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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 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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3 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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4 '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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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
5 '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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1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA, 30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
6 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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7 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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8 Abbot Giuseppe Calandrelli 1807 HANDWRITTEN LATIN BOOK OF MATHEMATICS AS STUDIED IN THE COLLEGIO ROMANO UNDER THE FAMED ABBOT CALANDRELLI
Collegio Romano ROME ITALY 1807 Original Vellum Good+ Latin 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is an original handwritten Latin mathematics manuscript detailing the instruction and works of Abbot Giuseppe Calandrelli (1749 - 1827) who was a famous Italian astronomer and mathematician. After the Jesuit order was suppressed, after the direction of the Collegio Romano was given over to priests from other orders, young Calandrelli perfected his scientific studies and became the substitute for his maestro, Father François Jacquier. He earned many prestigious titles: giving physics lessons after the professor died; director of the Accademia di Fisica, entrusted by the Pope to bring electricity to the Papal Palace on the Quirinal Hill, among others. He founded a school of astronomy in Rome. This manuscript dated 1807 is divided in IX books and is adorned with 24 original folding drawings in the end. On the frontispiece there is a Masonic drawing. Ex libris of Andrae Belli, surgeon, official and doctor at the hospital of Santa Maria della Consolazione in Rome. This manuscript is assuredly the geometry textbook Andrea Belli used for his mathematics lessons in Rome at the Collegio Romano with Giuseppe Calandrelli. Original full vellum binding. Pages: 4 + 166 + 24 folding drawings. Complete. Size: 20 cm x 13,50 cm; 7.80 in. x 5.50 in. G+ 
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9 ALBAN SMITH PAYNE 1844 - 1846 REMARKABLE AND UNIQUE ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF PRE-CIVIL WAR MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE FROM AN ASPIRING DOCTOR WITH A SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS FOR A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DISEASES AND AILMENTS
CASTLETON MEDICAL COLLEGE VERMONT NEW YORK CITY NY 1844 Good Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a remarkable piece of medical history. It is a book by a young doctor in training, named Alban Smith Payne from New York City during the 1840s. He is studying at Castleton College in Vermont, the largest Medical School in the Northeast at the time. For anyone who wants an incredibly interesting and comprehensive idea of Western medical science in pre-Civil War era, this book contains an immense amount of information in this regard. It describes dozens of diseases, their symptoms and treatments. The book seems to be an education by many different doctors, presenting case studies in the anatomy and physiology of many different diseases. The first half of the book shows the date of each lecture as well as the doctor who gave the talk. Then there are case studies presented of ailments and diseases, everything from “Subacute Rheumatism”, “Cholera Infantium”, many various “skin diseases”, “nocturnal emissions”, and many different Sexually Transmitted Infections such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and ‘the clapp’. There are also accounts of watching doctor’s perform operations from a theatre: “Dr. Goldsmith operated to day upon a young Lady for Strabismus. He divided the Internal Rectus muscle in a manner that showed that he was a perfect master of his profession and the eye at once became straight - The beauty of the patient rendered the operation clearly interesting .What must be her feelings of gratitude to him who in so short a time ____ the only thing that ever mortified her and changed her from an object of derision and scorn amongst their acquaintances to one of unsurpassing interest and loveliness.” There are roughly 50 pages of these lecture notes and observations. After, Payne presents seemingly an original thesis of work: “To The Medical Faculty of Castleton College. This Thesis is Dedicated As a testimony of high respect for their professional Talents and esteem for their ____ work By their faithful Friend, And Grateful Pupil, A.S. Payne. Morbus Coxanus on Hip-Joint Disease. