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    Notes on the History of Sheviocke ... THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT by KEMPTHORNE, Lt-Col. G. A

    c1934. Manuscript title, map, 70 pages inc. index, contained within a custom made foldover cloth case. Beautifully and neatly written on single sided lined paper with a number of pen and ink sketches by the author including a detailed map. Kempthorne's book,"A History of the Parish of Sheviock" was published in 1934. This is the author's original manuscript copy, from which the book was published, although the sketched illustrations and map were not included in the publication. A UNIQUE ITEM. Cloth. Very Good. 4to (270 x 205 mm). Manuscript.



    ORIGINAL TYPSECRIPT OF UNTITLED STORY (Published as Geometry of Love) by Cheever, John

    Near Fine. Quarto. Offered is a near fine twelve page unbound typed manuscript typed recto only. There are several holograph corrections, probably by the author, but this MS is not signed. A working title, this story later appeared under the title "Geometry of Love" in the Saturday Evening Post and "The Stories of John Cheever." With "Russell & Volkening, Inc., Literary Agents. 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10017" red ink stamp on cover page. Typscript pages are age toned.



    The register of the Guild of Knowle in the county of Warwick 1451 1535 from the original manuscript in the Public Reference Library Birmingham - Warwickshire by Bickley, W.B. [ed]

    Walsall: For the Archaeological Section of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, printed by W.H. Robinson, 1894 xlii, [vi], 272, xxxix pages + plates. Numbered 62 and signed by the publisher. Leather spine and green cloth covered boards, some wear. Ink owner's name to the front pastedown. A heavy volume, extra postage will be required to send outside the UK. Browning to the pages adjoining the plates. Binding a bit shaken and rear hinge loose. Pages top edge gilt, others untrimmed which are browned and soiled.. Hard Cover. Good.



    Manuscript on paper on mine surveying, with 12 large & fine folding manuscript plates, heightened in grey, blue, pink, & yellow wash by (CLAUSTHAL: MINE SURVEYING)

    40 leaves (the final blank). Small folio (332 x 210 mm.), orig. paste-paper boards (spine & extremities somewhat worn), uncut. [Clausthal?: ca. 1815]. A fine and legible manuscript instructional manual on techniques and problems of mine surveying. The text is divided into five chapters: "Von der Vorbereitung zum Markscheiden" ("On preparations for measuring the area in which mining may be carried out"), "Von Bennenung der Gänge und Klüfte" ("On the naming of seams and fissures"), "Vom Observiren" ("On Observations"), "Vom Vermaß oder Verbestimmung eines Grubenfelds" ("On measuring and defining a mining claim"), and "Von Wasserfällen, Wasserleitungen und Tiefbau" ("On waterfalls, water conduits and underground mining"). This manuscript was probably prepared in 1815 - plate X has the entry "Markscheide 1.7.15" - at the newly founded mining school at Clausthal, the famous mining town of the Harz Mountains in Lower Saxony (the fine plates name mining locations in the area). The most attractive plates - all of which contain a number of figures - depict mine shafts, mine surveying methods, cartographical considerations, techniques of prospecting and identification of mineral deposits, problems of ownership rights, and the constant problems of flooding. All the plates are finely drawn in black ink and have been heightened in grey, blue, pink, and yellow wash. Internally fine. Stamp of Georg Riemschneider (1888-1946), "Oberbergrat" of Clausthal-Zellerfeld.



    MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY, CA. 1800-1820 by Thompson, John

