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1 1859 - 1860 HAMASAEF: The Hebrew Review and Magazine for Jewish Literature: The journal of Hebrew Enlightenment and the First Modern Hebrew Periodical
London 1859 Hard Cover Good Hebrew, English 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer the famed HEBREW PERIODICAL: HAMASAEF: The Hebrew Review, and Magazine for Jewish Literature. HaMasaef was the journal of Hebrew Enlightenment and the First Modern Hebrew Periodical New Series; Vol. 1, No. 1 - 48. London, 1859-1860. (i.e., October 1859 to September 1860.) 8vo. An extended run of 48 numbered issues bound in one volume. Individual issues in VERY GOOD condition, original boards, loose and shaken, spine replaced with crude tape. VERY RARE. Copac records only the British Library copy which contains only the first 10 issues [Ref: "Hameasef Breakthrough in Hebrew Periodical Literature: the History, Way and Essence of the First Modern Hebrew Periodical," Hadoar, 79]. 
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2 c1860s CIVIL WAR SOLDIER'S IVORY POCKET DIARY MOUNTED WITH SILVER SHIELD
1863 Good+ 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall 
Very scarce collectible from a number of viewpoints this being an soldier's ivory six day diary as per Lord's Civil War Collector's Enclyclopedia, Volume III, page 94. A Civil War ivory pocket diary mounted with silver shield and catch. The soldier wrote his notes in pencil, traces can still be seen, then erased them when no longer needed. Monday through Saturday, 3 1/8" long x 1 5/8" wide, precisely the measurements in the Encylopedia. The inital R has been engraved into the silver shield and functional latch. Saturday has a blackish blotch on the back, Wednesday has a tiny edge missing. Very beautifully aged overall. Superb Civil War collectible. 
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3 CIRCA 1920s SET OF FOUR (4) POSTCARD BOOKS: FRENCH CASTLES CHATEAUX 80 DIFFERENT SCARCER POSTCARDS CARTES POSTALE
France Very Good Postcard 4 X 6 INCHES APPROX. 
Super collection of 4 postcard books each having 20 postcards, all intact. 1. Chateaux D'Ambroise. 2. Chaumont-Sur-Loire. 3. and 4. Langeais. Three books by LL & ND, the other Yvon. Overall in very good condition save for some general age-toning. 
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4 DAS NEUE UND VERBESSERTE GESANG BUCH....PSALMEN DAVIDS FAMT EINER GAMMLUNG ALTER UND NEUER GEISTREICHER LIEDER....REBST EINEM ANHANG DES HENDELBERGISCHEN CATECHISMUS....VOR DIE EVANGELICH REFORMIRTEN GEMEINEN IN DEN BEREINIGTEN STAATEN VON AMERICA
Germantaun Michael Billmeyer 1799 Full-Leather Good German Language 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Full leather, clasps intact, overall very good save for rubbing to the edges and some chipping to the head of the spine. Lovely frontis woodcut with David at the harp praising God. 585 numbered pages, detailed index, pages of catechism. 
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5 Haggadah Shel Pesach : PASSOVER HAGGADAH WITH COMMENTARY OF RABBI SHABBTAI COHEN
Warsaw, Poland 1870 Original Wraps Poor Hebrew, Judaica 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall , 
1870 Warsaw HAGGADAH. Rare. No copies in American auction records. Last similar book was 1868 Warsaw Haggadah sold in 1982. The Book: Haggadah Shel Pesach, Warsaw, 1870. 8vo. One must be more forgiving of the condition of Haggadot than other books. This is a very worn copy with 1/2 loss to rear board, partial loss to last leaf, partial loss to upper title, some fraying. However, it is a still a nice rare example of a Polish 19th century Haggadah. 
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6 Machzor - A Cycle: A prayer book for Shavuot with Yiddish Translation
Bazultzbach 1895 Fair+ Hebrew 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer: Machzor - A Cycle, being a reference used for seforim containing prayers for unique days in the annual calendar cycle. [Today we only use this term for the High Holiday prayer book, since all other holidays are fit into the regular daily prayer book, but back in those days they used to publish a separate book for every holiday.] This is a prayer book for the Shavuot holiday with Yiddish translation. It also boasts of it's uniqueness due to insertions of laws pertaining to Holidays, and descriptive intentions imparted by the authors of the liturgical works. Published: 1895, Bazultzbach. Well used, well rubbed and generally soiled, leather covers loose, interior text age-toned. Overall F+. 