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Hip-Joint.” Includes symptoms, different stages of progression, as well as treatment.” This section continues for 32 pages and is remarkably in depth. Following this, Payne writes a few pages on “My Idea of the Castetonians” who are “mostly descendents of our pilgrim fathers, are a moral, hospitable people, with a good deal of religious profession, and most of them practical christians - all legally honest, some morally so.” The next dozen pages or so are taken up with recipes for different “Unguenta” or healing ointments. These mixtures contain a number chemicals, including silver, sulphur, and zinc. Presumably, these recipes would be taken to a pharmacist or chemist to be made. Finally, the last 15 pages or so are taken by a detailed description of lectures and clinics attended by Payne in 1846: “Professor Parker’s Clinique - Jan 19th, 1846.” - concerning the “introduction of a tube in the Ductus ad Nasium for Fistula Lachrymalis.” The clinics discuss numerous cases: “Case 3 - Young woman abt. 20 (a beautiful one at that) Syphilitic ulcers on ear - Ulcers have a healthy ____ - most import - symptom is pain in the head in afternoon from 4 to 7 O’clock. This young woman has been upon the “”Lawn” one of the ‘Pave’ ‘has ever some sense’. She has been reclaimed by a Philanthropic Society since last May (when she had the ulcers). The ulcer has round Edge with slight inclination to be ‘scaly’. The pain in the front part of the head coming on in the afternoon is the most certain diagnostic symptom in my mind - Dr. Buckly was the first to call attention to this fact. Dr. Parker fully corroborated the fact...Treatment - Hydrostatic Potash 10grs. Conium 2grs. In solution twice a day, repeated afterwards ter in die.” There are also a couple of pages in which the bottom half of the page has been cut out and just the top half is left. These short pages deal with things such as, “Sir Charles Bill’s Treatment for Gonorrhea or Clapp,” “Dr. Bill’s Rules for Injections in Penis,” and causes and symptoms of a “Concussion of brain”. The last page includes a number of different antidotes and remedies to such things as Arsenic poisoning and Whooping Cough. The book is in good shape. It has a marbled cover and a quarter leather binding. It is roughly 100 pages in length, and each page has writing on it. For the first half of the book, Payne writes in pencil, which has faded a bit due to age and wear, but is still readable, especially under direct light. The last half of the book is in very legible and easily readable pen, with no smudging present. (Background: Alban Smith Payne was born July 1st, 1822 in Warrenton, VA, and died in April of 1891 in Markham, VA 
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10 ALBERT DURAND 1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF FRENCH FIN-DE-SIÈCLE REGIMENT BUGLE SONGS FROM A BUGLE PLAYER STATIONED IN THE INDRE-ET-LOIRE DÉPARTEMENT
DÉPARTEMENT INDRE-ET-LOIRE, FRANCE, FR 1893 Good + Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a unique relic from fin de siècle France, an 1893 original manuscript book of Regiment Bugle Songs, from the 66th Infantry. The inside of the front cover gives the specific information: “Durand, Albert. Caporal Clairon 66ème Régiment d’Infanterie à Tours Indre et Loire”. Durand was ‘Caporal Clairon’ or ‘First Bugle’ of the 66th Infantry Regiment Tours, in the the Indre-et-Loire Département. Indre-et-Loire is in west-central France. The title page reads: Class 1893. Cahier appartenant à Monsieur Durand Albert...” The first page consists of a 1 page entry by Durand, reflections on a lost love and the effect it has had on his heart and soul. Then the book goes into the bugle songs. There are 23 songs covered over the 45 page book. Each song contains the whole of its lyrics, handwritten in flowing French script. Songs included are: “La Fête au Village,” “Moustaches - Polka,” “Les Brunes et Les Blondes,” “Une Promenade aux Tuileries,” “Petit Chagrin,” “Un bal chez un Ministre,” “Ma Grosse Julie,” “Au Clair de la Lune,” “Les Noctambules,” and many others. Most songs are structured the same way, a number of number of verses between a refrain or chorus. Each song also contains Durand’s signature at the very end of it, and sometimes a little note, e.g. “vive la classe 93 complet encore,” “Durand est un vieux cabot,” “Ligné un homme de la classe,” or “vieux cabot Clairon”. Finally, there is a beautiful printed map of France on the very last page in the back. The map is printed in a reddish pink color. It is still in good condition. The book contains 45 pages in total all written in French. There is wear and discoloration on the covers and spine. Inside, two pages have come away from the binding and some are slightly disconnected. Every page has yellowed with foxing with ruffled edges. The handwriting is clear and legible throughout. The black ink used has faded to a rust colored reddish-brown. All content is still very readable. The book measures 8 3/4" x 6 3/4". OVERALL: G+ 
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11 Alfred Buckingham Cuspley c1850 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT APOTHECARY'S BOOK OF PERSONAL, HOUSEHOLD AND FARM CURES, SALVES, RECIPES AND REMEDIES
ENGLAND UK GREAT BRITAIN 1850 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a British Apothecary's handwritten manuscript book, 5 x 8 inches with approximately 98 pages of recipes [receipts], remedies, cures, salves, potions, oils etc. for household and personal needs, plus a handwritten index and a list of suppliers. The name Alfred Buckingham Cuspley is written on the first page. While undated the book most certainly pre-dates 1858 as evidenced by a currency converter pasted into the back of the book which refers to Canadian £ Sterling which was replaced in 1858. The majority of recipes are for medicinal cures, health and beauty products and perfumes. There are also a few wine recipes, cures for horses etc. Some examples: Bears Grease, Violet Powder, Cholera Mixture, Sun Burn Lotion, Milk of Roses, Horse Cough Ball, Myrhh Gargle, Sir Charles Clarke's Digestive Dinner Pills, Sea Sick Pills, Face Rouge, Bug Poison, Arsenical Soap, Bay Rum, Hendrie's Perfumes (3 pages), Poultry Spice, Volatile Essence, Pepsine Wine +++.Split to spine covering. Remains of metal clasp. Marks to a few pages but good clean condition overall. 
