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1867 HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] - A LOVING SISTER TO HER BROTHER

By: LUANA

Price: $225.99

Publisher: BRIMFIELD INDIANA IN, 1867

Seller ID: 1031Y1

Condition: Good+


On offer: Sister Luana writes to her brother, catching up on family relations. Reads in part: "In your last letter you desired me to write soon but owing to the confusion & labour of Lucinas packing and leaving us I have thus delayed. L. left here one week ago today for Logansport Ind. since then I have been cleaning and putting things in order in the house. Today have completed the chambers. Have cleaned parlor, hall and sitting room and done something in other rooms. I concluded not to order a tub of sugar knowing of no way to get it here unless to send it by express. Martha is very well... View more info

1836 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH ALBUM INCLUDING MANY NOTED DELAWARE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL FIGURES

By: LYDIA W. CULLEN, REVERENDS RAMSEY, DEWITT et al

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: GEORGETOWN DELAWARE DE, 1836

Seller ID: 0001202

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, 1836 handwritten autograph album of Lydia W. Cullen, daughter of Elisha Dickerson Cullen a noted American lawyer and politician from Georgetown Delaware. Elisha, the father, was born in 1799. Educated at Princeton College and admitted to the bar in 1821. Elected to congress in 1854 and died in Georgetown in 1862. His sons, Lydia's brothers, were also prominent politicians and lawyers. The album includes 27 handwritten pages, some blanks and a number of engravings and one page of beautiful work original art and flourishing. One section in mid-eastern style script transcribe... View more info

Image for 1858 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER REVEALING A CRITICAL AGRICULTURAL SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY RELATED TO POTATO ROT BY A BALTIMORE AREA NATURALIST

1858 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER REVEALING A CRITICAL AGRICULTURAL SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY RELATED TO POTATO ROT BY A BALTIMORE AREA NATURALIST

By: LYMAN REED

Price: $955.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1858

Seller ID: 0002404

Condition: Good


Offered is a super, very interesting 1858 Baltimore handwritten by Lyman Reed to James Gordon Bennett publisher of the New York Herald regarding the scourge of Potato Disease and this Baltimore man's investigation and analysis [not present]. The letter about Reed's discovery that insects were the cause of "Potato Rot" makes for another fine example of the City's community of naturalists, scientists and innovative minds. The 1 page 8" x 10" letter is VG. View more info

Image for 1850s - 1870 ORIGINAL GROUP OF REPORTS, DOCUMENTS AND DATA DETAILING THE STATE OF MEDICINE, HOSPITALS AND THE HEALTH OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS PRISON ON EARTH

1850s - 1870 ORIGINAL GROUP OF REPORTS, DOCUMENTS AND DATA DETAILING THE STATE OF MEDICINE, HOSPITALS AND THE HEALTH OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS PRISON ON EARTH

By: M.A. PAIR, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER et al

Price: $12,455.99

Publisher: DEVIL'S ISLAND FRENCH GUIANA GUYANA ILE DU DIABLE, 1850

Seller ID: 0002345

Condition: Good+


On offer is a very unusual, original 1850s through 1870 French language archive of 165+ pages of handwritten reports, documents and data relating to the infamous and notorious French possession off the coast of French Guiana called Devil's Island. This significant, historical group offers an unparalleled look into the history of medical and hospital care and the archive makes for a comprehensive historical look at the medical conditions of the Island and its inhabitants: prisoners, lepers, natives and French citizens detailing the medical conditions, diseases, prisoner transportation and mort... View more info

1892 GROUP OF TWO [2] ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A DEDICATED, DESCRIPTIVE SURVEYOR OF THE US COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY TEAM IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD TO FAMILY BACK HOME

By: M.B. SAFFORD

Price: $1,545.99

Publisher: WEST TISBURY MARTHAS VINEYARD WOODS HOLE NANTUCKET, 1892

Seller ID: 0001536

Condition: Good


On offer is a very interesting group of two [2] original circa 1892 manuscript letters dated U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Camp (Katama), West Tisbury (Martha's Vineyard), Massachusetts, from team member M. B. Safford to his mother, and his brother, Ed. The content, in part, reads: 1. [West Tisbury, no date, presumably 1892, to his mother; 4 pp.] "This week we moved camp 12 miles & set it up again and got in two days' field work. We are in a new sort of country. High bluffs along the shore and higher hills back inland, strewn with enormous boulders, as well as smaller ones, all of which wer... View more info

