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    Framed signed commemorative envelope by HUMPHREY, Hubert H. (1911 - 1978)

    Lancaster, PA, 1956. unbound. 3.25 x 6.25-inch First Day Cover commemorating "Wheatland" -- President James Buchanan's home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after moving out of the White house in 1861. Signed in full by Humphrey and postmarked in Lancaster, on August 5, 1956. The envelope features a detailed image of Wheatland and a small bust portrait of Buchanan. Double-matted in green and white with a 6.25 x 9.25-inch photo of Humphrey laughing with President John F. Kennedy in the White House. Set in a black frame measuring 16.5 x 14.5 inches. Fine condition. American politician who served as Vice-President under Lyndon Johnson.


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    A Textbook of Varshaphala. Vedic Technique of the Tajika or Annual Horoscopy by Charak, K.S

    paperback, sewed, 8vo, 213 pps., ind., ills., UMA, Delhi, 1999, Pencilmarkings on appr. 50% of the pages, reading line on spine fair


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    America illuminata, Skrifwen och utgifwen. by SWEDBERG, Jesper (Bishop of Skara)

    Skara: Herm. A. Mueller, 1732. Small 8vo (165 x 92 mm). 162, [5] pp. Title printed in red and black with woodcut device, dedicatees' names in red, woodcut headpiece. (A few small wormholes at end, affecting a few letters in last dozen leaves, clean 1/1/2-in. tear to title-leaf, touching a type ornament.) 20th-century calf gilt antique, gilt edges, by G. Hedberg of Stockholm (joints rubbed). Provenance: Hans Reinh. / Gyllenhahl, 18th- or 19th-century inscription on two small slips pasted in margins of title. First and only edition of an important description of the Swedish settlements in Pennsylvania and Delaware, after their transfer to Dutch dominion. Founded in 1638 by an expedition sent by the New Sweden Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit, the Swedish colony was peacefully surrendered to the Dutch under Peter Stuyvesant in 1655, but remained a "Swedish nation" under Dutch tutelage, Stuyvesant having permitted the colonists to be governed by a court of their own choosing, to practice their religion, organize their own militia, retain their land holdings and pursue their trade with the local Native American tribes, a situation that was to cease only in 1681, when William Penn received his charter. Swedberg's work "may justly be called the most complete ecclesiastical history of Nova Suecia down to that time. The author was Bishop of the Swedish Congregations in America [and father of Emanuel Swedenborg], and received in this function all the reports, etc., of the various ministers; the greater part of the book is filled by these authentic documents and letters, which abound with the most valuable details" (F. Muller, Catalogue of books and pamphlets...relating to North and South America, 1140). The texts reproduced are in Swedish (printed in gothic types) and Latin (in roman types). Alden & Landis 732/231; Howes S1170; Larson, Swedish Commentators on America 1638-1865, 621; Sabin 94034; Brunet Supp., col. 709..


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    OBJECTS OF INTEREST TO ENGINEERS AND OTHERS, IN AND ABOUT PHILADELPHIA by Engineers' Club Of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia: Engineers' Club of Philadelphia. Good. 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. All edges red. Both maps missing. Wear to spine tips and corners. Pages lightly tanned. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 110 pages .


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    [Pennsylvania Dutch manuscript heart-shaped Valentine]. by FRAKTUR