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12 ALLEN, NAPOLEON 1839 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ARITHMETIC SUMS DONE IN FINE CALLIGRAPHY - BEGINNING OF THE VICTORIAN ERA
England, United Kingdom, Great Britain 1839 Good+ Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is an 1839 school copy book is done in black ink with red accents a mere year and a half into Queen Victoria's reign. The three-quarter page, very fine and fancy calligraphy and penmanship, penned title is "Questions to exercise. Multiplication & Division." About 14 pages of the estimated 60 pages are covered in neat math exercises of figures and text. On the front free endpaper is written Napoleon Allen's Book February 21st 1839. There is also an unattached name plate (7 x 5.5 inches) with name Napoleon Allen done in elaborately patterned lettering. The original covers are of stiff, but flexible stock which is toned and spotted with age. The interior is bright and clean. 8 x 11 inches. 
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13 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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14 AUBER FORESTIER, RASMUS B. ANDERSON 1884 NORWAY MUSIC ALBUM - FOLK SONGS, DANCES, NATIONAL AIRS, RECENT COMPOSITIONS
CHICAGO 1884 Fair Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a printed book titled the Norway Music Album - Norway's Folk Songs, Dances, etc., National Airs and Recent Compositions for Pianoforte and Solo Singing with a few Four Part Songs by Auber Forestier and Rasmus B. Anderson. Inscribed on the cover: J.S.Wing, Red Wing Minnesota December 1884. The 11½ x 9 inch book is in rough shape binding wise but the interiors are readable. Overall Fair. 
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15 B. C. NIELSEN 1880s “REPORT UPON THE MANUFACTURE OF GUN COTTON” A DETAILED DESCRIPTION, FROM PLANT TO WEAPON, WITH EXCELLENT, DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF 19th CENTURY MACHINERY, PROCESSES AND MILITARY SCIENCE
ROSE ISLAND, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, RI 1885 Good Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a unique and interesting document from the history of war, weaponry, and the United States Navy. It is the “Report upon the Manufacture of Gun Cotton” produced by a seaman, B. C. Nielsen. The 16-page handwritten report, goes over a wide range of the creation, processing, and use of gun cotton. It begins by defining gun cotton as, “an explosive made from cotton; and is composed of Carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, and is made by acting on cotton with nitric and sulphuric acids. It is only necessary to immerse pure dry cotton in a mixture of the purest and strongest nitric and sulphuric acids to convert cotton into gun cotton.” Gun cotton comes from cotton known as “weavers or cop waste, the tangled clippings from the spinning room.” The cotton is boiled then dried and passed through “a centrifugal wringer”. This is just one of the many late-Industrial Revolution era machines that the cotton will pass through before it is gun-cotton. Others include “the picker,” “wrought iron cylindrical tanks each holding about 1300 lbs of mixed acid,” “the acid wringer,” “the Immersion Tub,” “the pulper”, “the poacher,” “the stuff chest,” “the wagon,” and “the moulding press.” Each one of these machines is described in the report and exactly what it does and how is also explained. This report is exceptionally detailed from start to finish, from cotton field to the ships carrying it to war. The cotton also goes through tests to make sure it is stable and usable, including a “heat test,” and a “solubility test.” Considering the flammability of gun cotton, it makes perfect sense that the Navy would be so thorough in their examination of its manufacturing. Finally, “The gun cotton after manufacture is sent to Rose Island where it is stored in pockets provided for that purpose in a bomb proof building where it is inspected frequently. When issued to ships some of the older lots are packed in torpedo cases.” The U. S. Navy began using Rose Island, off the coast of Providence, R. I., in the early 1880's to store gun cotton for torpedoes. It continues, “A sufficient proportion of dry primers are sent with it in the outfit, dry gun-cotton is packed in glass jars and placed one jar in a white painted wooden box made for that purpose and marked dry primers.” The report finishes by stating how often the gun cotton is inspected and tested and what to do if it is becomes too dry. The report ends, “Respectfully Submitted, Benj. C. Nielsen. Seaman U.S. Navy.” The report was examined by a Lieutenant Commander of the U. S. Navy who was also Assistant Inspector of Ordnance. The name is illegible, but the chief Assistant Inspector of Ordnance at the time was G. A. Converse. The first page of the Report has “Circa 1865” written in pencil. This is incorrect and was most probably added later. The U.S. Navy did not start using Rose Island to store gun-cotton until the early 1880s. This report was most probably written around that time, probably in the mid- to late-1880s. The overall condition of the report is fair to good. The cover are two plain brown paper wrappers held together at the top of the page with three brass grommets. These covers are fairly well ripped and torn. The pages within are in better shape, showing some age-toning and wear on the first page, but none on any of the others. The handwriting is clear and legible throughout, without fading or smudging. The whole thing can be read very easily. It’s size is 9” x 13”. OVERALL: G. 
