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c1870s - 1880s CHARMING ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK HANDWRITTEN IN A BEAUTIFUL CALLIGRAPHIC HAND DETAILING 'YE MARKS ON CHINA'

By: UNKNOWN

Price: $785.99

Publisher: 1880

Seller ID: 0001800

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a charming original manuscript booklet titled 'Ye Marks on China'. An unidentified calligrapher created this lovely little, 12 x 9.5cm, handwritten book using ink on card bound by thread. There are 12 interior pages all detailing symbols and marks for china and many are in colour. c1870-1880s. Overall VG. View more info

1808 SPANISH WAR - PENINSULA WAR RELATED MULTI HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURES COMMENCING: IL PREFETTO E ASSISTENTI, DELLA VENERABILE CONGREGAZIONE E COMPAGNIA, DEL SANTISSIMO SACRAMENTO, ERETTA NELLA PARROCCHIA DI SANT'EULALIA DEL QUARTIERE DELLA MARINA

By: UNKNOWN MULTIPLE AUTOGRAPHS

Price: $559.99

Publisher: Italy, None: 1808

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00MV80

Condition: Fair


Two rare documents, purple-stained, partly-printed, ink signed, dated, 1808, each headed IL PREFETTO E ASSISTENTI, DELLA VENERABILE CONGREGAZIONE E COMPAGNIA, DEL SANTISSIMO SACRAMENTO, ERETTA NELLA PARROCCHIA DI SANT'EULALIA DEL QUARTIERE DELLA MARINA.The ink has really lightened on one of these except for the signature. The original file folder contained a very old collection of foreign autographs and documents which indicates: "Spanish War - rare watermarks - unusually good." Documents relating to the 1808 - 1814 Spanish War, or the Peninsula War as is called Spain's War of Indepen... View more info

1834 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNTS BOOK FILLED WITH NAMES, TRANSACTIONS, ACCOUNTS AND JOURNAL ENTRIES OF A BUSY MARYLAND TRADER, TRADESMAN AND BUSINESSMAN

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND MD, 1834

Seller ID: 0002092

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original manuscript accounts book and journal dated January 1834 referencing Baltimore, Hagerstown, Georgetown, Philadelphia, and Cumberland strongly suggesting its origin somewhere in Frederic County, Maryland. [While the author is unidentified we are certain local historians or researchers would likely find the owner of this thriving business.] This large, rough handmade book has a dark grey-blue heavy stock paper wraps and rag paper, hand-lined, pages for account entries. The cover has a large "Jan 1834" written in large script. The cover is distinctive with an... View more info

1865 ORIGINAL 200+ HANDWRITTEN RECIPES OF GERMAN - EUROPEAN COOKERY FROM SOUPS TO SAVORIES, ASPIC TO WURST

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: Germany, 1865

Seller ID: 0002205

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb, original 1865 handwritten manuscript German cookbook with easily over 200 hundred recipes in this well balanced 'A to Z' in German cookery with the odd non German recipe thrown in. The approximately 180 page hardcover book inscribed by the unknown author and chef: "Wien, 1865 Novbr. & Decbr." begins with Erbsensuppe [pea soup] and Wurzelsuppe [sausage soup] and many more soups on to aspics, breads, meats, savouries, schnitzels, salads, goulashes, puddings, tortes, liqueurs, and much, much more. The legible 8vo has cloth backed marbleized boards and is overall G+ View more info

1890s RARE WORLDWIDE TRAVEL PHOTO DIARY ALBUM OF 200 ORIGINAL PHOTOS, MANY HAND COLOURED

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: 1890

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000503

Condition: Good+


On offer is a wonderful large antique photo album packed with photos of an extensive around the world trip; India, Australia, Japan, America, Philippines etc. etc. The album contains 200 images from every corner of the world. The photos are placed in the windows of the album. The album begins with photos of what appears to be Sydney and other Australian images. It then moves on to Timor and Manilla. Then it's off to Japan with many images of Tokyo, Geishas, Gardens, Temples etc. Many of the images are handcolored. Images on ship, rail and then into the American West. Shots of mountains, close ... View more info

1864 ORIGINAL GROUP OF SIX [6] CIVIL WAR CDVs SOME PHOTOGRAPHS UNKNOWN DEPICTING AN ALABAMA IN THE THROES OF OCCUPATION AND A PARADE OF RECENTLY FREED SLAVES KNOWN AS CONTRABANDS

