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The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth, with a Full Sketch of the Conspiracy of which he was the Leader, and the Pursuit, Trial and Execution of His Accomplices
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The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth, with a Full Sketch of the Conspiracy of which he was the Leader, and the Pursuit, Trial and Execution of His Accomplices

By Townsend, George Alfred (1841-1914)

New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, 1865. Disbound. Octavo. 79, [I] pages. Very Good. Bound wrappers over sewn binding, lacking the covers (though remnants of a printed title seem apparent on spine). Expert paper restoration and repair to title page, including backing with Japanese tissue. There is some staining to title page.. Woodcuts. Perhaps the first book on the Lincoln assassination, originally published about a month after the event. George Alfred Townsend was a pioneering war correspondent during the Civil War, and covered the Lincoln assassination and its aftermath for the New York World. His early dispatches to them were gathered here and published at the start of the trial of the conspirators on May 18, 1865. This variant issue contains Townsend's reports on the trial and executions. HOWES T315; MONAGHAN 781; MCDADE 617, etc.

$863.00

Country Before Party. The Voice of Loyal Democrats [Union Campaign Docs., No. 4]
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Country Before Party. The Voice of Loyal Democrats [Union Campaign Docs., No. 4]

By [Civil War]

[Albany]: (Weed, Parsons & Co., Printers), 1863. First Edition. Wrappers. Octavo. 16 pages. Fine. Sewn pamphlet, tiny chips to fore corners.. A pro-Union Democrat attack on the Copperhead wing of their party. The Copperheads sought to let the Confederate states peacefully secede from the Union, and this pamphlet refutes them with testimony and opinions of many prominent Democrats loyal to the Union, including Stephen Douglas, John A. Dix, John A. Logan, Daniel Sickles.

$86.00

The Democratic Book 1936 (Signed by FDR)
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The Democratic Book 1936 (Signed by FDR)

By [Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945)] Democratic National Committee

[Philadelphia?]: (Democratic National Committee?), 1937. Limited Edition. Full leather. Folio. 384 pages. Very Good. Bound in full mottled steerhide with title and recipient's name stamped in gilt on upper board, top edge gilt, full watered silk doublures. Shallow chips to head and heel of spine, shallow bumps to extremities, lower fore corner tip of upper board rubbed through. Upper joint a bit tender.. Color and b&w illustrations, ads.. The signed limited edition of the souvenir book that recapped Roosevelt's reelection victory and Democrat gains in the 1936 national election. A souvenir book recapping President Roosevelt's victory and Democrat gains in the 1936 national election. Contains campaign speeches, profiles of candidates and cabinet members, records of accomplishment for departments in Roosevelt's first term, vintage advertising, and much more. Limitation notice is on handmade paper with illustration of the White House, SIGNED beneath by President Roosevelt. This copy (#798) was presented to Pennsylvania's first female Secretary of Health, Dr. Edith McBride-Dexter, with her name stamped in gilt at lower margin of upper board. The printing herein of Roosevelt's address to the New York Democratic State Convention at Syracuse on September 29, 1936 is likely its first published appearance in book form. HALTER T119.

$2013.00

The Democratic Book 1936 [cover title]
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The Democratic Book 1936 [cover title]

By [Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945)] Democratic National Committee

[Philadelphia?]: (Democratic National Committee?), 1937. First Edition. Softcover. Folio. 384 pages. Very Good-. Pictorial paper covers with some rubs, moderate creases, and other edge wear. Closed tears to cover near head and heel of spine. Interior clean and sound. Still a handsome and sturdy copy.. Color and b&w illustrations, ads.. A souvenir book recapping President Roosevelt's victory and Democrat gains in the 1936 national election. Contains campaign speeches, profiles of candidates and cabinet members, records of accomplishment for departments in Roosevelt's first term, and much more. The printing herein of Roosevelt's address to the New York Democratic State Convention at Syracuse on September 29, 1936 is likely its first publication in permanent form, according to FDR bibliographer Ernest J. Halter. Copies of this book (not to be confused with the very similar souvenir titled "The Democratic National Convention 1936") were rebound in leather to produce a limited edition that was signed by President Roosevelt and presented to donors and other friends (see HALTER T119).

$144.00

African and European Addresses
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African and European Addresses

By Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919). Introduction by Lawrence F. Abbott

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1910. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. xlii, 249, [iv ads] pages. Fine. Bound in red cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine titles and ornaments, gilt-stamped signature to upper board, top edge gilt. Some very minor extremity rubs. Hinges sound.. Uncommon book of speeches Roosevelt gave while traveling after he left the presidency in 1909. Most notably, this is the first book appearance of "Citizenship in a Republic"-- Roosevelt's deservedly famous 'man in the arena' speech. This address was delivered by invitation at the Sorbonne on April 23, 1910. The Introduction by Abbott contains interesting information on the circumstances and repercussions of this and other speeches Mr. Roosevelt delivered during his travels. Beautiful copy of a surprisingly uncommon book.

