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1877 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY TITLED 'DIARY OF A GERMAN TOWN' DETAILING THREE ENGLISH JESUS COLLEGE STUDENTS TOURING GERMANY IN AND AROUND BOPPARD

By: C.J. JOHNSTONE

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: BOPPARD, GERMANY, 1877

Seller ID: 0008170

Condition: Fair


On offer is a fascinating travel diary documenting an 1877 European trip by 3 university students. It measures 5.75 inches by 3.5 inches. The hard covers have separated and a number of pages are loose but all are accounted for. With 192 pages, the journal is 55% complete. The handwriting is clear and legible. The journal, entitled Diary of a German Town, is written in 1877 by CJ Johnstone. Casual research has turned up no biographical information about him. Johnstone was one of 3 students at Jesus College, Cambridge University - the others were WJ Darch ('Darch') and VB Johnstone ('Van'). He s... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A NOTED TACOMA WASHINGTON LUMBER MAN, REALTOR PROMINENTLY CITED IN "THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON"

By: C.J. LEAVITT [CHARLES]

Price: $2,485.99

Publisher: TACOMA WASHINGTON USA, 1890

Seller ID: 0001340

Condition: Good


On offer is the original 1890 manuscript diary handwritten by C[harles] J. Leavitt who states in his own hand: "C. J. Leavitt. Born in Ripley Maine April 8th, 1868. Moved to Sherman Mills Maine with parents about 1878. Migrated alone to Red Cloud Nebraska March 1887 (he was only 18 years old when this happened). On to Sunshine Washington about later part of July same year. On to Tacoma Washington in September 1887 and to Newberg Oregon October 30th, 1890. C. J. L." Mr. Leavitt was an historical figure and is featured prominently in a book called "The Centennial History of Oregon; 1... View more info

1867 UNIQUE AND FASCINATING ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT COOKBOOK OF 20+ RECIPES FOR CAKES, PIES, ROLLS, AND MORE THAT SHOW A LESSER KNOWN SIDE OF LIFE IN THE CIVIL WAR ERA

By: CALEB P. WILSON

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: WAUREGAN CONNECTICUT CT, 1867

Seller ID: 0009065

Condition: Good


On offer is an exceptionally unique and interesting document of the Civil War Era. It is a 19-page long cookbook, written by a man named Caleb P. Wilson of Wauregan, Connecticut. The front cover states that the book was written on ‘June 12, 1861.’ The cookbook contains recipes for over 20 different cakes, loafs, pies, rolls, and the occasional savory item. Judging by the name of many of the ingredients, this may have been Wilson’s personal cookbook to write down some of recipes of people he knew in town. These recipes have titles such as “Aunt Mary’s Loaf Cake,” “Mrs. Parker’s ... View more info

1856 - 1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MEDICAL STUDENT AND SOON TO BE PROMINENT CITIZEN OF SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA

By: CALVIN C. HALSEY

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: NICHOLSON PENNSYLVANIA SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, 1856

Seller ID: 0002121

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original, well filled manuscript notebook handwritten as noted by the paper label: "Journal, CALVIN C. HALSEY July 1856." His journal of July 31, 1856-March 1859. This is a very interesting personal journal of this fascinating man's observations and doings in ante bellum Pennsylvania at a critical and formative time in the man's life. Handwritten by Dr. Halsey who served in many significant positions in Susquehanna County before and after becoming a physician including a principal at the Susquehanna Academy, a clerk in the bank before he received his degree in medi... View more info

Image for 1810 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG AND LEDGER OF A BUSY COMMERCIAL SHIP TRYING TO PLY IT'S TRADE IN THE INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS WATERS FACED BY AMERICAN SHIPPING FROM THE BRITISH NAVY AS COASTAL WATERS AND THE ATLANTIC CROSSING HEAT UP AS THE WAR OF 1812 LOOMS

1810 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG AND LEDGER OF A BUSY COMMERCIAL SHIP TRYING TO PLY IT'S TRADE IN THE INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS WATERS FACED BY AMERICAN SHIPPING FROM THE BRITISH NAVY AS COASTAL WATERS AND THE ATLANTIC CROSSING HEAT UP AS THE WAR OF 1812 LOOMS

By: CAPT. HENRY HAWKINS, GEORGE HAWKINS

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: ABOARD SHIP PEGU PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA, 1810

Seller ID: 0002414

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, original War of 1812 era ship's ledger through whose historic entries reveal the hazards for a merchant ship to ply its trade in open waters as this log dated March of 1810 to Sept 1811 for the Philadelphia based vessel "Pegu" reveals through its 130 or so well-filled pages which also includes a number of ephemeral items: invoices, bills of lading, letter copies of correspondence to shippers from principals Captain Henry Hawkins and his son George Hawkins who ply their trade to London, Halifax, Gottenburg etc. adding further depth. What will be of particular ... View more info

