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October 9, 1880 Autograph Letter Concerning "Matters at Ticonderoga
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October 9, 1880 Autograph Letter Concerning "Matters at Ticonderoga

By Arthur, Chester A. (1829-1886)

New York, 1880. Manuscript. 8.5" x 5.5. Fine. Handwritten by Arthur, as Chairman, on State of New York Republican State Committee letterhead. Clean and bold. Single sheet of approximately 8.5" x 11", folded once. Endorsed on back in pencil, thus: "Signature of / President Arthur.. Chester A. Arthur was the Republican James A. Garfield's vice-presidential running mate at the time of this letter, apparently dealing with some internal matter within the New York State Republican Party. Within a month he would be elected vice-president. Within a year Garfield's assassination would make Arthur President of the United States.

$575.00

Destiny: A Novel in Pictures
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Destiny: A Novel in Pictures

By Nückel, Otto

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, 1930. First US Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. [207] pages. Very Good in Fair dust jacket. Bound in red cloth over boards with black endpapers. A touch of fading to spine. Hinges sound. Jacket has two large pieces missing from front panel, several creases and some tears closed with tape repairs from the back.. Lead engravings. Pioneering graphic novel capturing the crisis of capitalism in the early 20th century. The story is the tragic tale of a girl from the lower classes told entirely through pictures. Nückel, an artist working in Munich in the early 20th century, was a contemporary and an inspiration to Lynd Ward. Nückel's preferred medium was the leadcut, and his mastery of this medium is clearly evident in this work. Scarce in any sort of dust jacket.

$288.00

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. Written by Himself
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A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. Written by Himself

By [Crockett, Davy (1786-1836)]

Philadelphia: E. L. Carey and A. Hart, 1834. Full cloth. Octavo. 211 [+ads] pages. Good+. In original tan cloth binding, lacking publisher's paper spine title label. Stains to binding exterior, some light foxing inside. Shallow chips at spine ends. Hinges and joints still sound.. The publication and fairly wide circulation of a spurious "Crockett memoir" by someone else compelled Crockett to produce the genuine article. He was careful to put "Written by Himself" on the title page.

$345.00

Reef Points: The Annual Handbook of the Regiment of Midshipmen [1943-1944]
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Reef Points: The Annual Handbook of the Regiment of Midshipmen [1943-1944]

By [USNA] [Mason, James C.]

Annapolis: (S.n.), 1943. Flexible cloth. 32mo 4" - 5" tall. 200 pages. Near Fine. Bound dark blue cloth embossed with a fouled anchor decoration on upper board, titled in dull yellow. A few extremity rubs. A handsome copy.. Full of essential information for the USNA class of 1947, including brief history of the Academy, information on athletics, songs and yells, ships, uniforms and insignia, and more.

$58.00

Fall & Winter 1916-17 (cover title, menswear fabric swatch book)
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Fall & Winter 1916-17 (cover title, menswear fabric swatch book)

By J. L. Taylor & Co

New York: J. L. Taylor & Co, 1916. Hardcover. Folio. [80] pages. Very Good+. Bound in cloth over boards with leather spine, upper board titled in gilt. Hundreds of fabric swatches plus 16 stunningly colored fashion plates and a few text pages. All swatches present though some have few moth nibbles and/or mild adhesive stains from their original attachment to the page.. Tailors by Appointment to His Majesty the American Citizen." This spectacular sample book from J. L. Taylor & Co. of New York and Chicago shows the latest in men's custom suits and accessories just months before the United States' entry into World War I in April of 1917.

$1150.00

Walt Whitman
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Walt Whitman

By Bucke, Richard Maurice (1837-1902)

Philadelphia: David McKay, 1883. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo. 240 pages. Very Good. Bound in original red-brown cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine lettering and rules, top edge gilt, light blue-green endpapers. Mottling to lower margin of cloth on upper board and toward heel of spine on lower board, spine somewhat darkened. Scattered foxing inside. Solid copy with sound hinges.. Black & white plates. An important Whitman book, though more of an anthology of documents about Whitman than a conventional biography. Its importance arises from the major contributions of Whitman himself, who wrote the account of his birthplace and family on the first 24 pages. Dr. Brucke was an adoring friend, and his tendency to sometimes portray Whitman as a demi-god made the poet uncomfortable, giving rise to significant alterations and revisions by Whitman in an attempt to tone it down. Printing 1 and binding A according to Blanck's Bibliography of American Literature. BAL #21424.