    Pennsylvania, February 3, 1721. Single sheet, (3 ½ x 3 ¼ inches). Very fine Fraktur manuscript Valentine card with floral embellishments and depiction of a crane, in pen and red, black, and green ink and watercolor wash heightened with gum arabic. Provenance: The Dr. Frank H. Sommer III Trust. Doyle sale 13BP04, November 25, 2013, Lot 296. ORIGINAL FRAKTUR MANUSCRIPT VALENTINE. This beautifully lettered and decorated Valentine is cut in the shape of a heart, with a ten-line poem as well as the date "Anno 1721 Den 3 February," and a small figure of a crane at the bottom identified as "Ein Kranich" ("a crane"). Approximate transcription follows: "Kunst und liebe tot defacten kan datselve lich figmacten Luft zur Lugend mitzig machet / Kunst und Weiss- heit verurfachet / dass man Pommt zu hohen- Dingen / Drumuss man nach Lugent ringen. Man soll nichts zum Lernen spahren / Felts schon schnoer in ersten Jahren / Ists dochleicht hernach und brin- get / Dass uns unsser Heil gelin- get." Fraktur work was used to decorate many different kinds of manuscripts and documents made by the mainly German-speaking communities of Pennsylvania. Fraktur is also the name of the specif-ic style of calligraphic lettering used on these documents, as here. It was a popular typeface in German-speaking parts of Europe from the mid-1500s until the 1940s. In 1683, upon William Penn's invitation, Mennonites from Krefeld, Germany, settled near Philadelphia. Others fol-lowed, coming from Germany, Switzerland, and Holland..


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    A Brief View of the Conduct of Pennsylvania, for the year 1755. by SMITH, William (1727-1803)

    London: For R. Griffiths, 1756. 8vo., (8 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches). (Upper corner of title page renewed). Modern quarter brown morocco, brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First edition. This pamphlet is a "sequel" to a pamphlet published the previous year entitled "A Brief State of Pennsylvania," which was an "attack on the Quakers for their policy in Assembly of refusing support to plans for the defense of the Province, and accusing them of influencing the ignorant German vote by improper means. The remedy suggested is the forcing of all members of the Assembly to take the oath of allegiance to the king, and disenfranchising the Germans until they should understand the language and constitution of the Province. Means of bringing about this education are outlined" (Sabin). In this new publication, "Smith lashes out against the principles and actions of the Quakers and the Popular Party, whom he characterizes as 'a factious Cabal, effectually promoting the French Interest, and a dead Weight upon his Majesty's Service'" (Siebert). An intriguing look at the politics of pre-Revolutionary America from the perspective of the "wrong" side of history..


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    FROM STEEL TO SLOTS Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City by Taft, Chloe E

    Harvard University Press. As New in As New dust jacket. 2016. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 325 pages .


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    The Philadelphia Quakers in the Industrial Age 1865-1920 by Benjamin, Philip S

    Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1976. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good -. ix, [1], 301 p.: tables; 22 cm. Grey cloth with black spine title. Dust jacket. "For good or ill, the Philadelphia Quakers found themselves caught up in the burning political and moral issues of the industrial age." -- dust jacket. Book is in Very Good+ Condition: top page edges lightly soiled; closed 1-cm. tear from upper edge of front free endpaper; 2 page corners creased; clean and tight. Dust jacket is in Very Good- Condition: edges rubbed; several closed tears of 1 cm. or less from edges; lightly soiled.


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    THE LURE OF LANCASTER COUNTY by Lestz, Gerald S

    Science Press. Very Good-. 1987. Limited Edition. Hardcover. White paint along bottom cover edges and right edge of front cover. Bit of warp to the covers. ; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 124 pages .


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    KEYSTONE CANOEING A Guide to Canoeable Water of Eastern Pennsylvania by Gertler, Edward

    Seneca Press. Very Good. 1993. Third Edition; Second Printing. Softcover. Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 423 pages .


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    1959 REVIEW by Coraopolis Senior High School Yearbook Staff

    Coraopolis, PA: Coraopolis Senior High School. Good. 1959. Hardcover. Includes 7 page supplement bound in between pages 78/79. Heavy writing throughout. Old page odor to the book. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 96 pages .


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    PHILADELPHIA IN THE ROMANTIC AGE OF LITHOGRAPHY by Wainwright, Nicholas B

    Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. DJ flap laid in. Bookplate to the inside front cover, name crossed out in black marker. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 261 pages; Extra postage required for priority and international shipping. .


