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  • Virginia]

    Published by New York, 1873

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    16pp. Printed wrappers. Very good. Describes an exploration of part of Virginia by settlers in 1650, printed by Sabin.

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    [22]pp. Quarto. Original glazed boards. Lightly chipped at extremities. Spine label chipped. Very good. From an edition limited to 250 copies. The excellent Sabin reprint of the rare 1609 original edition, attributed to Robert Johnson. This edition includes a prefatory note by F.L. Hawks. SABIN 36285. CLARK I:105.

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  • McWhorter, Lucullus Virgil

    Published by The Republican Publishing Company, Hamilton, Ohio, 1915

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    509,[3]pp. plus two plates. Lacks pp.481-484. Illustrated. Modern cloth, spine gilt. Tape stains on verso of frontispiece and at section with two missing leaves. Otherwise internally clean and good. Scarce work on the settlement of Northwestern Virginia. HOWES M192.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM48558

  • Drelincourt, Charles

    Published by Printed and published by Davis & M'Carty, Wheeling, Va., 1824

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    612pp. plus frontispiece. Contemporary calf, gilt leather label. Extremities worn, boards scuffed and a bit soiled. Light tanning and some foxing. A good, solid copy. Translated from the French. From the fifth American edition. "To which is prefixed, The Life of the Author, and His Behaviour in His Last Moments." SHOEMAKER 16003. WEST VIRGINIA IMPRINTS 391.

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    [40]pp. Quarto. Original three-quarter cloth and glazed paper boards, printed label. Boards lightly rubbed. Internally clean. Very good plus. One of fifty large paper copies, from an overall edition limited to 250 copies, this copy unnumbered. The excellent Sabin reprint of the rare 1609 original edition, attributed to Robert Johnson. This edition includes a prefatory note by F.L. Hawks. SABIN 36285. CLARK I:105.

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  • World War I Photographica]

    Published by Schutz Group, Washington, D.C., 1917

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    Silver gelatin panoramic photograph, 8 x 46 inches. Short closed tear to right margin, just into the image, minor surface wear. Very good. A fascinating image capturing the 12th Regiment Field Artillery's camp in Virginia while training for service in World War I. The 12th served across France in 1918, including Aisne, Lorraine, St. Mihiel, Ile de France, Aisne-Marne, and Meuse-Argonne, winning not one but two French Croix de guerre for their valiantry in the latter two battles. The Schutz Group photographed a great deal of World War I, including numerous panoramic views of Europe and homefront subjects during the war. The Library of Congress holds over eighty examples of Schutz Group panoramas, though not this one. No copies recorded in OCLC. A rare image of World War I training in the American South.

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  • Hassler, Ferdinand R.

    Published by Richmond, 1828

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    159,[1]pp. plus four folding plates. Original cloth backed paper boards. Boards worn and rubbed, rear board stained with stain bleeding through to plates. Bookplate on front pastedown and contemporary inscription on front free endpaper. Scattered foxing. Good. In original condition, untrimmed and unopened. An important American geometric treatise, by one of the foremost geodesists and mathematicians of his day. Ferdinand Hassler came to America from Switzerland in 1805, and later served as a professor at West Point and Union College. He proposed the first official coast survey in 1807, and when the Survey was formally created in 1816, President Madison appointed him superintendent. Hassler held the position until April, 1818, when the post was made a purely military one. He spent the next decade farming and writing text books, of which this is a notable example with an unusual imprint. In 1832 he again became superintendent of the coast survey, a post he held until his death in 1843. Hassler also played a role in the publication of the narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition, helping to figure the correct latitude and longitude markings on the large map. DAB VIII, pp.385-86.

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  • Wingfield, Edward Maria: Deane, Charles, [editor]

    Published by Privately printed, Boston, 1860

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    45pp. Tall octavo. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers soiled, chipped in the edges, backstrip partly perished. Tanning and foxing. A good copy only. From an edition limited to 100 copies, privately printed, and edited by Charles Deane. This work was originally issued in 1859 but errors having been found, that edition was cancelled. This corrected edition was issued the following year. Deane has inscribed this copy to Hugh Blair Grigsby on the front wrapper, and Grigsby's bookplate is on the verso. The first publication of this valuable primary account of the Virginia colony in 1607-1608, the original manuscript having been found in the Lambeth Library. Edward Wingfield was one of the original patentees of the Virginia colony and its first president. His tenure was turbulent, with complaints about lack of food, rampant disease, and attacks from nearby Indians, and his fellow colonists eventually turned on him and imprisoned him. Wingfield's narrative is a necessary adjunct to that of Capt. John Smith, whom Wingfield blamed for many of his troubles. Not in Sabin. Rare. HOWES W565. HAYNES 21555. ANB 23, pp.635-36.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM48606A

