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A Sermon, Delivered Before the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New-York, October 4, 1808, and published at their request

By Beasley, Frederic

New York: T. & J. Swords, 1808. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. Sturdy, still tightly bound softcover copy, minor to moderate wear of covers and text-block, but with neither underlining nor highlighting. Perfectly readable, usable copy. Waffling to text block, previous owner's name inscribed at top, mildly soiled, toned covers, but internally clean and unmarked. Hand-sewn signatures. Especially given its age, this sermon, delivered fewer than thirty-five years after our nation's found, is scarce to the trade and important. Frederic Beasley was born in 1777 and died in 1845. The Dictionary of North Carolina Biography entry for him notes, "Frederic Beasley, Episcopal clergyman and philosopher, was born near Edenton, the son of John Beasley and Elizabeth Blount Beasley. His mother was a sister of James Blount, owner of Mulberry Hill, and a member of the wealthy Blount family of Eastern Carolina; his aunt Mary "Polly" Blount married the Reverend Charles Pettigrew, first bishop-elect of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Beasley's older brother John became a physician and practiced in Edenton for many years; he also had a sister, Martha, and four other siblings.After a local education, Beasley entered the College of New Jersey at Princeton, probably in the late fall of 1795. His correspondence with his uncle Pettigrew reveals him as an extremely serious young man, concerned about atheism and alcoholism. He rejected law as a career, saying that "L stood for lawyer and L for liar." Instead, after reading a formidable list of theological and philosophical books recommended by his uncle, he began to express a desire to attain "perfection in religion." Although he considered teaching classical languages at The University of North Carolina following his graduation in 1797, he remained at Princeton as a tutor for two years while pursuing studies in theology. At this time he began a lifelong friendship with John Henry Hobart, later a bishop of the Diocese of New York."In 1800, Beasley became a lay reader at Christ Church, New Brunswick, N.J.; he was ordained deacon in 1801 and priest in 1802. He began his parish ministry at St. John's Church, Elizabeth, N.J., where he remained only a few months before being called to St. Peter's Church, Albany. In 1809 he moved to Baltimore, Md., where he was associate rector of St. Paul's Church. His opening sermon was so well received that the vestry ordered it printed. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

Colonia Morelos: a short history of a Mormon colony in Sonora, Mexico
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Colonia Morelos: a short history of a Mormon colony in Sonora, Mexico

By Burns, Barney T. and Thomas H. Naylor

Tucson, Arizona: The Tucson Corral of the Westerners, 1973. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. Sterling condition softcover copy, with unfurled tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear. Quarto format, Spring, 1973 issue (27th whole issue) of The Smoke Signal. Plentiful black-and-white illustrations and photographs of an L.D.S. church in Sonora, Mexico at and beyond the dawn of the last century, and including a fine full-color photograph on the cover of the same settlement today (circa 1973). The first Mormon settlement there was founded in 1892. 142-79 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

The New-England Primer Improved For the More Easy Reading of the True English to which is added The Assembly of Divines and Mr. Cotton's Catechism
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The New-England Primer Improved For the More Easy Reading of the True English to which is added The Assembly of Divines and Mr. Cotton's Catechism

By Livermore, George L

Hartford, Connecticut : Ira Webster. Reprint Edition. Hardcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and still relatively sturdy. Blue craft paper over boards, bubbled and chipped a bit, leather backstrip, cracking and beginning to separate. Interior is lightly foxed but hardly soiled beyond the endpapers and still quite bright and neat. Previous owner's inscription from Albany, New York, in pencil (Louise K. Ketchum), and then perhaps the same owner, some number of years later, married (?), in 1866. Tipped in is what appears to be a newspaper clipping regarding The First Thanksgiving. Published by Ira Webster, and though publication date is not explicitly stated, it appears to be 1849; in any event, it is a facsimile reprint of the 1777 edition published in Boston by Edward Draper and that was based upon the original, 1691 edition published by Henry Newman, Philomath. This small volume measures approximately 3.5" x 4.75" and is illustrated with a number of beautiful woodcuts, including of John Hancock at frontis. There are four pages of prefatory material including what appear to be testimonials and notes about the subscribers in 1849 and the improvements made upon previous editions. Housed now in a bubble-mailer for safe-keeping. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$68.00

Proceedings of the Michigan Engineering Society Seventh at its Seventh and Eighth Annual Conventions, Ann Arbor, January 26, 27, and 28, 1886, and Grand Rapids, January 25, 26, 27, 1887
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Proceedings of the Michigan Engineering Society Seventh at its Seventh and Eighth Annual Conventions, Ann Arbor, January 26, 27, and 28, 1886, and Grand Rapids, January 25, 26, 27, 1887

