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An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce, Wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Month of August, 1815; With an Account of the Sufferings of her Surviving Officers and Crew, who were enslaved by the wandering Arabs on the great African desart, or Zahahrah; and Observations Historical, Geographical, &c. made during the travels of the author, while a slave to the Arabs, and in the empire of Morocco By James Riley, late Master and Supercargo
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An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce, Wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Month of August, 1815; With an Account of the Sufferings of her Surviving Officers and Crew, who were enslaved by the wandering Arabs on the great African desart, or Zahahrah; and Observations Historical, Geographical, &c. made during the travels of the author, while a slave to the Arabs, and in the empire of Morocco By James Riley, late Master and Supercargo

By Riley, James

New York: Printed and published for the author, by T. & W. Mercein, 1817. Hardcover. Fair +. "Preceded by a brief sketch of the author's life; and concluded by a description of the famous city of Tombuctoo, on the river Niger, and of another large city, far south of it, on the same river, called Wassanah; narrated to the author at Mogadore, by Sidi Hamet, the Arabian merchant. With an Arabic and English vocabulary. Illustrated and embellished with ten handsome copperplate engravings." xiv, [2], 554, xvi p., frontispiece portrait of the author and 9 additional leaves of engraved plates, including 1 folded map; 22 cm. Contemporary calf with six spine compartments between double gilt rules. Red leather label in second compartment with gilt-tooled title: Capt. Riley's Narrative. With Errata on first blank page following table of contents. The folded map (39 x 43 cm.): A Map of part of Africa, drawn from the latest authorities to illustrate thenarrative of Captain James Riled (New York: John H. Eddy, 1816). Original owner's inscription on back of frontispiece: "Wm. Bennett's Book price 3 Dollars by Subscription." Later owner's name on back of frontispiece William W. Dorman 1993. Early American Imprints, Series 2 (Shaw-Shoemaker), 41989. Published the same year as the far more common Hartford edition; unclear which is the true first edition. In Fair+ Condition: boards are detached but present; lacking leather at tail of spine and one lower corner of front board; frontispiece, title page, and pp. i-vi are detached but present; loss from fore-edges of pp. 1-vi, with minor loss of text from edges of pp. v-vi; loss from fore-edge of plate 2, without loss of image; lacking lower corner of p. 191-92, without loss of text; occasional closed tear of 1 cm. from fore-edge; closed 11-cm. tear from lower edge of folded map; several small stains on map; light soiling and foxing throughout.

$283.00

Spoken Greek
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Spoken Greek

By Tsakirides, Evris

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001. Paperback. Very Good -. Second Edition. xi, [1], 203 p.: illustrations; 28 cm. Paperback with illustrated cover. This book "offers an innovative approach to modern Greek for students of all ages and backgrounds. Students are speaking modern Greek from the very first lesson." -- back cover. This edition includes suggestions for using the book in the classroom. In Very Good- Condition: lower corner of front cover creased; many upper page corners creased; clean and tight.

$19.00

The Design of Dams by Frank W. Hanna and Robert C. Kennedy
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The Design of Dams by Frank W. Hanna and Robert C. Kennedy

By Hanna, Frank W.; Kennedy, Robert C.

New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1938. Hardcover. Very Good. Second Edition, Fourth Impression. xiii, [1], 478 p.: figures, tables, charts; 21 cm. Black cloth with gilt spine title. Appendix I contains an extensive table: Maximum Observed Flood Discharge Rates and Expected Runoff from Various drainage Basins Arranged According to Area. Former owner's name on front free endpaper, title page, and p. 100. In Very Good Condition: ends of spine are slightly rubbed; slightly shaken; clean and solid.

$19.00

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications: Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan; Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
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Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications: Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan; Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

By Yang, Jwing-Ming

Jamaica Plain, Mass: YMAA Publication Center, 1996. Paperback. Very Good -. xiv, 363, [7] p.: illustrations; 25 cm. Paperback with illustrated cover. Publisher's catalog on final 2 unpaginated pages. In Very Good- Condition: cover slightly soiled; ink underlining on a few pages; otherwise, clean and tight.

$10.00

Mastering Arabic 2 with 2 Audio CDs
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Mastering Arabic 2 with 2 Audio CDs

By Wightwick, Jane; Gaafar, Mahmoud

New York: Hippocrene Books, 2013. Paperback. Fine. xii, 299, [1] p.: illustrations; 22 cm. Paperback with illustrated cover. With 2 cds in sleeves inside front and back cover. "The complete intermediate course" -- on front cover. Includes answers to exercises, English-arabic glossary, and grammar index. In English and Arabic throughout. In Fine Condition: clean and tight.