LATE 1880s, EARLY 1890s ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK OF OVER 400 ILLUSTRATIONS, CUT OUTS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS, ALL PERTAINING TO THE AUTHOR’S DEEP AND WILDLY PASSIONATE ‘MARRIAGE’ TO ALL ‘THINGS PERTAINING TO THE OCEAN’

By: CAPTAIN CHARLES EDWIN GOOD

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MA, 1890

Seller ID: 0009159

Condition: Good +


On offer is a rare and one-of-a-kind love song of sorts, a scrapbook of the people, places, and vessels that make up the allure of the sea and the life of a steamboat Captain. The book is question is a fantastic scrapbook featuring roughly 400 illustrations spread out of over 145 pages. There are also hundreds of clippings from newspapers, magazines and books and over 20 photographs pasted onto thick paper. The owner of the book and creator of this wholly unique book is the Steamboat Captain Charles Edwin Good, captain of the steamer ‘Rose Standish’. Charles E. Good was a steamboat Captain... View more info

1876 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG OF A NOTED NEW ENGLAND SEA CAPTAIN WHOSE CARGO IS HELPING BUILD AMERICA'S GREAT CITIES

By: CAPTAIN CHARLES H. BACON

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: MIDDLETOWN CONNECTICUT HARTFORD, 1876

Seller ID: 0008153

Condition: Good


On offer is a unique record of a sailing captain's journey along the eastern seaboard of the United States. The leather-bound volume measures 5.75 inches by 3.5 inches and contains 120 pages. It is 100% complete. The notes are written in pencil but can still be read after all these years. The cover, binding and pages are all in good condition. Charles H. Bacon was born in 1815 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He passed away in 1902 at the age of 86. His obituary in the Hartford Courant, dated December 17, 1902 stated: "...Captain Bacon was one of the best known sea captains in this vicini... View more info

Image for 1868 - 1872 ORIGINAL SHIP'S LOG AND CAPTAIN'S DIARY WHO LIVES A ROLLICKING SEA FARING LIFE BUT PINES FOR HIS CARRIE

1868 - 1872 ORIGINAL SHIP'S LOG AND CAPTAIN'S DIARY WHO LIVES A ROLLICKING SEA FARING LIFE BUT PINES FOR HIS CARRIE

By: CAPTAIN GEORGE SYLVESTER CHASE

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: New Bedford Massachusetts MA, 1868

Seller ID: 0002307

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, original post Civil War era 1868 - 1872 Captain's log book and journal handwritten by Massachusetts mariner George Sylvester Chase (1833-1877). Born and raised in the Cape Cod town of Yarmouth, later to New Bedford his registration for the 1863 Civil War draft listed his occupation as a "mariner at sea whaling" with the 1870 census shows him "at sea" and living in New Bedford. Their family was well noted in Deyo's History of Barnstable County as his father was the noted Cape Cod Baptist minister Enoch E. Chase (1804-1887). Captain Chase at age 35 would have been cons... View more info

1840 ORIGINAL SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A BRITISH ARMY OFFICER'S [WHO MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A SPY] TOUR OF ENGLAND'S OLD FOE AT A TIME OF CHAOS AND COOPERATION

By: CAPTAIN H. HERMAN

Price: $8,855.99

Publisher: BARCELONA MADRID SEVILLE SPAIN, 1840

Seller ID: 0007018

Condition: Good-


On offer is an original, historically significant and absolutely superb first-hand account of an army officer travelling in 1840s Europe. Was he a tourist or was he a spy? His journal takes the form of a pocket notebook measuring 7.25 inches by 4.75 inches. There are 54 pages and they are 100% complete. The handwriting is copperplate. It is hard but not impossible to read. The journal's contents more than make up for its condition. The covers have separated from the book. The pages themselves have separated into their several sections but all are present. The pages are not numbered but there a... View more info

1895 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL: “METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE DUTCH STEAMER JAVA” AS IT GOES FROM AMSTERDAM TO THE DUTCH WEST INDIES AND BACK

By: Captain J.F.A.E. VAN KEMPEN

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: AMSTERDAM to THE DUTCH WEST INDIES and Back, 1895

