (compiler)

Los Angeles: Glen Dawson. Fine. 1961. First Edition. Full cloth. Duodecimo. x, 178 pages. One of 250 copies. Comprehensive reference to the series, including chronological and numerical lists of the volumes published plus indexes by contributor and subject. Errata page bound in at rear. Grey cloth over boards with gilt title on a red spine label. Foxing to top edge of textblock. .


Plymouth and Kingston [Massachusetts] Directory, 1890 [Binder's Title]

By Sparrow, A. B.

Ayer, MA: E. B. Butterfield. 1890. First Edition. Cloth spine, printed boards. Octavo. 39 pages. Directories for Plymouth and the adjoining town of Kingston, Massachusetts bound together with individual title pages thus: "Directory and History of Plymouth, Mass. 1890. Containing: General Directory of the Citizens, Classified Business Directory, Street Directory, Town Officers, Post-Offices, Churches, Schools, Societies, Etc. , Etc. " [and] "Kingston Directory and History. 1890. Containing: General Directory of the Citizens, Classified Business Directory, Street Directory, Town Officers, Post-Offices, Churches, Schools, Societies, Etc. , Etc. " A wealth of information for researchers. Many interesting advertisements for local businesses of the period. Bound in light blue paper over boards with black cloth spine. Advertising printed on both boards. Minor extremity wear, browning to pages, endpapers split along inner margins but hinges holding securely. .


Judicial Beginnings in New Hampshire 1640-1700

By Page, Elwin L[Awrence].

Concord: New Hampshire Historical Society. Very good in a very good dust jacket. 1959. First Edition. Full cloth. Octavo. xviii, 256 pages. Well researched study of the evolution of American jurisprudence in New Hampshire, with special attention given to the case of Robert Mason. Bound in dark orange cloth over boards with dark brown cloth spine, gilt-stamped spine titles. Some minor extremity wear to binding. Prior owner bookplate and inscription on front pastedown. Jacket has some minor edge wear. . Jacket in Mylar protector .


Harper's New York and Erie Rail-Road Guide Book Containing a Description of the Scenery, Rivers, Towns, Villages, and Most Important Works on the Road

By MacLeod, William

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers. Very good, ex library. 1855-6. Original cloth. Sixteenmo. viii, [9]-188 pages. Handsome traveller's guidebook well-illustrated with 136 engravings by Lossing and Barritt. This is the 8th edition revised, enlarged, and corrected to 1856. Fold-out map at frontispiece is in excellent condition with only a few faint spots of foxing, a couple of mis-folds, but no tears whatsoever. This map is followed an engraved title page (likely done for the original 1851 edition) preceding the typeset title page. Wonderful engraved cuts throughout. Concludes with tables of distances, grades, and routes. Bound in original brown textured cloth over boards with spine titled in gilt. Some fading to binding, minor edge wear, shallow fraying at spine ends. Occasional light foxing inside, hinges remain sound. This copy is from a private institutional library and bears their catalogue number in white at heel of spine and their small circular stamp at bottom fore corner of front free endpaper. .


Lincoln and Springfield

By [Sons Of The American Revolution]

Springfield: Phillips Bros.. Very Good. [1929]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 56 pages. Commemorative book produced for the 40th annual convention of the Sons of the American Revolution. Includes many interesting anecdotes of the Lincolns' lives in Springfield. There is an informative analysis of the newspaper coverage of the Wide-Awake Lincoln rally of 1860, information on the Lincolns' marriage and home, description and illustrations of the Illinois State House in Lincoln's time, discussion of President-elect Lincoln's preparations for departure to Washington, and much more. Also reproduced herein is an unusual CDV of U. S. Grant. MONAGHAN #3110. Bound in gray paper over boards with maroon cloth spine, gilt-stamped title to upper board. Light extremity rubs and mild fading toward edges of boards, two pressure marks on upper board. .


The Sharples Their Portraits of George Washington and His Contemporaries; a Diary and an Account of the Life and Work of James Sharples and His Family in England and America

By Knox, Katharine McCook

New Haven: Yale University Press. Good. 1930. First Edition. Full cloth. Quarto. xvi, 133 pages. Good account of this artistically gifted family and the portraits of many founding Americans produced from life. Much of the information herein is from the Frick Art Reference Library in New York. This copy has been professionally restored after water damage to bottom edges, including mending with archival tissue. Prior owner bookplate on front pastedown, name at top of front free endpaper. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in black. .


Mexican Fuel Oil

By Anglo-Mexican Petroleum Products Co. , Ltd.

London: [George Philip & Son, Ltd. ]. Near Fine. (1914). First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. viii, 150, [vi] pages. Interesting look at early 20th century British petroleum use and its production and distribution from the British-controlled Mexican oil fields of the Anglo-Mexican Petroleum Products Company, Ltd. Photos of the production facilities, storage tanks and reservoirs, ships, furnaces, and much more. Frontispiece photographs shows the H. M. S. Queen Elizabeth, the first large battleship built to run on oil alone, sliding down the ways. Bound in rust-colored cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in gilt, Mexican eagle in gilt also on upper board, decorated endpapers. Prior owner bookplate of one Charles M. Barnett on front pastedown with his initials and a short note in pencil on front free endpaper. First few leaves show some minor finger marks, first page of table of contents has some slight paper damage from adhesion along inner margin. Binding has a few rubs and nicks to cloth extremities, some browning to spine. Rear hinge is cracked, exposing underlying mull, though still holding well. .