  • Giles, William Branch]

    Published by T.W. White, Printer, Opposite the Bell Tavern, [Richmond], 1827

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    28pp. Dbd. Modern tape reinforcement to spine. Even toning to text areas, light foxing to margins. Very good. William Branch Giles served variously as U. S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, and Governor of Virginia from 1790 until shortly before his death in 1830. In the current work Giles argues against the need for a constitutional convention to address the issue of representation. He lays the foundation for his position at the Virginia Convention of 1829-30, where he would support the current apportionment of the Virginia House of Delegates, but oppose current voting requirements (restrictive to landowners) and also, perhaps ironically, argue against strengthening the governorship. Not in Shaw & Shoemaker. OCLC locates three copies, at Harvard, The College of William & Mary, and the Virginia Historical Society. SWEM 9801. OCLC 20501689.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM48654

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    Mason, Richard

    Published by Printed by Peter Cottom, Richmond, 1833

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    415,[1]pp. plus five plates. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Hinges repaired. Some light wear and scuffing. Moderately tanned. Good plus. Sixth edition, after the first of 1811. The fourth edition included the first American stud book, and this edition has an expanded version, as ANNALS OF THE TURF, AND AMERICAN STUD BOOK, on pages 289-403. Includes an appendix discussing treatments for disease in livestock; and Samuel W. Pomeroy's "Essay on Mules," reprinted from THE AMERICAN FARMER. Also includes the "Rules and Regulations of the Richmond Jockey Club." The plates depict horses in various modes of work and activities, including "A Virginia Race Horse." AMERICAN IMPRINTS 19997.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM53581

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    Mason, Richard

    Published by Printed by Peter Cottom, Richmond, 1830

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    388pp. plus five plates. Illustrations in text. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with spine gilt, leather label. Moderate to heavy foxing, some browning, burn hole in one leaf with slight loss of text. Contemporary gift inscription on front flyleaf. A decent copy. This is the fifth edition, after the first of 1811. The fourth edition included the first American stud book; the present edition contains the stud book, but has the distinction of being the "earliest example of an alphabetical Stud Book printed in America" (Henderson). This edition also includes for the first time Samuel W. Pomeroy's "Essay on Mules," reprinted from THE AMERICAN FARMER. The plates depict horses in various modes of work and activities, including "A Virginia Race Horse." This edition is not listed in Haynes. HENDERSON, p.122.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM11959

  • Civil War]

    Published by John Smith, [Philadelphia, 1865

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    Lithograph, 21 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches. Margins with surface rubbing and soiling. Four-inch closed tear in upper margin, descending into the image, two-and-one-half- inch closed tear in lower margin ascending into the image, no paper loss in either case. Backed by later paper, mending tears and a few small chips in edges of sheet. Very nice tone to the image. Good overall. Apparently a rare, unrecorded proof of this lithograph commemorating the meeting between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, at which Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia and the Civil War essentially came to an end. This print is not only important as a proof giving evidence of how the image was reworked for final publication, but also as part of a series of prints commemorating Lee's surrender that did so much to bolster the image of Grant as the "savior of the Union." "No single event of Ulysses S. Grant's life inspired more prints than the surrender he accepted at Appomattox." - Neely & Holzer. The present image bears the title SURRENDER OF GEN. LEE, only, with no publication, copyright, or artist information. In the image Grant and Lee meet in the open air, before a large tree (not indoors as was actually the case). Grant, standing to the right, holds the surrender terms in his right hand, extended toward Lee. Lee, one gloved hand on his hip and the other on the hilt of his sword, stares steadily at Grant but makes no move toward the paper. Grant and Lee are each accompanied by a pair of aides, who gaze at each other suspiciously. In the receding background thousands of troops are shown, formed in long curving lines while a handful of officers ride horses. In the version of this print as finally published by John Smith of Philadelphia, the positions of Grant, Lee, and their aides have been reversed, and Lee extends his hand toward Grant, ready to accept the terms of surrender. The configuration of the armies in the background has been modified, and a prominent scar has been added to the trunk of the tree between the two leaders. In both this proof and the final version of the print, Grant's uniform has been improved from what he actually wore - he still does not match the splendor of Lee, but he is not shown wearing the uniform of a private with the straps of a Lieutenant General. "Here," as Neely & Holzer observe, "the lithographer's notions of creating a picture for posterity do battle with widely reported truth." The title of the final version was modified to THE SURRENDER OF GENERAL LEE AND HIS ENTIRE ARMY TO LIEUT. GENERAL GRANT, APRIL 9th 1865 ((Library of Congress control number 2015647830). NEELY & HOLZER, UNION IMAGE, pp.169 & 174.

