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1 ANONYMOUS. THE LONDON RIDDLER c1825 VERY EARLY BOOK ON RIDDLES, PUZZLES, MIND GAMES, ENIGMAS, CHARADES, REBUSSES & CONUNDRUMS
London 1825 Disbound Very Good English Language 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall 
On offer one of the earliest books devoted to riddles, puzzles and mind-games. Circa 1825. Highly unusual with no copy in the British Library and as such very rare. The Book: The London Riddler or, 'The art of teasing made easy: consisting of enigmas, charades, rebusses, conundrums, and transpositions: original, and selected from the most approved sources, and classically arranged according to an entirely new plan.' London : Hodgson and Co, [1825?] 198 p., [1] illustrated folded leaf of various plates: 60 ill.; 16 cm. Original brown boards and paper spine label present but off, interiors generally clean with only the occasional spot. There is a variant edition in the Library of Congress exactly matching this save for the imprint of William Cole with no mention of Hodgson. Riddles, while today perhaps more associated with children's games, did occupy an important and esteemed place in literature and history. They served not only as an amusement, but to cultivate the intellect and memory. Voltaire, Cervantes, Goethe and Dickens all conceived riddles and their more modern appearance in literature can be found in the Hobbit and, of course Harry Potter. Certainly, this unusual and rare book collects many fine lost riddles and puzzles and serves as testament to 19th century leisure, education, and perhaps most of all, British wit. The Library of Congress copy (LC Control Number: 91156584) is found in the The McManus-Young Collection which "provides a rich survey of the literature of what Dr. Young terms "illusion practices," the magician's manipulation of the imagination of others, and includes works on conjuring, ventriloquism, fortune-telling, spiritualism, witchcraft, gambling, hypnotism, automata, and mind reading." It appears in fact as perhaps the earliest book of its type in the collection. It should be noted that this anonymous work may be by a female writer. The British Library does contain a later 1838 volume entitled "Teasing made easy; a new pocket manual for all who would excel in this fashionable accomplishment and most important branch of the fine arts by a popular female practitioner." That volume appears to be based on or perhaps a later edition of the work for sale here. NOTE: There is a solution provided to all the puzzles in the book. 
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2 BARTHOLOMEO COCLITI Ein kurtzer bericht der gantzen Phisionomey und Ciromancy WITH OVER 80 WOODCUTS
STRASSBURG STRASSBOURG FRANCE Joanne Gzieninger 1524 Decorative Cloth Very Good German Language 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall 
Printed 1524, ORIGINAL CLASSIC TREATISE OF COCLES ON MEDICINE, PHYSIOGNOMY AND PALM READING (Chiromancy) EXCEEDINGLY RARE EDITION. Not in the American Auction Records for 30 years! FILLED WITH WOODCUTS OF FACES AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS AS WELL AS CLEARLY MARKED PALMS WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR READING (approx 80 full page woodcuts of Palms alone!) An extremely rare an important edition of which I cannot readily trace other copies. Thorndike, in his classic 'History of Experimental Magic" pg 64. states the First Italian edition was printed in 1525 and a German edition at Strassburg in 1530. The book here is not recorded by him and predates that German edition by six years. The Book: Cocliti, B. Ein kurtzer bericht der gantzen Phiionomey und Ciromancy. Strassburg, 1524. small 8vo, mottled boards, internally very clean copy, handsome woodcuts throughout and fine dark impression, last leaf in facsimile. An extremely rare, well illustrated and important edition. The last earliest copy in the ABPC auction records is the 1534 edition in a very worn state. The 1536 edition realized last $747.00 at Sotheby's Oct 21st, 1980 lot 448. Physiognomy is the interpretation of outward appearance, especially the features of the face, to discover a person's predominant temper and character. Physiognomy has also been used as a kind of divination and is often associated with astrology. o Coclès, like others before and after him, tried to create a science out of something each of us does from time to time: judge a person by his or her facial characteristics. Physiognomists like Coclès are wont to say things such as "people with snub noses are vain, untruthful, unstable, unfaithful and seducers." Cocles extended the pseudo scientific analysis to palm reading, writing one of the most enduring and influential text on Chiromancy. 
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3 BROTHER R.T. CROSOER, PGA 1901 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF DRUID RITUAL, PROCEDURE AND MUSIC HANDWRITTEN IN A BEAUTIFUL CALLIGRAPHIC HAND
MAIDENSTONE ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN UK 1920 Very Good+ Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a simply sensational manuscript relic of early 20th Century Druid culture and ceremonial knowledge. This beautiful full leather 7.25 x 5 inch book filled with procedures, music and ceremonial methods is believed to have belonged to Brother R.T. Crosoer, PGA, an editor of Druid publications and a well respected and recognised member of the Druid community in Britain. The book is dated January 29th 1901 based on a tipped in newspaper cutting regarding the re-opening of the Royal Arch Chapter in Maidstone. Entirely handwritten by an unknown writer in a lovely, tight calligraphic hand the first section is entitled "OPENING THE CHAPTER" and sets out the finer details of the ceremony. There is also beautifully annotated musical score on a number of pages - with tunes entitled Arise, Brothers, Arise - Music by R.G. Hooper. The next section is entitled "CLOSING THE CHAPTER" - again with details of the ceremony and more musical annotations. Headings include: INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS; EXALTATION CEREMONY; THE CHARGE; CEREMONY TO FOLLOW AN EXALTATION; THE CATECHISM OF THE DEGREE; DEDICATION CEREMONY; SUPREME ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER "CEREMONIAL"; CONSERRATION CEREMONY plus. The cover is a dark olive green leather - with embossed initials, 'GF' possibly indicating earlier ownership, in the top left hand corner - at one point in time the approximately 120 page book had a catch - but it is now absent but this does not effect the visual attractiveness of the book. Overall VG+. 
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4 CECILIA RUTH STEVENSON and CHARLES A.WARD c1940 ANNOTATED COPY OF 'ORACLES OF NOSTRADAMUS' WITH HANDWRITTEN AND TYPED NOTES BY FAMED OCCULTIST AND SPIRITUALIST AND DISCIPLE OF THE ENIGMATIC PRINCE RAKOCKZY, COMTE DE ST. GERMAIN
SENNEVILLE QUEBEC QC CANADA 1940 Good+ Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a sensational relic of mystic and occult study and observation being an annotated copy of 'Oracles of Nostradamus' by Charles A. Ward published in New York 1940. The handwritten and typed notes are by the occultist Cecilia Ruth Stevenson of Senneville Quebec Canada. She was a disciple of Prince Rakockzy the Comte de St. Germain. As stated in the book it is one of only 27 specially prepared copies for her occult initiates. Cecilia Ruth Stevenson, who owned a vast occult library and was the wife of the Canadian correspondent of the Times London newspaper and her son, Professor Ian Stevenson (1918-2007) was Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia University, and inherited her interest in the paranormal, considered herself to be a disciple of the mysterious Prince Rakoczy, also called the Comte de St. Germain, the Hidden, Ascended Master, who is claimed to have appeared and reappeared at intervals, throughout history. Her notes predict earthquakes, plague, famine, cataclysm, 10% of the world`s population surviving, fall of the moon rock etc. Written in the 1940`s, her handwritten comments on Nostradamus successfully talk of Hitler and Mussolini, an Arab leader, World Government etc. There is a bookplate of Madame Blavatsky`s Theosophical Library in London, and that of "The New Era Universal Occult Truth Libraries Sponsored By Cecilia Ruth Stevenson. Disciple of The Master Rakoczy. Custodian, Emilie M. Cruttenden". VG+ Condition. 
