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Image for 1854 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY FILLED WITH THE DAILY DETAILS OF LIFE IN EAST BOSTON HANDWRITTEN BY A ELDERLY WOMAN WHO STILL REMEMBERS THAT HER FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN 112 HAD HE LIVED

1854 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY FILLED WITH THE DAILY DETAILS OF LIFE IN EAST BOSTON HANDWRITTEN BY A ELDERLY WOMAN WHO STILL REMEMBERS THAT HER FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN 112 HAD HE LIVED

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $855.99

Publisher: EAST BOSTON, CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, 1854

Seller ID: 0002396

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, naïve original 1854 East Boston manuscript diary with simple entries handwritten by an unidentified 63 year old woman who maintains a record for financial, genealogical, local births, deaths and events and many personal remembrances. 'Jan 24 Virginia G. Walker 2 years old. 28 Mr. Lancaster died this morning. 30 The coldest morning that has been for twenty years.' Then: 'January 6 1834 my Father if living would be one hundred and 12 years old today.' 'Feb 9 My husband is 66 years old this day. Mary Anne fell and broke her collarbone.' The 5 x 3½ inch book has about 30 pag... View more info

Image for 1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A GROTON SCHOOL STUDENT AND BEST PAL OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WHO KINDLY GIVES HIS PAL AND GOLF BUDDY A COUPLE OF STROKES AS A HANDICAP

1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A GROTON SCHOOL STUDENT AND BEST PAL OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WHO KINDLY GIVES HIS PAL AND GOLF BUDDY A COUPLE OF STROKES AS A HANDICAP

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: GROTON MASSACHUSETTS HYDE PARK CHICAGO, 1897

Seller ID: 0002437

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original September 22 - December 16th 1897 and then one entry for January 1, 1898 manuscript relic of one unidentified student's time at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts just prior to the turn of the Century. Though he is unidentified local historians and researchers should have a wealth of clues to deduce the identity. Most helpful of clues being that our young author is what appears to be one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's [FDR] best friends. A mere 3 years before FDR's cousin Theodore would become president and the name Roosevelt would dominate American politi... View more info

1837 ORIGINAL TRAVEL DIARY OF A MAN’S 3 MONTH TRIP FROM NEW JERSEY TO ILLINOIS, ON HORSEBACK, COACH AND FOOT, AND COMING BACK BY RIVER STEAMERS ON THE ILLINOIS AND OHIO RIVERS

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $7,455.99

Publisher: SIX MILE RIVER, NEW JERSEY to ILLINOIS and Back, 1837

Seller ID: 0009161

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating diary of one man’s 3-month trip from New Jersey to Illinois and back in 1837. The content in this journal is unique; an early 19th Century 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'. The unnamed man travels from Six Mile River, New Jersey with a group of people across 5 states, finally ending in Liverpool, Illinois on the banks of the Illinois River. This part of the trip is accomplished through the only means of over land transportation available at the time: horseback, wagon, and foot. A few days later, he boards a steamboat and sails back home on the Illinois and Ohio Rive... View more info

1864 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HAND WRITTEN BY A SOUTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN TOILING AWAY BUT NEVER LOSING HER JOIE DE VIVRE EVEN WITH THE DARK BACKDROP OF THE CIVIL WAR

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: Massachusetts, U.S., 1864

Seller ID: 0008027

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting diary written by a woman in 1864. She lives on a farm somewhere in south central Massachusetts, based on location references. The diary measures 4 1/2 inches by 4 inches and has about 200 pages. The diary is about 60% complete. The cover is leather and is in good condition as are the pages within. The handwriting is very tight but it is legible. The author is unknown. There is a severely faded inscription on the flyleaf but it is not legible. Context suggests she is a younger woman, living with her husband on a farm. She is a very literate woman and writes very well.... View more info

1873 THE SADDEST MANUSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN DIARY EVER OF A NORWICH SHERBURNE NEW YORK WOMAN

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: Sherburne, New York, 1873

Seller ID: 000407

Condition: Good


What a sad, sad diary. When reading some of these wonderful manuscripts, one comes to realize over and over again how tough times were back then. The year is 1873, and the person writing this journal was in a great time of sorrow in their life. Yet through it all they kept their eyes on God. Likely it's a woman writing, but couldn't find a name anywhere nor could we assess with out doubt the local but she talks of going to Sherburne and Norwich quite often. The diary is full (give or take a handful of days) of handwritten entries, mostly about deaths, anniversaries of deaths, religious meeting... View more info

