Published by New York, 1931
ix,197pp. Original plain stiff wrappers. Spine bit chipped, some dust soiling, else very good. A wonderful assortment of Americana manuscript documents, beginning with the Spanish conquest, through the colonial era, important Washington and Jefferson letters, on to the Civil War and Lincoln. In the grand Rosenbachian tradition.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM21177
Published by New York, 1968
79,,pp. Quarto. Gilt boards. Very good. An auction of impressive historical manuscripts from the stock of Charles and Lindley Eberstadt. Price list laid in.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM12558
Published by [Boston?], 1870
Small card, 8 x 5 cm., pasted to a piece of paper of similar size. Very good. Adams (1807-86), brother of Henry Adams and great- grandson of John Adams, was an important civic leader, railroad expert, historian and biographer. The card is signed and dated by Adams.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17120
Published by New York, 1978
pp. Facsimiles. Folio. Boards, printed paper label. Fine. Contains descriptions of seventy-nine important items.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM11777
Published by Washington, 1953
Card, 2 1/2 x 4 inches, plus typed letter. Fine. Card with the facsimile signature of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, together with a letter from his Press Secretary, James Hagerty, explaining that he cannot at this time obtain a genuine autographed card for Ashley Cole, but hopes the facsimile will suffice for the present.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43527
Published by New York, 1921
1p. Quarto. Old folds, else fine. Letter sent by the European Relief Council to Mr. Ashley T. Cole, soliciting a donation on behalf of "the suffering children of Central and Eastern Europe." Herbert Hoover was the chairman of the Council, and the letter is signed with his name, though not in his hand. The letter notes that $100 will provide for ten children, and $1,000 will provide for one hundred children.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43521
Published by [New Orleans, 1866
Broadside, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Original folds, minor edge wear, short repaired marginal tear. Very good. An interesting special order from New Orleans in early 1866, granting leave for Brevet- Major H. Lawrence Sheldon after he accompanies General Winfield Scott to New York City. The order is issued by Major- General E.R.S. Canby and signed by his Acting Assistant Adjutant General Nathaniel Burbank. After resigning from the armed services, Burbank stayed in New Orleans and found a career as a journalist, theater critic, and editor, writing over 3,000 articles as a newsman. He served as the managing editor of the New Orleans PICAYUNE until he suffered a heart attack on a streetcar while on his way to work in 1901. Besides bearing Burbank's signature, the order is notable for the annotations written around the printed text of the order. One note records that mileage was paid to Sheldon upon his arrival in New York, after the eleven day-journey fron New Orleans. Another notation seems to indicate additional pay for Sheldon on April 16. And yet another note reads that Sheldon's leave commenced on April 19. Altogether an absorbing piece of American militaria documenting a soldier's journey from New Orleans to New York just after the Civil War, signed by the man who subsequently managed the New Orleans newspaper of record for the next thirty-plus years. Exceedingly rare, with no copies in OCLC.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM52776
Published by [N.p., 1950
15pp. in a highly legible hand. Quarto. Lined sheets removed from notebook. Fine. Manuscript notes written by Herbert O. Brayer while researching his scholarly work on the American cattle trade. This section of notes focuses on Arizona, with bibliographical references and subject headings on the railroads and trails, etc.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM47706
Published by [London], 1831
p. Small tear at left edge, minor wear. Very good plus. A partially printed form intended for Mr. Christie of Christie's auction house, appointing "Mr. Manson as agent to bid for my pictures to be sold by you in King Street St. James's Square on the 5th of March 1831 and those lots which are knocked down to him will be bought on account." Signed by Hakewill at the bottom of the sheet. James Hakewill (1778-1843) was a British architect and artist, remembered for his handsome color plate book of the West Indies.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM48497
Published by Oaxaca, 1796
4pp., plus a translation of the text. Upper right corners chipped, affecting approximately 40 characters on the first leaf. Two large dampstains over approximately 40% of text, text lightly faded. Good. A letter concerning banking problems, finances and the delivery of money to several individuals, illustrative of the difficulties of financial transactions at this time.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM41369
Published by Boston, 1920
1p. Quarto. Old folds. Minor soiling. Very good. Letter sent by Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge to Alfred A. Welles of Springfield, Vt., thanking him for his congratulations and support. The letter is signed in a secretarial hand, not by Coolidge.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43518
Published by Philadelphia, 1833
; p. Tanned and slightly chipped. Lower left of second letter torn away through the seal. Good. Two manuscript letters written by the Consul General of Sweden for the United States, Severin Lorich, from 1833. The first is addressed to a Monsieur le Chevalier de Jacon, seeking admittance to Havana for the consul's friend, Frederick Rudolphus, a German music seller and performer. The second contains copies of a bill from Rudolphus to Lorich for $225 and a promissory note from Lorich guaranteeing payment within three days.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM51550
Published by Boston, 1835
p. Folded quarto sheet. About fine. Testimonial letter from Lowell concerning the qualifications of Sarah Blaney: "I am happy in recommending Miss Sarah Blaney for the office of teacher in the primary school.She has full testimonials from those who are acquainted with her qualifications for the business of instruction." Lowell was pastor of the West Unitarian Church in Boston and published a collection of sermons. APPLETON'S CYCLOP∆DIA IV, pp.42-43.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17122
Published by Thoroughfare Gap, Va, 1863
Small slip of paper, 10 x 12.3 cm. Fine. An autograph of the well-known Indian fighter and novelist of the western frontier. The text reads as follows: "There were sore hearts and desolate homes far in the wintry North, far in the balmier fields where the gulf winds blew, but [few would?] know such suffering and such sorrows as did they who dwelt 'between the lines.' (Thoro'fare Gap, Va. 1863.) Charles King Captain U.S.A.".