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7 Musaf L'Yom Kippur [The Mussaf Service for Yom Kippur] - Bijgevoegd-Gebed Voor Den Verzoendag
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS 1850 Good Hebrew - Dutch 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer: Musaf L'Yom Kippur [The Mussaf Service for Yom Kippur] - Bijgevoegd-Gebed Voor Den Verzoendag. A singular book with leather tips and gilt stamped cover treatment. A lovely book specifically for the longest and richest prayer of the year. Dutch-Hebrew. G+. 
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8 Seder Tefilos - Order of Prayers
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Poor Hebrew 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer: Seder Tefilos - Order of Prayers. This is an early 19th century Sephardic prayer book to be used on Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh (first day of Hebrew month), Chanukah, and Purim. Hebrew. Covers present but detached, loose pages. P. 
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9 The Customs and Manners of The Bedouin Arabs: Designed especially to illustrate the Early Scripture History, written for The American Sunday School Union - PERSONAL COPY OF FAMED CIVIL WAR ARMY CHAPLAIN REV. B.W. CHIDLAW
PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA PA American Sunday School Union 1837 Leather Spine Good English 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
The Customs and Manners of The Bedouin Arabs: Designed especially to illustrate the Early Scripture History, written for The American Sunday School Union, revised by the committee of publication. Published by the Philadelphia American Sunday School Union, 1837, 6 1/8 x 3 3/4" with 160 pages has marbled end boards. The words 'Cherry Valley S. School' are inscribed first free endpaper. This book is in original condition with the spine cap being leather and gilt title treatment. There is a lengthy Contents page beginning with the Description of the Country, Climate, Hurricanes to the Government, Laws, Theft and Robbery and the Capture of Mr. Carne, Libertarian party+++. There's an Arabia map and an Introduction. Provenance: Personal copy of Rev. B.W. Chidlaw, Civil War Army Chaplain and member of the American Sunday School Union. Condition: Nicks and bumps along the outer edges/corners, light foxing, a couple of corners turned, and a nick out of the last page. Overall G. 
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10 "LADY" and MARY 1906 ENIGMATIC HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY IN TWO HANDS DETAILING PREPARATIONS FOR A WEDDING, THE HONEYMOON AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
STATEN ISLAND NEW YORK REIDSVILLE NORTH CAROLINA 1913 Good Manuscript 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer is a rather intriguing 1906 manuscript diary handwritten for the most part by 'Lady' [as identified by the other part time writer who is 'Mary']. Lady is a woman of means, having a number of members in her household who tend to and for her. Mary seems to do most of the writing in the first few weeks of the diary and then Lady takes over. It seems Lady is to marry shortly and is all consumed with preparations. Mary writes: 'sat in library and sewed while Estelle read the papers'; 'Lady' went places'. The diary begins in Staten Island and then for the wedding and thereafter identified as 'Home' in Reidsville North Carolina. We speculate that perhaps Lady is purchasing her trousseau or closing her home. Lady writes: 'Ned and I stamped 1000 announcements; Estelle read to me, Julia watered plants, Louise played; saw Caruso in Pagliacci; Delmonico's for lunch; Capt. Hjortsberg visited; April 24 1906 My Wedding Day'. Lady is tremendously busy and popular having many dozens of visits, appointments and workers and she is attended to by a number of doctors quite closely visiting her at all hours for the least sniffles. Many are named including: Charlie and Laura Gore, Gordon Watt, Dora Sharp, Mrs. Davies Coxe, Mrs. La Montague, Mr. Schwerine, Dr. Bryan, Dr. Armstrong, Nellie Barry ['sewing for me'], Aunt Jane Bierne, Fletcher the Palmist, Margret and Mel Fillman, Mrs. Eugene Watts, Lindsey Ellington, Eva Pasteur, Anna Montgomery, Mag Richardson, Rosa Macgruder, Lottie Pendleton, Olga Violett++++. She also goes on an extended honeymoon by train traveling from North Carolina through the south to Los Angeles up through Vancouver Canada to Winnipeg, Chicago and then back to North Carolina all detailed in this super diary. VG. 
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1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING, "RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?)