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5 DAVID M. YOUNG 1858 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA JOURNAL OF HOME REMEDIES AND STATE OF THE ART MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE INCLUDING RECIPES FOR CREATING ARTIFICIAL SKIN, CURING CANCER, CONSUMPTION +++
GETTYSBURG PENNSYLVANIA PA 1858 Good+ 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a sensational Civil War era handwritten journal of medical cures, home remedies, salve recipes, paint recipes, ointments, tanning instructions, medicinal powders and much, much more, once owned by David Young (born 1838), son of William Young of Two Taverns, Pennsylvania, and husband of Adeline (Plank) Young, daughter of George and Hester Plank and sister of Sarah (Plank) Spangler. The Spangler's were a noted Pennsylvania family whose property was part of the Gettysburg battle. This 6 5/8 x 8 1/8 inch book has 190 hand numbered pages and is filled with writings and littered with ephemera, letters, notes and clippings. While the book begins in Mr. Young's hand identifying his purchase of the book for 3 cents from A.D. Buehlers whom it seems David clerked for in 1858 when the book begins. Most of the writings are within a few years of 1858 but there are later notes and updates in other hands up to 1905. Here is the Table of Contents Mr. Young created: "Miscellaneous - Ague; Rattlesnake; Cure for Cough; Cure for Piles; Cure for Corns; Purify Rooms; Physic for Children; Dysentery; Antibilous Pills; Eye Water; Godfreys Cordial; Itch Ointment; Drink for Sick; Ague Pills; Hiera Piera; Hulls Physic; Hoopers Pills; Thompson's Powder; Thompson's Cough Syrup; Hair Oil; Hair Restorative; Diarrhea; Head Ache; Albetic Pills; Aloes & Ginger Pills; Aloes & Assafortida Pills; Aloes & Collocynth; Aloes & Myrrh; Assemic & Opium; Comp[ound] Assafortida; Comp[ound] Gallamum; Ammoniuret of Copper; Mercurial Pills; Opium Pills; Storax Pills; Comp[ound] of Rheubarb; Squills; Rheubarb; Comp[ound] Antimonial; Removing Stains; Cure for the bite of a Mad Dog; Cholera Mixture; Diarrhea Mixture; Ague Pills; Cholera Remedy; Take out grease spots" "Powders -- Aloes with Camilla; Aloes & Guaiacum; Aloes & ?; Aloetic; Compound Asarabacca; Compound Carbonate of Lime; Chalk & Opium; Compound Ceruse; Compund Contrayerra; Ipecacium & Opium; Gallap Compound; Myrrh Compund; Opiate Compound; Scammony Compound; Scammony & Aloes Compound; Scammony & Calomel; Senna Compound; Sulphate of Alumina Compound; Pragacanth Compound; Over Heated Horses; ? in horses; Whooping Cough; Cancer; Scrofula; For Cough; Ointments -- Accitate of Lead; Nitrous Acid; Hogs Lard; Simple; Wax; Spermaceti; Spanish Flies; Infusion of Cantharides; Powdered Spanish Flies; Elemi Compound; White Hellebore; Quicksolver of Blue Ointment; Milder Mercurial; White ? of Quicksilver; Red Precipitate; Red Oxyd of Quicksilver; ? of Quicksilver; White Oxyd of Lead; Impure Oxyd of Zinc; Black Pepper; Tar; Resinous; Savine; Sub Acetite of Copper; Ammoniated Submuriate of Quicksilver; Sulphur." The Table Continues without title: "Med. for the afflictions of the mind; Soap; Cure for Smallpox & Scarlet Fever; Green Mountain Salve; Conklins Celebrated Salve; Balm of Gilead Salve; Adhesive Plaster; For Fever Sores; Kitridge Salve; Black Salve; Red Salve; Hydrophobia & snake bites; To Make Vinegar; Butter to Preserve; Fruit to Keep; Ink, Black, Red & Indelible; Honey, four kinds, French Honey; Baking Powder; Cider without Apples; Uterine Hemmorage Cure; Salve for Burns & Frost Bite; Warts & Corns to Cure; Good Samaritan Liniment; German Rheumatic Lininment or fluid; Cooks Electro Magnetic; Spinal Afflictions; Colds & Consumption; Judkins Ointment; Sissons & Green; Meads Salt Rheum. & Itch & Simpson Ointment; Asthma Alteratives; Alteratives Very Strong, Powders, Tonic; Dis? to Scatter Swellings; Tanning Calf, Kip, Harness; Tanning Deer Skins for Gloves; Tanning Sheep for Mittens, Mats & Robes; Tanning Fur & Other Skins; Diuret Pills & Drops & Decoction; Dropsy Syrup & Pills; Liver Pills, Improved; Liver drops for Obstinate Cases; Ointment for Ulcerated Liver; Nervous Pills; Pills to Sugar Coat; Anodyne Pills; Harlem Oil; Oil of Spike; Black Oil (two kinds); Magic Tooth Cordial & Pain Killer; Homeopathic Tooth Cordial; Neuralgia Internal Remedy; Essences to Make; Artificial Skin; Discontents to Scatter Swellings; White Wash & Cheap Paint; White Paint. Black & Green Paint; Milk Paint for Barns; Glues Liquid & Imitation of Spalding Blue; Glue & Water Proof Glue; Fire Kindlers & Kinds; Bed Room Carpet". G+. 