By Michigan Engineering Society

Ann Arbor: The American Engineer, for the Michigan Engineering Society, 1887. First Edition. Softcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Printed blue softpaper wraps are mildly soiled, toning along edges, else the interior is clean and unmarked. A fascinating piece of ephemera, stuffed with all manner of black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and advertisements of the period. Illustrated wraps (on the inside, in this case of lumber-yard cars up front and of new items having been published by the publisher, John Wiley & Son). Lots of fascinating advertisements for all things engineering and agricultural. Discourses upon the Grand Rapids, January 25, 26 and 27, 1887. Contributions by the Secretary, the President, and the Treasurer, and about highway bridges, fees and salaries, exhibits of instruments, drainage, and civil engineering. Housed in a stiff plastic bag. 133 (2) + xvi pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$12.60

Report of the Board of General Managers of the Exhibit of the State of New York at the World's Columbean Exposition
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Report of the Board of General Managers of the Exhibit of the State of New York at the World's Columbean Exposition

By Board of General Managers

Albany, New York: James B. Lyon, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Still reasonably sturdy copy, slightly shaken binding, still quite attractive, tightly bound, light cracking to endpaper gutters, some light soiling to and foxing of endpapers, mildly toned, else internally clean hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, neat and tidy paste-downs; not ex-library, with neither highlighting nor underlining. Smudging to text-block tips, soiling along all three edges. Cracking to rear gutter. Beveled-edged blue cloth over boards, smudging to text-block edges, bumping to spine head and foot, some light fraying thereto, rubbing to gilt lettering on spine and cover, but still reasonably sharp. Published in First Edition state by James B. Lyon, Albany, New York, in 1894. Fine black-and-white engraving of Russell P. Flower, the then Governor of the State of New York. Stuffed with sharp and distinct black-and-white illustrations and photographs, and replete with data tables, too. First Edition state, and with 647 pp. and including a full index. Gold lettering & seal to front cover cloth. Light foxing throughout, else a remarkably attractive interior given the scope and importance of the World's Fair at the time. Importantly, the 15-panel, fold-out map of the Economic and Geological Map of the State of New York is present in the tipped in map-pocket inside the rear flap. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$45.00

Three Cities: Davenport, Rock Island and Moline
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Three Cities: Davenport, Rock Island and Moline

By Tillinghast, B.F

Davenport, Iowa: Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, Printers and Binders, 1888. First Edition. Softcover. Fair. Uber-scarce in the trade, there being no copies currently available beyond P.O.D.s. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but still sturdy, being staple-bound and with light abrasions to and chipping of the edges, some short, closed tears, else a clean, unmarked, toned copy of a valuable piece of commercial Americana. Inch-long closed tear on rear panel. Missing the brown printed wrappers, but replete with black-and-white illustrations. The advertisements perfectly bookend a loving, in-depth recounting of the histories, sociodemography, and political-economies of three important Illinois towns, and each begins with a lovely steel engraving. There follow depictions of, for example, the Rock Island Arsenal, pumping stations in Moline, and cannery operations in Davenport. Agriculture is treated, as is banking, legal practice, horticulture, hosiery, and light manufacture. A fascinating piece of Midwestern Americana of the period. 128 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$49.00

The Delights of a Hobby: some experiences in book collecting
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The Delights of a Hobby: some experiences in book collecting

By Brewer, Luther A

Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1920. Softcover. Very Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Reprinted from the 1920 edition of the Bibliophile Society. Hand-sewn copy, brown string tied neatly, brown printed wraps, a bit waffled along bottom edges, short, closed tear at bottom is tape-repaired, longer tear at rear panel, half-toning to front cover, else a clean and delightful item indeed. It details one bibliophile's obsessions, successes and failures, Luther A. Brewer having been one of the most important book-collectors of the first half of the 20th century. "The collector who derives the greatest joy from his hobby is he who does his own hunting" (p. 5). Unpaginated, but 18 pp. Penned from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brewer's life spanned from the Civil War to the Great Depression, having been born in 1858 and died in 1933. When he passed away his extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and letters related to Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was acquired by the University of Iowa. His Leigh Hunt collection represents a lifetime of collecting. In this autobiographical snippet he confesses as to when and why and how he became affected by or bitten by "the collecting bug." Interestingly, it was cheap popular editions of the works of Charles Dickens that got him hooked, then the works of Shakespeare. A lovely piece for any bibliophile worth her or his salt. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

The Art of Landscape Painting in Water Colours
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The Art of Landscape Painting in Water Colours