11 "RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?) 1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING
SOUTHERN ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 1890 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of travel through England on its inland waterways and canals as handwritten by the intrepid author "Rutland Bleign" [but really unidentified as it seems a pseudonym] who is travelling with his friend and illustrator, the brace working to publish the as titled book: "In Tow: The Chronicle of a Cruise in a Monkey Boat." Written from August 6th through the 28th in 1890 [he leaves off the year but some sleuthing concluded definitely the year as stated] the manuscript which appears unpublished details the three week cruise on the historic canals of Southern England at the perfect time for historians and researchers of canal travel as in 1890 while some were in peak years of usage while others beginning to see the inevitable decline due to increased railway service. Rutland is an erudite, witty raconteur in this travel account. Here are some snippets: "... after a ramble round the town, I took our permit to the Canal Office to be initialled in due form, and had a chat with the agent Mr. White... returning to our boat... I found a very serious gentleman with a pencil and notebook in hand... announced himself as the Canal-Boat-Inspector-for-the-Newbury-District-under-the- Local-Government-Board... he wanted to know how much women, children, and other livestock were onboard... if any of us were subject to hydrophobia, Asiatic cholera, smallpox or other little ailments of that sort... the blue books had already told me; but then as its owners the G.W.R. [Great Western Railway] get the traffic which it would otherwise take, it seems to be merely a transference from one pocket to the other. No doubt the Railway people would close the Cut tomorrow if their powers allowed them, which fortunately for us easy-going folk who infinitely prefer their water- to their iron-way, is not the case..." "The canal closing Sunday rule is absolutely stringent, it appears, and even a party of G.W.R. officials [Great Western Railway] who came down the canal for a weekend 'trip' were not allowed to infringe it. As the pleasure traffic begins to feel its way along these hitherto almost unknown waters, this regulation will naturally become more & more irksome, and will probably be relaxed eventually..." "....Melksham... the sunny old Quaker town... the grand old Quaker enterprise and grit which made the place, had largely disappeared, but Sir Robert Fowler still is there, and the methodist connextion is evidently strong..." "... beyond a square orchard with some lumps in the turf... Stanley Abbey... our host insisted on our partaking in some home brewed wine (vintage '86, Chateau Rhubarb Beds) of subtle flavour and half inclined to be sparkling." "We begin to expect great things of 'New Swindon,' and may, after all, have to spend more than the inevitable 'ten minutes for refreshment' which begins and ends most peoples acquaintance with the place; and which must have brought a fortune to the far seeing contractor who stipulated for that stopping clause in his lease with the Railway Company." Overall G+. 
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12 'AN AMERICAN' [commonly known to be J.S. STEVENS] INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN EGYPT, ARABIA PETRAEA AND THE HOLY LAND
NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS 1842 TENTH Fair+ 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
'INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN EGYPT, ARABIA PETRAEA AND THE HOLY LAND' by 'An American'. Two volume set as called for. Overall age toning, foxing throughout, some dogears, some damp-staining and the odd fault but otherwise tight and clean. Overall Fair+. 
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13 'BABY GIRL' 2006 - 2010 ORIGINAL, FASCINATING MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [2] HANDWRITTEN BY A CHOLA GIRL PROVIDING A VERY INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF A LATINA WOMAN AND HER GANGSTER FRIENDS AND LOVERS
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA CA 'OAK TOWN' 2006 Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is an absolutely fascinating pair [2] of startlingly candid and intimate contemporary manuscript diaries handwritten by a 'Chola' girl providing an unparalleled look into the life of a Latina woman living and loving within a gang. Dated November 12th, 2006 through January 10th 2010 one reads of sex, drugs, court dates made and missed, children, multiple sexual partners and the internal politics of gang life. [Due to the fact the books are contemporary we decline to name the woman fully in the description but she is identified in the diaries. Interestingly she always signs her entries 'Baby Girl'.] From the mundane of buying her man boxers, socks and wife beaters, buying drugs, taking drugs, hanging curtains to servicing him sexually (except after he comes directly from another woman and still smells of her), dealing with her children and his infidelity the reader comes to understand that she is not happy. She admits that things have gone downhill since another lover went to jail. At one point we read of a potential altercation brewing as another woman accuses her of being a prostitute and ones expects to read that some violence between them will occur but it seems to fade away. Researchers and historians of the time and place will relish the intimacies she writes as they all point to a life that 99% of the world can only guess at or assume from the few movies about gang life. This is really one of the most extraordinary diaries we have read. While we did not find a specific reference to Oakland California she mentions 'Oak Town' and refers to a number of locations that clinch the fact she is in Oakland. The first book is almost entirely full and the second a bit spottier but a gripping narrative throughout. Overall VG. 