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6 DOCTOR JAMES W. POLAND 1864 + 1865 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY MASSACHUSETTS BAPTIST MINISTER AND NOTED DOCTOR OF QUACK REMEDIES AND PATENT COMPOUNDS
MELROSE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA 1864 Manuscript Good+ 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer are two original manuscript diaries dated 1864 and 1865 by 'Doctor' James W. Poland of Melrose, Massachusetts. James W. Poland was a long time Baptist minister in Goffstown, New Hampshire, when in an attempt to treat himself for some ailment, he came up with the formula for a medicine he called Dr. Poland's White Pine Compound. The medicine was a huge success and Dr. Poland found himself in a new career as a proprietary medicine maker. Eventually he also produced Dr. Poland's Cedar Plaster, White Mountain Bitters, Diarrhea Elixer, Hair Preserver, Poland's Magic Powders, etc. At the time these diaries were written, Dr. Poland had moved to Melrose, Mass. and was active making some of these medicines, especially the Magic Powders. He was selling on his own and also working for Dr. George W. Swett of the New England Botanic Depot in Boston. In 1864 he transferred the rights to some of his medicines to Swett. Dr. Poland's diary entries are short, with a note of the weather, his or his family's health problems, travel (mainly to Boston), gardening activities, purchases, sales of the medicines, and church activities (once in a while he preached in Melrose at the Baptist church). Usually there were no notes of outside events, with the notable exceptions of Lincoln's election in 1864, Lincoln's inauguration on March 4, 1865, Lee's surrender on April 10th, and Lincoln's assassination on April 14th. Dr. Poland writes: "Pres. Lincoln shot by Booth, an assassin - Lord Save Us!" He notes his own birthday (57 years old) in 1865 and the death of his mother on Nov. 5th of the same year. Included are a number of ephemera items related to Dr. Poland's profession as a maker and seller of proprietary (patent or "quack") medicines including: two receipts for pew rental at the First Baptist Society of Melrose; two newspaper clippings of testimonials for the use of Dr. Poland's White Pine Compound; a business license from the U.S. Internal Revenue dated June 1, 1863 (a tax to help pay for the war); and a page of handwritten advertising copy for Dr. Poland's Specific; a cure for costiveness (constipation). Both diaries have written entries (in pencil) for every day of the year and are overall in G condition. 
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7 DR. RUTH REYNA 1982 FASCINATING ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF SAYINGS, QUOTES, MEMORIES AND DIARY OF A NOTED HISTORIAN, SPIRITUALIST AND SANSKRIT SCHOLAR
BELLFLOWER CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES CA 1982 Very Good Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating manuscript relic of many years study of Indian literature, history, philosophy and all matters spiritual and New Age thought being a journal dated 1982 handwritten by Indologist Ruth Reyna Ph.d. dedicated to her Grandson. Dr. Reyna used the book as a collection of specific quotes or writings she had written over a four decade period. This passage gives the gist of it: 'My special diary tintinnabulations of the mind refers to soft ringing in the ear which heralds my innermost thoughts'. There are approximately 90 pages of writings and notes including a retrospective diary section. The earliest quotes appear from 1957 through the 1980s with a few later to 1993 in a weaker hand. Many of the later entries deal with her declining health with some very intimate entries dealing with her mortality. Reyna was noted for having deciphered some old Sanskrit documents that detailed ancient flying machines, how to build them etc. She is mentioned in David Hatcher-Childress' books. Overall VG.. 
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8 DR. VICTORIA BARNES 1942 - 1945 ORIGINAL TYPED QUESTION AND ANSWERS BY NOTED AUTHOR AND EDUCATOR OF SPIRITUALISM
GARY INDIANA IN 1942 Good Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a fascinating, original 1942 - 1945 200 page manuscript type written by Dr. Victoria Barnes from Gary, Indiana who created a program where in individuals could write her and ask detailed questions and receive very detailed answers regarding Spiritualism and "spiritualistic" ideas. The breadth of this manuscript is indeed unique as Dr. Barnes gave full answers to the 100s of questions regarding all areas of spirituality - Do spiritualists believe in Magic? Is Spiritualism a religion? and many hundreds more. The cover is chipped and damaged but otherwise the manuscript is overall G. 
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1927 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A MICHIGAN MASTER OF MAGIC, E.B. WILHELM
9 E.B. WILHELM 1927 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A MICHIGAN MASTER OF MAGIC
FRANKLIN, MICHIGAN MI 1927 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is an original, super 1927 manuscript diary used as a notebook handwritten by popular Franklin Michigan magician E.B. Wilhelm. Using a large page a day book by "Dodge Reports - Yearbook" for 1927 not as a diary but more of a catch-all wherein he details many technical matters of his performances and acts including running orders, load notes, prop lists, stage blocking, scripting, secret codes, jokes, poetry and more. Historians, researchers and collectors of the Magician's trade will find insight into Wilhelm's life, personality, passion and his particular stage styling as there are a number of multi page entries where he describes his routines, his 'patter', plans for his performances and many of the magic effects from beginning to end. The 8.5 x 5.5 inch book has a broken spine; some pages excised from the back and is about one third full but overall G. 
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10 GUNTER STAMER, 13882 1941 - 1945 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [5], BOOK OF POETRY AND PROSE [1] AND PHOTOGRAPHS [21] DETAILING ONE DECORATED GERMAN SOLDIER'S EXPERIENCES ON THE EASTERN FRONT LEADING TO HIS CAPTURE AND IMPRISONMENT
EASTERN FRONT POLAND RUSSIA SOVIET UNION 1941 Good+ 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