Seller Inventory # WRCAM19527
Published by Washington, 1967
p. Quarto. Fine. A letter written as Minority Leader of the House to a Californian in response to Ford's receipt of a packet of material, suggesting the recipient might best gain results through contacting his own representative. Signed in ink, "Jerry Ford.".
Seller Inventory # WRCAM3416
Published by [New York?], 1839
p. addressed on verso. Remnants of wax seal. Very good. Everett, one of the most famous American orators, is most remembered for his oration at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, which was followed by Lincoln's immortal speech. He was also the first American to be awarded a Ph.D. degree. Signed simply, "With the best respects of Edward Everett Summer Street, 20 Nov. 1839." DAB VI, pp.223-6.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17071
Published by Weisbaden, 1850
4pp. Folding folio sheet, printed on 2 pages, 2 pages blank tables. An unissued bond for financing the German colonization effort in Texas, as part of a proposed float of 1,600,000 gulden. This bond was signed in manuscript by a representative of the Verein but is unnumbered and evidently was not issued.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17478
Published by [Tobago, 1870
p. on single sheet. Light fold lines. Very good. A short manuscript letter, transmitting a copy of Judge Henry Woodcock's HISTORY OF TOBAGO (1867) to Rev. Kingsley. The author (who's signature is illegible) writes that he looks forward to the influx of "men of practical experience" who might return the island's sugar plantations to a prosperity not known since "the days of slavery.".
Seller Inventory # WRCAM31266
Published by Washington, 1837
2pp. printed on. folded sheet. Tanned. Good. This general orders relates to frontier district organization, listing the seven departments as they are here established. Signed in manuscript by Gen. Macomb. A very early form of this general orders format.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM26665
Published by University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., 1983
Two volumes. xxviii,,390; xxiv,,385pp. Original blue cloth, gilt stamped, in crisp dust jackets. Boards slightly dampstained, light dust soiling to jackets. Small bookplates on rear pastedowns. Internally fine. Very good plus. First edition. First two volumes of George Washington's papers from the American colonial period, comprising his manuscripts and correspondence from 1748 to 1756. "The first volume of the PAPERS, spanning the years 1748 to August 1755, reveals much about the young Washington: his relationship with friends and family, his efforts to establish himself as a surveyor, and his growing ambition for a military career in the face of the threat to his colony from French encroachment on the frontier. Volume 2. begins in August 1755 and covers Washington's correspondence to April 1756. In the autumn of 1755, the twenty-three-year-old Washington was given command of the newly reorganized Virginia Regiment. This volume treats in detail the military, strategic, and logistical problems that the young commander faced in creating the regiment." An important historical reference.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM51999
Published by [N.p., but Lima, 1845
Broadside, 13 x 17 1/2 inches. Old folds. Significant wear at several folds, repaired on verso. Minor loss. Some chipping and small tears at edges. Contemporary manuscript notations. About good. Broadside list of senators for the Peruvian Senate in 1845, delineated by district. Nineteen names are present, with blanks left vacant for four more; three of the names present are completed in manuscript. Each man's profession is also listed. A bit worn, but still interesting.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM45147
Published by New Brunswick, N.J., 1840
p. on. folded lettersheet, with original seal and address present. Fine. Lewis Beck was a geologist at Rutgers University, and conducted a survey of the mineral resources of New York state in the 1830s. In this letter, he offers his thoughts on the qualities of a rock culled from a quarry in the town of Frankfort, Herkimer County, New York. He states that the rock belongs to a stratum esteemed for its qualities as a building material, and urges the letter's recipient, John L. Tillinghast of Albany, New York, to consult the Herkimer County geologist for more information.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM29317
Published by [N.p., 1840
p. Minor soiling, several small tears in margins. Good. Unsigned poem addressed to a brother preparing to depart for the Sandwich Islands, presumably on a missionary endeavor. The poem has religious overtones and expresses how much each member of the family - father, mother, and sisters - will miss the brother headed to Hawaii. "When we view they vacant place / Our bosoms heave with painful thoughts, and tears / Unbidden start." From the style of the manuscript we date this circa 1840.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM48525
Published by London, 1855
xii,248,[24, ads]pp. 12mo. 20th-century tan cloth, black spine titles. Mild toning. Very good. Second British edition, after the first American edition with a different title published in 1847. The author was a chief of the Ojibway Nation, and herein gives a history of his people, especially their religious beliefs, traditions, and customs. Also his travels to Buffalo, Prairie du Chien, etc. Prints the text of his address before the Pennsylvania legislature in favor of giving Indians a permanent home between Nebraska and Minnesota territories. In this he followed the Rev. Peter Jones, who was half Ojibway. HOWES C770.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM50940
Published by New York, 1980
,341pp. Cloth. Fine. In fine just jacket. Fifth printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nixon on half title: "To Keith Martin / With best wishes / from / Richard Nixon.".