    Farmington, Maine. [100] pp, in the form of twenty-five four-page letters, each folded to 7.75" x 10". Occasional short splits at folds [no text loss], clean. Very Good plus. [offered with] AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DEACON JOHN THOMPSON OF MERCER, MAINE. WITH GENEALOGICAL NOTES OF HIS DESCENDANTS. COMPILED BY HIS GRANDSON JOSIAH H. THOMPSON IN THE YEAR 1920. Farmington, Maine: Franklin Journal Company. [1920]. 152pp, photo illustrations. Original brown cloth, gilt title on front board [light wear at corners and spine ends]. Very Good plus. [offered with] MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF JOHN THOMPSON OF MERCER, MAINE, DECEMBER 29, 1845 - MAY 4,1850, WRITTEN IN AN ELEMENTARY COPY BOOK. Manuscript journal, 6.5" x 8". [24] pp. Original yellow illustrated wrappers [light spotting]. Lined pages, stitched, in neat ink manuscript. Very Good. The complete holograph manuscript autobiography of Maine pioneer John Thompson, offered here, consists of letters written to his daughter Olive Thompson around 1850. The manuscript was privately published by the family in 1920 [as above], virtually complete, with minor stylistic changes. Thompson [1784-1868] was born in Middletown, Connecticut. Part of his youth was spent in central and western Massachusetts, in such places as Blanford and Savoy. After a stint on a crew building the Dedham Turnpike, Thompson migrated to Maine and established a homestead in Mercer, about 30 miles northwest of Augusta. From around 1800-1807 the narrative focuses on Thompson's experiences in Worcester County, and in Worcester, "but a village then," also in western Massachusetts. A keen observer, Thompson reports on working conditions, his comrades, and some horrendous accidents. In 1807, Thompson heads for Maine: "I had always entertained the idea that I should go into some of the western states where... many of my old acquaintances had gone, but it was otherwise determined by an overruling Providence ... I had my mind fixed on going Down East." His journey to Maine, by land and boat, his homesteading, and his frequent trips between Mercer and Boston over the next eight years are interesting accounts of this largely unsettled territory and some of its pioneering families. At Augusta he witnesses a farcical trial for adultery, of which he gives an amusing account. Another time he returns to the farm with a "bundle of quince sets... and a small lilac bush... the first ever brought into the place." Several times he is delegated to deliver Mercer's taxes ["twenty dollars... that was all Mercer paid at the time"] to Boston. Near the end is a seven page account of Thompson's experiences in the local militia, called up in 1814 when the British took Eastport. While the printed version ends in 1819, the manuscript concludes in 1820 with brief mention of the Missouri Compromise and Maine statehood. Also present is Thompson's manuscript journal [unpublished] of life in Mercer, with dated entries from 1848 to 1850. The first two pages are the official records of the Anti-Slavery Missionary Association of Mercer, beginning with its establishment on December 29, 1845. The group convened at the Beech Hill school house, articulated its purpose, and named its officers. Thompson was secretary and treasurer, the only two positions formed. Also listed are Moses C. Pike, Levi Gates, Asa Paine and A.J. Downs. The Association was formed to observe "the concert of prayer for slaves once a month and take up a contribution at [said] meetings for missionary purposes." Its doings are described, including raising funds for the "Canada missions." The remaining pages chronicle work performed at Thompson's farm-- planting, ploughing, milling logs, killing a pig, bringing wool to Wilton Factory. Daily details include notes about travels to market, funerals, religious services, peace meetings, the need for a petition to be circulated for cheap postage, and a barn raising. The names of several additional members of the town are listed.



    TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 25, 1973. RE: family by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Berkeley, CA: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1973. Typed letter signed, Single Page, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Written while Ariel Reynolds Parkinson was on a trip to NYC & elsewhere. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    THE GROUND WE STAND ON Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed [together with] THE USE OF THE PAST;[signed Typescript ] by Dos Passos, John

    New York; (1941): Harcourt, Brace and Co. First Edition. Hard Cover. 420pp., bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt over black. Includes the above short story "The Use of the Past. A fine bright copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with fading to spine, minor edge wear and one short closed tear to front panel. Note: The first printing is substantially like the uncorrected typescript of the short story as presented here; [Together with:] Signed uncorrected typescript of the short story, np/nd. 19 pages, small quarto; signed by the author on the final page.



    Rois De France. Original Manuscript by Fort, Paul

    Paris, 1930. Unbound. Paul Fort's original manuscript, neatly and beautifully written in ink; quarto, 79 leaves of heavy cream paper and laid loose into a green portfolio. Paul Fort drew much of his inspiration from the Middle Ages, and the aballad form that he used almost exclusively was taken from the same period. He filled some forty volumes with his delicate ballads. He was also active in the theatre, even before the turn of the century, writing some plays himself and producing what were considered "difficult" plays by some of his contemporaries. In 1956, he received the Grand Literary Prize of the City of Paris for his works. Fine. Together with the limited edition of the book (#48 of 200 copies), Inscribed to Madame Christian Schram Senior and with an 11 line holograph poem, initialed "P. F." and dated Paris, May, 1931; and with an excellent 4 page autograph letter signed and dated October 8, 1930. A near fine copy.