On offer is a significant archive of original manuscript diaries and photographs being the personal relics of World War II and the German Eastern Front Campaign being an archive of five [5] diaries and one [1] handwritten book of poetry and prose, all dated 1941 through 1945 handwritten by a decorated Wehrmacht soldier and later officer [?] named Gunter Stamer 13882. Stamer has provided historians, researchers and collectors with a very detailed record of his war experience with names, dates, times and places in both German and shorthand. In addition to the diaries are included twenty-one [21] original wartime photos and some ephemeral items all adding particular depth to this man's experiences fighting through the Russian front and then being captured and imprisoned by the Russians. From the photos we note that he wore the Iron Cross, which was awarded for bravery in battle or other notable contribution on the battlefield. His uniform also appears to have a Silver Infantry Assault badge and a few others including campaign ribbons. Here are some snippets and research notes: War Diary 1941 from 1. June 1941 until 7. August 1941: 1.6.41 We are lying in the ? camp. At last we're preparing for departure. Where to, no one knows. We all just hope that deployment is not far off. 5.6.41 Now the radio troops are finally being distributed. The Lieutenant wants me as communications person in his group - I don't want to though, would rather stay with the radio group in Hilkenbach. 7.6.41 Hurray! I am staying in Hilkenbach. My chief is Best. 9.6.41 Once again I was in Paderborn. Mentally I was saying farewell to this beautiful city. 11.6.41 Early, at 0500, we moved out from the barracks. Via Neuhaus, Paderborn, Warburg, Kassel, Autobahn, Hedemünden, Witzenhausen,Heiligenstadt….. (It looks like they headed south-east, then northeast) and everywhere we went we were met with enthusiasm and joy! It was a beautiful trip. We reached our destination at 21:45 (9:45pm.) Hans and I had fabulous (?) but nonetheless showed up to help wash the transport vehicles." A number of entries detailing movement through Germany, his division headed south-east, then north again, then south again and then to the north east, towards the Russian Front. He details activities like cleaning weapons, cleaning transport vehicles, sleeping in a barn (which he found too "stinky" so he slept in the vehicle. He talks of being briefed on the situation in Russia, being given Russian phrase books, and then: 21.6.41 The entry talks about being briefed by a lieutenant who had come from a meeting with the top brass, saying the situation had changed, there was now a need to deploy troops to occupy the region. "We will invade Russia to free them from the Bolsheviks. "Thanksgiving" Services from the population are to be promoted. Our division is to be the second wave, according to the General. For now we have "mail silence", Mom is going to worry about us…." 22.6.41 "While we were still en route, we encountered the first big drama of the invasion. Like swarms of mosquitos, German planes flew over us towards the Russian border." He mentions the broadcast from the German government, declaring war on Russia. His radio troop is not to listen - his Sergeant is livid about this. By 3:30 am the attack of the army had begun, they could hear artillery in the distance. 23.6.41 "At about 07:00 we were awakened by the command "Ready Yourselves" our division had received orders to march. In a half hour we were ready to go and the journey began. Breakfast was prepared and eating during the journey." Abruptly, the handwriting changes into shorthand. He mentions in German many place names: Luwalki, Tartak, Alexandrowsk, Grasnopol, Sejney, Birzniki, Klepocia, Glavantai, Seirijei, Merzniki, Liepalinges,Memel , Merkine, and then notes that Merkine is totally destroyed. 24.6.41 "In the night" and then reverts to short-hand. 25.6.41 All shorthand, one word looks like it could be "Estl." (Estland or Estonia) More place names: Wersoka, Ejszyski, Bastung, Werenow, Dziewieniyzi, ? Traby, Bendonow, Wisnicw, Sokowska, Wolozyn, Bastung. Then at the top of the next page: Feuertaufe or Fire-baptism. 2.7.41 There is a name: Bodavia and above it is penciled "Postavi". 3.7.41 Dzisna. 4.7.41 18. Inf. Mot. Div. The next diary is called "Kleines russisches Tagebuch" (Little Russian Journal) and then, "from 8.8.1941 to 26.10. 1941. Gesr. (written by). The entries, except for the numeric dates, are all in shorthand, until under 38.8.1941 there is a name: Schmonewa. 23. Sept. 1941 Kamjenka. Under 30. Sept. 1941 "Smolensk" Under 1. Okt. 1941 Witebsk. 9. Okt. 1941 Barssuki. 19. Okr. 1941 Malojaroslawez; Wjasma, Brjansk. 20. Okt. 1941 - Bjelousowa. 22. Okt. 1941 Ißtja (Isstja). 23. Okt. 1941 Isi-Sawod. 25. Okt. 1941 "Narwa-Übergang" (crossing of the Narva River, which is the border between Russia and Estonia. Third book "War Journal": 27.10.1941 to 31.12.1941 8. Nov. 1941 Belloussowa, Kissoljewa. 11 - 18. Nov. 1941 A list of names: Lubach (or Luback), Pengel, Goldmeister, Mohr, Friedrich, Theo Müller; then more shorthand, and the following: 2 K.V.K. ~ G. Otto, H. Zander (I Hamann-Himmerichs)", then "H. W. Friedrich". 19. Nov 1941 - 23. Nov. 1941 "Kissoljewa." 24. Nov. 1941 "Belkino" and "G. Barnick" 25. Nov - 2. Dez. 1941 "G. Barnick" again. 3 and 4 Dec. 1941 "Tschoubarowa" (Tchoobarova), "Mageren" and "Becker","Young" and "Lindner" 5. - 7. Dec. 1941 "Bolkino" 9. Dec. 1941 "Booth" 10. Dec. 1941 "Belkino" 15. Dec. 1941 G. H. Krause 17. Dec. 1941 "Tschubarowa" 20 Dec. 1941 "Belkino keine 6". Fourth Book "War Journal" 01.01. 1942 - 13.04.1942 City: Lübtheen, Meckl. (Mecklenburg?) Bahnhofstr. 15/b Telephone exchange: Lübtheen, Number 136, Passport #A0008/21. In the calendar he's noted (on Jan 1 and Jan 2) "Sslobodka" Jan 3: "Küchen vor." (Kitchen AM) and "Protze" and "Werkstatt" (Workshop). Jan 4 Transferred to Kaschirina [nearMoscow]. Then a number of days with "Kostinski" and notations of day-to-day activities and occurrences (it snowed, he snow-plowed; there's a shortage of fuel, offloaded at transport truck" and one day (27. February) "Nothing special". March 25. "Journey forward". March 26. "Back to mid-station". March 28 - "As of today we're doing foot-service twice weekly". Monday April 13 - "Service beginning as of today". Fifth Book "War Journal, 17.06.1942 - 30.01.1943" on the outside. On the inside it's labeled "Little Russian Journal 1942 - The first entry (June 17, 1942) is in shorthand except for "Herold" and "Weihe". Names encountered are "Besputnaja" (26.6.42,) "Dorogobusch" (4.7.42) "Marahrens" (10. Nov. 1942) and "Briansk" is repeated in almost every entry. "Rosslawl" also appears frequently. Dec. 31. 1942 he mentions "Warschaw" (German spelling for Warsaw). The Sixth Book: "Collected Works - Card Magic - Journal of the end of the War from 17.05. 1944 to 14.09.1945". On the inside of the front cover is written "Collected Works" and then his name, G. Stamer, Lübtheen (Meckl.) Mecklenburg, Bahnhofstr. 15/b. The first page is titled "What is the Kiss?", the second page is titled "The little something", the third page is "France!", the fourth piece is entitled "The Garter", the fifth piece is titled "Life", the next one is "The Cactus". There's a train ticket from Dresden, dated 06/11/1945, and it's stamped "Kriegsgefangener" (War prisoner). We note that while five of the diaries are solid in terms of binding, the book of poetry has much wear with the cover split from the book and some pages being loose. Overall G+. 