1886 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT HONEYMOON TRAVEL DIARY OF AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN AND HIS NEW BRIDE OFF TO WALES

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: Betwsycoed, Wales Great Britain UK, 1870

Seller ID: 000984

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a fascinating and delightfully handwritten manuscript diary that was authored in 1886 as titled on the inside of the cover: "A Short History of a Short Honeymoon for the use of those contemplating a similar step" thusly being a detailed memoir of this newlywed couple's honeymoon in Wales. On the First page is a Heading Vol 1 Tuesday 4th May 1886 and it commences "At 11 a.m. we were married at St Paul's Church C.......... Amid ringing of bells and showers of Flowers and rice we walked down the churchyard path….." It then details the Wedding Breakfast and how they c... View more info

1849 - 1850 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A REBEL AND PARTICIPANT IN THE REVOLUTION OF BADEN DETAILING HIS PARTICIPATION, ARREST, INTERROGATION AND IMPRISONMENT

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $8,955.99

Publisher: Donaueschingen, Germany Southhern Germany, 1849

Seller ID: 0001508

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a very unique, historically significant 1849 - 1859 manuscript relic of the Revolution of Baden. There are fifty three [53] pages in German handwriting, containing the journal entries of an unidentified 'rebel' and citizen of Donaueschingen, Germany who was arrested as part of the Rebellion. [While the participant is unidentified local historians, researchers or collectors of the era may have enough clues to ascertain the writer's full identity.] The entries are dated 6th of July 1849, the day before his arrest, until the 25th of June 1850, the day the sentence of the Royal Court w... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL INFORMAL MANUSCRIPT LOG OF A VOYAGE FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TO LIVERPOOL HAND WRITTEN BY A KNOWLEDGEABLE SHIP SAVVY PASSENGER

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA, 1896

Seller ID: 0008072

Condition: Good


On offer is a unique and valuable informal log of a sailing ship from the age of the great clipper ships. This small paperback volume measures 8 inches by 5.25 inches. It contains 84 pages and is 65% complete. The body of the journal has separated from the cover but both are none-the-less in good condition. The handwriting is clear and legible. Siddartha is a commercial sailing ship sailing between Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick Canada and Manchester UK. She departs August 19th, 1896 and the journal ends on September 12th, 1896 while she is still at sea. Siddartha is a barque which means she c... View more info

1876 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG NEAR PHILADELPHIA WOMAN IN THE YEAR OF AMERICA'S CENTENARY

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1876

Seller ID: 0008152

Condition: Good


On offer is a small diary kept by a teacher in the centennial year of the United States. Measuring 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, the leather bound diary contains about 400 pages and is about 90% complete. The handwriting is legible and the book is in good condition. The writer is unknown. She is a teacher, living away from home. Context clues suggest she lives and works in the area immediately west of Philadelphia, PA., quite likely Collegeville, PA. [ref.: Sept 7]. The students, few as they are, live at the school. Much of her entries make a brief comment on what is happening at her school an... View more info

1899 - 1901 SENSATIONAL, ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN GOLD MINER BATTLING BOLIVIAN INDIANS, PERUVIAN HIGHWAYMEN, THIEVES, SOLDIERS AND ADVENTURERS OF ALL STRIPES PROSPECTING FOR GOLD IN THE ANDES

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $13,855.99

Publisher: BOLIVIA PERU SOUTH AMERICA, 1899

Seller ID: 0002596

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb pair [2] of original manuscript diaries hand written by an unidentified American adventurer and gold prospector in Bolivia and Peru circa 1899 - 1901. The diaries, inscribed #4 and #5, the others lost to history, tell a most incredible story of the author's adventures and encounters which include Bolivian Indians, thieves, highwayman, soldiers and expatriates. [In many ways the times and places evoke Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.] Historians and researchers will be delighted given the long, detailed and keen eyed observations and while this is non fiction and a perso... View more info

Image for 1885-1904 Diary Chronicling 20 Years in the Life of a Wealthy American Frontier Woman from Teen to Middle Age, Referencing the Panic of 1893, Deaths of Ulysses Grant and Carter Harrison Sr

1885-1904 Diary Chronicling 20 Years in the Life of a Wealthy American Frontier Woman from Teen to Middle Age, Referencing the Panic of 1893, Deaths of Ulysses Grant and Carter Harrison Sr