    PLUTARCH, Pompei viri illustris vita [Life of Pompey], Latin translation by Antonius Tudertinus Pacinus [or Jacopo Angeli da Scarperia]; decorated manuscript on paper, in Latin by PLUTARCH, Pompei viri illustris vita [Life of Pompey]

    HUMANIST MANUSCRIPT OF ONE OF PLUTARCH'S LIVES IN A LATIN TRANSLATION OF THE GREEK ORIGINAL. Decorated manuscript on paper, in Latin, Northern Italy, Lombardy, perhaps Ferrara or Mantua?, c. 1470-1480. Dimensions 215 x 155 mm. 71 folios, on thick paper with watermark of the type Briquet, "Basilic," no. 2671: Ferrara, 1471 or nos. 2672-2673: Mantua, 1478-1483, written in an Italian humanistic slightly sloping cursive script on up to 21 long lines, headings in margins in pale red ink, contemporary marginal annotations in brown ink. BINDING: Nineteenth-century English brown Russia binding, smooth back with blind tooling and gilt lettering: "Pompei Vita / Plutarchus / MS.", blind-stamped and gilt with monogram and motto on upper board, and arms on lower cover, brown paper endleaves, edges gilt. TEXT: This manuscript contains the life of Pompey the Great (106-48 B.C.), the distinguished military and political leader of the late Roman republic and Julius Caesar's military rival, included in Plutarch's Lives. This is one of about 50 recorded Renaissance manuscripts of the Latin translation from the Greek original by either Antonius Tudertinus Pacinus or Jacopo Angeli da Scarperia. The present manuscript provides testimony that the lives continued to circulate independently in manuscript form, even after their assembly into one common collection. PROVENANCE: Script and watermarks all point to an Italian origin for this manuscript, likely Northern Italy, Lombardy. It was later in the collection of John Broadley, F.S.A. (1774-1833). CONDITION: Upper inner hinge loose, binding a bit scuffed, occasional minor stains to paper, else in very good condition. Full description and pictures available. (TM 214)



    To Mary in Heaven by Burns, Robert

    The Bibliophile Society, Boston, 1916. Edition Unstated. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Text body is clean and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Ivory paper over boards, gilt stamped title on front cover, deckle edges, some pages uncut, 26 pages, title page in red, blue & black, embossed with Bibliophile Society's seal, facsimile fold-out of original manuscript of poem; remainder of text consists of quotations about Burns and his poetry by Swinburne, Whitman and more. Spine toned, cover toned in streaks, otherwise a nice copy. In a slipcase which is soiled and half of "spine" is missing and remainder is only attached on one edge. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 14 oz. Category: Poetry; Inventory No: 002011. .




    [Nelson County, VA, 1864. Manuscript habeas corpus petition, 11-3/8" x 17" unfolded, on thick paper. 46 manuscript lines of petition on recto, and 21 lines on verso. Old folds, docketed. An ink smudge but entirely legible, Very Good. Smith's Petition alleges that Confederate Lieutenant John A. Carpenter, the Local Enlisting Officer for Nelson County, had arrested him as a person required to serve in the Confederate Army, and ordered him to report to Camp Lee, near Richmond, on October 7, 1864, for "active service in the field-- and of course your petitioner will be so assigned and made to serve in said army unless discharged by the judgment of the judicial tribunals of the State of Virginia." Smith argues that, as a Justice of the Peace for four years and recently reelected to that position, "he is exempt from all military service in the Confederate States, and that therefore his said arrest is illegal, and his detention in custody by said Lt. Carpenter is without lawful authority and in violation of rights as a citizen and judicial officer of the State of Virginia." Virginia-- by Joint Resolution in March 1864-- has designated officers such as himself "indispensable to the performance of the public functions with which they are charged." They are necessary for the "maintenance of the dignity, integrity and efficiency of the Government of the State, and are not and of right should not be liable to be called into the military service of the Confederate States Government, by virtue of any law thereof." Robert H. Smith signs the petition at the end; it is attested by Justice of the Peace Thomas M. Dickinson, and dated October 4, 1864. The petition's handwriting is neither Smith's nor Dickinson's. The docketed portion indicates that Smith won his case: "1864 Nov. writ sustained & prisoner discharged." The U.S. Census lists Smith [1832-1870] as a Nelson County farmer, living with his wife Marianna [a/k/a Mary Ann McCue] and three young children. He died in Nelson County from consumption. He was the son of Capt. John Massie Smith 1794-1843]. Three of Robert Smith's four brothers-- Charles [1839-1912], Francis [1842-1877], and John [1843-1909] appear to have left college to join the Confederate Army. Thomas M[orrison] Dickinson [1820-1882] was a farmer living in Massies Mill, Nelson County. He was appointed in March, 1865 as a member of the Committees of Safety representing Nelson County. He was married first to Abigail C. Witt Dickinson [1824-1854] in 1844, and then to Mary Elizabeth Dillard [1831-1889] in 1856 and had 8 children with her. [The Daily Dispatch: March 14, 1865, accessed at website of Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University.] Lucas P. Thompson [1797-1866], born in Nelson County, was an Amherst County lawyer who became a judge in the General Court from 1831-1851, and then in the Eleventh Circuit Court from 1851-1866. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals but died before serving. He was a delegate to the 1829-1830 Virginia Constitutional Convention, and proprietor of Staunton Law School from 1839-1849. An Address by John R. Tucker. of Washington and Lee University, described Thompson as holding "a very high place in the esteem of the circuit where he presided for so many years." He had "learning, zeal and ability, great independence of character and inflexible decision of purpose." [Tucker, J.R.: REMINISCENCES OF VIRGINIA'S JUDGES AND JURISTS. 1895. Pages 5, 16.] Lt. John A. Carpenter served in Co. H, 16th Regiment Virginia Infantry. He enlisted in March 1862 as a 2d Lieutenant and, by September 1863, the regiment's enrollment officer. In September, 1864 he was regularly stationed at Nelson County, as ordered by Col. J.O. Shields. [Confederate Army records on Fold3 website, accessed on July 17, 2017.].