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11 HANNAH COY by way of an UNKNOWN NARRATOR 1798 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF RELIGIOUS MANIFESTATION BEING A HANDWRITTEN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG GIRL'S VISIONS OF HEAVEN AND HER TRIP TO HELL WITH JESUS
JERICHO VERMONT 1798 Good+ Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a sensational, original relic of late 18th Century religious manifestation being a five [5] page manuscript account of a young girl's religious visions and experiences as detailed and handwritten by an unknown eyewitness. Hannah Coy the 9 year old girl is recorded as having been in a trance and while under its influence having religious revelations of Heaven and Hell and seeing Jesus, God and the Devil. The narrator, it appears, witnessed the child in trance while she saw this vision, the writer basically records what Hannah said and saw using Hannah's own words. It begins thusly: "The month of August the 10th day I began to write the following narrative may be depended on as fact and can, has been witnessed by great number of those who saw and heard it themselves." The testimony continues describing a noted change in Hannah's demeanour: "Hannah Coy of nine years of age was by nature a brightly active girl and as naturally inclined to childish plays as any of her brothers or sisters but all of a sudden she forsook all her plays and appeared acceding sober for the space of a month. The family all took notice of it and the children could not get her out to play with the and would sometimes reflect upon her for not being willing to play, but she would say to them my dear brothers and sisters these plays are but foolish trifles and will not do us any good we must leave them…" She goes on to describe Jesus and God, her vision of hell and the Devil and that some infants were there, sees people she knew in Heaven. "Jesus Christ was pleading for all the poor sinners, he was surrounded by thousands of Saints and Angels," Her mother asked if she saw anyone she knew, she saw a recently deceased neighbor who was "deaf and dumb and could now sing and speak and praise God." She then sees hell describes the tortured souls and the Devil himself. He tries to grab her but Jesus bid her to not be afraid. Christ told me to return and to tell my parents what I have seen. Tell my father that he must Carry me to our ministers and I must tell the minister all that I have seen and that he must come to my daddys and preach the gospel." We believe based on the paper, ink and writing style the book is late 1700s and one online source appears to confirm and identify Hannah's experiences when she related in 1798 the following: "Tending to Edify, Astonish, and Instruct" Published Narratives of Spiritual Dreams and Visions in the Early Republic ANN KIRSCHNER University of Delaware On a Sunday in September 1798 [one can safely assume the manuscript was written a mere month before], a large congregation gathered in Jericho, Vermont, to hear nine-year-old Hannah Coy relate a strange and wonderful story of a vision that had transformed her life.1 She had seen heaven and Christ himself-even his wounded feet and hands-and witnessed "thousands of saints and angels" singing praise to God, including a neighbor who in life had been deaf and dumb. Moreover, she had also been whisked by Christ to the pit of hell and seen the devil himself-a "dreadful creature" with "dreadful claws with long nails"-and observed "multitudes of poor souls in misery." Trembling at the prospect that this might be her fate, she was then assured by Christ that she "was his, and should live forever with him in heaven." Her only charge was to return to earth and tell all that she had seen. Two years later her story was published in a small pamphlet that also contained accounts of the visions of two other young women and another of a miraculous healing. 2 Coy's account is but one of a large group of similar pamphlets of dreams and visions that were published in increasing numbers beginning in the 1780s and peaking in the early 1800s, paralleling the growth of evangelical Protes1. "A wonderful account of a little girl of nine years old, who lives in the town of Jericho, in the state of Vermont; by the name of Hannah Coy" (Windsor, Vt., 1800), 1-5. There can be little doubt that this is the very same girl and the manuscript an original testament of her experience. The 7" x 3 3/4" booklet is overall G+. 
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12 HATTIE BAKER 1887 - 1892 ARCHIVE OF THREE (3) ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARIES BY A VERY PROLIFIC 21 YEAR OLD HOLLAND NEW YORK GIRL
Holland New York NY 1887 Soft Cover Good+ Manuscript 64mo - up to 3" tall 
On offer three diaries all belonging to Hattie Baker of Holland, New York. This first diary represents the year 1887 when Hattie turns 21 and I she was very faithful when writing in her diariy. Once you start reading this personal memoir her amazing life story unfolds which only makes the reader want to know more about Hattie. Intertwined between the pages of her diary you'll find subtle hints, little pieces to the puzzle that give our young woman a sense of mystery to her life. For example, on October 8th, 1887 she writes, "This day will never be forgotten, H & I".Or at one point in the later diary she has been corresponding with a Mr. Smith and in her diary she writes. "I reached my brink this morning, wrote to Mr. Smith. Have a headache, everything is so strange.." and that's just the start. She's also quite the seamstress, sewing dresses and jackets for many people. She travels, attends plenty of social functions and in the last diary starts attending school (college) in Northfield. I'd also like to give you a brief description of a few more of the entries, in Hattie's own words. "Made 9 badges for our society "The Willing Workers". Mr. Cades had a magic lantern show in the school house. In the evening saw a couple bidding each other good night. Mrs. Durse was hung at 12 O'clock today. Mrs. Coyne prophesized I was going to get married in less then a year. Went to the train and saw the President and his wife. Went to see the President in the evening. Finished Minnie's boating dress and my new red waist. I left at 4:45 for Fish Creek. Arrived in Rome between 7 & 8. Rained very hard. C.S.W. and I went on the creek rowing in the evening. Had a very nice time.Charles and I and Sara drove to Sylvan Beach this morning. Went on Lake, rowing. Rode on roller coaster. Started for Edels. Enjoyed our trip very much. Mr. K and I went to Trenton Falls this afternoon. The falls were grand, took supper at Moore's. Arrived at home 8:30 pm. Emma, Anna, Mr. K and I took a walk through the woods. Visited the spring by the factory. Had to climb in a tree for protection. Three against one is not fair. Got up at 7 O'clock for Thousand Island excursion. Enjoyed the ride on the river. Bought a handkerchief in Canada.The girls gave a surprise party. There were 30 present. Had a lovely time. Danced two sets with Mr. Kissner, my first time." The names she mentions are as numerous as the entries, of which some are; Ella Peck, Dr. Corey, Frank Ward, Hattie Perry, Barton, Wolcott, Vandawalker, Watkins, Webb, John Roger, Siger, Asa Draper, Wetherbe, Charles Jones, Miles Conklin, Fanny Beebe, F. Hamlin, Kellogg, Chester Clark, Meredith, Peabody, Huntington, Rosa Coffey and more. She also mentions places such as; Utica, Oswego, Prospect, Syracuse, Halifax and Cloverville. The diary measures about 2 ½" x 4", small, but packed full of entries as she rarely skips a day. This, the SECOND diary represents the year 1888 when Hattie turns 22 and I she was very faithful when writing in her diariy. Once you start reading this personal memoir her amazing life story unfolds which only makes the reader want to know more about Hattie. Intertwined between the pages of her diary you'll find subtle hints, little pieces to the puzzle that give our young woman a sense of mystery to her life. "Addie's wedding day. Charles arrived at noon. About 40 were present besides family. Every Republican is happy, Harrison is elected. Helped Mrs. Wolcott frost the cakes and helped trim the parlor with cedar (I think she's helping prepare for a wedding). Em, Etta and I went to Cemetery planted some flowers on Grandpa's and Louisa's grave Charles brought me to Taberg (?) Start to meet noon train. Mr. Ford came after me. Waited in Mr. Sherman's gallery until Mr. Ford finished some business. Reached his home about 4 pm." The names she mentions are as numerous as the entries, of which some are; Ella Peck, Dr. Corey, Frank Ward, Hattie Perry, Barton, Wolcott, Vandawalker, Watkins, Webb, John Roger, Siger, Asa Draper, Wetherbe, Charles Jones, Miles Conklin, Fanny Beebe, F. Hamlin, Kellogg, Chester Clark, Meredith, Peabody, Huntington, Rosa Coffey and more. She also mentions places such as; Utica, Oswego, Prospect, Syracuse, Halifax and Cloverville. The diary measures about 2 ½" x 4", small, but packed full of entries as she rarely skips a day.The THIRD diary represents the year 1892 when Hattie turns 26 and I she was very faithful when writing in her diariy. Once you start reading this personal memoir her amazing life story unfolds which only makes the reader want to know more about Hattie. Intertwined between the pages of her diary you'll find subtle hints, little pieces to the puzzle that give our young woman a sense of mystery to her life. "Did some trading. Took dinner with Henrietta and supper with Ins Blight at State Hospital. There is a great deal of sickness in town. Rode from depot with Jennie Gunter, found Bertha heart broken. Glad that I could come Funeral at 11 am today. Baby looked so sweet in a little blue and white casket….Went to cemetery this morning to help up cedar in Mr. Evens grave Uncle Albert died today. Frank, Grandma and Sara left for Oswego with Corpse..Had examination in Arithmetic, grammar and geography. Northfield is a beautiful place, have a nice room. Set out on the lawn and wrote letters. Celebrated Halloween by dressing up for supper. Had fortunes told, shadow pictures, ghost stories etc, in parlor." The names she mentions are as numerous as the entries, of which some are; Ella Peck, Dr. Corey, Frank Ward, Hattie Perry, Barton, Wolcott, Vandawalker, Watkins, Webb, John Roger, Siger, Asa Draper, Wetherbe, Charles Jones, Miles Conklin, Fanny Beebe, F. Hamlin, Kellogg, Chester Clark, Meredith, Peabody, Huntington, Rosa Coffey and more. She also mentions places such as; Utica, Oswego, Prospect, Syracuse, Halifax and Cloverville. The diary measures about 2 ½" x 4", small, but packed full of entries as she rarely skips a day. 