$345.00

L'Italia Fascista in Cammino
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L'Italia Fascista in Cammino

By Istituto Nazionale L. U. C. E.

Roma (Rome): (Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato), 1932. First Edition. Softcover. Quarto. xvi, 239 pages. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Bound in plain brown covers with pictorial dust jacket depicting Mussolini above an enormous crowd. This jacket shows a few edge chips, tears, and wear--including about a 3" tear at top edge of front panel at upper joint fold.. This amazing piece of propaganda consists of over 500 photographs captioned in French, English, German, and Italian. These images depict all the vigor, wholesomeness, strength, industry, and military might of the Italian nation under Mussolini. The photography is quite good. Produced by the L'Unione Cinematografica Educativa (L. U. C. E.)--the Educational Film Union, or "Light Institute." The Institute produced powerful propaganda under Mussolini's fascist Regime, and managed to survive the war.

$86.00

Signed Naval Commission
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Signed Naval Commission

By Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)

[Washington]: (S.n.), 1908. Broadside. 16" x 19. Near Fine. Beautiful official document with engraved illustrations, partially printed on vellum with remainder of form accomplished by hand. Normal bits of rippling to edges of vellum sheet.. This commission appointed Alva B. Court an Assistant Naval Constructor with the rank of Lieutenant, junior-grade, in the U.S. Navy. Theodore Roosevelt remains one of America's most popular presidents, even after more than a century since leaving office, and this is a very handsome official document signed by him in that capacity.

$863.00

Life of Washington; A Biography Personal, Military, and Political
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Life of Washington; A Biography Personal, Military, and Political

By Lossing, Benson J[ohn]. (1813-1891)

New York: Virtue and Company, 1860. First Edition. 3/4 leather. Quarto. over 2100 pages. Near Fine. Bound in pebbled cloth over boards with leather spines and fore corners, marbled endpapers. Spines have 5 raised bands and are titled in gilt. Some light scuffs to joints and extremities. Hinges sound, very solid set overall.. Black & white engravings. Monumental illustrated biography of Washington, originally planned and partially written by Rufus W. Griswold. Complete in 3 handsome volumes.

$345.00

Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West
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Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West

By McCarthy, Cormac

New York: Random House, 1985. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo. 337 pages. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Beautiful copy. Touch of fading to extreme top and bottom edges of upper board. Textblock is tight, seems unread. No prior ownership marks. Also free of the remainder mark found on the majority of copies. No chips or tears to jacket.. McCarthy's masterpiece, which critics now acknowledge as one of the greatest American novels to date and likely to retain that status. Set in the American Southwest between 1849-1850 and based on historical events, McCarthy brings some unforgettable characters to life--including the landscape itself, spectacularly written. The Judge is a freak of pure evil, violence, and intelligence, whose discourses on the human condition the reader wishes to counter, but cannot.

$3450.00

Episodes in the Life of Ye Printer...9. - Ye New Installation
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Episodes in the Life of Ye Printer...9. - Ye New Installation

By [Gill, E. M.?]

[New York?]: (Gill Engraving Company?), 1905. Near Fine. Framed original, black and white animated art piece depicting a colonial print shop and the arrival of a new hand screw press. Appears to be acrylic on artists' board.. One of a series of illustrations by E. M. Gill which were featured in Artemas Ward's advertising trade journal, "Fame," around the turn of the 20th century. Nicely matted and framed.

$270.00

Poems [First Series]
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Poems [First Series]

By Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886), edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and T[homas]. W[entworth]. Higginson

Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1891. Hardcover. Octavo. 152 pages. Near Fine. The first published collection of Dickinson's poems. Bound in original green cloth over bevelled boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board, top edge gilt. Hinges sound, slight lean to spine.. Only a handful of Emily Dickinson's poems were published during her lifetime, all anonymously and likely without her knowledge. The extent of her poetic output was unknown until after her death in 1886. This first collection of her poems was selected and edited by friends and published in Boston in 1890. This is an early printing of that first series, printed the following year.