By Rowbotham, Thomas and Thomas L. Rowbotham

London: Winsor & Newton, 1885. Forty-First Edition. Softcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Printed and illustrated yellow wraps, a bit soiled, abrasion to and light chipping of spine head, crimping, else a clean and unmarked copy of this ridiculously popular treatise on learning how to paint with watercolours, from which brushes to use and how to set up a studio to which easels are best and from whom to purchase supplies. Stuffed with lovely black-and-white illustrations and then replete with advertisements of the day relevant to a budding artiste. 56 pp. + 40 pp. Winsor & Newton's Catalogue of Colours and Materials. Housed now in a plastic bag. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$14.00

Mother Bidkerdyke and God
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Mother Bidkerdyke and God

By Jenkins, Alan

Galesburg, Illinois: Central Congregational Church, 1946. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. Sterling condition softcover copy, with unfurled tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear. Pumpkin-colored, printed wraps, and with a number of lovely black-and-white illustrations, including of the Good Mother at frontis, and of the Mother Bickerdyke monument in Galesburg, Illinois. The item is/was a sermon preached by the Reverend Alan Jenkins at the Central Congregational Church in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1946. 11 pp., staple-bound, and with a reference page. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

Roster of the Ninth Company, 7th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y
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Roster of the Ninth Company, 7th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y

New York, 1888. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. Quite scarce in the trade, perfect for genealogists of Civil War regimental histories and rosters. Five inches tall by three inches wide, red printed wraps, vertical binding, rubbed copper lettering to cover. Nice back-and-white illustration with the invocation "Toujours Pret." and stating the affiliation, the Seventh Regiment National Guard of the S[tate of] N[ew] Y[ork]. Uncommon in the trade. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

Instructions, forming Part 3, of Gaskell's Compendium of Self-Teaching Penmanship
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Instructions, forming Part 3, of Gaskell's Compendium of Self-Teaching Penmanship

By Gaskell, G.A

New York: Jersey City Business College, for G.A. Gaskell, 1887. Twenty-Second. Softcover. Fair. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and releatively sturdy. Tape-repaired spine, printed, illustrated wraps, soiled a bit, clipped bottom tip, chipped at rear panel at spine, else a clean and unmarked copy. Complemented with deliciously precise black-and-white illustrations, including of the orthodactyllic pen-holder, how to instruct others, how to sit at a table, and how to hold one's pen. Laid in is also an added bonus: a test of some kind, written on a single sheet, from French Grove, Illinois, of someone testing his or her writing by having written letters "A" through "Z," twice. She "passed," given the embossed "Advance" that appears at the upper left tip of the page. Sweet! Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$27.00

The Independent, May 1, 1920, Volume 102, No. 3720
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The Independent, May 1, 1920, Volume 102, No. 3720

By Holt, Hamilton, ed

New York: Independent Corporation, 1920. First Edition. Softcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Tape-repaired spine, mild soiling to cover, some chipping thereto and edge-wear, some toning to text-block, else a clean, unmarked, still fairly bright interior. Protected in a plastic bag. Features a long article about Henry Ford the automaker and mass-production, written by Professor John R. Commons and a host of others. 157-92 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$18.00

Address Delivered at the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Granting of the City Charter in the Town Hall, Salem
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Address Delivered at the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Granting of the City Charter in the Town Hall, Salem

By Phillips, James Duncan

Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1937. Reprint Edition. Softcover. Good. Sturdy, still tightly bound softcover copy, minor to moderate wear of covers and text-block, but with neither underlining nor highlighting. Perfectly readable, usable copy. Mildly soiled front cover, previous owner's inscription at top thereof, sunning along edges, light chipping and short, closed tears. 12 pp. Reprinted from the Essex Institute Historical Collections Volume LXXII, No. 2. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

Miller & Arthur Drug Co., Pioneer Almanac for 1907
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Miller & Arthur Drug Co., Pioneer Almanac for 1907

By Miller & Arthur Drug Co

Quincy, Illinois: Miller & Arthur Drug Co, 1907. First Edition. Softcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Soiled covers, printed, illustrated tan softpaper wraps. Full astronomical calculations for the whole of 1907, followed by agricultural trends and advice weights and measures, and the like. Unpaginated, but roughly 20 pp. Clean and unmarked of interior, though toned. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

Phinney's Calendar, Western Almanac, for the year of our Lord 1865
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Phinney's Calendar, Western Almanac, for the year of our Lord 1865

By Perkins, George R

Buffalo, New York: Breed, Butler & Co, 1865. First Edition. Softcover. Fair. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and still remarkably sturdy. Sewn by string, dog-eared front panel of these printed, illustrated wraps, soiled and toned moderately. Handle with some care, but housed in a plastic bag for safe-keeping. A fascinating piece of Americana, "calculated for the meridian of Buffalo; latitude of 42 deg., 53 min. North, longitude 73 deg. 55 min. west, from Greenwich." Absolutely stuffed with half-page and full-page advertisements from book publishers about their current and upcoming catalogue and patent medicine purveyors. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$27.00

Personal Experiences of the Early Days of 1861: a paper read before the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
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Personal Experiences of the Early Days of 1861: a paper read before the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.