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  • Seller image for MANUSCRIPT LOG OF THE U.S.S. DELAWARE, KEPT BY ROBERT STORER, DURING HER FINAL CRUISE HOME FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    U.S.S. Delaware]: Storer, Robert B.

    Published by [Various places], 1844

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    62pp. Quarto. Original brown cloth. Cloth moderately soiled and stained. Light dampstaining to some of the text. About very good. Manuscript log book of the U.S.S. Delaware, kept by seaman Robert B. Storer during the ship's final voyage. The U.S.S. Delaware was launched in October 1820. She spent most of her active duty cruising in the Mediterranean, where she served in the interests of American commerce and diplomacy in that area, though she also spent several years stationed in Brazil, patrolling the coasts of Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina to represent American interests during political unrest in those countries. She began her final voyage to the Mediterranean in February 1843, setting out from Rio de Janeiro. This log covers the last three months of the Delaware's active service, documenting her return voyage from the Mediterranean to Norfolk. She arrived home in March 1844, and was still at the naval yard in 1861, when she was set afire with other U.S. ships in order to keep them from falling into Confederate hands. The log begins with the ship at anchor in Mahon harbor, off Minorca in the Mediterranean. Storer keeps details of provisioning the ship and readying to sail for first twelve days of January. As is standard with ship's logs, he records speeds, winds, and weather conditions, as well as the positioning of the sails. Everyday events such as inspecting the crew or holding "divine service" on Sundays are noted, as are sightings of other ships' sails and exchanging colors with passing vessels. The Delaware sights the coast of Spain and moves into the Atlantic around the third week in January; on February 2, crew member Jacob Lawrence, a marine, dies (though Storer does not say from what), and his funeral service is held the next day, and Lawrence's body is committed to the deep. Also of note, the Delaware investigates a wreck on February 15: "At 7.45 hauled up the courses, hauled down the jib and laid the main and mizen topsails to the mast, and sent a boat to board the wreck. At 8.15 the boat returned from the wreck; discovered her to be the English Hermaphrodite Brig 'Halifax' of 'Halifax,' loaded with lumber, water logged and foremast sawed off, nothing living on board." The rest of the voyage is uneventful and relatively smooth, and the Delaware sights the Cape Henry lighthouse on March 4. The last few days are recorded as the ship is anchored at Hampton Roads, including a salute to the passing of former Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, who died on February 28.

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  • Lindenkohl, Adolph

    Published by Henry Lindenkohl & Charles G. Krebs, Washington, 1864

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    19 x 30 1/2 inches. Printed in blue and black. Matted. Minor foxing and soiling. Very good. An important military map showing the area around Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia, all the way to the Chesapeake Bay, and including the Northern Neck and the country as far south as Norfolk. Railroads, roads, and waterways are all noted in detail. Richmond has been ringed with concentric circles, printed in blue, spaced five miles apart to show the distance from the city. This map was compiled by the U.S. Coast Survey and is dated June 1864. With the beginning of the Civil War the United States Army found itself scrambling to obtain adequate field maps for military operations in the South. The most established cartographic branch of the government, the Coast Survey, was pressed into service to provide these maps, some with a coastal component, but mainly for landlocked locations. The cartographers of the Coast Survey reviewed all of the existing cartography available as well as drawing on military and scouting reports and covert agents to assemble the most detailed possible maps showing places, roads, railroads, and natural features. Two key figures in the Coast Survey effort during the War were Henry Lindenkohl and his brother, Adolph, who were responsible for actually drawing many of the field maps. The Lindenkohls were born in Germany but emigrated to the United States as teenagers and became American citizens. Adolph had already worked at the Coast Survey before the war began, and Henry joined in 1861. Together they made a huge contribution to the war effort through their superb cartographic work, producing and revising maps of different theatres of operations through 1865. Both continued with the survey for the rest of their lives. Adolph died in 1904 after fifty years on the job, and Henry in 1920 after fifty-nine. By the time this map was executed, Grant had pushed southward in the bitter fighting of the summer of 1864, and the noose had tightened around Richmond and Petersburg. LC, MAPS OF THE CIVIL WAR 490.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM46148

  • [8],184,[16]pp. Expertly bound to style in period calf, spine with raised bands, morocco label. Very good. A rare compilation of English laws governing colonial Virginia. Church contends that perhaps Robert Beverley was the compiler of this volume, as the second edition of his HISTORY AND PRESENT STATE OF VIRGINIA was also printed by Fayram and Clarke in 1722, in a similar format. A rare work, with only seven copies listed in OCLC. CHURCH 884. SABIN 100382. OCLC 2931401, 181880478.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM49248