Forging His Chains. the Autobiography of George Bidwell, the Famous Ticket-Of-Leave Man…his Trial and Incarceration in English Prisons Fourteen Years on a Life Sentence for "The $5, 000, 000 Forgery on the Bank of England"

By Bidwell, George

New York: Bidwell Publishing Company. 1889. Full cloth. Octavo. 560 pages. Bidwell recounts his Puritan upbringing, successful struggles against poverty, his career as a merchant, his commercial misfortunes and temptations, and his ultimate fall. Well illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait and many woodcut illustrations in the text. Lacking half title leaf. Hinges sound, a few minor extremity rubs to exterior. .


Our American Cousin A Drama, in 3 Acts

By Taylor, Tom (1817-1880)

(s. L. ): (S. N. ). Very good. 1869. First Edition. Wrappers. Duodecimo. 46 pages. The first printed appearance of the popular play that Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. Laura Keene had acquired the rights to Tom Taylor's "Our American Cousin" in 1858, and opened it that year in her theatre in New York. The play was a great success and Ms. Keene was very careful to protect her property. Besides the original manuscript owned by Keene and one other manuscript copy found in the estate of Joshua Silsbee, the play only existed in the manuscript prompt books used by the actors until Ms. Keene finally allowed this version of the play to be printed in 1869. Even then, despite its tragic link to Lincoln's murder, the play retained enough popularity that Keene was careful to prominently state on the title page that the work was "Printed, but not published. " Copyright law at the time was not very protective of dramatic works deemed to have been "published. " (See Bryan, "The Great American Myth, " p. 176; Taylor, "Our American Cousin: the Play that Changed History, " p. 25.) This copy is bound in original plain light blue wrappers over a sewn binding. Original cast from the 1858 opening at Laura Keene's Theatre, New York, appears on verso of title page. The last words that Lincoln heard on this earth appear on page 37. Heel of spine has some shallow chewing along last 3/4, " title and year lightly pencilled on front cover, title penned in contemporary ink on spine. A nice example of this scarce piece. .


The Practice of Klanishness First Lesson in the Science and Art of Klankraft

By [Ku Klux Klan]

[Atlanta]: Ku Klux Press. Very good. 1918. Wrappers. Octavo. 8 pages. Indicated as being "Document No. 1 of Imperial Instructions, Series AD. 1918, AK. LII. " Early publication of the reincarnated KKK, which was founded in 1915 by William Joseph Simmons in Georgia. Describes the various conduct expected of members. Simmons was inspired to revive the KKK by the D. W. Griffith film "Birth of a Nation. " Rather scarce. Tall, slender, saddle-stapled booklet with printed covers. Some light wear to extremities, about .5" split to covers along bottom of spine, upper half of front cover slightly browned. .


The Life and Personality of Phoebe Apperson Hearst

By Bonfils, Winifred Black

San Francisco: John Henry Nash; 1928, Limited edition. Very Good. Folio, Vellum; Illustration: Egraved frontispiece and headpieces by William Wilke. »»» William Randolph Hearst commissioned this grand tribute to his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-1919). Printed by John Henry Nash. One of 1,000 copies, this one not numbered. Comes in its original felt bag. Mild bump to heel of spine, boards somewhat splayed.


A Letter from Richard Raynal Keene, to Luther Martin, Esq. , Attorney-General of Maryland; Upon the Subject of His 'modern Gratitude'

By Keene, Richard Raynal

Baltimore: Prentiss & Cole. Near Fine. 1802. 3/4 cloth. Duodecimo. 53 pages. Keene (a Democrat) had wooed and wed Martin's (a Federalist) 15 year old daughter. Martin had printed and distributed an absolutely scathing attack on the couple as a result. This is Keene's able response. This is the stuff of daytime television, 200 years earlier and stated with eloquence. Baltimore imprint. SABIN #37155. Bound in modern marbled boards with dark brown cloth fore corners and spine, gilt title to spine, grey endpapers. Textblock is lightly browned, some mild chipping along fore edges, an occasional short tear expertly repaired with archival tissue. .


Earthly Care, a Heavenly Discipline

By Stowe, H[Arriet]. B[Eecher]. (1811-1896)

Cincinnati: American Reform Tract And Book Society. Near fine. 1854. Wrappers. Thirty-twomo. 15 pages. Uncommon Cincinnati imprint of this tract from Stowe, whose "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had appeared two years before. Hymn "Nearer My God To Thee" printed on rear cover. Bound in printed self wraps with sewn binding. Light foxing, contemporary prior ownership inscriptions on front cover and rear cover. Two minor archival tissue repairs to head and heel of spine. .


Behind the Seams; by a Nigger Woman Who Took in Work from Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Davis

By [Ottolengul, Daniel]

(S.l.): (s.n.); [1945], Limited edition. Fine. Octavo, Wrappers; »»» This racist satire originally appeared shortly after publication of Elizabeth Keckley's "Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House" in 1868. This is #69 of a 1945 facsimile edition limited to 200 copies. In addition to the limitation page this edition includes a two page Prefatory Note by "A. Lincoln Fann" and dated April 1, 1945. Reprint of MONAGHAN #907. Bound in printed wraps with saddle-stapled binding. Slight browning along spine. Scarce in any edition.


Behind the Seams; by a Nigger Woman Who Took in Work from Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Davis

By [Ottolengul, Daniel]

(s. L. ): (S. N. ). Fine. [1945]. Limited Edition. Wrappers. Octavo. 24 pages. This racist satire originally appeared shortly after publication of Elizabeth Keckley's "Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House" in 1868. This is #69 of a 1945 facsimile edition limited to 200 copies. In addition to the limitation page this edition includes a two page Prefatory Note by "A. Lincoln Fann" and dated April 1, 1945. Reprint of MONAGHAN #907. Bound in printed wraps with saddle-stapled binding. Slight browning along spine. Scarce in any edition. .


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