By Sterling, James T

Detroit, Michigan: Winn & Hammond, 1892. First Edition. Softcover. Fair. A perfectly serviceable reference copy of a scarce item indeed, there being only one additional item available on-line at present. Front panel has become detached but then tape-repaired. Mildly soiled printed blue wraps, sunned along the edges, chip missing from upper tip, chips missing also to rear panel. Else, a clean and unmarked copy of this Michigan Commandery, Loyal Legion, being War Paper No. 18. Author was a Brevet-Colonel, United States Volunteers, and the paper was delivered in Detroit on March 30th, 1891. He began his Civil War career in April of '61 at Camp Taylor in Cleveland, Ohio. In early May he left Fort Taylor with the 7th regiment O.V.I. as 1st Lieutenant, Company B and arrived eventually in Camp Dennison. The remainder of the paper recounts his and his company's movements and battle experiences. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$47.00

Lilly's bulletin, No. 15, May, 1891
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Lilly's bulletin, No. 15, May, 1891

By Eli Lilly & Company

Indianapolis, Indiana: Eli Lilly & Company, 1891. First Edition. Softcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Housed in a plastic sleeve, with some predictable soiling to and sunning of the front, printed, illustrated wraps. Slight discoloration of right margin, hardly affecting text. A quite bracing bulletin announcing the remedies for which Eli Lilly & Company products and services appear to be perfect. Laid in is a loose advert for "Liquor Ferri" (Lilly's Iron), a wet preparation of ferruginous tonic designed to cure everything. The bellwether essay, however, treats of correspondence between and eventual working relationship of the well-known obstetrician-gynecologist J. Marion Sims, and Dr. Rush Jones. It concerns the use of an allegedly hidden "traditional" treatment among Creek Indians for syphilis and whose precise formulation resided still in one Horace King and who communicated said formula to a "colored man" Lawson, enslaved by the plantation owner Mr. Nicholas D. Barnett. The preparation was made from the pulverised roots of a species (Stillingia sylvatica) eventually dubbed Succus Altans (McDade) after being added in preparation to five additional organic ingredients. The remainder of the Bulletin provides letters to the editor, correspondence between other medical men and chemists, and adoring public. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$37.00

Atomic Pioneers, Book 1: from Ancient Greece to the 19th century
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Atomic Pioneers, Book 1: from Ancient Greece to the 19th century

By Hiebert, Ray and Roselyn Hiebert

Washington, D.C: United States Atomic Energy Commission, Division of Technical Information, 1970. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. Sturdy, still tightly bound softcover copy, minor to moderate wear of covers and text-block, but with neither underlining nor highlighting. Perfectly readable, usable copy. This first book in the larger series presents the relevant information from and perspectives brought out by everyone from Pythagoras and Anaxagoras, to John Dalton and Jons Jakob Berzelius, from the Ancient Greeks to the late 18th century. Volume contains scholarly apparatus in the form of, e.g., notes, index, and bibliography. Several score black-and-white illustrations and photographs of leading atomic scientists in both theory and practice. 65 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$18.00

The Railways and Prosperity: address by Warren G. Harding at the Annual Dinner of the Railway Business Association
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The Railways and Prosperity: address by Warren G. Harding at the Annual Dinner of the Railway Business Association

By Harding, Warren G

New York: Railway Business Association, 1914. First Edition. Softcover. Good. A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy. Closed tear at front panel of the printed wraps, with 12 pp. of exhortation of support for our nation's railways from the then Ohio senator, an address delivered at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on December 10, 1910. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

Fuel-Gas and Some of its Applications
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Fuel-Gas and Some of its Applications

By Loomis, Burdett

New York: Transactions of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, 1890. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. Sturdy, still tightly bound softcover copy, minor to moderate wear of covers and text-block, but with neither underlining nor highlighting. Perfectly readable, usable copy. Disbound from a larger volume comprising the Proceedings of the New York Meeting of the Iron and Steel Institute, held there in 1890. 22 pp., with some fine black-and-white illustrations throughout. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

$22.00

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