1841 RELIC OF IRISH-AMERICAN HISTORY BEING AN ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER SENT BY THE BALTIMORE REPEAL ASSOCIATION, ATTEMPTING TO BRING LECTURERS TO EDUCATE IRISH IMMIGRANTS IN POLITICAL ACTIVISM AGAINST THE BRITISH RULE OF IRELAND

By: M.McNALLY, CHAIRMAN of the BALTIMORE REPEAL ASSOCIATION

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1841

Seller ID: 0009099

Condition: Good


On offer is a unique document of Irish American history and Irish national freedom, a letter by the Baltimore Repeal Association, describing a series of lectures to be held on Irish History, in order to “sustain and stimulate the zeal of our class of Irishmen” and to “create an interest in repeal.” Repeal Associations, first began in Ireland by Daniel O’Connell in 1830, were an Irish mass membership political movement set up in 1830 to campaign for a repeal of the Act of Union of 1800 between Great Britain and Ireland, an agreement that ended Irish self-government. The letter is addr... View more info

LATE 19th EARLY 20th C. RENOWNED 140+ DECORATIVE & HISTORICAL BOOKPLATE COLLECTION INCLUDING EX LIBRIS STAMPS AND ARMORIAL CRESTS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO COLLECTORS OF RARE AMERICANA EPHEMERA

By: MAJOR EDWARD WILLIS [John Edward Whitridge Linneus Willis]

Price: $4,425.99

Publisher: Charleston South Carolina SC, 1899

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000876

Condition: Good+


On offer is an extraordinary bookplate collection assembled by Major Edward Willis [John Edward Whitridge Linneus Willis though he rarely used his full name] of Charleston, South Carolina. Major Willis' collection was renowned drawing scholars of the art to his home. This one-of-a-kind album contains 143 bookplates, many original and valuable representing the Landgraves who settled South Carolina, with grants of Land from the Crown, and French Huguenots who were refugees in Charleston South Carolina to escape the Massacre after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Further ex-libris stamps an... View more info

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1820s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT COPY BOOK, CATCHALL CREATED BY A NOTED JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND EVENTUAL SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG SAG HARBOR WOMAN

By: MALTBY GELTSON ROSE, NELLIE DOUGLASS

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: SAG HARBOR LONG ISLAND NEW YORK, 1820

Seller ID: 0002325

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, interesting, original manuscript 19th Century scrapbook and in many ways a commonplace book. We believe the book had two owners contributing to the content. The first few pages have clippings pasted over older entries. An ownership inscription by Miss Nellie Douglass of Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York leads us to believe that Nellie is the person that later, circa 1880s, used the original journal for clippings and a few scraps such as a charming old Sag Harbor Bank note for twenty cents tipped in. The original owner who provides 95% of the handwritten content was likely ... View more info

1884 CHARMING ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF PATRIOTIC, RELIGIOUS, ROMANTIC AND COWBOY SONGS

By: MARIA L SALISBURY

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: PASCOAG, RHODE ISLAND, 1884

Seller ID: 0002108

Condition: Good


On offer is a charming, original late 19th Century manuscript book belonging to Miss Maria L Salisbury, Pascoag Rhode Island and dated Feb. 28, 1884 having 57 pages of handwritten songs, one of which was written and signed by Miss Salisbury. There are a small number of tucked in pages as well. Songs include: The Letter in the Candle; Love at Home; The Dying Nun; Willie; Child of a King; Shamus O'Brien; Our Swinging in the Lane; The Cowboy's Song and much, much more. Some pages loose. 7¼ x 8½ ". Overall G. View more info

Image for 1851 - 1858 ORIGINAL, SOMBER MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF SENTIMENTS AND MEMORIES HANDWRITTEN BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY FROM BEAUFORT TO SAVANNAH TO OCALA

1851 - 1858 ORIGINAL, SOMBER MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF SENTIMENTS AND MEMORIES HANDWRITTEN BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY FROM BEAUFORT TO SAVANNAH TO OCALA

By: MARIA L. BAKER, WILLIAM BAKER et al

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: SAVANNAH, GREENVILLE, BEAUFORT, GEORGIA, 1851

