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MORATORIUM: OCTOBER 15, 1969
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MORATORIUM: OCTOBER 15, 1969

By Sivack, Denis

New York: [The author], 1970. First Edition. Broadside. Near fine. Broadside, 14 x 11 inches. Near fine. Poetry broadside by writer and photographer Denis Sivack, recounting scenes of the day of the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam mass demonstrations in New York. He drives in the morning from Staten Island, where he sees a Black army recuit staring into the distance, to Brooklyn, where he listens to variety of voices, including a representative of Women Strike for Peace, members of the Black Panthers, and the poet David Henderson, and finally to Washington Square in Greenwich Village, where he sees the statistics of the war dead on the Judson Memorial Church bulletin board and is left with the image of the darkness after a vigil's last candle "had burned to nothing and the last man had walked away." OCLC records two copies, at Brown and SUNY Buffalo (2017).

$100.00

THE HEATHEN CHINEE ["Plain Language from Truthful James"]
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THE HEATHEN CHINEE ["Plain Language from Truthful James"]

By Harte, Bret; Joseph Hull [ill.]

Chicago: The Western News Company, 1870. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. 9 numbered lithographic cards, 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Titled envelope lacking. Some toning, light soiling, and wear. Very good. The pirated, first separate issue of Bret Harte's famous and famously misunderstood satire, after its first appearance in the September, 1870, issue of San Francisco's THE OVERLAND MAGAZINE. The poem, a parody of Swinburne's ATALANTA, begins with a game of euchre between the narrator, his friend Bill Nye, and a Chinese immigrant, Ah Sin. Nye is engraged when his own attempt at cheating with cards up his sleeve is foiled by Ah Sin's superior efforts at the same. After complaining about being "ruined by Chinese cheap labor," Nye sets upon Ah Sin, and "a scene" ensues. Of the three versions of the poem illustrated in 1870 and 1871, the present set, illustrated by Joseph Hull, is unique in depicting the "scene that ensued" as a white mob attacking Ah Sin. As both a writer and newspaper editor, Bret Harte had long spoken out against white anti-Chinese bigotry and violence, which he had intended for this poem to mock. The irony was lost to the wider public, however, and Joseph Hull's illustrations helped fuel the wild popularity of the poem and its use as a rallying cry against Chinese immigrants.

$90.00

No. 38. IN SENATE, FEBRUARY 10, 1836. MEMORIAL OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK, IN RELATION TO INSANE PAUPERS
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No. 38. IN SENATE, FEBRUARY 10, 1836. MEMORIAL OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK, IN RELATION TO INSANE PAUPERS

By [Medical Society of the State of New York]

[Albany: New York Senate, 1836]. First Edition. Disbound. Near fine. [2] pp. Single leaf, disbound. Stab holes, minor edge toning, else near fine. Petition by the Medical Society of the State of New York to the state legislature to build an adequate home and hospital for the mentally ill. Signed in print by 28 members of the Society, the document refers to an estimated 2000 "lunatics" in the state with no means for treatment or care (at the time, New York's sole incorporated asylum could house only 250 patients and its only private facility 60). Confident in new possibilities for successful treatment, the petitioners argue that "justice and humanity" call the state to "restore that unfortunate portion of our population to reason, their friends and the community."

$65.00

CONSIDÉRATIONS SUR LE RÉGIME DES PRISONS, ADRESSÉES AU CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE LA SEINE-INFÉRIEURE DANS SA SESSION DE 1839
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CONSIDÉRATIONS SUR LE RÉGIME DES PRISONS, ADRESSÉES AU CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE LA SEINE-INFÉRIEURE DANS SA SESSION DE 1839

By Fauquet, M. J. [Jacques-Daniel]

Rouen: Imprimerie de L.-S. Lefevre, 1839. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 45 pp. In French. Disbound, original printed wrappers retained. Early ink inscription in front wrapper. Some wear and mild foxing. Very good. Discussion on prison reform presented to the General Council of the Lower Seine by Jacques-Daniel Fauquet, Mayor of Bolbec. Fouquet examines the Auburn and Philadelphia models of penal labor and solitary confinement, as reported upon by Beaumont and Tocqueville earlier in the decade and since adopted by other institutions in the U.S. and Great Britain. He concludes that the Philadelphia system offers the most practical, humane, and effective system for France and votes for its establishment there. The address is followed by a section of notes on Auburn and Philadelphia-model prisons in the U.S., Scotland, and Geneva.

$75.00

BREAD
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BREAD

By [Schumann, Peter]

Glover, Vermont: Bread and Puppet, 1984. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Peter Schumann et al.. Quarto. [16] pp. including illustrations. Original pictorial self-wrappers, stapled. A fine copy. First edition of Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann's essay on and recipe for Silesian bread, illustrated with numerous photographic and woodcut images.

$50.00