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13 Henri Antoine Jules-Bois LATE 19th C. REAL PHOTO POSTCARD [RPPC] AUTOGRAPHED BY THE NOTORIOUS SATANIST
Very Good 4 X 6 INCHES APPROX. Autograph
[SATAN] Henri Antoine Jules-Bois - wrote Le satanisme et la magie, a book about Satan . Otherwise known as simply 'Jules Bois' he has been described as a 'Notorious Satanist' and was a noted friend of McGregor Mathers, the founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. SIGNED real-photo postcard. Very nice, the image is dark and as such suitably sinister. On the verso says "Returned to M.M. Marshall", the journalist. 
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14 HERMETIC BROTHERHOOD EXECUTIVES et al 1899 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS,TEMPLE TALKS: VERY SCARCE COPIES OF THE HERMETIC BROTHERHOOD'S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE'S 'OFFICIAL ORGAN' ON REINCARNATION, DREAMS AND INTERPRETATIONS, KABBALAH TEACHINGS AND MUCH MORE
LOGANVILLE GEORGIA Peter Davidson 1899 Very Good Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a super archive of closely held committee notes [3], some publications relative to the Hermetic Brotherhood in 1899 and six [6] manuscript letters and postcards circa 1912 handwritten by members and leaders of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor. The postcards are directed correspondence to Peter Davidson the Founder. [Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie were of the Brotherhood.] The there are the Executive Committees original notes called "Temple Talk". This group includes three out of a reported 10 only known to be in existence. Two are in museums [the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum] in Europe; five are in two separate, private hands. Subjects covered in the "Temple Talks": 1. The Hypothesis of Reincarnation 2. Temple Talk Practical Activity (deals with dreams, interpretations, manifestations and ancient Kabbalah teachings. 3. Temple Talks - Which holds the most Potency, Denial or Assent? (deals with the fixed laws of denial and assent for a mortal soul. This involves some deep thought that was taught within the Hermetic Brotherhood, but also a direct teaching of ancient Kabbalah. Included in the group: 1. The Chaldean; 2. The Morning of the New Age; 3. The Morning Star. The Morning Star pamphlets are dated 1898 to 1910. The subjects that are covered consist of: The Cosmic Philosophy, Astral Demons, The Pope and the Number Nine, Druse Magic, Astrology within Astronomy and a brief discussion from Peter Davidson's book - "The Discourses of Jesus". Subjects and dates: 1899 - Fragments of the soul, Ancient Prophecies, The Cosmic Philosophy. Printed in Glasgow Scotland. 1900: Covers Esoteric Christianity, Psychometric readings, Esoteric Free Masonry. Printed in New Castle, England. 1908: Visions of the Royal Initiate, Lives beyond the tomb of Attana Oanes, Astrological Fragments, The writings of Jean Lead. Printed in Edinburgh, Scotland. RESEARCH NOTES: In the book "Lite of Life" and the "Discourse of Jesus" Dr. Peter Davidson explains ancient Egyptian symbols and Hebrew symbols to help the reader understand how Jesus teachings relate to the ancient Kabbalah which is simply the Hermetic Brotherhood in today's world. There is also a discussion from his best book -- "The Mistletoe." Peter Davidson proves the physical and spiritual value found in this mysterious plant and he backs up his findings using the Greek and Hebrew Bible. The Mistletoe discussion involves a brief explanation of the spiritual significance of the Mistletoe and a lengthy discussion of the herbal benefits from this plant. Davidson had a meeting with three Cherokee Indians and their Chief. They explained to him their methods of herbal treatments and the Mistletoe. This meeting caused him to write in the Morning Star a unique perspective regarding the "American Indian:" how they lived, their herbal treatments and their view of the white man taking over their land. 
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15 JACK FLEMING a.k.a. PEAWADI THE MAGICIAN 1939 - 1947 ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK AND EPHEMERAL MEMORY BOOK OF A TEENAGE MAGICIAN WHO WORSHIPS HOUDINI AND SCARNE - BOASTING A RARE ORSON WELLES MERCURY WONDER SHOW FOR SERVICE MEN
DENVER COLORADO CO 1939 Very Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a sensational scrapbook and homage to magic and magicians in pre-World War II America. Jack Fleming, of Denver Colorado, beginning as early as 1939 through 1947, collects ephemera, broadsides, business cards, photographs and clippings and much, much more nearly filling a lovely large folio sized scrapbook. Jack was a teenage magician using his real name and several stage names, including PEAWADI THE MAGICIAN. Items include letters from local organizations (boys and girls clubs, school events, etc.) thanking him for performing, local news articles about his performances, and much more regarding his own entertaining. The first page of the scrapbook has a pamphlet program of "The Colorado Society of Magicians" promoting its "First Annual Houdini Memorial Program". The program is dated 1943. It is a single fold, 4 panel, program. The inside has a page filled with portraits of 10 Colorado Society Magicians and 5 "Florence Kesslers Dancers". Much of the scrapbook is an homage to Houdini whom he obviously idolized but also other huge names like Scarne who trained GIs how to avoid card sharks and dice cheats. The scrapbook also contains a very rare broadsheet of The Welles Mercury Wonder Show "ORSON WELLES THE MAGNIFICENT - The Mercury Wonder Show for Service Men" which was carefully tipped in at its upper corners but otherwise the broadsheet is loose. The broadsheet is in very good condition and has a shallow vertical crease across its entire length (probably folded at one point), and it has several horizontal creases from where it is folded to lay flat and safely in the scrapbook. There are no chips or tears to the broadsheet. [A copy of this broadsheet was sold at a 2002 Swann Galleries Auction (Sale Number 1949 - Lot 241) as part of the MAGIC - THE MANNY WELTMAN HOUDINI COLLECTION. Swann states: Scarce playbill for Welles and his bag of tricks, listing the various acts and setting them off with amusing vignettes, 21 1/2 x 6 inches sight size; matted and framed. Np, [1943] Estimate $2,000-3,000 - sold for $1600.] Collectors of 20th Century magic will be thrilled with the depth and breadth of this young man's abilities and interests in the world of magic. The scrapbook is 11.5" x 15.5", has illustrated vinyl covers, spiral bound. 42 of its 48 pages (24 leaves) have items on them. Some are loose. Overall VG. 