Seller ID: 0002327

Condition: Good+


On offer is a charming, though on the dark side, original pre-Civil War, ornate black leather friendship book from the pre-Confederate South with entries dated 1851 to 1858. The "Sacred Album" was a gift to a young woman named Miss Maria L. Baker, presented to her early 1850 by a Sister Mary Ann as inscribed on the front flyleaf. The book is a bit of an enigma; we note a rather poignant and touching personal poem penned by brother William concerning the loss of his sister among the first entries in 1851. We also note an entry referencing the death of 'Annie L.' Was William Maria's brother? P... View more info

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1825 & 1839 HANDWRITTEN GENEALOGICAL BREAKDOWN OF ONE OF FRANCE'S OLDEST FAMILIES DATING BACK TO 1100 AD

By: MARQUIS DE FALLETANS [sometimes FALETANS]

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: BURGUNDY FRANCE FRANCHE-COMTE, 1825

Seller ID: 00JT51

Condition: Very Good


Two [2] interesting original historical documents handwritten and hand-drawn by the Marquis de Falletans [sadly the last of his line at the time of writing] in the early 19th century specifically 1825 and 1839. The Falletans family dates back to 1100 AD and had provided France with many, many high ranking army officers - a General of the National Guard under Napoleon, Captain of the King's Hunters and in the political arena the family gave its name to a town and county in France and one of whose family was the Mayor of the town of Busy. The family carried titles without interruption for over 7... View more info

c1880s PAIR OF FASCINATING, ELEGANT VICTORIAN ERA MANUSCRIPT COOKBOOKS HANDWRITTEN BY A SOON TO BE BRIDE FROM A NOTED EDINBURGH FAMILY STARTED BEFORE HER WEDDING TO SIR JOHN PROSSER, WRITER TO THE SIGNET AND A FUTURE CROWN AGENT FOR SCOTLAND

By: MARY ANN PROSSER

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 1886

Seller ID: 0008009

Condition: Good


On offer is a couple (2) of elegantly written highly detailed cookbooks of Mary Ann Prosser nee Taylor (1862?-1915), a wife of Sir John Prosser, Writer to the Signet, and grandmother of William David Prosser, Lord Prosser, a prominent lawyer and advocate for the arts in Edinburgh. One of the books has 43 pages filled, the other 88 pages. There is a handwritten date, July 1886, in one of the books, which was two months before her wedding, and the address of their family home in Edinburgh: 4 Bellevue Crescent. The books contain many recipes typical for Scottish and English cuisine of that time,... View more info

1845 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED AND HANDWRITTEN BY NOTED MISSIONARY TRYING TO BRING THE CHRISTIAN GOSPELS TO 'SATAN'S SEAT'

By: MARY LAWRENCE HERBERT PEABODY

Price: $3,889.99

Publisher: ERZROOM [ERZURUM] TURKEY, 1845

Seller ID: 0001253

Condition: Very Good


On offer are two [2] original manuscript autograph letters handwritten by Mary L. H. Peabody, dated Erzroom [Erzurum, Turkey], April 21, 1845 and Sept. 3, 1845, to brother Rev. Charles Herbert, Missouri. Mary Lawrence Herbert Peabody and her husband, Rev. Jonah Peabody served under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. These well written letters describe the seemingly insurmountable task of instilling the Christian gospel in Erzurum. Peabody writes of the treaty, political and religious obstacles with the Russians and French; persecution and more. Here are some snippets: Ap... View more info

1849 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TREASURE OF GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY OF EARLY SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI

By: MARY POTTS

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI MO, 1849

Seller ID: 0001267

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, intriguing soft leather covered notebook dated 1849 used as personal journal handwritten by Mary Potts a Quaker woman, we believe, from Springfield, Missouri. The book has an 1849 'Almanac' being a simple monthly calendar on the inside front cover, and a nice lithograph of a merchant ship and cargo on the back inside cover. Most curious and very detailed are the segments of this journal: 'Some account of my friends & acquaintance Marriage Engagements'; 'Young Married Women with whom I am Acquainted'; 'The Children of Those Whom I know'; 'Young Persons Deceased, Schoolm... View more info

c1870s ARCHIVE OF EIGHTEEN [18] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS TYPIFYING LIFE IN THE GREAT MIDWEST

By: McCAULL, ATKINSON, McDOWELL Families et al

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: CHICAGO UNION ILLINOIS IL, 1870