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1830s SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOKS [2] AND HANDWRITTEN STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY, 'S.B.' [?] and CLEMENTINE
14 'S.B.' [?] and CLEMENTINE 1830s SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOKS [2] AND HANDWRITTEN STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY
France 1830 Good+ Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a superb, original pair [2] of 1830s manuscript journals of multi discipline subjects including; cosmography, mythology, navigation and exploration of the New World, ancient lore, history of powerful monarchies, an extensive history of France from ancient times to the Napoleon Bonaparte era etc all undoubtedly of an advanced level of study hand written by an unidentified student save, we believe, for the initials 'S.B.' in early 19th Century France. The treasured, large folio volumes, on fine watermarked paper comprised of some different sized text blocks, assembled between hard covers with lovely marbleized endpapers is titled on the spine: 'Melanges' and true to the name the books are chock a block with just over 500 pages of comprehensive notes, charts, illustrations etc making for an enormous compilation on the state of the subject's knowledge at the time. The books are representative of what is arguably the pinnacle of World class education as France could boast some of the finest educators and educational institutions of the modern World in the 19th Century and these books reflect that state: very broad in scope, they are arranged by Century, the subjects are anything from Adam and Eve, the human psyche, the four ages of man to Protestantism to the Ancients: Epaminondas, Rhadamille and Zénobie to such luminaries as Louise d'Orléan, the English Duke of Berwick, Marguerite de Valois, Cleopatra, Saladin the Sultan of Egypt, Diocletian and the death of Henry III. General Geography is over 23 pages. Volume I dated 1830 - 31 begins with Cosmography, Mythology, Enigmatic Historic Episodes, Geography. (Cosmographie, 1e et 2e Cahier d'Enigmes Zénobie Curcas 1830, Géographie.) The first subject, Cosmography, begins with the lightning rod invented by Benjamin Franklin in Pennsylvania in 1749 (pannoterre in French) continues for 57 pages. The Planets, lunar eclipses, the ancient civil Egyptian calendar, atmospheric precipitation and other natural phenomenon, etymology of Gregorian calendar months, a summary of the zodiac, geographic coordinates of the globe, wind patterns, solar cycles, stars, meteorites, constellations and solstices comprising the sum total of knowledge regarding cosmography up to that time. Another extensive section titled "Extrait de l'Histoire Universelle" is an historical sketch of civilization starting with Creation and summarizing Biblical people groups such as the Philistines, the Jews, the Amalekites, the Egyptians, so forth. [There is a 27 page section in a different hand, presumably a younger sibling, identified as Clémentine and titled "Analyses Clémentine" being a grammatical exercise: an historic synopsis is summarized vertically in the left margin, each word adjacently being identified for its word class, conjugation, etc.] Volume II dated 1831-32 begins with Navigators, Voyages Around the Principle Provinces of America, History of France, History of England, Ancient Macedonian Races, and much more. (Voyages des Navigateurs, Voyages dans les principales provinces de l'Amérique, Histoire de France, Histoire d'Angleterre, Histoires des Macedoines, [etc.] Cahier d'histoire à Zénobie Curcas. Le 23 Août 1832.) The biographies include Vasco de Gama, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Ferdinand Magellan, William Parry, Louis de Freycinet, and La Perouse. Adding superb depth there are hand drawn coastlines as discovered by important navigators over time, the first being New France and charting principal cities from Newfoundland to Louisiana. Another section charts a journey intra Mexico to Santa Fe to Los Angeles, then Chihuahua, Durango, Chapala, and Valladolid in the Yucatan. A third chart starts where the second ended, in the Yucatan, charting a voyage to Cuba, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and finally Cartagena in Colombia. The same is performed for the coasts of South America, and Africa, the latter being divided into several regions, one of which is a "voyage in the interior of Africa" which crosses the ancient Kingdoms of Egypt and Nubia north to south. This section on navigation is 33 pages. There are descriptions of Turkey, Greece and France [Gaul] and inhabited by Celtic tribes, the ancient races of Macedonia, Rome, Greece and Portugal and a comprehensive historical sketch of France throughout various epochs, beginning with the Middle Ages, and concluding with Napoleon's rule until 1815. Historic moments of many French cities are recorded and compact biographies of the monarchs beginning with Louis VI (1081 - 1137), through the Ancien Régime to Henry VI and his Bourbon dynasty, continuing with the Reformation and King Louis XIV who revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the French Revolution a century later, major campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, and concluding with the death of Louis XVIII 16 September 1824. North American events such as the expansion of French colonies during reign of Louis XIV, the Treaty of Paris in 1763 which ceded French colonies to the English, Louis XVI in American Revolutionary War for Independence and his execution in 1793. Charts and lists then compare kings, governments, battles, and so forth. This section is 150+ pages in five parts bound back to front. The 13 x 8¼ inch books have quarter calf over red boards, gilt lined and titled 'Melanges' to spine, marbled endpapers. The covers are rubbed, the leather chipped in spots but overall G+. 