    Descent of the Sun, The; A Cycle of Birth - Translated from the Original Manuscript by Bain, F. W

    Methuen & Co. Ltd; London., 1914. Good. Lacking dust jacket. Average wear. A little toning to endpapers. Prev` owner name neatly penned to fly-leaf. Laid paper. Uncut pages. A nice little book.. Originally published by Messrs. James Parker & Co.. Hard. 12mo.. Good. Illus. by Tissue-guarded frontispiece. .



    The Province of Jurisprudence Determined. Second Edition [with] Lectures on Jurisprudence. Being the Sequel to "The Province of Jurisprudence Determined." To Which Are Added Notes and Fragments . . . Published from the Original Manuscripts. Three Volumes by John Austin

    London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1861-63. Contemporary calf, extra gilt, marbled edges and endpapers, very worn, one board detached, several labels lacking, some chipping and tape; a working set First and second editions of both of Austin's major works, of pervasive impact on Anglo-American law over the last two centuries and, in the words of H.L.A. Hart (who edited the 'Province' in 1954), "established the study of jurisprudence in England



    THE PRODIGAL VIRGIN by Thomas, Homer G

    Dijon, France [New York?]: Intercontinental Classics, 1960. Original wrappers. Perfect-bound, externally side-stapled. Light shelfwear; some rubbing to covers. Else very good. 211pp. An erotic novel, originally published in a limited editon of 700, at Dijon (in reality, New York) by Percy Shostac in 1935. Verso of the title page reads "In our opinion this book is the greatest ever written. Sold for $50.00 a copy in its original manuscript form now available for the first time at this price $2.25."



    Fine music and continental manuscripts: the collection of the late Dr Felix Salzer and Mrs Hedwig Salzer by Sotheby's; Novack, Saul; Schacter, Carl

    London: Sotheby's, 1990 53 lots. Including the autograph manuscript of the first movement of Beethoven's cello sonata in A major, op. 69; L. van Beethoven, autograph letter to Bettina von Arnim; signed first edition of Fidelio; W.A. Mozart, autograph manuscript of the rondo for piano, K 494; F. Schubert, autograph letter to Franz von Schober. . Wraps. Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    A Report of Divers Cases in Pleas of the Crown, Adjudged and Determined . . . With Directions for Justices of the Peace and Others . . . From the Original Manuscript, under his own Hand [etc.] by John Kelyng

    London: Printed for Isaac Cleave, next Door to Serjeants-Inn [etc.], 1708. Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, embrowning; a sound copy First edition of the first reports exclusively devoted to English criminal law, reflecting Kelyng's career both while a criminal lawyer and after becoming Chief Justice of King's Bench; seen posthumously through the press by Lord Holt



    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763. Now first published from the original manuscript prepared for the press, with introduction and notes by Pottle, Frederick A

    William Heinemann Ltd., Melbourne, London, Toronto, 1950. Good+. Unclipped dust jacket discoloured and torn around the edges, and foxed. Internally fine apart from some very faint spotting to the endpapers. 370pp.. First printing thus. . Hard with Dust Jacket. 8vo.. Good+. Illus. by B/w frontispiece..