Seller ID: 00MV317

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a super, modest archive of eighteen [18] manuscript letters, all dated in the 1870's, all from the Chicago - Union, Illinois area, Iowa, Missourri, Kansas and even news from Scotland, handwritten and bearing signatures from the McCaull, Atkinson, McDowell families and mentions of many, many more. The archive will provide insight to the life and times for local collectors and historians on the hardships of everyday life in the Midwest: farming, health and family issues, the Great Western Rail Road, firecrackers, deaths, lawsuit, joining the gold rush, child dying from fall, going we... View more info

1846 ORIGINAL CHARMING 3 PAGE TRAVEL 'JOURNAL' DETAILING A FAMILY TRIP TO NAHANT MASSACHUSETTS BY A VERY YOUNG, BRIGHT AND CREATIVE GIRL

By: MISS G. SEARLE

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: NAHANT MASSACHUSETTS, ESSEX COUNTY, 1846

Seller ID: 0002057

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original, very charming three [3] page August 11th 1846 manuscript 'journal' of a vacation visit to Nahant Massachusetts including details of Spouting Horn and trip aboard the General Lincoln steamer handwritten by a young girl 'G. Searle' as noted in another hand on the back page. As to age we estimate she may be as young as 8 or as old as 10. At one point she and the members of her party get weighed and she is a mere 60 pounds. Miss Searle has a created an utterly charming account of the family's trip to Nahant in both the way she describes her time and the manner in which sh... View more info

BULLETIN DES LOIS No. 1102 - ORDONNANCE DU ROI PORTANT REGLEMENT POUR L'ORGANISATION DU CULTE ISRAELITE

By: MONTALIVET, Por Le Roi LOUIS-PHILIPPE

Price: $645.99

Publisher: France, 1844

Seller ID: 00JT40c

Condition: Good+


On offer is an 1844 reign of Louis-Philippe pamphlet/bulletin announcing regulations regarding the Jewish community in France including a listing of Synagogues, describing the work and roles of Rabbis etc. Very comprehensive details of the state of the Jewish community of mid-19th century France. Nineteen pages, save for some age-toning this interesting document is very good. G+. View more info

1862-1881 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVE OF 13 LETTERS RELATING EVENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS TO THE FAMILY IN MAINE

By: MR. C.F. DALY

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: HARVARD MASSACHUSETTS MASS MS, 1862

Seller ID: 000948

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an original archive of thirteen [13] handwritten manuscript letters authored by Mr. C.F. Daly of which 12 are dated Harvard [Massachusetts] from July 1862 through November 1881 and one undated save for August but no year. Mr. Daly writes his sister and brother in a few letters but the majority are addressed to Dear Sir and from the tone his Father or benefactor. Mr. Daly details family news and business from Harvard and relates information he has from other family flung across the north-east USA. Many Harvard and area related news such as his relating the burning down of Charles Do... View more info

1867 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A US NAVY ENGINEER FROM CALLAS PERU TO HIS PAL ON LEAVE

By: MR. POTTS

Price: $595.99

Publisher: ABOARD USS DACOTAH CALLAS PERU, 1867

Seller ID: 0002052

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting 1867 manuscript four [4] page letter handwritten by a United States Navy Engineer, officer, likely, named Potts while aboard the USS Dacotah writing to his friend Hiram Parker Jr. who was on leave from the Dacotah. Potts wrote this letter from Callas Peru on January 12th 1867. He writes a detail packed missive to his friend with tales of a man lost overboard, men with injuries, an Admiral transferring his pennant and one of the crew stealing money and deserting and much more. Overall G+. View more info

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1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA BASED HUSBAND IN NO RUSH AT ALL TO REUNITE WITH HIS TERMAGANT WIFE IN MISSISSIPPI

By: MR. REAVIS

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: GAINESVILLE, ALABAMA, KEMPER SPRINGS MISSISSIPPI, 1843

Seller ID: 0002440

Condition: Good


On offer is a very interesting, original manuscript letter handwritten by Reavis [as signed] to his wife Mrs. Mary Reavis, Kemper Springs, Mississippi. Dated Gainesville September 8, 1843 [while not specified we have anecdotal information this is Gainesville in Alabama]. Of particular fascination to researchers and historians of the times and social life this letter makes for an unusual look in to what appears to be a marriage in crisis. Mr. Reavis provides all the societal niceties in his first paragraph and we understand he misses his family, though this may be a ruse, he will not send for t... View more info