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15 'UNCLE' FRED HARTFORD 1891 - 1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A RELATED 'GUEST' OF THE CAPTAIN IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF SHIP'S PURSER ON A 3 MASTED SCHOONER FROM NEW YORK TO HONG KONG AND BACK
ASEA ABOARD THE STERLING 1891 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, though flawed, original manuscript 1891 - 1892 travel diary detailing day to day life workings and aboard a 3 masted schooner sailing to the 'far side of the world' from New York City to Hong Kong and back. Inscribed, in a later hand: 'Uncle Fred Hartford's Diary on Board The Sterling Capt. Geo. Goodwin 1891 - 1892 Voyage from New York to Hong Kong by Sailing Ship 196 days'. 'The Sterling' commanded by Captain George Goodwin and this extended trip to the Far East and back are told over approximately 181 intact pages, numbered page 3 - 184 with several loose pages, a small number of fragments, a 'supplement' notebook, two letters of correspondence, a photo of the ship and a twentieth century envelope bearing pertinent data and provenance written by family it appears on the outside. Genealogical notes on the envelope name Uncle Fred Hartford as a relative to the Captain inasmuch each man married cousins [we think!] who were sisters of the grandmother to the note writer!?! Flaws, fuzzy familial connection and all do not change the fact that the narrative is packed with details of life under sail as the author gives a day to day account starting with the position or location, weather and any and all interesting observations or occurrences. It would seem he has some knowledge of the sea and ship board life describing the sailor's handling of the backstays and other easy references to nautical nomenclature. But he also seems to delight in some new enjoyments like sitting up high in the mizzenmast. Maiden voyage or not Fred does a super job delivering a true picture of life aboard as he strives to bring the experience to life for the folks back home. They encounter some rather bad weather; discuss trading coconuts with natives in an almost hilarious scene to the natives at least to going on a 'pick nick' in Hong Kong the narrative is unique: Uncle Fred holds the benighted position of a working 'Guest' of the Captain. He spends much time working through a cigar on deck with George discussing the folks back home to who he is actually addressing as if one long huge letter. As to his duties he appears to act as ship's purser being in charge of the 'slops chest' and having some part in negotiating with the natives. Anyone familiar with the Master and Commander series will see a like situation between Captain Aubrey and his particular friend Dr. Maturin. The paper is somewhat brittle being the reason there was some fragmentation but we cannot account for the loss of the fist three pages. The vast majority of the piece is overall G. 
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1751 ORIGINAL, SUPERB MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF GEOGRAPHY, ASTRONOMY AND NAVIGATIONAL WISDOM AT THE THEN APEX OF SCHOLARLY KNOWLEDGE DURING THE AGE OF SAIL, 'W.B.'
16 'W.B.' 1751 ORIGINAL, SUPERB MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF GEOGRAPHY, ASTRONOMY AND NAVIGATIONAL WISDOM AT THE THEN APEX OF SCHOLARLY KNOWLEDGE DURING THE AGE OF SAIL
England 1751 Good+ Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, original ancient manuscript book of English origins, titled "Some Memorandums Relating to Geography and Astronomy... Of the Figure and Extent of the Earth." Dated 1751, even casual reading finds the book filled with what was then cutting edge information being a mere 23 years after Newton's Principia appeared in English. The Age of Sail, Britain's dominance of the waves spurred science in the areas of navigation, astronomy and the mathematics of Geometry all related and discussed herein. Historians and researchers of the era will undoubtedly recall this was written at the time John Harrison the English clockmaker perfected his marine chronometer. Handwritten by 'W.B.' we surmise a professor or other academic or even perhaps someone with the Admiralty or even an active command along with a student or assistant as evidenced by a different hand. Sometimes WB offers a notation of the other's writings. Here are some examples: time calculation based on the known hour of day at another location on the globe: "The hour being given in any place, as at London, to find what hour it is in any other part of the world. Rectify ye globe for London... fix ye index of ye dial plate to the hour given suppose 4 oclock in the afternoon, this being done turn the globe, & bring any places successively to ye Meridien then ye index or hour point will shew ye true hour at ye place required... Rome... Constantinople... Fort St. George in East Indies... Pekin in China... Jamaica... Barbadoes..." "On the Longitude and how to find it... This is call'd the Longitude because the earth was supposed longer East to West, than from North to South... to find the true distance from E. to W. see Gordon's table pa 9... By this longitude here, is not meant that wch is so much sought for and desir'd, the Eastening & Westening of Vessels in their Voyages, call'd by Gordon the Opprobrium Navigatorum pa 15, but only the distance between the given place and the first Meridian inscrib'd on the Surface of the Globe, by Bringing the given Degree of Longitude to the Brazen Meridian and reckoning upon the same meridian... To find the Longitude of any given place, bring it to the East side of the Meridien, and observe what degree of the Equator is cutt by the Meridien, for that is the Longitude of the given place... reckoning upon the same Meridien the degree of Latitude given, make a mark with chalk on the point where the Long. & Lat. meet, for that is the place desired..." "The terrestrial Globe represents the true shape of the Earth (or very near it)... 