Seller ID: 0009125

Condition: Good +


On offer is a small but fascinating 30 page book of handwritten weather observations and meteorological observations from the very end of the 19th century, from an author on board the Dutch steam ship ‘Java’. From July 31st to November 15th, 1895, the book records various quantitative and qualitative observations about the weather as the steamer travels from the Port of Amsterdam, around the Andalusian Peninsula, through the Strait of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal and ending up in Padang in what is now West Sumatra in Indonesia, and what was then part of the D... View more info

1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF PIONEER NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN

By: CAPTAIN JAMES M. SHERBURN

Price: $849.99

Publisher: Epsom, New Hampshire, 1864

Seller ID: 000092

Condition: Very Good


James M. Sherburn's name when googled immediately brings up a site regarding the "James Sherburne Cemetery, where besides others, is buried the wife of James M. Sherburn, James himself and as the following list shows many if not all their children: Capt. James M. Sherburne DIED Nov. 10, 1867 age 56 ys. 11 ms. Betsey C. (Blake), wife of James M. Sherburn, DIED April 20, 1854 ae 41 y’rs 6 mo & 20 d’s. Adele, Dau. of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburne DIED Apr. 9, 1869 ae 19 yrs. 22 dys. Charles H., son of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburn, DIED Sept. 14, 1855 ae 9 y’rs 9 mo. & 9 d... View more info

Image for 1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

By: CAPTAIN JAMES P. MARTIN

Price: $3,655.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD BARQUE OAK HILL, 1856

Seller ID: 0002572

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original manuscript ship's log kept from 1856 - 1858 handwritten in a lovely, cultured hand by Captain James P. Martin while aboard and in command of the Barque 'Oak Hill' out of Boston. The very large folio book is completely filled with details of the ship and given this appears to be the ship's maiden voyage the captain has provided some 'genealogy': it begins with the ship being built in Scarborough, Maine in 1856. "Her frame is of oak, mostly cut on the spot from which she was named. Crew 14, no passengers." "First part have light breezes and pleasant weat... View more info

ORIGINAL, HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL AND DIARY OF A YOUNG CONFEDERATE SOLDIER, HELD PRISONER AND THEN WITNESSING THE LAWLESS AFTERMATH OF THE CIVIL WAR AND THE "BUSHWHACKERS" WHO TERRORIZED THE MISSOURI POPULACE

By: Captain James Posey Woodside

Price: $14,855.99

Publisher: Scott County Oregon County Missouri MO, 1867

Seller ID: 0009008

Condition: Good


On offer is an extraordinary and one-of-a-kind diary written during the Missouri Guerrilla War of 1867. The author of this journal is Capt. James Posey Woodside, a young man who had previously fought as an infantry captain for the Confederacy in the Civil War. His diary details his involvement in the guerilla warfare that continued to occur in certain counties in Missouri shortly after the end of the Civil War. Despite the war being over for two years, certain counties in the state of Missouri, namely Oregon and Shannon, were still controlled by roving bands of outlaws (known as "Bushwhac... View more info

Image for 1810 ORIGINAL ENIGMATIC SHIP'S LOG BOOK OF AN UNUSUAL RUSSIA AND NORWAY TO RHODE ISLAND VOYAGE

1810 ORIGINAL ENIGMATIC SHIP'S LOG BOOK OF AN UNUSUAL RUSSIA AND NORWAY TO RHODE ISLAND VOYAGE

By: CAPTAIN THOMAS CLARKE

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD THE NARRAGANSETT, 1851

Seller ID: 0002324

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating, though enigmatic and curious 1810 manuscript ship's log of Captain Thomas Clarke's return voyage from Russia and Norway to Bristol, Rhode Island on the ship "Narragansett". Dated September through December 1810 in many ways this is a typical 'Age of Sail' ship's log book classically filled with daily data required of all formal logs: weather, winds, sail settings, navigational details and entries related to observations and events on and about the ship in this interesting and unusual east to wet trans-Atlantic voyage in an early 19th Century merchant vessel, ... View more info

1868 - 1900s SUPER ARCHIVE OF FAMILY DIARIES DETAILING OVER 30 YEARS OF NEW ENGLAND LIFE AND TIMES

By: CAROLINE L. CARR; FRANK T. CARR; HELEN F. CARR: JOHN H. COLLINS

Price: $5,585.99

Publisher: New England, 1868

Seller ID: 0008179

Condition: Good


On offer is an absolutely outstanding collection of diaries from one family that span 33 years. These diaries paint a warm and intimate look at the life of a very fine woman and here family. In addition, there are 2 account books that cover a 12 year period. The dates, sizes, completion and general condition of the volumes are as follows: Diary 1868 measures 6'x3', has 60 pages, is 100% complete and in good condition; Diary 1869 measures 4.75 x 3.0, has 60 pages, is 100% complete and in fair condition, covers are missing; Diary 1870 measures 4.75 x 3.0, has 60 pages, is 100% complete and in go... View more info