By: Unknown

Price: $1,195.95

Publisher: Fort Wayne Indiana, Missouri, Chicago, Dakota Territory, Shelbyville In, Chicago, Fort Wayne Indiana, Missouri, Chicago, Dakota Territory, Shelbyville IN, Chicago: 1885-1904

Seller ID: 0011003

Condition: Fair with no dust jacket


On offer is a wonderful journal a woman kept over a twenty-year period of her life in the late-19th century mid-west of the United States. The author of this journal is unknown. We know that she is a young woman living in Fort Wayne, Indiana as her father prepares to sell their home and head out to Missouri in 1885. This journal documents some twenty years of her life as she moves to different cities, gets married, has at least one child and deals with the challenges and vicissitudes of life on the frontier of the great plains. Her story is one of adventure, hard work, struggle, joys and sorro... View more info

1810 TO 1827 ORIGINAL LEDGER AND LOG OF THE NEW YORK BASED SHIP "THE EDWARD" SPANNING THE PRE WAR OF 1812 ERA TO RECOMMENCE AFTER THE BRITISH AMERICAN WAR

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,459.99

Publisher: New York, Bristol, 1810

Seller ID: 000033b

Condition: Good


On offer is this 8-1/2" x 13" antique ledger with handwritten manuscript entries from 1810 - 1827 from a ship named "The Edward" out of New York. The ledger is complete from June 6, 1810 - June 1812 ends and then begins again from March 1826 - Sept.1827. The ledger stops during the War of 1812 and for a few years after. The ship traveled from New York to Bristol which was impossible during the few missing years as America was at war with Canada. Fascinating to consider that the one blank page represents the war of 1812 and then lost until 1826. Cover is rough but the inside pag... View more info

c1870s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE MAN'S TIME HUNTING, FISHING AND TRAPPING ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $3,245.99

Publisher: PRINCE ARTHUR'S LANDING THUNDER BAY ONTARIO, 1875

Seller ID: 0002049

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, fascinating, very intriguing c1870s manuscript diary and journal of an unknown writer living in Prince Arthur's Landing part of Thunder Bay Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior. Truly an enigmatic book which labelled by hand "Alfred Tennyson Miscellanies" but one finds nothing of Tennyson but many other writings and narrative such as a superbly done in calligraphic hand index of important British milestones in history from the landing of Julius Caesar to Beckett's murder to, lastly, the Act of Habeus Corpus. There are a couple of chart like drawings, wha... View more info

1818 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG DETAILING AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY 13,661 MILE VOYAGE FROM RHODE ISLAND TO INDONESIA BACK TO SANDY HOOK

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BLOCK ISLAND RHODE ISLAND INDONESIA SANDY HOOK, 1818

Seller ID: 0002120

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of early 19th Century ocean going trade and commerce being a handwritten ship's log dated August 6, 1818 to March 11, 1820 detailing a 13, 661 mile voyage from Block Island of Rhode Island to Indonesia to Sandy Hook. The large folio has some 60 pages; most have three entries per page; 20 or so pages excised. The early pages had been cover as if someone paste over news clippings and scrap and then carefully removed to leave a difficult but readable text which gets much better quite soon. The ship sailed from Block Island to Gibraltar Bay; Madeira, ... View more info

Image for 1884 - 1920s ORIGINAL FOLIO MANUSCRIPT LEDGER AND JOURNAL DETAILING THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICS AND DESIGN ELEMENTS IN THE CRITICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OF BUILDING FERRY BOATS

1884 - 1920s ORIGINAL FOLIO MANUSCRIPT LEDGER AND JOURNAL DETAILING THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICS AND DESIGN ELEMENTS IN THE CRITICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OF BUILDING FERRY BOATS

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: SUSQUEHANNA RIVER MILLERSBERG NEW YORK PENNSYLVANI, 1884

Seller ID: 0002232

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original late 19th Century manuscript technical journal, ledger and log book relating to the manufacture and design of Ferry Boats, a critical maritime business and industry, and a comprehensive record of ships built from the 1880s through to the early 1920s. [While we have been unable to identify the author or the company that created this significant and historic record we have no doubt that local historians and researchers will have little difficulty revealing the source.] The large, 14 x 9 inch folio book is comprised of data regarding the size, costs, finances and str... View more info

Image for 1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A THREE AND A HALF MONTH VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE LAND 'DOWN UNDER' ON THE NOTED COMMERCIAL SHIP 'CONQUEROR'