$26.00

Salesman's Dummy with Four Samples in One Binding
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Salesman's Dummy with Four Samples in One Binding

Philadelphia: W. E. Scull, 1903. Hardcover. Very Good. Four publisher samples: many illustrations; 25 cm. All attached to a plain black cloth binding with a snap closing; floral endpapers. Each sample consists of a blue or green cloth front cover with gilt and color title and illustration. Each has a sample spine, either attached to the front fixed endpaper or hinged to the front cover; and a tipped-in pink sheet describing the book being sampled. The first 2 have color frontispieces, the other 2 have black-and-white frontispieces. Each title was copyrighted by W. E. Scull in 1902 or 1903. W. E. Scull was associated with the Philadelphia publisher John C. Winston for many years. Former owner's name and address on front fixed endpaper of general binding and first blank page of first sample: Bessie Greger, Philadelphia. Contents: Our Presidents from Washington to Roosevelt by Charles Morris -- The Child's Own Book of Bible Stories by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut -- Young People's History of the World by Charles Morris -- The Home Library of Entertainment Instruction and Amusement by Thomas Sheppard Meek. In Very Good Condition: edges of outer binding rubbed; lacking most of original leather handle attached to fore-edge side of snap flap; samples are clean and bright.

$129.00

The Works of George Herbert in Prose and Verse [2 volumes]
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The Works of George Herbert in Prose and Verse [2 volumes]

By Herbert, George

London: William Pickering, 1846. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volumes: xii, 414, [2] p., engraved frontispiece portrait; xxvi, 384 p., engraved frontispiece portrait; 23 cm. Contemporary? calf binding with six spine compartments between raised bands. Original leather label lacking from second and third compartments; blind-stamped decoration in remaining compartments. Ornate blind-tooled diamond in the center of each board with blind-ruled borders. All page edges red. Marbled endpapers. Green bookbinder's label on front fixed endpaper of vol. 1: Jas. McCormick, bookbinder, Dublin, "Books bought & exchanged." Half title and title page printed in red and black. Publisher's emblem on title page. Engraved head-pieces and initial letters. Former owner's name on blank leaf following front endpapers of each volume: the Revd W. E. Burroughs, 1876. The Rev. William Edward Burroughs served as the chaplain of the Kingstown Episcopalian Mariners Church (Dun Laoghaire) from 1876 to 1895, when he joined the Church Missionary Society in London. Vol. 1 includes Life of Herbert by Isaak Walton, and Life of Herbert by Barnabas Oley. A heavy set; for international shipping, they will have to be sent by priority international. In Very Good Condition: lacking leather spine labels; edges are rubbed; vol. 1 front joint has started to separate at each end; frontispieces are foxed; otherwise, internally clean and crisp.

$129.00

Vegan 101: A Vegan Cookbook; Heather Bell & Jenny Engel of Spork Foods; Photography by Kate Lewis
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Vegan 101: A Vegan Cookbook; Heather Bell & Jenny Engel of Spork Foods; Photography by Kate Lewis

By Bell, Heather; Engel, Jenny

Berkeley, CA: Sonoma Press, 2016. Paperback. Fine. 215, [1] p.: color illustrations; 24 cm. Paperback with illustrated cover. Includes a gluten-free recipe index. In Fine Condition: clean and bright.

$9.00

A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells; Edited with a Introduction by David W. Levy
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A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells; Edited with a Introduction by David W. Levy

By Howells, William Dean

Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996. Paperback. Near Fine. vii, [1], 184 p.; 21 cm. Paperback with illustrated cover. Includes questions for consideration and index. Part of the publisher's The Bedford Series in History and Culture. A Traveler from Altruria first appeared serially in Cosmopolitan in 1892 and 1893, and in book form in 1894. In Near Fine Condition: cover is slightly rubbed; clean and tight.

$8.00

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic spells; Edited by Hans Dieter Betz -- Volume One: Texts
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The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic spells; Edited by Hans Dieter Betz -- Volume One: Texts

By Betz, Hans Dieter, editor

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Paperback. Very Good -. Second Edition. lviii, 351 p.: illustrations; 25 cm. Paperback with illustrated cover. "This new translation of the Greek papyri, as well as Coptic and Demotic texts, has been brought up to date and is now the most comprehensive collection of this literature, and the first ever in English." -- back cover. Includes list of papyri in Preisendanz and list of papyri not in Preisendanz. In Very Good- Condition: edges of cover rubbed; occasional pencil or ink marks; otherwise, clean and solid.