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16 JOHN JENKINS to COL. JOHN JENKINS 1802 ORIGINAL SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF EARLY PENNSYLVANIA POLITICS AND POLITICKING IN WASHINGTON CITY BY ONE JOHN JENKINS TO HIS RENOWNED RELATIVE COLONEL JOHN JENKINS BACK HOME IN LUZERNE COUNTY
LUZERNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WYOMING COUNTY 1802 Good- Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a significant, original manuscript relic of Pennsylvania state history dated City of Washington January 20 1802 a mere 27 or so years after the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775 and 15 years after Statehood. Handwritten by John Jenkins to the renowned Colonel John Jenkins [b.1751], the author's father or brother most likely]. The letter reads in part "…letter from new York restating our position and had to attend on business….Eleventh day here…our petition are not yet presented to Congress… Judge Baron? from Starkbridge…I have given out a number of our coppays of our petition [likely regarding the Compromise Act of 1799] to the members of Congress so as to give them a fair understanding of the subject one of the members from Pennsylvania informed me in conversation that they (that is) the members from Pennsylvania, would oppose the petition as it would destroy the Scranton ___." On the reverse side it is stamped with "WASH'N CITY" and "JAN 3" along with "PAID" addressed to Col. John Jenkins, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Another Jenkins name, in addition to John is written at the bottom of the page, left, B. ___Jenkins. [Local historians and researchers will no doubt have little problem sorting out the authorship and relationship of the three Jenkins' who are named.] HISTORICAL NOTES: from the book WILD YANKEES: Compromise of 1799 "In the spring of 1799, Pennsylvania made the first in a series of moves that would ultimately resolve land disputes in an around the Wyoming Valley. On April 4, the state assembly passed the Compromise Act, which allowed settlers that held Connecticut deeds that predate the Trenton Decree to obtain Pennsylvania titles to their lands. The legislation established a three-man-commission empowered to assess the legitimacy of settlers' claims, survey their tracts, and ascertain their value. Settlers who had their Connecticut deeds confirmed by the commissioners had to pay, depending on the value of their farms, between eight cents to two dollars per acre in eight annual instalments. The proceeds from these sales went toward defraying the cost of compensating Pennsylvania claimants who lost property to Connecticut settlers. As with the Confirming Act of 1787, the new law encouraged Connecticut claimants holding deeds issued before 1783 to move toward reconciliation with the state and to turn their backs of settlers who held titles issued after the Trenton Decree. After some initial hesitation, the lure of secure titles at low prices assured the act's acceptance among Yankee settlers in the fifteen Susquehannah Company towns established before the Trenton Decree. These settlements covered the Wyoming Valley and adjacent lands…." BIO NOTES: From one online source: "Col. John Jenkins was the son of John Jenkins, a magistrate and surveyor. Responsive to the first whisper of independence, the people of the valley assembled in town meeting to proclaim their hearty approval of the movement. The presiding officer at that meeting was Col. Jenkins; he was moderator, and in common with the other patriots assembled, devoted their lives and their sacred honor to the great cause of their fellow-man. Of that meeting and its resolves in behalf of liberty, Hon. Charles Miner has well said: "I would rather have those patriotic votes to show, as the work of an ancestor of mine, than the proudest patent of nobility ever granted by a king." Col. John Jenkins was appointed tax collector, but was enrolled for military duty and was actively employed from first to last. He served the people with ability and fidelity in the Connecticut general assembly, when this was Westmoreland county. His neat and accurate records of surveys from Wilkes-Barre extending a considerable distance into New York, are the never-failing authority of civil engineers to this day. He was a democrat and nearly worshiped his ideal, Thomas Jefferson, while his friend and much a close companion in all those times that tried men's souls, Col. John Franklin, was an enthusiastic federalist. Here their political lines parted, but on the great question of liberty and human rights they were as the steel and magnet. Of his capture while on a scouting expedition near Wyalusing, has been told on a preceding page. After a long and cruel captivity he returned and was the first to bring positive information of the invasion. The joy of the people at his safe return was turned to sudden gloom by the cloud then seen to be gathering in the north. He had been only recently married when captured. Mrs. Bertha Jenkins lived to the age of eighty-four years; died in 1841." [History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania H. C. Bradsby, Editor S. B. Nelson & Co., Publishers, 1893.] The 13¼" by 8" letter is missing a 1¾ by 1¼ inch square at the bottom, middle section and has another ½" square almost halfway down, center. Large section directly above the larger square is vulnerable to coming out in an "l" shape of 2½ by 1½". Several tears, small holes along 2nd from bottom fold line, largely on fold line. The outside edges are chipped and a dog ear. Yellowing, foxing and some grime as well as the occasional random spot or speck/stray mark. Overall G-. 
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17 JOHN R. WRIGHT 1830s - 1880 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF EIGHT [8] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A WESTERN NEW YORK FARMER WITH ONE EYE TO THE SPIRITUALISM MOVEMENT
WESTFIELD, CHATAUQUA COUNTY, NEW YORK 1835 Good Manuscript 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer are the original manuscript diaries [8] handwritten by John R. Wright (circa 1830-1880) a farmer and laborer in Westfield, Chatauqua County, New York. Westfield is in the section of western New York State popularly known as the "Burnt Over District," it is also a dozen miles from Lily Dale the birthplace of the modern Spiritualist movement. While the handwriting poses a challenge it appears that the Wrights were one of the many families caught up in the religious fervor sweeping the area. The diary notes attendance on several occasions at Spiritualist meetings. Our diarist, John R. Wright, and his father James, were two of about twenty-five people from Westfield that signed a petition in 1854 for the Spiritualist Newspaper, asking Congress to appoint a "Scientific Commission to investigate certain physical and mental phenomena of questionable origin and mysterious import that have of late occurred in this country and in Europe." While the diaries for the most part deal with the everyday mundanities of rural life, and there is no end to the work, there is the backdrop of the spiritualist movement like a thread through the entries; there are mentions in the late 1860s going to "U.I.L." (this sometimes looks more like "W.O") often. This seems to a meeting place for Spiritualists, mayhaps an experimental circle where séances were held. These mentions seem to peak around 1866 and 1867. "Wednesday, June 14, 1854: Planted potatoes all day. Pa observed for me in the Morn. the ? off & Spiritual meeting"; "Wednesday August 28, 1867: Went over to u.i.e. In the morn & again afternoon. S. M. Livingston said lite & water lives in ?" The main spiritualist appears to be a man named: "J. Dibble" - mentioned often throughout the diaries and also in relation to the U.I.L. (or W.O.) camp. 