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16 BROTHER C.K. HOWRY 1890s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF MORAVIAN THOUGHT AT THE END OF THE 19th CENTURY: "CHRISTIAN ARGUMENTS"
Willow Street, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania PA 1890 Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a super relic of late 19th century Christian religious thought as written and presented by C.K. Howry of Willow Street, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Over 381pp in a neat hand complete with author's index to the manuscript, followed by his preface. The importance of the work to Mr. Howry is evident given the quality of the book itself: a gilt-stamped spine title 'CHRISTIAN ARGUMENTS', black leather morocco cover over flexible boards, 8 x 5 inches and two raised bands premium quality notebook. Research suggests that Mr. Howry espouses the state of Moravian Church throughout; the preface declares: 'I have written this as an incouragement [sic] to myself, as the truth, according to the word of God is always incouraging, and as there is no salvation outside of the truth of the word of God and to obtain salvation is of great importance and as there is no salvation except in the name of Jesus, neither is there any way to be saved from our sins but through Jesus. So in this writing I have shown what Jesus has done…I ask the reader to read it carefully and patiently, and examine it well with the Scriptures.' At back are handwritten copies of two letters of seven and five pages each, addressed to a Brother & Sister in the Faith. The book has some edge wear but is overall G+. 
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17 C.F. GELLERT FABELEN EN VERTELSELS IN NEDERDUITSCHE VERZEN GEVOLGD
DORDRECHT 1830 Leather Spine, Tips Good Dutch 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
FABELEN EN VERTELSELS IN NEDERDUITSCHE VERZEN GEVOLGD. NIEUWE UITGAVE. Good copy of the well loved book of fables by German poet C.F. Gellert. Four plates present. Bumping to the tips, rubbing along the edges, some splitting, gilt title treatment along the spine very bright. Overall G. 
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18 CAPTAIN J.D. CHARTRAND [?] 1890 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL REGARDING THE INDUCTION TRAINING AND PROGRESS REPORTING OF THE 12th ALPINE GROUP 27th BATAILLON DE CHASSEURS PIED ARMY OF FRANCE
France 1890 Poor Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer a rare antique of French militaria: the handwritten manuscript daily journal of the 3rd Company 27th Bataillon de Chasseurs a pied, 12th Alpine Group, dated from 1890. This famed battle group, founded by the Duke of Orleans created in 1888, a mere 2 years prior this book writing, 12 specialized mountain battalions in response to Italy's formation of 6 'Alpini' battalions. "Enregistrement journalier du travail fait dans la Compagnie." as stated on the 'title page'. The first six-seven pages or so have been handwritten by a scribe for the French Army laying out in detail the purpose of the journal, the structure etc. A different hand, we believe the writer to be Captain J. D. Chartrand, begins by outlining even more specific instructions; Education, Theory, Military Code, Hygiene, Exercise, Manouvers etc. It is evident that this book is an both an induction manual and progress report. Other hands detail daily the particular training of the day, the supervising officers of the day and then individual progress is annotated. There are over 170 pages in this journal and appears to span 1890 to 1892. The journal proper is rather unique too, handmade canvas cover over hard boards with marbelized endpapers. Inner hinge break makes for the book being in poor condition and several pages have come loose but all appear to be there. All pages are clean and legible. Superb French language militaria manuscript book and as such rare. 