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $6,855.99

Publisher: DECATUR ALABAMA, 1864

Seller ID: 0002553

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original, historic and significant group of six [6] Civil War Carte de Visite [CDVs] circa May of 1864 in Decatur Alabama. The images, outdoor scenes, four apparently unknown, two of these images are in the noted Blue and Gray Civil War Museum in Decatur Alabama make for a super visual record of the difficult times and upheaval of conflict and culture in Alabama during the War. The six CDVs in this collection include; the Pontoon Bridge at Decatur faintly inscribed; the building of breastworks; image of stacked rifles [this same image is noted in the Decatur Daily News September... View more info

1860 FASCINATING, SIGNIFICANT ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT DETAILING THE TENSE AND FRAUGHT MOOD ONLY TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE 1860 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THAT WOULD BE THE CATALYST FOR THE BLOODIEST WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1860

Seller ID: 0009108

Condition: Good


On offer is an absolutely unique and amazing document of one of the most significant events in American history. It is a letter sent from Baltimore and dated October 22, 1860, discussing the Presidential election that would take place in less than two weeks and directly lead to the secession of the Southern States and the beginning of the Civil War. The unknown sender first gently admonishes his friend for not including in his previous letter the result of “the Fall River theft.” “Pray how did it result?” he asks, curious about this local event. The rest of the letter is of the upcomin... View more info

1880s ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN AND PRINT DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS REGARDING THE CAREER OF A BUMBLING, INEFFECTIVE BRITISH RAILWAY ENGINEER IN COLONIAL INDIA

By: VARIOUS

Price: $1,125.99

Publisher: MADRAS INDIA, 1884

Seller ID: 0001068

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an archive of six [6] items relating to one man's career being an unsuccessful railway and mining engineer in India in the late 19th century including: a rather terse and angry 4 page handwritten letter dated 1894 regarding the poor performance of the Mechanical Engineer on site and steps to repair the performance of the Mohpani Coal & Iron Company; a pair of printed testimonials: 1) for the Bengel Iron and Steele Company, 1894; and 2) for South Eastern Railway, 1878; partially printed signed document attesting a particular 'Fitter' having been a member of the Railway Volunteer Cor... View more info

1869 SUPER, ORIGINAL ALGEBRA CYPHER BOOK HAND WRITTEN BY A YOUNG LONG ISLAND MAN WHO WILL GO ON TO PROMINENCE AS A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN

By: W. WILTON WOOD

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND, 1869

Seller ID: 0008084

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb example of an algebra notebook from 1869. This 18-page notebook is in excellent condition. Once belonging to W.W. Wood from Huntington, Long Island, the notebook is filled with examples of algebra problems and their solutions. The notebook covers a period from April 6th, 1869 to June 23rd, 1869. The writing is a combination of pencil and ink. It is written in a very firm hand and contains no erasures. Several entries are signed "W. Wilton Wood" which happens to be the name of a prominent local business man who lived in Huntington, Long Island. This is an excellent... View more info

1868 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SUTTON MILL DAM WITH ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION

By: W.D. TOWNLEY

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: SUTTON ST. HELENS MERSEYSIDE ENGLAND, 1868

Seller ID: 0001321D

Condition: Good


On offer is a remarkable original 1868 photograph of the Sutton Mill Dam, now a wildlife nature park and area of open water located in Sutton in the south of St Helens in Merseyside, England. Once mounted in an album, we assume, the photo was removed. Mounting traces remain but one can read the handwritten note including date, most of the photographers name [W.D. Townley] and the place name. Save for a small fault far mid left that hardly affects the photo which is otherwise G+. View more info

Image for 1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA MAN 'WEDDED' TO OLD SOUTHERN THEOLOGICAL DOGMA NOW SEEKING SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A MADISON COUNTY MEDIUM

1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA MAN 'WEDDED' TO OLD SOUTHERN THEOLOGICAL DOGMA NOW SEEKING SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A MADISON COUNTY MEDIUM

By: W.R. ELLIS

Price: $955.99

Publisher: MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE, 1888

Seller ID: 0002441

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an interesting, original 19th Century manuscript letter handwritten by W.R. Ellis who writes to Alabama spiritualist and medium Herman Snow (1812-1905). The letter offers a fascinating insight to local, contemporary beliefs. The writer asks for a copy of an address by "Prof A R Wallace" titled "If a man die[s] shall he live again?" He writes: "...most especially do I desire to read what he has to say upon the proof afforded by Spiritualism of a natural immortality...." "I am in a section of our country wedded to old theological dogmas. I see nothing and ... View more info