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    MIRACLE AT DORMEL FARMS The Story of the Quecreek Mine Rescue by Arnold, Bill & Lori Arnold with Joyann Dwire

    Somerset, PA: Dormel Enterprises. Very Good. 2004. Softcover. Inscribed and by authors on title-page: "Thank you so much! I feel I've known you forever! Lori & Bill". Small indentation on the front cover. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 128 pages .


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    Graha Sutras by Wilhelm, Ernst

    hardcover, imitation leather, 22 x 14 cm., xii, 378 pps., ind., ills., Kala Occult Publishers, 2006, Ballpoint markings on appr. 50 pages fair/good/no dj A translation with extensive commentary of Brihat Parahara Hora Shastra's Sutras on the planets, with supplementation from other ancient texts May require additional postage for shipments outside Western Europe due to size and weight


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    THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HOLLIDAYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 1788 - 1988 by Burns, Linda; Clapper, Eleanor (editors)

    Privately Printed. Good. 1988. Hardcover. Spine tips and corners worn. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 64 pages .


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    The Strassburger Family and Allied Families of Pennsylvania: Being the Ancestry of Jacob Andrew Strassburger, Esquire of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania by Strassburger, Ralph Beaver

    Gwynedd Valley, Pa: Ralph Beaver Strassburger, 1922. Hardcover. Very Good -. 520 p.: 165 leaves of illustrations (1 folded), 1 folded genealogical chart; 28 cm. Dark green cloth with gilt-stamped spine and cover titles. No dust jacket. Title page printed in red and black. Illustrations consist of photogravure and half-tone portraits and views. The photogravure plates have captioned tissue guards. Includes index. A few pages are unopened. In addition to genealogical information on the Strassburger family, the volume contains information on related families, including the Yeager, Hartzell, Landis, Dotterer, Kolb, and Lederach families, among others. In Very Good- Condition: covers are rubbed and lightly soiled; spine cloth has lighter spots; some pages are unopened; pages and plates are clean and bright. An important southeastern Pennsylvania family history.


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    BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Volume 23 Number 2 Autumn 1934 by Friends' Historical Association

    Friends' Historical Association. Fair. 1934. Softcover. Contains: Enoch Flower, Anthony Benezet's Library and Dutch Quaker Peace-Makers. One inch split to bottom of spine. Tear to the spine in the middle. Bottom right front cover corner clipped off. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 52 pages .


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    First day. No. 18 by MOVE Organization

    Philadelphia: MOVE Organization, 1998. Newspaper. 8p., single issue of the newspaper, horizontal fold, some toning, otherwise very good. With much material on MOVE prisoners, Mumia, etc. "Long live John Africa's revolution.


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    ANNUAL REGISTER OF FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE , And the Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pa. 1894-1895. by Franklin and Marshall College

    New Era Printing House. Fair. 1895. Softcover. Covers heavily soiled. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 82 pages .


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    A Mapp of Ye Improved Part of Pensilvania in America, Divided into Countyes, Townships and Lotts by HOLME, Thomas (1624 - 1695)