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19 CARL O. WEDERKINCH of the SILVER ISLET MINING CO. 1876 - 1877 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF DETAILED METALLURGICAL ANALYSES AND ASSAYS MADE FOR A NOTED MINING COMPANY LOOKING TO EXPAND ITS OPERATIONS BOTH IN CANADA AND ABROAD
SILVER INLET MINE, SIBLEY PENINSULA ONTARIO CANADA 1876 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is an 1876 Metallurgical assay and analysis book of silver mining, only a few years after silver had been discovered at Silver Islet in Northwest, Ontario. The diary’s first page has a title: “Analyses & Assays made for the Silver Islet Mining Co. at Silver Islet, Lake Superior 1876 to 77 by Carl O. Wederkinch”. The book is true to it’s title. Throughout the handwritten book, which covers a period from November 2, 1876 to mid-1877. This book has a tremendous amount of information in it, relating to the complicated and fascinating metallurgical process of Silver mining. Wederkinch, who was at the time the lead engineer of the Silver Islet Mining Co. keeps incredibly detailed and comprehensive notes on a wide variety of topics related to his work at the Silver Islet mine. There are probably over 200 different samples assayed in the book. Silver is assayed through titration, and the calculations are often written out in full. For example: Nov. 2nd. Samples assayed for purposes of finding amount of loss that will occur in concentrating ore. No. 1: Pink spar and slate, some silver sprinkled throughout the spar nearest the slate. Ore taken = 3 A.T. = 87.498 grm. 1/20 A.T. = 34.4 = 694. Concentrations = 7.290 grm. Failings = 72.242grm. Loss = 7.966 grm or 9.1%” This is done many times, with many different types of samples, each taken from different places and described differently. On some dates, a “Diamond-drill-core is used and samples are tested for their silver content. A detailed map can be found about a quarter through the book which gives the locations of all the different samples taken. There are many, many pages where the assay calculations done on the samples are fully fleshed out. These calculations are done by titration and are very complex and incredibly interesting to those who know what is being done. Silver is commonly found in various ores such as argentite, chlorargyrite, and galena (a lead ore often containing significant amounts of silver). Galena is mentioned most often, especially when Wederkinch writes on smelting the ore into silver. The last part of the book, roughly 40 pages, appear to have been written by another person other than Wederkin. They concern a trip to Central America (Ecuador, Panama, Honduras) and what appears to be a feasibility assessment of a number of mines in that part of the world: “Loma Larga Mine. No Frills report says the ore goes averages from $90 to $100 pr. Ton. Mr. Williamson says that the ore will average from $40 to $50 pr. Ton. They have wored as much as 250 tons in a month from 3 mines and he says his ___ at one time showed an average of $50 pr. Ton. He says they had some ___ ore that was sent to England which he thinks will go near $1000 pr. ton but says of late they have not taken out any parking ore for shipment...” The date on this section is 1888. Wederkin would die in 1881 in Honduras. Also included are a number of pages on how to calculate latitude and longitude, pages on the use of a smelting furnace to extract base metals from their ore (including the financial details of the use of the furnace, i.e. cost in versus return), pages concerning the details of various metallurgical instruments (“Leffel Water Wheel,” “Riveted Iron Pipe,” “Smelting Furnace,” etc.), pages on the temperatures experienced on a multi-month trip to Honduras to test the feasibility of mining in the country. The book is in fair condition. There is an unattached front cover and no back cover. The pages are in good shape, but are not bound to each other. They are not completely loose, as they are in gatherings of 16 pages or so, but the separate gatherings are not bound to each other anymore. The book is roughly 200 pages, of which there is writing on almost every single page. The handwriting is legible and readable. (Background: Silver Islet refers to both a small rocky island and a small community located at the tip of the Sibley Peninsula in northwestern Ontario, Canada. A rich vein of pure silver was discovered on this small island in 1868 by the Montreal Mining Company. At that time, the island was approximately [50 m²] in size and only 2.5 metres above the waters of Lake Superior. In 1870, the site was developed by Alexander H. Sibley's Silver Islet Mining Company which built wooden breakwaters around the island to hold back the lake's waves and increased the island's area substantially with crushed rock. The islet was expanded to over 10 times its original size and a small mining town was built up on the shore nearby.) 
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20 CHARLES DE VESCI et al 1820s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF POETRY, PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE, ESSAYS, NATURAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF EARLY 19TH CENTURY IRELAND AND GREAT BRITAIN
France 1822 Good+ Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, early 19th Century manuscript relic of Irish literature, poetry, philosophy, genealogy and practical remedies being a 220+ page book self identified by Charles De Vesci of Templeogue, Co. Dublin. While unconfirmed we believe this De Vesci is related to the noted and ancient family of peers of Ireland. The book is filled with handwritten copies of famous quotations, poems and portions of literary works but also includes passages in Greek and some in code it seems. There are some essays, some genealogical information, notes on natural history, historical retellings and even a few recipes and the thoughts of the author. The earliest date we find is 1822 and later dates to 1870s. The book may have writings in different hands or the differing penmanship of an aging man but notwithstanding historians and researchers will find a treasure trove of 19th Century thought. The notebook is well used and handled condition with staining, wear and tear etc. but overall the 8 x 6 ½ inches is G+. 
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