$403.00

Signed Letter to Edgar Conkling of Cincinnati, Dated February 26, 1861, Mexico City
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Signed Letter to Edgar Conkling of Cincinnati, Dated February 26, 1861, Mexico City

By Juárez, Benito (1806-1872)

[Mexico City], 1861. Manuscript. 10.50" x 8.25. Very Good. Single page letter by Mexican revolutionary and her first constitutionally elected President. Written on laid paper with horizontal fold lines. Loss of lower left corner of sheet not affecting any content. Lightly pencilled translation attempts by a prior owner above several words.. The Juarez government had recaptured Mexico City on January 1, 1861, and he was elected President in the month following this letter. His declaration of a 2-year suspension of interest payments on international debts related to the Mexican Revolution led to an invasion by the French in 1862. The Juarez government's initial defeat of this force at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 is commemorated annually as Cinco de Mayo. The content of this letter has not been fully translated, but discusses emigration into Mexico. The paper is embossed in upper left corner "Secretaria Particular del Presidente de la Republica" (Private Secretary of the President of the Republic). An early signature of Juarez acting in the role of President.

$1438.00

The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expeditions in the "Fram," 1910-1912
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The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expeditions in the "Fram," 1910-1912

By Amundsen, Roald (1872-1928)

New York: Lee Keedick, 1913. First Edition. First Printing. Original cloth. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. xxv, 392 & x, 449 pages. Near Fine. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board titles, top edges gilt. Fore edge of final map in volume I has some shallow chipping to margin, affecting no content. The lower 1" or so of fore corner of final text page in volume II is lacking, with no loss of text. Hinges in volume II lightly reinforced with archival tissue. Otherwise clean, bright, and sound set, mostly unopened.. Maps, b&w photographs. Amundsen's expedition was the first to reach the geographic South Pole, achieving the feat on December 14, 1911. They were 8 weeks ahead of the British expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott (who perished along with his five companions on their return from the Pole). The Amundsen team's expert use of skis and sled dogs made more rapid travel possible. This full account of the expedition by Amundsen himself is illustrated with numerous photographs and maps. Introduction by Fridtjof Nansen, whose expedition ship, "The Fram," was used by Amundsen. Translated from the Norwegian by A. G. Chater.

$863.00

MURDER! President Lincoln Assassinated
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MURDER! President Lincoln Assassinated

By DeWolfe, George G. B. (1835-1873)

[Nashua]: (S.n.), 1865. Broadside. 9 5/8" x 11 1/2. Fine.. Poem on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln composed by George G. B. DeWolfe--the Wandering Poet of Nashua, New Hampshire. Boldly printed title "MURDER!" as if a newspaper headline, with the subtitle and 20 line poem in 5 stanzas printed beneath. Dated April 19 (date of Lincoln's funeral in Washington), "Anno Domini 1865". OCLC locates but two examples.

$575.00

The Church as it is: or the Forlorn Hope of Slavery
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The Church as it is: or the Forlorn Hope of Slavery

By Pillsbury, Parker (1809-1898)

Concord: Republican Press Association, 1885. Third Edition. Wrappers. Duodecimo. 96 pages. Fine. Bound in printed yellow wrappers. Small stamp at top fore corner of front cover.. Parker Pillsbury, prominent abolitionist and male feminist, first published this tract about 1847. In it he argues that the ruling influence of church and pulpit are on the side of the oppressor throughout the United States. Pillsbury's nephew, Albert E. Pillsbury, drafted the bylaws of the NAACP.

$86.00

Déclaration des Droits de L'Homme et du Citoyen (Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen)
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Déclaration des Droits de L'Homme et du Citoyen (Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen)

By Hérault de Séchelles, Marie-Jean, et al.

Paris: Chez les Citoyens Esnauts et Rapilly, 1793. Broadside. 38.5 cm by 25.5 cm. Near Fine. Rare French Revolution broadside printed in 1793.. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1793 enumerates 35 very progressive rights, including such as the right to public education and the right of the poor to public support. Indeed, the most important aspect of this declaration is its recognition that liberty and equality can be in conflict in a society, and its attempt to use government to solve social inequalities. This Declaration and a new French Constitution were ratified by popular vote and then officially adopted on August 10, 1793, but with the onset of the Reign of Terror neither was ever put into effect. This spectacular survivor features the 35 rights on tablets surrounded by hand-colored French Revolutionary banners, cockades, and allegorical symbols. OCLC locates only the copy in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, though we have seen an image online of at least one other example (distinguishable from the BnF copy by its lack of a lower right corner water tide mark).