    London: Philip Lea, ca. 1715 Single sheet (18 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches). A fine engraved and detailed map of Pennsylvania, with a inset map "The City of Philadelphia Two Miles in Length and one in Breadth" within an allegorical cartouche top centre, the dedication to William Penn within an elaborate armorial cartouche upper right, with two keys at the left and right-hand edges, showing the properties of settlers throughout the area, the Delaware and its branches at the border with New Jersey. THE FIRST MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA: "without question the finest printed cartographic document relating to North America to be published to date" (Burden). First single sheet edition, second issue with Lea's imprint erased and a simple rectangular box lower left stating Willdey as the seller of the map, reduced from an original seven-sheet map for printed for the political use of William Penn and his associates, or the "more notable wealthy citizens of the colony" (Burden). Holmes' map depicts the settled, outlying regions of Philadelphia, and also contains an inset, modestly-sized plan of the aforementioned city. The dominant map depicts William Penn's own manor of Pennsbury upriver to Newcastle, and, further inland, the present-day sites of West Chester and Doylestown. In addition, the map lists the names and depicts the properties of the hundreds of settlers who inhabited the region. Penn, a Quaker and founder of the Pennsylvania colony, commissioned Holme to create this map as a means of advertising the settlement abroad. Penn's incredible knack for salesmanship helped the region become the most swiftly occupied North American colony to date. Holme, Pennsylvania's first Surveyor General, played a primary role in the planning of the City of Philadelphia, and had also won great acclaim for his outstanding 1683 map of the then infant city entitled, Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia. Thus, by 1688 Penn could have found no more qualified candidate than Holme to create the first map of Pennsylvania's settlements. After Holme completed drafting the map, Penn enlisted Francis Lamb to engrave it. Penn's old friend John Thornton and Robert Greene took charge of the map's publication. The version of the map shown here, representing the first state, is a single sheet reduction of Holme's original seven-sheet work, and was released by Philip Lea and engraved by John Harris. Lea, one of the premier English publishers of the seventeenth century, acquired the map's original plates from Greene's daughter. Once Lea controlled the rights to the map, he ordered a number of changes be made to the plate before releasing his own edition of it. Such changes largely resulted from Lea's desire to broaden the map's appeal to a group of buyers that went beyond mere politicians and wealthy Pennsylvanian settlers. Thus, he reduced the original seven-sheet version to one sheet. Nevertheless, Lea's edition of the map preserved many of the original features of the earlier map. For example, the plan of Philadelphia is merely shifted to the top and center of the map, and the dedication is kept intact. Moreover, since the shrunken size of many of the new land lots contained in the updated version of the map could no longer hold the names of its owners, Lea listed the names of these owners in a keyed table on the upper right corner of the map. Toponyms are also preserved, but slightly adjusted so as to appear more level on the surface of the map. Gloria Gilda Deak, Picturing America, 1497-1899 (Princeton, 1988), no. 72; Philip D. Burden, The Mapping of North America II: A List of Printed Maps 1671-1700 (Rickmansworth, 2007), 669.


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    Johnson's Pennsylvania and New Jersey by JOHNSON, A.J

    New York: A.J. Johnson, 1864. unbound. very good. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 17" x 23.5". Beautifully detailed double page map of Pennsylvania divided into counties. Shows towns, waterways, railroads and topographical features. Expert repair to centerfold, very light scattered foxing. Alvin Jewett Johnson (1827-1884) is one of the most prolific American publishers of the 19th century. He opened his own company in 1856 that produced atlases, maps and encyclopedias. The company made great maps based on those by J.H. Colton and Johnson produced a newly updated version every year up until the late 19th century.


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    Locomotive Sketches, with Pen and Pencil, or, Hints and Suggestions to the Tourist over the Great Central Route from Philadelphia to Pittsburg. by BROMWELL, William

    Philadelphia: J. W. Moore, 1854. 12mo., (7 ? x 5 ? inches). Half-title (some spotting throughout). Full-page engraved map "Pennsylvania Rail-road, with its connecting lines," fine engraved frontispiece, 9 engraved plates, 81 in-text illustrations (spotted). Original publisher's blind-stamped cloth, the smooth spine decorated and lettered in gilt (spine leaning slightly, a bit faded and rubbed). Provenance: With contemporary manuscript ownership inscription to flyleaf "Mary B. Chace." First edition. Includes a Table of Distances between Philadelphia and Cincinnati via Railroad, a Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Passenger Train Time Table, and Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Passenger Fares and Distances table. Sabin gives the author as William Bromwell; however, other sources attribute the work to Eli Bowen, as this title is often included in Bowen's larger work, "The Pictorial Sketch-Book of Pennsylvania or Its Scenery…" The introduction is signed "E. B.," likely Eli Bowen. From the Introduction: "In her physical aspect and resources, Pennsylvania is pre-eminently the most interesting State in the Union - yet, for the want of popular descriptions and references, her real character is comparatively obscured from the public view. The most intelligent individual may make the tour from the Delaware to the Ohio by railroad, and yet be unable to identify one-half the towns, or mountains, or streams, or otherwise explain correctly the prominent local characteristics of the route traversed. Thousands of persons, of fortune and leisure, owing to this evil, are intimidated from travelling; while many proceed direct to Europe, before visiting the objects of interest in their own immediate land" (Eli Bowen ["E. B."], "A Word Before We Go"). Sabin 8224 and 41760..