1st by the Eclipses of the moon... 2ndly by the roundness of all other planetary bodyes, as the Moon, Jupiter, etc. it may be inferred... 3dly the Earth is demonstratively round because many persons keeping constantly from England in a Western Course of sailing have pass'd the Magellan Straits, gone on to the Philippine Islands, coasted down by Cochin China... Cape of Good Hope, keeping still to a Western Longitude till they make the Canary Isles, made their return into the North of England." Other data required for navigators, explorers, horologists, clock-makers, cartographers, geographers, meteorologists and other academics of the time would all have interest in the exercises, examples and adding further depth are a number of illustrations hand drawn making for an instructional guide of geographical and celestial problems with solutions. Other subjects include: measurements of the earth, its geographic coordinate system, the significance of the earth's poles and axis, finding longitude or latitude, calculating the placement of the sun in respect to the earth at a certain time, planetary movement, celestial topics such as the rational horizon and the zodiac circle, eclipses, equinoxes and solstices, the oblique descension of the sun, the "brazen meridian," calculation of time including earth's seasons and lunar years, the origin and methodology of the Julian calendar, discerning distances around the world, and some geographical features of earth including equatorial islands. The subject of navigation appears on the first page with proof that the earth is spherical setting the tone for the next 44 pages or so. [We also note that in a few areas are side notes or addendums. For example one area contains Kingdoms of the World: Britain, France, Germany, Persia and Israel just to name a few. Another note shows the capital cities of the great nations and interestingly Jerusalem is specified as the capital of Israel.] 18 x 16 cm. Some age toning and rubbing to the edges, one leaf split at hinge but overall G+. 
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1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA, 30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
17 30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA 1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
MADISON ALABAMA 1869 Good Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic reflective of Southern Reconstruction Era woes and gripes between citizens and Government, this being an 1869 Madison, Alabama handwritten document; a Reconstruction Era petition and as stated a protest by the Citizens of Madison against a proposed sale by the Mayor and Aldermen of the street between the store house of the Wise Mercantile Co. and that of Mr. L. Hardage, running from Front St. to Martin St. with 30 autograph signatures and likely a few names of recent combatants including: A Hardage, S. H. Floyd, P. B. Fletcher, R E Wiggins, Leslie Fletcher, J A Humphrey, G. W. Martin, JJ Canterbury, John Nance, Richard Mason. 8.5" x 14" some soiling, wear, else G+. 
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1826 - 1827 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SHUTTLES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER CHAMBER AT THE CONVENT AND HER FAMILY HOME, ??? DEFOREST
18 ??? DEFOREST 1826 - 1827 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SHUTTLES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER CHAMBER AT THE CONVENT AND HER FAMILY HOME
STRATFORD CONNECTICUT 1826 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating, original early 19th Century 38 page manuscript diary handwritten by a 21 year old female member of the Deforest family, we believe, and living in and around Stratford Connecticut. Dated January 1826 through February 1827 we surmise she is a novice or novitiate [she is allowed home] in a not too faraway convent with frequent mentions Sister Maria, Sister Betsey, etc., and that she sits in her 'chamber' window' etc. That said she still has a life and family outside of the convent with travels to Milford, Bridgeport, Putney [north end of Stratford], and of course many, many mentions of the people around her: a friend Maria Hovey, S. Alffords, Rev. Mr. Judah, Joseph Tomlinson, Mary Mills, Mr. Levitt, Mr. Rutledge, Sarah Lewis, O. Beardslee, Mrs. Birdseye, cousins: Eliza and Sarah Deforest, Mary Deforest, Jane Mills, Delia Deforest, Uncle and Aunt Beers, Aunt Pendleton +++. Activities include religious sermons and musings, visits from family and friends, domestic pursuits such as spinning, sewing and quilting, news of sickness, manning a charity booth, deaths and a wedding. She also refers to "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley was written by Washington Irving in 1821, while he lived in England, and published in 1822. This episodic novel was originally published under his pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon." The 6¼ x 7½ inch book is missing its covers has some minor wear and soiling, but overall G. 
