Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, 1986
309pp. Illus. Quarto. Half cloth and boards. Fine, in slightly torn dust jacket. A well illustrated history of America's early technological advancement, from early engines and mills to Colt's revolver.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM19273
Published by Philadelphia, 1928
343pp. plus color plates. Frontis. Original gilt pictorial cloth. Very good. A general history from hot air balloons through Lindbergh, with projections into future developments. Pretty much a history wrapped around Lindbergh and Byrd's exploits.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM7592
Published by Boston, 1877
432pp. Frontispiece portrait. Original cloth. Wear at extremities. Internally very clean. A very good copy. A charming and interesting self-published account of a blind man's life and concerns. The underlying purpose of the work was to encourage progress in improving conditions for the blind, especially with regard to education. Written in a very readable autobiographical style. Bowen was a music teacher in New England. KAPLAN 597 (2nd ed).
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15940
Published by Washington, 1889
405pp. Folding map. Cloth. Hinges worn. Internally good. Prepared with C. Hart Merriam. The "Columbian Exchange" of New World and Old World animals is always fascinating. When one considers the horse, the potato, and various diseases, the effect of the mingling strains is intense. This is especially true in the case of a pest like the European pigeon, the black rat, and the English sparrow. A pioneering study. With the compliments slip of J.M. Rousk, Secretary of Agriculture.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM7615
Published by Washington, 1847
32pp. Dbd. Foxed, marginal dampstain, else good. An early report of the activities of the Institution, established in 1846. Includes the will of James Smithson and an address by chairman Robert Dale Owen.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM10580
Published by Philadelphia, 1857
536pp. Folding map. Lacking most plates. Quarto. Cloth. Good. "This first work of importance on the climatology of any portion of America was so carefully and thoroughly done that the subsequent myriads of observations have essentially but confirmed Blodget's major conclusions" - DAB. The map illustrates average annual rainfall throughout the U.S. SABIN 5950.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM2070
Published by London, 1919
x,597pp. Frontis. Illus. Original cloth. Front hinge a bit tender. Very good. Fourth edition. A history of the clock and their different types.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM8104
Published by New York, 1830
155pp. Modern half tan morocco and marbled boards. Scattered foxing. Else very good. Early American medical work by a possible quack. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 1737.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM24319
Published by St. Paul, 1880
58pp. Frontispiece map. Original printed wrappers. Near fine. A quite thorough geological survey of Minnesota.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17948
Published by Lowell, 1842
242pp. Original cloth, label lacking. Moderately foxed throughout, a few pencil notes, else good. According to the DAB, this is "one of the first scientific treatises on agriculture written by an American and published in the U.S." Discusses soil, manuring, and procedures for implementing them. TUCHER 1008.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM3573
Published by Sacramento, 1886
622pp. Original cloth. Gilt title on front cover. Moderate edgewear. Head and toe of spine frayed. Good. The extensive initial report by the State Engineer reviewing historical and innovative irrigation systems for potential use in California. Cowan lists the second part of this report (issued later), but not this first part.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM18760
Published by Boston, 1886
144pp. Plates. Folding map. Cloth. Some pages carelessly opened. Very good. The author travelled to northern Winnipeg to observe the solar eclipse of 1885. An amusing narrative. PEEL 966.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM106
Published by New York, 1857
360pp. 9 folding plates. Original cloth. Light scattered foxing, some wear to extremities, else very good. The sixth, "entirely new edition, with addenda," after the first edition of 1855. The first great modern work of oceanography. SABIN 46969.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17219
Published by Collins, Brother and Co., New York, 1844