$4025.00

Coclé An Archaeological Study of Central Panama, Parts I and II (2 Volumes)

By Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland

Cambridge: Peabody Museum, 1942. Paper covers. Folios. xviii, 327 and xiv, 292 pages. Very good. Black and White Photographs, Drawings, Maps. These are volume VII and VIII, "Memoirs of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. " Superbly illustrated large format volumes in tan printed paper covers. Covers show some extremity wear consisting of short tears, shallow wrinkles, and a few small chips. Part II has a 1" split at top of upper joint which has been repaired with tissue. Part I has a 1/2" split at bottom of lower joint. Very good overall.

$403.00

Archaeology of Southern Veraguas, Panama

By Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland

Cambridge: Peabody Museum, 1950. Softbound. Folio. xii, 116 pages. Very good. Black and White Photographs, Maps, Illus.. Includes appendices by W. C. Root, Eleanor B. Adams and Doris Stone. Volume IX, No. 3 of "Memoirs of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. " Bound in tan printed paper covers. Prior owner stamp on front cover and a few times in margins of interior text pages. Covers show minor extremity rubs. Top fore corner of front cover has a mild dampstain, with related tide marks to some top margins in text to a depth of about 1/2

$173.00

The Star Spangled Banner
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The Star Spangled Banner

By Key, Francis Scott with An Additional Verse by O. W. Holmes

Boston: Henry Tolman & Co, 1861. Paper covers. Folio. [3 ] pages. Very good. Unusual copy of the "Star Spangled Banner, " printed with Oliver Wendell Holmes' fifth stanza in place. Holmes' lyrics are very much of their moment at the outbreak of the Civil War, as seen in this sample: "If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory, Down, down with the traitor that dares defile the flag of her stars and the page of her story!" Lovely cover printed in red and blue shows a large 34-star flag (of 1861-1863) under the title "National Melodies. " Tied together with ribbons at spine. Fore edges have a few short tears, but overall very good. Scarce.

$288.00

They Knew Lincoln (Inscribed and Signed)

By Washington, John E. (1880-1964) ; Introduction by Carl Sandburg

New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. , Inc, 1942. First Edition. Full cloth. Octavo. 244 + appendix pages. Very good in a good dust jacket. Black & White Photographs, Facsimiles. Uncommon book capturing impressions of Abraham Lincoln by African Americans who personally knew and interacted with him. The historical record is weak in regard to Lincoln's personal relations with blacks and their perceptions of him and his attitudes toward them, and therefore this book fills a crucial gap in the Lincoln canon--particularly in light of today's revisionists who wish to cast Lincoln as a racist. Dr. John Washington, an African American dentist who grew up in the shadow of Ford's Theatre in the late 19th century, gathered these amazing stories through personal interviews with Lincoln's African American acquaintances or their children. Here are the testimonies of Lincoln's barbers in Illinois and Washington, white house servants, waiters, doorkeepers and others, all meticulously researched and verified while retaining their original vigor and color. There is a large section devoted to Mary Lincoln's seamstress and confidant Elizabeth Keckley, who was rendered much less enigmatic by Dr. Washington's groundbreaking research published here. The book includes previously unpublished photographs and Lincoln letters, including the first full transcript of an 1855 letter to Hon. George Robertson of Kentucky in which Lincoln speaks at length about his feelings on the issue of slavery. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Dr. Washington on title page. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with yellow stamped lettering and rule to spine and upper board, yellow topstain, illustrated endpapers. A few shallow bumps to spine ends, lower edges of boards. Jacket has an angular 2.5" tear at lower edge of front panel at spine with some associated creases, some other minor edge wear. Very nice overall. . Jacket in Mylar protector.

$575.00

Survival From a PT Base in the Solomons Comes This Nightmare Epic of the Will-To-Live (Reader's Digest, V. 45, August 1944, Pages 75-80)

By [Kennedy, John F. ] Hersey, John

Pleasantville: Reader's Digest Assoc. , Inc, 1944. Magazine. Duodecimo. 128 pages. Near fine. Complete issue of Reader's Digest magazine containing John Hersey's story of John F. Kennedy and PT-109. To put it simply, this is the article that launched Kennedy's political career. Hersey, a Kennedy family friend, first published this flattering account in the 'New Yorker. ' But Joe Kennedy, unhappy with the New Yorker's relatively small circulation, pressed editor Paul Palmer for this appearance in the much more widely read 'Reader's Digest. ' It was a shrewd move, and this condensed version of the PT-109 incident proved crucial to Kennedy's early political success. Indeed, this version was reprinted for each of JFK's subsequent campaigns, including his 1960 presidential run. As to the story itself, few would argue that young Lt. Kennedy acted heroically in his efforts to rescue his men after his PT boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. But veteran PT commanders were incredulous that Kennedy's fast and highly maneuverable PT-109 had failed to evade the ramming in the first place. In fact no other PT boat was ever rammed by an enemy ship before or after Kennedy's, and he narrowly escaped court-martial for the incident. The magazine is bound in green printed covers with a stapled binding. There is some minor extremity wear and an isolated curved tear of maybe .75" in the lower third of the back cover.