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19 A YOUNG VICTORIAN GIRL - JO RARE WEST TO EAST TO WEST COAST TRAVEL DIARY BY JO AND HER THREE SISTERS
On The Road America USA 1908 Hard Cover Good+ No Jacket Manuscript 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
On offer is a really wonderful diary of a young Victorian woman during the year of 1908 as she travels aboard a train from the West to the East coast and then back to the West coast again. As the diary starts out she is leaving her home in California on January 7th and spends most of 1908 traveling with her three sisters and parents. In fact Jo does most of the writing but there are also many times when her sisters write. Jo gets sick at one point then the sisters take over writing and they talk about family being sick and some are quarantined. Her entries are descriptively written telling all about the sights and sounds along the way. In fact the first two entries really capture what this journal is all about. On the cover page is written; "Best wishes always to Jo from Marie, A line or two will quite suffice for the every day of life. Jot down things of interest while you think of it, lest you should forget." Then on January 1st Jo writes a small summary of what you can expect in the pages following: "This little book shall mostly tell of my trip to the dear "east" among people I know and love. I hope it will remind me of "feelings" more then of special events, of the things that are really living." The diary measures about 4 ¼" x 6 ¾" and is a "page a day" type diary which gives you lots of handwritten entries. She starts on January 7th and ends on August 7th and writes every day between those dates with most of the entries taking up the entire page. One could easily quote everyday as she has a wonderful way of writing. Here are some snippets: "The family rose early and we three girls walked to the train. I always feel unhappy enough when the time comes to say good-bye. Wallie rode as far as Napa with me and we saw a beautiful sunrise……Sidney and I were up in time for Los Angles things looked familiar. Rush was at the train but I could not tell him how glad I was to seem him, or how forlorn I was when he left. Such a feeling as the dingy tourist car gave me but Mr. Schnell he was fine. Kept the upper berth and talked to me through Banning, my first disappointment. We spent the evening in the observation car and saw Yuma…..Today we found the country varied everglades and swamps, cotton, rice, lumber and sugar cane with cabins and Negroes. Mrs. DuBoss and I enjoyed the most gorgeous Texan sunset and we and the Warrums stopped at San Antonio. Saw the Alamo the narrow streets and enjoyed the sight of a southern city. Coffee and sandwiches on revolving stools…..We were up early and had a poor breakfast, then I went to meet the Warrums. We took the "St. Charles" ride and the "Canal Belt" ride then out to Lake______. Had dinner at Fabecker's and then went to the wharf where we stayed and stayed. …..The sun was so warm that the eves dripped and the icicles melted. In the evening Roy and I went to see the people roller skate, caps and furs and ice skates look like the winters of old and the jingle bells gives me a queer longing. Wonder if I'll get a ride….We went to the concert that evening where I saw a good many friends. Mr. Hawthorne had already "squeezed my hand"……12:30 am, behold a figure with bare feet and bushy hair dressed in bathrobe, going up a stairway. Also three wet and most excited girls. Scenes in the sitting room in the morning told the tale…..I sat with Aunt Ella and made a few button holes but came home to supper, she was so tired from washing. Uncle Jim sold the blacks…..Such a beautiful day! People were able to wear white dresses and new hats and every one seemed to be having a ride in the afternoon. I was mostly new but my hide and Aunt Nell looked so well in her white suit….Drove across Still Water Bridge. Saw tobacco beds covered with cloth and the fields ready for the little plants and we saw tobacco barns. O these beautiful hills! And the wild flowers are appearing. Came home through the old historic town of Deerfield. The houses are old with barns attached. One had 1698 on the chimney. It was too cold for comfort but we'll remember the ride….My new dress promises to fade. Sadness…..Were up early for our Westfield trip. The weather was some doubtful. The lively high school girls were so entertaining and the trolley ride was entirely beautiful but long. Mountains and streams everywhere. Orchards in white bloom, onion fields being weeded on the knee and tobacco fields, level and clean as well as beautiful clean, clean homes. Saw the logs on the river at Holyoke and the lumber yards and dams in the Connecticut with trees growing down to the water's edge…..About a dozen Poles left for the old country on our train-tears….Were horribly hot when we went to bed but found morning damp and cold and we brought no warm garments. He took us on an auto sight seeing trip all historic Boston was shown to us from the huge car driven with such skill though the narrow winding streets…..