    The manner of holding parliaments in England by Elsynge, Henry 1606?-1656

    Dublin: Irish University Press, 1971. Facsimile reprint of 1768 ed., London, T. Payne, 1768; and of the original manuscript text of c.1626. - xix,xx,298,(275)p ; 28cm. Title page imprint, Shannon. - Parallel manuscript and printed text. A nice clean copy, just a bit dusty to fore edges of the block, not affecting greatly or to the facing pages.( Images to follow ). Hard Cover. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    The Roentgen Rays in Medicine and Surgery as an aid in diagnosis and as a therapeutic agent by Williams, Francis H

    Birmingham, Alabama: Gryphon Press for the Classics of Medical Library, 1988. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Near Fine. Numbered 2137 of a limited edition contribution to the series, The Classics of Medicine Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in facsimile, and typically also with scholarly edifice, including full bibliography, index, notes and illustrations where first published, sometimes also with scholarly commentary on the provenance and meaning of the original manuscript. From the library of Ronald Litvak, M.D. xxx + 658 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.



    The Tailor of Gloucester A Facsimile of the original manuscript & Illustrations by Beatrix Potter

    Frederick Warne and Company, Ltd, 1968 Black cloth book in very good condition. Limited edition of 1500 copies this being number 14. Slipcase has some edgewear and foxing. Book has a plastic cover over the black cloth boards, has a few pieces missing.. Scuff on the back of the slipcase.




    New York, 1843. Sizes vary from approximately 6" x 8" to 8" x 12". Manuscript on unlined paper, several with wax seal remnants. A handful of the documents are partly printed and completed in manuscript, all with the blindstamp of the State of New York. Light wear, some splitting along fold lines, some light edgewear. Dated and signed by various officials, including judges and justices of the peace. Very Good. This treasure trove of manuscript legal documents covers a wide range of case types involving many of the early inhabitants of Queens County, New York, and surrounding areas. Judges involved were Abraham Ditmars, William Mott, Oliver Denton, Richard Bedell, Cary Dunn Jr., William Furman, Amory Remson, James Hendrickson, Luke Convert and others. Areas mentioned were Oyster Bay, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Jamaica, and others. Matters include chicken stealing, assault and battery on a woman, tenancy eviction, insolvency and debtors' arrangements, tavern licensing, and more. Documents are juror lists, pleas and statements, certificates of conviction, sealed verdicts, sheriff fees, and affidavits. Some specific items and cases: Certificates of Conviction of the Court of Special Sessions signed by Justices of the Peace William Mott, Oliver Mott, Oliver Denton, Richard Bedell, James Hendrickson, others: John Watts on petit larceny, sentenced to pay $5 or be imprisoned, November 8, 1820; Abigail Hutchins for petit larceny, sentenced to 40 days in prison, December 8, 1820; John Bedell and Hannah [his wife] for petit larceny, sentenced to pay $5 or be imprisoned, September 9, 1820. Sealed Verdicts signed by twelve member juries: finding in favor of defendant Leonard Mott, November 1, 1838; favoring plaintiff in Allen v. MacDowel and awarding damages of $25, October 30, 1838; awarding damages to unnamed plaintiff in the amount of 6 cents, October 31, 1838. Some jury members were: Charles C. Lawrence, Edward L. Frost, William Willets, Christian Snedeker, Benjamin Carpenter, Jacob Smith, Gilbert Rider, Stephen T. Hicks, George Rhodes, Peter Cort, William Ludlum, Wright Fowler, Abraham Snedeker, Hamilton Matthews, and Alexander Dawson. Various documents relating to some cases: [1] William Nicholls, Assignee of Henry Nicholls of Hempstead, insolvent debtor, April 4, 1817; Petition of Henry Nicholls and his creditors to divide estate among them; Hon. Cary Dunn, Jr.'s order dated April 4, 1817, granting the petition pursuant to 1813 "Act for giving relief in Cases of Insolvency." [2] Samuel Field, Jr., insolvent debtor, Affidavit of Notice to Creditors signed Peter Hasbrouck as Clerk of the Albany Argus April 2, 1816, with copy of newspaper notice attached; Judge Dunn's order dated April 15, 1816; several related documents. [3] John Morgan v. Stephen Anthony on charges of slander for damages of $500, dated June 2, 1824, Queens County Courthouse, signed Sherman as clerk. [4] Joshua Pine v. Henry Monfort, claim of replevin accusing Monfort of taking his beasts, goods and chattels, one heifer, one cow, four goshens, three hens, fifteen chickens. July 16th 1821. [5] Edward Abrams and Charity his wife on charges of plea of trespass against Oliver Denton to damages of $500, dated June 7, 1825, Queens County Courthouse, signed by Sherman as clerk. [6] Selah Smith and his wife Ann, filing of Certificate to cancel a mortgage as mortgage as been paid, Common Pleas, Kings County, March 29, 1819. [7] Recognizance of Abraham Ditmars, Justice of the Peace, April 20, 1798, stating that Nicholas Lidbury, who is licensed to keep a Tavern in Jamaica, will during the continuance of his license "not suffer any unlawful gaming which is forbidden such as cock fighting, playing with cards or dice or to keep any billiard table or other gaming table, shuffel board..." [8] James Hendrickson on charges of plea of trespass against James W. Vassar to damages of $500, dated June 7, 1825. [9] Benjamin Hagerman Junior on charges of trespass, assault & battery against James Wood to damages of $1000, dated June 7, 1825. [10] Elias Haines, Administrator of James Kiernan , deceased v. Stephen Cornwell; same v. Barach Corniel [Cornevale] Jr.; same v. Jonas Frederick; dated November 1804, Court of Common Pleas. [11] Thomas Alward Neyle v. William Leverich, James Suydam, Daniel Riker, James Hedenbergh, and David Turdy [Purdy], May 2, 1809, Supreme Court.



    Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate by BRISCOE Samuel J

    1850. (SLAVERY) (BRISCOE, Samuel J.) TURNER, John R., clerk. Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate of Samuel J. Briscoe late of Charles County Deceased. Chaptico, Maryland, circa 1850. Small folio (8 by 12 inches), string-bound ledger, 12 leaves (four blank). Housed in custom chemise and slipcase. $2600.Original manuscript ledger of the public estate sale of Samuel J. Briscoe, tobacco farmer of Charles County, Maryland, and owner of 23 slaves, seven of whom were court-ordered to be reunited with the Briscoe family— for a price.Charles County, Maryland was tobacco country. Indians in the region had long grown tobacco, mostly for ceremonial purposes. “It was natural for the settlers to farm tobacco. The land was well suited to it and the Virginia colonies had for some time been growing tobacco and selling it to England at a nice profit… The biggest problem of the infant County was labor. To prosper, [a farmer] needed cheap or free labor to work the fields. The institution of slavery was legalized in Maryland in 1663… [and], as the large landowners prospered, the number of slaves entering the County increased… So important was cheap labor to plantation owners that at the end of the Civil War, with the abolition of slavery, Charles County suffered an agricultural depression from which it did not fully recover until the 1920s” (Charles County Bicentennial Committee). Tobacco farmer Samuel J. Briscoe, who in 1830 had joined in a cooperative that supplied Philadelphians with their tobacco, owned 23 slaves. Briscoe died around 1850. He apparently died either intestate or in great debt, requiring even his own family members to buy items from his estate at public sale. Chief among the “chattles” for sale were his slaves: five men, four women, seven boys and seven girls. Present at the sale were A.L. Briscoe (and his wife), Janett Eleanor Briscoe (“Miss Jeanette”), “Miss C. Briscoe,” Walter Hanson Briscoe (“H. Briscoe”), William D. Briscoe and “Miss Nannie Briscoe.” “By order of [the] Court,” the family was able to buy back four of the men, Jim, Plato, Dick Brown, and Ben, the woman Matilda, and girls Susan and Martha. The family’s remaining purchases were primarily household furnishings, bedding, and horse trappings, with the exception of the “Family Bible” bought by Miss Nannie for “12-1/2” cents. Bookplate of San Francisco collector Francis A. Martin, Jr.Extremely good condition, with only a few ink smudges, minor patches of foxing, and shallow chipping to bottom corner. Scarce.



    Collection of material related to Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh: clippings with printed engravings and letter with original autograph by Stafford Henry Northcote by Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh; Illustrated London News (London)

    London, UK: Stafford Henry Northcote & Illustrated London News, 1886 & 1887. Autographed Letter signed by Stafford Henry Northcote sent from 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Jan. 19, 1886, Four Pages, 4" x 7" Ink on Laid Paper, Very Good mounted on larger sheet, (10" x 12" Good with loss, tear, staining). Six Page article on the death of Stafford Henry Northcote, as printed in the Illustrated London News, Jan. 22., 1867, Good with tears, staining, top edges curled.

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