vi,276pp. including in-text illustrations, plus 4pp. of ads bound in at front. Frontispiece. Contemporary calf, spine ruled in gilt, gilt morocco label. Worn at spine ends and corners, old staining on lower edge of front board. Contemporary manuscript notes on front and rear endpapers. Occasional light foxing. Very good. Sixth edition, first published in 1839. Denison Olmsted was a leading physicist and astronomer, teaching at both the University of North Carolina and at Yale (his alma mater). He was a prolific author, primarily on astronomy and natural philosophy, and this was one of his most popular works, intended as a general reader for advanced students and an up-to-date summation of the latest discoveries in astronomy. Included are chapters on eclipses, tides, astronomical instruments, temporary stars, fixed stars, and more. The attractive frontispiece shows a full moon and a five day waxing moon. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 44-4719.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM54986
Published by Philadelphia, 1815
viii,539pp. Modern cloth, leather label. Gutter of titlepage and following two leaves reinforced. Leaves tanned, some foxing. First few leaves slightly chipped along foremargin. Small old library stamp on half title. Good. First American edition of this extensive treatment of syphilis, with remarks on the use of mercury in the cure of the dreaded disease. Translated from the fourth French edition by Thomas T. Hewson. AUSTIN 1840. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 36040.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM21998
Published by Philadelphia, 1826
45,pp. Dbd., but with old plain front wrapper only. Else very good. Includes a list of the books and manuscripts belonging to the Society, and prints instructions to William Strickland relative to his upcoming travels in Great Britain and Europe to collect technical information on railroads, bridges, and canals. RINK 4167. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 25716.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM23361
Published by Sacramento, 1917
191pp. plus many folding charts and maps. Cloth. Bit rubbed, cloth slightly discolored. Very good. Contains much information on the industry around the world, but concentrates mostly on California and the Pacific Coast. The maps show locations of the oil fields around the world and the charts illustrate statistics, etc.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM14764
Published by Boston, 1831
xii,312,12pp. Folding frontispiece map. Original stiff printed wrappers. Wraps soiled, bit chipped at spine. Several leaves gnawed, not affecting text, some scattered foxing. Overall good, untrimmed. The second volume of this annual, which continued under different editors through 1862, when it was succeeded by the NATIONAL ALMANAC. "This valuable work, which is, in fact, a compendious annual register.is well worthy of being preserved as a book of reference" - Sabin. The engraved map is of "the eclipse of Feby. 12th, in its passage across the United States.," and show the entire East Coast, west through part of the Missouri and Northwest territories. SABIN 1039.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM7198
Published by New York, 1855
287pp. Four plates in text and eight folding charts. Original cloth. Sunned, scattered foxing, contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage, else very good. The third edition of the first modern American work on oceanography. The folding plates depict the Gulf Stream, wind patterns, sea drift patterns, the route of the hurricane of 1848, and a vertical section of the North Atlantic. SABIN 46969.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17218
Published by New York, 1981
xxviii,776pp. Quarto. Gold cloth. Edges lightly soiled. Fine. A very good source for the topic, listing over 6000 items, with collations and locations, and occasional annotations. Indexed.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM40532
Published by Concord, N.H., 1842
271pp. Contemporary sheep, leather label. Spine ends worn. Binding rubbed. Internally clean. A good plus copy. A later American edition, after the original edition published in London in 1821. An early work promoting gardening in America, including helpful hints on the cultivation on all manner of fruits, vegetables, etc. Cobbett wrote from a decidedly European perspective, but the present work can rightfully be called an American garden book, as the larger part of it was written while Cobbett was living on Long Island. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 1164. SABIN 13871. HENDRICK, pp.479-80. PEARL 114.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM25458
Published by Utica, N.Y., 1886
47pp. Original printed boards with cloth spine. Top portion of spine lacking, a few small chips to cloth otherwise. Corners worn. Front inner hinge cracked. Contemporary newspaper clipping pasted to front flyleaf. Internally clean. About very good. Privately printed work on cannibalism written by Gen. Charles W. Darling, who served in the Civil War and eventually traveled the world, writing many literary and scientific articles. His work discusses cannibalism from the Greek story of Odysseus to American Indians.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM45111