1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A THREE AND A HALF MONTH VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE LAND 'DOWN UNDER' ON THE NOTED COMMERCIAL SHIP 'CONQUEROR'

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $3,295.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE AMERICAN SHIP CONQUEROR, 1897

Seller ID: 0002233

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational, original late 19th Century handwritten manuscript relic of the noted American Ship 'Conqueror' being a 126 page journal of a New York to Sydney New South Wales voyage from March 4th 1897 through June 22nd 1897. The unidentified writer does a super job on the narrative the first month or so but maintains course and weather information throughout the voyage and then some more personal narrative and observations a few weeks before landfall. And while the writer is unknown we can state the person was a passenger, not crew, but a passenger of some experience aboard a ocea... View more info

Image for 1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK OF A COMMERCIAL VESSEL THE 'SCHOONER NAPOLEON' PLYING IT'S TRADE FROM THE UNION NORTH TO THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH DURING THE CIVIL WAR

1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK OF A COMMERCIAL VESSEL THE 'SCHOONER NAPOLEON' PLYING IT'S TRADE FROM THE UNION NORTH TO THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH DURING THE CIVIL WAR

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE SCHOONER NAPOLEON, 1864

Seller ID: 0002285

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original Civil War era ship's log book of the Schooner Napoleon handwritten by an unknown author, likely the First Mate given the statistical details provided and all manner of important details to the ship's record: weather conditions, loading and unloading of all manner of cargo including cattle and even contact by gunboats seeking individuals who might be on board. Dated February 5, 1864 the journal runs well into 1865. We learn that the ship Master's were Edward Soher, who was then replaced by E. Nichols. The schooner went up and down the East Coast from New Haven Conn... View more info

1830s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A JAPANESE VISITOR TO THE ISLANDS OF IZU AND THE SEVEN ISLAND CHAIN et al IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $4,485.99

Publisher: JAPAN, IZU NIKKI, HACHIJO-ISLAND, IZU OSHIMA, 1835

Seller ID: 0002083

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original circa 1830s manuscript relic of early 19th Century travel being a travel diary handwritten by an unknown Japanese traveler to Hachijo-Island [the southernmost of the Izu Seven Islands], Izu Oshima, The Seven Island Chain and area. Off the coast of south eastern Japan the islands are uniquely situated where the Pacific Ocean meets the Philippine Sea. Hand stitched paper covers, title states "complete," save for worm damage, general light soiling the 6½ x 9¼ inch 100+ page book is overall G+. ; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY O... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOUNG MUSLIM MAN WHO WITNESSES THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER AT THE HANDS OF THE SULTAN'S SOLDIERS, HIS MOTHER BY ROBBERS AND HIS SUBSEQUENT ENSLAVEMENT AS A GUNMAKER AND TRAINING AT AMERICA'S WINCHESTER ARMS FACTORY

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $21,255.99

Publisher: FEZ MOROCCO CASABLANCA SAHARA DESERT NORTH AFRICA, 1896

Seller ID: 0002337

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a simply sensational, riveting, original, very intriguing significant manuscript autobiography dated Dec. 27, '96 (1896) of a young Muslim boy who recounts over 69 or so pages his birth on the sands of the desert near Fez and his enslavement and eventual repatriation. The details of his life a nothing short of remarkable for readers in the 21st Century: his parents; a father of immense piety, his mother, an outcast of her tribe and himself a young boy who would eventually watch his father and his mother be murdered separately. Historians and researchers will find a fascinating and ... View more info

1878 - 1879 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND HANDWRITTEN ACCOUNT OF THE TRAGIC AND COMPELLING VOYAGES OF THE BRIG "HARRIET G" AS IT PLIED ITS TRADE TO AND FROM NEW YORK AND VENEZUELA COMPLETE WITH DETAILED NAUTICAL CALCULATIONS AND IN-DEPTH CARGO LISTS.

By: W.H. AVERY

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: ASEA, 1878

Seller ID: 0002584

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, exceptional manuscript ship's book, one part ledger and some parts account of the ill-fated and tragic brig "Harriet G." The Harriet G is an unfortunate ship: by misfortune it runs aground and this in turn lays the ground work for various tragic events to save her. In addition she suffers major damage in 1879 in a Hurricane and then a yellow fever outbreak off the coast of South America here is an excerpt from that trip: "At 5 pm anchored off the castle of San Carlos. Got under way next morning and that night anchored of Maracailo and found all the vessels ... View more info