1891 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG TEENAGE SURREY ENGLAND GIRL GROWING UP IN HIGH STYLE

By: CAROLINE SOPHIA CAMPBELL STEWART

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: The Cottage Limpsfield Surrey England, 1891

Seller ID: 0001584

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting original manuscript diary handwritten by 16 year old Caroline Sophia Campbell Stewart of The Cottage Limpsfield Surrey who writes in 1891 from January to august 11th then 2 pages of entries for 1892 and then January 1898 sporadically to April 3rd 1898. When she writes Caroline does a fine job noting her daily activities and the details of acquaintances including: ice skating, rounders, whist, missionary parties, luncheons, servants, the weather, tobogganing, lunch at the Churchill's, reading to the servant Lennell, catching cold etc., making for a delightful record [... View more info

1852 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A NOTED SCHOOL FOR GIRLS PROVIDING A SUPER LOOK AT THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN PRE CIVIL WAR PENNSYLVANIA

By: CARRIE C. BROWNE

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: JUNIATA COUNTY, SPRUCE HILL TOWNSHIP PENNSYLVANIA, 1852

Seller ID: 0007008

Condition: Good


On offer is unique and quite rare diary/journal written by a young woman in pre-Civil War America. The book itself is a mixture of diary and journal created by Carrie C Browne a young woman attending the Tuscarora Female Seminary. It is important to note that the term 'seminary' in the 19th Century did not have any religious connotation. It signified an institution of higher learning. It was started by a wealthy farmer named Alexander Patterson in 1847 and it educated young women for almost twenty-five years before closing. Carrie Browne was likely about 15 or 16 years of age when she began th... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF 59 DIARIES 1867 THROUGH 1913 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF PATRIARCH EDWARD CARRINGTON SR. AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS IN COLEBROOK CONNECTICUT

By: CARRINGTON, EDWARD SR. AND FAMILY

Price: $8,855.99

Publisher: Colebrook Connecticut CT, 1867

Seller ID: 000060

Condition: Good+


On offer is a superb archive of 59 original manuscript multi-generational family of diaries spanning the civil war era through the early 20th century. The Carrington Family Diaries, 1867 - 1913. All 59 diaries from members of the Carrington Family of Colebrook, Connecticut. The patriarch, Edward, Sr., wife Sarah Ann Terry Carrington, sons Edward C. Jr. (died in the Civil War) and Edwin T. and daughters Sarah and Kate. Edward Sr. died in 1878 and Sarah Ann Terry Carrington died in 1881. Both are buried in the Colebrook Center Cemetery in Colebrook, Connecticut. Sarah Ann Terry Carrington (mothe... View more info

1885 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A BOSTON BASED STUDENT, COURT REPORTER, SERIOUS HIGH WHEEL [PENNY FARTHING] BICYCLIST AND FUTURE EDUCATOR OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION

By: CARVER [?]

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS NEW YORK BANGOR MAINE, 1885

Seller ID: 0001035

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating piece of 1885 handwritten manuscript Americana being a diary by a young man who appears to be the son of a ship owner of increasing commerce and a detailed look at a serious high wheel bicyclist. The diary begins in New York on January 1st when he apparently arrived with the Bark Haydn Brown of Boston which his father had part ownership. He writes about the Bark going into dry-dock, being towed to 31st pier in New York and loading oil. He most of his time New York and particularly Brooklyn and attends theatre, opera and other events. Watches "100's, thousands skat... View more info

Image for 1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE RENOWNED 'FIGHTING SECOND' NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT HANDWRITTEN BY THEIR BELOVED CHAPLAIN AND BATTLE READY COMRADE

1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE RENOWNED 'FIGHTING SECOND' NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT HANDWRITTEN BY THEIR BELOVED CHAPLAIN AND BATTLE READY COMRADE

By: CHAPLAIN JOHN WESLEY ADAMS

Price: $5,855.99

Publisher: WITH THE 2ND NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT, 1864

Seller ID: 0002339

Condition: Good+


On offer is a superb, original, historically significant manuscript diary and relic of the Civil War handwritten by noted Chaplain John Wesley Adams, born in Townsend, Massachusetts in 1832, the seventh generation ancestor of the Presidents Adams. On December 5, 1863 Mr. Adams was commissioned chaplain of General Gilman Marston's original command, "The Fighting Second". Devoting himself to social and moral welfare of his comrades, Adams was renowned for the care of his men. Side by side he participated in the battles at Bermuda Hundred, Point of Rocks, the second engagement at Fair Oak... View more info