$27.00

1802 Carter County, Tennessee, appeal bond [Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Taylor]
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1802 Carter County, Tennessee, appeal bond [Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Taylor]

1802. Near Fine. 1 handwritten document dated Aug. 2, 1802. In a suit brought by Abraham Clark against Charles Reno on Aug. 2, 1802, Clark recovered $50 and the costs of the suit. Reno appealed to the next Superior Court to be held in March 1803. Charles Reno, Nathaniel Taylor, and Charles Whitson of Carter Co., Tenn., are bound to Abraham Clark for $200 until the appeal is settled. If Reno wins the appeal or loses and pays this judgement, then this bond is void. Signed by Reno, Taylor, and Whitson, as well as George Williams, who was clerk of the county court from 1796 to 1836. Nathaniel Taylor (1771-1816) was a brigadier general in the War of 1812. In Near Fine Condition: old folds; a few original ink smudges; otherwise, clean and bright.

$191.00

Philadelphia City Planning Commission: Organization and Operation of City Planning Activities in Philadelphia by W. Clark Hanna
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Philadelphia City Planning Commission: Organization and Operation of City Planning Activities in Philadelphia by W. Clark Hanna

By Hanna, W. Clark

Philadelphia: Legal Intelligencer, 1946. Pamphlet. Very Good. 11, [1] p.: chart; 23 cm. Stapled pamphlet. Reprinted from The Legal Intelligencer, March 28, 1946. William Clark Hanna (1909-1996) looks at the history of city planning in Philadelphia from the original Thomas Holme plan to the 1854 consolidation through developments in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the 1929 creation of the first city Planning Commission. He discusses the legal basis and organizational structure of the commission, as well as its relations with city, state, and federal bodies. Includes an organizational chart. Scarce. In Very Good Condition: front lightly soiled; part of back is sunned; otherwise, clean and tight.

$19.00

Commonwealth Title Insurance and Trust Company of Philadelphia Policy no. 223546
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Commonwealth Title Insurance and Trust Company of Philadelphia Policy no. 223546

Philadelphia: Commonwealth Title Insurance and Trust Company of Philadelphia, 1922. Near Fine. [4] p.: engraved illustration of street scene at Chestnut and 12th sts.; 43 cm. Embossed stamp of the title insurance company. Title insurance policy no. 223546 issued by the Commonwealth Title Insurance and Trust Company of Philadelphia on 1 June 1922 for the Bush Hill Building Association No. 2 for a property on Parrish St. and Reno St., west of 13th St., relating to a mortgage by Sarah Goldstein. Signed by the vice president, secretary, and title officer of the company. Commonwealth Title Insurance and Trust Company of Philadelphia was incorporated in 1886 and merged with the Provident Trust Company in 1928. The Bush Hill Building Association No. 2 was also organized in 1886. In Near Fine Condition: light folds; clean and bright.

$19.00

Progress on Pubic Improvements in 1947 and 1948
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Progress on Pubic Improvements in 1947 and 1948

By Patterson, James D.

Philadelphia: Bureau of Municipal Research of Philadelphia, 1949. Pamphlet. Near Fine. [4], 12 p.: charts, table; 23 cm. Stapled pamphlet. cover printed in red. Preface is by Robert K. Sawyer, director of the Bureau of Municipal Research of Philadelphia. Established in 1909, the Bureau of Municipal Research of Philadelphia was the second private municipal research organization, after New York's Bureau of Municipal Research, created to employ Frederick Taylor's scientific management principals to improve urban life. In this pamphlet, the Bureau summarizes developments from the first year in eight areas of the City Planning Commission's 1947-1953 public improvement program. The eight areas are airports; public transit; highways and bridges; hospitals; water supply and distribution; and sewers, sewage collection, and treatment; and recreation facilities. Scarce. In Near Fine Condition: cover lightly soiled; otherwise, clean and solid.