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    Autographed Letter Signed by PERSHING, Cyrus L. (1825 - 1903)

    Pottsville, PA, 1899. unbound. 1 page, 4.25 x 5.75 inches, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, July 21, 1899, complying with an autograph request: "Dear Sir: Your request made some days ago, that I send you my autograph, is herewith granted, Yours very truly, Cyrus L. Pershing." Mounting remnants on verso create the appearance of uneven toning. Very good(-) condition. Pennsylvania Judge from Cambria County best remembered for his staunch anti-labor and anti-immigration platform that would later figure prominently in the Molly Maguire saga.


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    Atlas of the County of Montgomery and the State of Pennsylvania. by PENNSYLVANIA

    Philadelphia: G. M. Hopkins, 1871. Folio, (16 x 13 ¾ inches). 6 fine folding lithographed maps with original hand color in full; 13 double-page lithographed maps with original hand color in full; 17 full-page lithographed maps with original hand color in full (long tear in one of the folding maps, affecting image). Original publisher's half black morocco, brown pebbled cloth gilt (spine and corners very worn with loss). First edition. The MOST DETAILED early atlas of the Main Line. In addition to showing the various district divisions in each township, each map identifies most of the property owners, as well as businesses and landmarks. The final 10 map sheets together comprise a large map of the entire state. This is only Hopkins's second atlas, in his second year of business. "Maps produced by the G.M. Hopkins Company have made a lasting impression on the boundaries of many American cities. Between 1870 and 1940, the company produced over 175 atlases and real estate plat maps that primarily covered the Eastern sea board, including cities, counties, and townships in 18 different states and the District of Columbia. In the early years, the company produced county atlases, but gradually focused on city plans and atlases. They were among the first publishers to create a cadastral atlas, a cross between a fire insurance plat and a county atlas prevalent in the 1860s-1870s. These real estate or land ownership maps (also known as plat maps) not only depict property owners, but show lot and block numbers, dimensions, street widths, and other buildings and landmarks, including churches, cemeteries, mills, schools, roads, railroads, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. "Originally named the G.M. Hopkins and Company, the map-making business was jointly founded in 1865 in Philadelphia, Pa., by the Hopkins brothers, G.M. and Henry. The true identity of G.M. Hopkins remains somewhat of a mystery even today. "G.M." either stands for Griffith Morgan or George Morgan. There are three different possibilities for the confusion over his identity" (University of Pittsburgh online). "Either the compilers of the earlier [city] directories were negligent; G.M. Hopkins changed his first name; or there were two G.M. Hopkins (father and son) working for the same firm" (Moak, Philadelphia Mapmakers, p. 258). Le Gear L-3046. Phillips 2487..


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    Philadelphia by MITCHELL, Samuel Augustus Sr

    Philadelphia: Mitchell, Samuel Augustus, 1853. unbound. Map. Engraving and lithograph with original hand coloring. Image measures 15.75" x 12.75". Beautiful town plan of Philadelphia. Shows streets, notable buildings and institutions (listed in numbered key), parks, railroad and wards. Small tear bottom center margin, chips along right and left margins and top right corner, none affecting image. Samuel Augustus Mitchell Sr. (1792-1868) is one of the pioneers in American cartography of the 19th century.


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