Seller Inventory # WRCAM23326
Published by [Boston?], 1841
Single sheet. Some minor spotting, not affecting text, else very good. Letter from Choate, addressed to "My dear L[?], I have just received your letter, and have placed it in the hands of Mr. Badger. - with my opinion of your judgment, [?] to confidence. I hope he may be fortunate enough to get the place - Very truly yours, R. Choate." Choate was a celebrated courtroom lawyer and orator. A picturesque character, he wore his hair long and often appeared disheveled as a result of his habit of overworking. This letter is a good sample of his fanciful handwriting, famed for being illegible and described by E.P. Whipple as resembling "the tracks of wildcats with their claws dipped in ink, madly dashing over the surface of a folio sheet of white paper." DAB IV, pp.86-90.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17123
Published by Austin, 1862
Confederate five-dollar bill, 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, with woodcut of George Washington. Lower edge trimmed, somewhat worn. Good. This warrant pays $5 "under act of Jan. 4, 1862 for military service," and is signed in ink by C[lement] Johns, the Tennessee-born border fighter on the Texas frontier, who was sent to Washington in 1861 to collect money due Texas from the federal government.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM11892
Published by Washington, 1955
p. Single horizontal fold, else fine. Lady Bird Johnson writes to Mrs. J.L. Barber of Palestine, Texas: "Lyndon asked me to write and tell you how very much he appreciated and enjoyed your birthday message and how very sorry he was that you did not have an opportunity to leave a message when you drove through Johnson City. He is resting comfortably and relaxing on the ranch making wonderful progress toward a complete recovery." Johnson suffered a heart attack in 1955, but recovered within a matter of months. He served as a senator from Texas from 1949 to 1961, when he was elected vice president with John F. Kennedy.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43533
Published by [Np, 1900
321 leaves of manuscript. Early 20th-century three quarter calf over cloth boards, spine gilt. Spine worn, hinges abraded, corners abraded. Institutional bookplate on front pastedown, early ownership (and authorship?) signature of "J.H. Alexander" on front free endpaper and leaf facing titlepage. Internally very clean, a few leaves on blue paper, a few leaves smaller than text block. Very good. A manuscript concordance and analytic index to The Book of Common Prayer, dedicated to the "General Convention of the Protestant Church in the United States, which is the Witness and Keeper of the Prayer book." The volume, entirely handwritten in a clear and small hand, includes a preface, table of abbreviations, and over 630 pages of entries covering letters "A" through "K." The spine is marked "VOL I" in gilt; unfortunately the second volume is not included here. Although unsigned in the text, "J.H. Alexander" is inscribed in pencil twice on the preliminary leaves.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM35678
Published by Hillsborough, N.C., 1834
4pp. Folio. Old folds. Minor soiling. Highly legible. Very good plus. A long letter concerning the advancement and coordination of domestic Presbyterian missions in the southern states. McDowell speaks of his travels through Petersburg, Norfolk, and Baltimore, apparently on a journey to meet with church officials and promote and organize the missionary work of the various churches: "I was detained at Petersburg. and met with Mr. Plumer, a plan was arranged for the Presbyteries in Virginia - and letters were written to several of the brethren - Mr. Plumer manifested a deep interest in our cause and has promised to do all he can for us." McDowell also writes of personnel changes in the church: "Brother Brown and Brother Kollock will both be at the meeting.the prospect of a union with our board I think is good, and if that Presbytery comes in, it will do much towards bringing all Virginia into close union with us. Brother Plumer expects to remove to Richmond.in the last Richmond TELEGRAPH you will find a rather interesting account of Mr. Brown's parting with his people." The writer, Rev. William A. McDowell, was Secretary of the Board of Home Missions for seventeen years as well as the first pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook, N.J., and later at the First Church in Morristown, N.J. From 1823 to 1833, he was pastor at the Third Church at Charleston, S.C. He was also a trustee of Princeton College. The "Mr. Plumer" her refers to in the letter was William Swan Plumer (1802-80), a Presbyterian minister who served in Petersburg, Richmond, Baltimore, Allegheny, and Pottsville, Pa. He was likewise and author and a professor in the Seminary in Columbia, S.C. from 1862 to 1880. Dr. Alexander W. Mitchell, the letter's recipient, had an involvement with the United Presbyterian Church, which was formed by the union of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (often referred to, mostly by Southerners, as the "Northern" Presbyterian Church) with the United Presbyterian Church of North America (a smaller church of Covenanter-Seceder tradition).
Seller Inventory # WRCAM48343