Published by A. & G. Way, Washington, 1814
4pp. Dbd. Tanned. Good. The earthquakes which struck New Madrid in 1811 and 1812 are the most intense earthquakes recorded in the United States. Over a year after the devastation in New Madrid county the General Assembly of the Missouri Territory requested aid in the form of money or land from Congress: "And whereas, the just light in which [earthquakes] are viewed by the enlightened humane government of the United States, has been conspicuously manifested, by their liberal contributions in favour of the sufferers at Carracas; this general assembly cannot therefore doubt, but what it will be equally ready to extend relief to a portion of its own citizens, under similar circumstances." SHAW AND SHOEMAKER 33500.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM41347
Published by Baltimore, 1820
32pp. Dbd. Moderate dampstaining and tanning. Good. Second edition of this pamphlet, part of a vituperative spat over early 19th-century intestinal and prostatic discoveries. The author, Granville Sharp Pattison, immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1819 after a series of professional and romantic difficulties. "He lectured privately in Philadelphia and was soon embroiled in quarrels and pamphlet wars with Doctors Nathaniel Chapman and William Gibson. Those with the former, based on personal and professional jealousies, led to his arrest in 1820 for posting Chapman as 'a liar, a coward, and a scoundrel'; in 1823 he engaged in a pistol duel with General Thomas Cadwalader, Chapman's brother-in-law. Cadwalader, shot in the right arm, was disabled for life; Pattison was unhurt. The pamphlet war with Gibson centered on Pattison's mistaken claim to have discovered a new fascia" - ANB. SHOEMAKER 2667.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM54070
Published by Philadelphia, 1860
vi,13-252pp. Textual illus. Original pebbled cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Bit frayed at corners, some light scattered foxing, else fine. A later edition, first published in 1851. The NUC lists twelve editions (three with dates preceding 1860), but not this one. Interesting guide to molding with various metals, in various environments, the tools required, etc.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM10137
Published by Boston, 1863
204,2pp. Original cloth. Some minor fraying at head of spine. Bit tanned. Still very good. Styled third edition on the titlepage, after the first of 1860. An early American manual on metalworking, with directions for preparing various metal finishes, Japanning, lacquers, etc.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM19897
Published by Washington, 1824
147pp. Stitched as issued. Moderate foxing and tanning. Very good. Untrimmed and unopened. Lambert's report contains his mathematical and astronomical calculations, explained in some considerable detail. Three copies located in OCLC, plus one other at the American Antiquarian Society. Scarce. SHOEMAKER 18911. OCLC 228720788, 35591132.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM40514
Published by St. Louis, 1862
80pp. plus 4 plates. Contemporary plain wrappers. Wraps chipped, rear wrap nearly detached, else quite good. Part I, "Atmospheric Electricity," is by Wislizenus, and Part II, "Meteorological Observations," is by Engelmann. The two men were close friends, and both had participated in notable western explorations (see Wagner- Camp). This is a presentation copy from Engelmann to Prof. A. Guyot. Early western science.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM11273
Published by New York, 1809
380pp. plus 10pp. (of 20pp.) of index. Lacks final ten pages of index. Contemporary calf. Rubbed, spine extremities worn. Uniformly tanned. Good. A useful compendium of trade secrets covering most fields of interest. Includes advice on engraving, cements, colored stones, paper, gilding, the confectionery business, removing stains, the art of making snuff, etc. Contains recipes for making different kinds of varnish, glue, ink, and vinegars, with various essays on rural and domestic economy, as well as a chapter on the "Secrets Relative to Wine." SABIN 98401. RINK 163. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 19085.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM17935
Published by Washington, 1896
pp.17-23. Modern half cloth and marbled boards, leather label, original printed wrappers bound in. Near fine. Scarce separate printing of one of Adams' most famous essays, written while president of the American Historical Association. His search for a "science of history" is much in evidence here, more so than in his later works. "If the science should prove that society must at a given time revert to the church and recover its faith in a personal providence and a revealed religion, it commits suicide." BAL 27.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM7347