$25.00

Handwritten letter signed by John C. Fremont
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Handwritten letter signed by John C. Fremont

By Fremont, John Charles

1885. Very Good. 1 handwritten letter, dated New Brighton, Staten Island, Jan. 25, 1885, to Darwin C. Parey, editor of the Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass., signed "J. C. Frémont." The editor of the Eagle (possibly meant to be Darwin C. Perry) had requested a photograph of Fremont, who says that they did not have any, but when they did they would send photographs of himself and his wife. John Charles Frémont/Fremont (1813-1890) was an American explorer and soldier. While in command of the Department of the West for the Union during the Civil War, he freed the slaves in that territory, resulting in being relieved off that command by President Lincoln. After the war he served as Governor of Arizona from 1878 to 1881, when he retired to Staten Island. In Very Good Condition: light creasing; smudge in upper portion; otherwise, clean and solid.

$386.00

Cubanaise: Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
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Cubanaise: Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment

By Miller, Charles

Bryn Mawr, Pa: Theodore Presser Co, 1951. Sheet_music. Near Fine. 7, [1], 3, [1] p.: music; 30 cm. "114-40011." Charles Miller was a violinist with the Philadelphia Orhcestra. This piece was frequently played by violinist Mischa Elman (1891-1967) as an encore. Presser also published an arrangement for two pianos. Scarce. In Near Fine Condition: edges slightly rubbed; both violin and piano parts are clean and unmarked.

$23.00

Delaware Valley Announcer: The Magazine for the Industrial Executive -- Nov. 1963
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Delaware Valley Announcer: The Magazine for the Industrial Executive -- Nov. 1963

Philadelphia: Louis H. Percy, 1963. Very Good +. [4] p.: illustrations; 28 cm. With 1 loose leaf with a view of the proposed Frankford Ave. and Bridge St. bus loading platform. Covers efforts to improve mass transit into Philadelphia so that fewer commuters would drive to work, starting with Operation Northwest through the establishement of the Passenger Service Improvement Corporation (PSIC) in 1960 and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Tranportation Compact (SEPACT) in 1961. In Very Good+ Condition: sunned along spine on back (p. [4]); one corner of loose leaf lightly soiled; otherwise, clean and bright.

$23.00

Intermezzo, Opus 116, no. 6; by Johannes Brahms; Transcribed by Paul Miersch [for violin and piano]
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Intermezzo, Opus 116, no. 6; by Johannes Brahms; Transcribed by Paul Miersch [for violin and piano]

By Brahms, Johannes

New York: G. Schirmer, 1944. Sheet_music. Very Good +. 4 p.: music; 30 cm. Brahms' op. 116 pieces were composed for piano alone. This is one of several arranged by Paul Miersch for violin and piano. Paul Theodore Miersch (1868-1956) was a German-American composer and cellist. Scarce. In Very Good+ Condition: minor damage to upper edges; clean and complete.

$26.00

World News of the Week: Vol. 2, no. 16 -- Monday, Jan. 1, 1940
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World News of the Week: Vol. 2, no. 16 -- Monday, Jan. 1, 1940

Chicago: News Map of the Week, 1940. Map. Very Good +. 1 map (35 x 47 inches), folded. The upper portion is a world map in color with 33 locations marked. The lower portion provides a description of an event at each marked location. Five black-and-white cartoons are located within the map and eight black-and-white illustrations (including 2 maps) are found with the descriptive text, and a row of photographs run at the lower edge representing important events of 1939. Among the events noted are: the University of Chicago's decision to end its football program; the beginning of monthly Social Security payments; it became illegal to bring into Cambridge, Mass., any book, magazine, or newspaper with the word "Lenin" in it; and Soviet efforts to conquer Finland moved slowly "principally because of the Olympic-like skill of ski and ice skate-mounted Finnish defenders." Interesting perspective from the United States on World War Two prior to the American entry into the war. In Very Good+ Condition: just starting to separate in several locations along folds; otherwise, clean and solid.

$19.00

Handwritten letter signed by Robert Todd Lincoln
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Handwritten letter signed by Robert Todd Lincoln

By Lincoln, Robert Todd

1884. Very Good. 1 handwritten letter on lined paper with "War Department Washington" stamped at upper edge, dated Nov. 13, 1884, signed "Robert T. Lincoln." Recipient not identified. Lincoln is advising that an officer has been assigned to fill the vacancy of a professor of military instruction at Hobart College, N.Y. On the reverse in red ink is a note giving someone this autograph of President Abraham Lincoln's son, the Secretary of War. Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926) served as Secretary of War under President James Garfield and President Chester A. Arthur. Later he was ambassador to the United Kingdom. In Very Good Condition: two faint folds; lightly soiled; solid.

$438.00

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