(she then goes on for the next couple of pages describing Boston)…Sailed down Narragansett Bay to Newport with Norma. It takes two hours. The shores were very green and the weather and the weather very fine. We took the ten mile shore drive and saw many great "cottages". Ate lunch on the beach in sight of the "cliffs". Returned by electric cars up the island of Rhode Island, across to mainland by ferry to Bristol and thence by electric train to Providence through Warren and Barrington…..Shall not forget the view from Washington Monument. We're tired but have had a fine day. Band played "Abide with me" and the bell was tolled as we sailed past Mt. V. It and the tomb gave a very solemn feeling…..Mrs. Sheffield and I had a delightful day, Mts., glaciers, snow rivers and torrents, also Jack from England and Mr. Seattle. Had a good storm at Glacier. Many got off at Banff but more got on. Wish it was full moon. I have a book that tells it all so won't attempt to write if the scenery but I've never seen the like before and shalln't soon forget the wonder of it…..I went fishing down to the forks of the Skykomish. Fished without success for an hour then sat down and told stories awhile. It proved to be my first experience through the jungles. It's too deep to explain but worth your while to take the trip…..We went up to Lena's (Index Washington). She has such a fine cozy spot on the river. After dinner we went up the train into the big timber and wonderful ferns. Sat in the shade of the house and I told about the East…..The day passed quickly and very pleasantly. Read Hesper and sat on the upper deck. Mr. Allen, purser, and offers to send a wireless…." This diary goes on and on and you really get a great feeling of what it's like traveling during the Victorian era. She mentions tons of names, some of which are; John Warner, Bowie, Doyl, Gardiner, Hawthorne, Hirschy, Charley Ware, Robinson, Ed Childs, Hittabrand, Grossman, Upper, Hershaw, Rowbottom, Scheiffer, Morrison, Hopkins, Wilson, Packingham, Bertha Fox, Maggie Franceway, Katherine Brando, McGee, Whitaker, Dr. Love, Letha Watts, Dickerson and more. Places mentioned are; Washington D.C., Lancaster PA, Buffalo, Oberlin, St. Paul, Glacier, Banff, Mission Junction, Everett, Snomish, Index, Startup, Seattle, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, El Paso, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Granville, Tonica Minonk, Rotterdam, Conway, Westfield, Holyoke, Claremont, Cambridge, Mt. Auburn, Wesley, Providence, Newport, Nantucket, Narragansett, and much much more. 
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20 A. GULHNER 1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF MID 19TH CENTURY GERMAN MILITARY ARTILLERY AND GUNNERY SKILL AND TECHNIQUE
ULM GERMANY 1861 Very Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a superb relic of mid-19th Century militaria and German artillery and gunnery skills and technique being a manuscript book titled 'Portie-Tafeln nebst Ertäuterungen für sämmtliche Geschütze der Bundesfestung Ulm'. The 85 page handwritten book is a technically detailed manual with many tables, charts, graphs with explanations of the guns at the Federal fortress at Ulm in a beautiful calligraphic hand in German. Dated 1861 and with the name of 'A Gulhner' inscribed on the front page, one finds part of the Appendix (pages 75-85) which relates to gunnery at Berlin. A few blank leaves at the end, bound in the original grey-brown cloth, the ink slightly browned but very clean and sound (160 by 110mm). Some of the contents and guns detailed include: 24lb short cannon (kurze kanon); 18lb battery cannon (batterie kanon); 12lb battery cannon; 6lb battery cannon; 12lb field cannon (feld kanon); 6lb field cannon; 25lb long howitzer (lange haubitz); 25lb short howitzer (kurze haubitz); 10lb long howitzer; 10lb short howitzer; 7lb long heavy iron howitzer (lange schwert eiserne haubitz); 7lb long heavy bronze howitzer (lange schwere bronzene haubitz); 7lb short howitzer; Ricochets with 18lb battery cannon (rikoschetiren); Ricochets with 12lb battery cannon; Ricochets with 25lb short howitzer; Ricochets with 10lb long howitzer; Ricochets with 10lb short howitzer; Range under 60 deg elevation (bombenwerfen unter 60° elevation); Range under 45 deg elevation; Range under 30 deg elevation; Shell throw for 7lb mortar; Shell throw for 12lb mortar; Appendix (Anhang); (tempirung der Lundrohre); Shot Tables for the pulled fortress cannons at Berlin in the year 1861; (Schuss Tafeln für die gezogenen Festungs Geschütze Berlin im Jahr 1861); further reference to Berlin, January 1861+++. HISTORICAL NOTES: One online source provides: The Confederation Fortress of Ulm (built 1842-1859) was the central point and main training area for the defence of southern Germany and was one of five federal fortresses of the German Confederation. With its 9 km main circumvallation, Ulm was the biggest fortress in Germany in the 19th century and it is still one of the biggest in Europe. After the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 and the Treaty of Paris, the victorious powers agreed to defend the German Confederation states. The fortresses were one of the few realised projects of the Confederation. The fortress at Ulm was planned as a closed, polygonal wall system by the Prussian construction manager Moritz Karl Ernst von Prittwitz und Gaffron and built under his supervision. It straddled the Danube and surrounded the cities of Ulm in Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and had 16 detached forts and an extensive moat system. In war it was planned to place 20,000 men in the fortress (Ulm had at this time 16,000 citizens) and an expansion to hold 100,000 men was planned. In peace it was mostly occupied by 5,000 men of the federal army and the double-headed eagle, symbol of the Confederation, was embossed on all artillery. Today, about two thirds of the fortifications are preserved. Overall VG. 
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