$173.00

Lincoln Bibliography, 1839-1939, Volumes I and II Complete (Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Volumes XXXI and XXXII, Bibliographical Series Volumes IV and V)

By Monaghan, Jay (compiler) , Foreword by James G. Randall (Paul M. Angle, Series editor)

Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1943. Full cloth. Octavos. xlvi, 519 and xii, 560 pages. Good. Black and White Plates. Still the standard Lincoln bibliography, describing nearly 4, 000 items, including over 200 in languages other than English, published through 1939. Bound in slate blue cloth over boards. Spine lettering is faded on both volumes, nearly illegible on volume 2 (spine gilt on nearly all copies of the second volume of this work was defective) . Boards show some fading around edges, a few light extremity rubs, browning to textblock edges. Volume I just slightly shaken but hinges not cracked. An unsurpassed reference to Lincolniana.

$86.00

Abraham Lincoln Incidents in His Life Relating to Waterways [Binder's Title: Abraham Lincoln on Waterways]

By Meese, William A[Ugustus]

(moline, Il): (Desaulniers & Co. , Printers), 1908. First Edition. Wrappers. Octavo. 53 pages. Very good, ex library. Black and White Plates. Uncommon booklet on Lincoln as a ferryman, boatbuilder, advocate of waterway improvements, and believer in Captain John Ericsson's "monitor" naval vessel. There is also information on Lincoln's visit to Niagara Falls, his patent for "an improved method of lifting vessels over shoals, " and his arguments in the case of Hurd et al vs. Railroad Bridge Company (in which a river steamer collided with a railroad bridge) . Many interesting anecdotes. MONAGHAN #1608. This copy deaccessioned from the Marietta College Library, bearing a few minor labels, stamps, and other marks. Bound in printed brown paper covers tied with a cord over a saddle-stapled binding. Small dampstain to lower fore corner of a few initial pages. Covers show some shallow chips and wear around edges.

$86.00

A Sermon on the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Preached At Surrey Chapel, London, Sunday, May 14, 1865

By Hall, [Christopher] Newman

Boston: Bartlett And Halliday, 1865. First Edition. Wrappers. Octavo. 16 pages. Very Good. Rev. Hall was a strong supporter of Lincoln and abolition and had urged his own government to support the North during the American Civil War. Here he provides a British perspective on Lincoln's murder. One of 500 copies. MONAGHAN #538. Bound in plain brown covers, printed front cover. Light external soil, minor extremity wear. Covers have some splitting along spine toward head and heel.

$201.00

John Hay, Scholar, Statesman An Address Delivered before the Alumni Association of Brown University, June 19, 1906

By Bishop, Joseph Bucklin (1847-1928)

Providence: (Standard Printing Company), 1906. Wrappers. Octavo. 29 pages. Very good. Memorial to Hay, Brown University class of 1858, secretary to Lincoln, diplomat, journalist, biographer, and Secretary of State under McKinley and Roosevelt. Bound in tan paper covers stitched to textblock, Yapp edges, front cover titled in black. A few edge wrinkles.

$58.00

The Life and Times of Bertrand Du Guesclin A History of the Fourteenth Century (Complete in Two Volumes)

By Jamison, D[Avid]. F[Lavel]. (1810-1864)

Charleston: John Russell, 1864. First Edition. Full vellum. Octavos. xvi, 287 and viii, 314 pages. Near Fine. Frontispiece Portrait in Volume I. Confederate imprint. Attractive set of this account of Breton knight and French military commander du Guesclin's daring deeds. Brave and chivalrous knights in battle would have appealed to Confederate gentlemen, but the book is more interesting today for its printing history. Jamison shipped the manuscript through the Yankee blockade of Charleston to his English publisher, speculating in the preface on the chances of it reaching England. It is unclear how many of the published sets made it back through the blockade to the Confederacy. Jamison, who had been the president of South Carolina's Secession Convention in 1860, died in the year of publication. Harwell #44. This set is bound in full vellum with gilt ruled borders on all boards, raised bands, du Guesclin's armorial crest stamped in gilt on upper boards, spines titled in gilt on black and red labels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inside dentelles. Volume I has a few short tears with some associated creases at fore edges of about 4 leaves at rear of textblock. Both volumes show light external rubs, wear, and mild soil. Bindings remain sound. Handsome set, uncommon in bindings other than cloth.

$575.00

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