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18 JOHN RABY 1830s ORIGINAL 500+ PAGE MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF METHODIST SERMONS, ESSAYS, THEOLOGICAL DISCOURSE AND HANDWRITTEN TESTIMONY OF HAUNTINGS AND APPARITIONS
CLITHEROE, LANCASHIRE ENGLAND BRITAIN 1830 Good+ Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a super, significant manuscript book of Methodist Theological essays, sermons and religious reflections handwritten by itinerant Methodist preacher John Raby of Clitheroe in Lancashire. Titled "Theological Essays the Outlines of Sermons and Miscellaneous Observations on Divers Passages of the Scriptures, Volume Second. Begun in Clitheroe By John Raby. Feb.y 7th 1836 And Finished…" [no final date given the almost 550 pages]. The author has created an index of the contents to the rear. Historians and researchers of early 19th Century religious teachings and thought will have a treasure trove but included in this massive effort are two narratives of hauntings and apparitions as revealed to Raby in his wanderings. A third notable handwritten copy of 'The Missionary's Farewell' which was circulating in England from the 1820s in the Evangelical Magazine. The two ghost narratives are nine pages in total. The first is recounted by Raby as coming from 'Mr Peter Mill when on his death bed who commenced his itinerant labours in 1774 and died at Hull April 1806'. The haunting took place in Crowle in Lincolnshire in 1783 and despite Mill's sceptical belief that the apparition 'was possessed of flesh and bones a Mischievous Ghost in a human body', he is changed by a night (vividly described) which he spent in the haunted house: 'once he felt as if a Man's foot come on his foot with considerable pressure. Stubborn facts now drove away all his incredulity, his nerves were shook and his mind exceedingly agitated.' This is followed by the revelation from a woman living near by that the commotion is caused by the spirit of a friend who she summoned to attest to the fact. A second shorter apparition narrative follows, retold from a Methodist preacher on the Bristol circuit, in which the apparition foretells a death. The book is a large 10 x 8 inch book has a black leather spine and tips over marbled board. Typical rubbing but overall G+. 
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19 L. MACBEAN, [Lachlan Macbean] 1889 ELEMENTARY LESSONS IN GAELIC with HANDWRITTEN NOTES BY DR. PETER DAVIDSON OF THE HERMETIC BROTHERHOOD
INVERNESS SCOTLAND JOHN NOBLE 1889 Good Manuscript 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating 1889 printed book titled 'Elementary Lessons in Gaelic' Third Edition, Revised, once owned by Dr. Peter Davidson, co-founder of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, one of the three main leaders in the Hermetic Brotherhood movement, and who has written profuse handwritten notes throughout the book. Pages are loose with the binding, but they are still intact. Overall Fair. 
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20 MARIO RUBEN COOPER 1960s ORIGINAL PRE PUBLICATION MANUSCRIPT ART AND LAYOUT BOOK BY RENOWNED MEXICAN-AMERICAN MASTER WATERCOLOURIST
NEW YORK CITY 1960 Good+ Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a super, original circa 1960 manuscript art book created by watercolour artist Mario Ruben Cooper. The book was Cooper's pre publication manuscript that became his noted "Drawing and Painting the City". Born in Mexico City on Nov. 26, 1905, Cooper was raised in Los Angeles where he began his art studies at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. He continued in New York at Columbia University and Grand Central School of Art where he later taught. Following his art training, he pursued a career in NYC as an illustrator for Collier's magazine. He authored Drawing and Painting the City in 1967. Quite popular many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ''Piggy O'Kane Peered Out, Saw That the Coast Was Clear, and Motioned His Companions', Collier's magazine story illustration' which sold at Heritage Auctions, New York 'Illustration Art Auction ' in 2011. There have been several articles about Mario Cooper, including 'University of the Arts Alumnus Arnold Roth Inducted into Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame' written for ArtDaily in 2009. Overall G. BIO NOTES: We quote from the Society of Illustrators: Mario Cooper (1905 - 1995) excelled in many roles. His years in illustration showed his deep commitment to the magic that is design and his appreciation of research. (He once built an entire cardboard staircase, complete with banister and balusters, so that he could be sure of how the light and shadows would play on it.) Born in Mexico City in 1905, his American father brought the family to the United States to avoid threats of the escalating Mexican revolution. He got his first taste of art while in Mexico. Later, his insatiable appetite for research set the stage for new "points of view" in his work, such as looking down from a balcony or stair landing, or leaning out a window. In the 1930s, when he was teaching illustration at Columbia University in New York City, sculpture classes caught his eye. However, illustration was still his love and he became known for interpretations of stories by such authors as Agatha Christie, Clarence Buddington Kelland, Erich Maria Remarque, and many others. He even did illustrations for a story titled "The Cardinal's Mistress." The author was little known in the United States, though he was known in Rome. His name was Benito Mussolini. Unfortunately, it wasn't too long until Americans did get to know that name - but not as an author. Mario taught illustration at Pratt Institute when the world was recovering from World War II. The United States Air Force had now come of age and in 1950 instituted the U.S. Air Force Art Program to document the ongoing history of military aviation and aeronautics. In 1953, the Air Force made a pact with the Society: In exchange for transportation and a per diem, the illustrators would donate their artwork to the Air Force. In 1954 Mario Cooper was assigned a plane with crew of seven, as well as a courtesy rank of Brigadier General. He made visits to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Alaska, accompanied by members of the Society. NASA also enlisted aid from the Society for art about America's space program, including the moon landing, exploration, etc. One of the paintings Mario donated is of a missile launch, done from sketches and photos taken at Cape Canaveral. A majority of his work is in the Pentagon and at the Smithsonian Institute. Putting together these memories of Mario, whom I married in 1964, I thought to add a memory of my own - I recall a winter day in Chicago in 1932. My sister Gretchen, who was seventeen, and I, a rambunctious ten, were lounging on the bed. She had turned on the overhead and I didn't like its stark light. But she needed it to look at her magazines. She was "ooh-ing and ah-ing" over the stories and the illustrations that accompanied them. Gretchen tried to get me interested but I was not. Being Tarzan was my thing, running around with a rubber knife in my belt. That was more like it. She insisted on showing me an illustration that had a monkey on a woman's shoulder. (After all, there are monkeys in the jungle, but usually not on a gal's shoulder. Any Tarzan knows that!) That is about all I remember of the incident. I do not recall looking at magazines ever again with my sister, but I do know that I was ten, which made this memory all the more intriguing. You see, Mario illustrated a story for Collier's entitled "The Old Rake." It has a woman going up a stairway with a monkey on her shoulder. A man is below looking up at them. I have the original illustration in my collection and guess what? It was first published in 1932, when I was ten. So, I may have "met" Mario thirty-two years before I married him. Dale Meyers Cooper 
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