$575.00

Assessment of Men: Selection of Personnel for the Office of Strategic Services
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Assessment of Men: Selection of Personnel for the Office of Strategic Services

By OSS Assessment Staff

New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc, 1948. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo. xvi, 541 pages. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. Bound in brick red cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled and ruled in black and silver gilt. Browning to front endpapers, as if from an old clipping laid in (not now present). Prior owner name on front pastedown, with significant underlining and marginalia to last chapter. Dust jacket has a bit of fading to spine, chips at spine ends, and general rubs and edge wear.. Black & white photos, data tables. Scarce account of the groundbreaking attempt by psychologists and psychiatrists to assess the merits of men and women recruited for the Office of Strategic Services toward the end of World War II. By late 1943 the year-old OSS was busily and somewhat hazardously recruiting personnel without any sort of formal screening process. This risky situation led to the creation of the psychological-psychiatric assessment unit herein described in detail. Scarce first edition, particularly in dust jacket.

$863.00

La Guerre Européene: Bulletin des Communes et Documents Officiels
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La Guerre Européene: Bulletin des Communes et Documents Officiels

By [World War I]

Lyon: A. Bordet & Cie, 1914. 1/2 leather. Octavo. 240 pages. Near Fine. Original paperback volume which was custom-bound, complete with original covers, in half leather over boards with marbled paper sides, decorative endpapers. Binding is contemporary to the book. Red leather labels stamped in gilt, 4 raised bands, gilt rules and ornaments to spine.. Black & white plates. Reproduces in facsimile much of the French propaganda and official documents produced in relation to the outbreak of World War I. Preface by Edouard Herriot, Mayor of Lyon, where these documents were accumulated. Several tissue-guarded portraits of key players illustrate the volume. Titled as "volume I," but no evidence of publication of subsequent volumes has been located.

$431.00

The Dipsy Chanty and Other Selected Poems
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The Dipsy Chanty and Other Selected Poems

By Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)

[East Aurora]: (Roycroft Shop), 1899. Limited Edition. Limp suede. Octavo. 92 pages. Near Fine. Bound in drap green yapp edged suede with red satin endpapers. Title and author stamped in gilt on front cover. Minor wear to cover edges.. A handsome edition of Kipling poems produced by Elbert Hubbard at his Roycroft Shop in East Aurora, New York. This is #711 of 950 copies on unmarked handmade paper, and is signed by Hubbard on the limitation page. Text is printed in black and red with large, ornamental initial letters. MCKENNA 39.

$115.00

My Love
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My Love

By Saint-Phalle, Niki de (1930-2002)

[Malmö, Sweden]: (S.n.), 1971. First Edition. Softcover. Square octavo. Unpaginated pages. Very Good. Light brown paper covers over accordion-folded text, color illustrated front cover. A few extremity rubs.. Illustrated by Niki de Saint-Phalle. Color Illustrations. Niki de Saint-Phalle was an important French-American feminist artist, sculptor, and filmmaker. She was one of the few women artists widely known for monumental sculpture. This artist book reproduces many colorful drawings and her handwritten text.

$115.00

Yorktown Scrip, for Shares in Privateer During the War of 1812
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Yorktown Scrip, for Shares in Privateer During the War of 1812

By [War of 1812]

[New York]: (S.n.), 1813. Broadside. 5 1/4" x 7 7/8. Very Good. Top left corner tip chipped away, there is also about a 1" closed tear extending from top edge near left margin with a strip of old tape residue. Mild browning and faint tide mark extending about 1/2" into right margin.. Blank printed form to certify ownership of shares in the privateer Yorktown during the War of 1812. The Yorktown operated out of New York against British ships beginning in 1813. This scrip is for her second cruise. She did manage to capture a few British ships but was eventually captured herself.

$1438.00

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

Description of the American Electro Magnetic Telegraph: Now in Operation Between the Cities of Washington and Baltimore
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Description of the American Electro Magnetic Telegraph: Now in Operation Between the Cities of Washington and Baltimore

By Vail, Alfred (1807-1859)

Washington: J. & G. S. Gideon, 1845. Disbound. Octavo. 24 pages. Very Good. Lacking the original wraps. Mild browning and circular stains at fore edge of text.. Wood engravings. Vail was an engineer and inventor who collaborated with Samuel B. Morse in the development and practical application of the telegraph. Some have argued it was actually Vail who invented the telegraphic alphabet named after Morse, but Vail seems to put that to rest in this pamphlet, to wit: "This conventional alphabet was originated on board the packet Sully, by Prof. Morse..." (p. 23). Illustrated with 14 wood engravings showing the various components of the telegraphic system. Also includes one of the earliest printings of the 1844 revision of the telegraphic alphabet which, under the name "American Morse," became standard in the United States and Canada. SABIN 98292; HOWES V5.

$1150.00

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

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