1860 - 1865 THREE [3] ORIGINAL LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY NOTED ENGLISH ENGINEER, SCIENTIST, AND PIONEERING PHOTOGRAPHER AS HE TRAVELS AROUND INDIA WORKING FOR THE MONUMENTAL PROJECT CONNECTING BOMBAY TO OTHER EAST INDIAN CITIES

By: WASHINGTON TEASDALE

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: BOMBAY INDIA, BRITISH EAST INDIA, LEEDS, ENGLAND, 1860

Seller ID: 0009116

Condition: Good


On offer are three [3] letters from a noted but oft forgotten astronomer, engineer, photographic pioneer and scientist from Leeds, England, Washington Teasdale. The letters are from the years 1860, 1864, and 1865 and cover a time in which Teasdale had taken up a post in India working on the development of the first railways linking Bombay with other cities, a major engineering project initiated by Sir Rowland Macdonald Stephenson of the East India Railway in British India. The first letter, written in March of 1860 is addressed to “My dear Sister.” After apologizing for not writing the las... View more info

1891 - 1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTE BOOK OF THE MAN WHO WAS MAYOR OF TRENTON NEW JERSEY

By: WESLEY CREVELING

Price: $695.99

Publisher: TRENTON NEW JERSEY, 1891

Seller ID: 0001963

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original 1890s manuscript notebook handwritten by Wesley Creveling who was the Mayor of Trenton New Jersey in 1875 to 1877. The 5½" x 2½" book has about 70 pages of handwritten notes on architecture, hotels in various cities, facts, banking, remedies, genealogy, personal notes, etc. The book is somewhat worn but overall G. BIO NOTES: one on line source: Birth: Oct. 7, 1845 Broadway Warren County New Jersey, USA Death: Apr. 16, 1920 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA Wesley Creveling married Clara Bradway (b.1853 in Clarksboro, NJ.-d.July 10... View more info

1896 ARCHIVE OF 38 MANUSCRIPT LETTERS DETAILING AN OHIO MAN'S ATTEMPT TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLY TO ADMIT DEFEAT AND RETURN HOME SEVEN MONTHS LATER

By: WILLIAM A. KREBS

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: FALLWORTH CALIFORNIA SEVENTEEN OHIO, 1896

Seller ID: 0001292

Condition: Good


On offer is a super archive of thirty eight [38] manuscript letters dated April 1896 through November 1896, all handwritten by William A. Krebs to his immediate family back home in Seventeen Ohio. Krebs was a 22-year old man who went to California to seek his fortune, spending several weeks in Los Angeles, 5 months at Red Mountain Ranch near Fallworth, California [decades later famed Frank Capra would own the estate], and finally another month in L.A. before coming home. The writer was a school teacher so collectors and historians of Southern California Americana will finds his letters are wel... View more info

1862 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR LETTER TO JAMES HANNA FUTURE INDIANA CONGRESSMAN, MAYOR AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY

By: William A. Mackenzie

Price: $595.99

Publisher: Indiana Territory, IN, 1862

Seller ID: 000513

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a handwritten letter dated December 15th, 1862. Penned by William A. Mackenzie writes John Hanna (United States District Attorney at the time); the shocking content outlines the illegal actions of a named captain of Company D, 71st Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. The Captain has been found guilty of swindling the Government by falsifying payrolls and extorting funds from his troops. He goes on to say the community asked Mackenzie to place the matter before Hanna for prosecution using the 'overwhelming evidence.' Slight fault at the fold line otherwise fine. View more info

HANDWRITTEN SMALL ARCHIVE OF TWO [2] ITEMS: A 1839 HANDWRITTEN LETTER FRONT AUTOGRAPHED AND UNDATED 5 LINE NOTE ON 10 DOWNING STREET NOTEPAPER

By: WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE

Price: $685.99

Publisher: 10 DOWNING STREET WHITEHALL LONDON ENGLAND BRITAIN, 1839

Seller ID: 000925

Condition: Very Good


On offer is small archive of two [2] items: 1) a short handwritten manuscript note wherein William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, on headed notepaper of 10 Downing Street, Whitehall writes in the third person: "Mr Gladstone thanks W. Norman for his letter of the 21st, & will endeavour to avail himself of the opportunities offered. Mch 23." Very good condition. 2) Also included, is a letter 'front', addressed and signed by Gladstone in 1839, when he was M.P. for Newark. Gladstone served as Prime Minister on four occasions: 1868-1874, 1880-1885, 1886 and 1892-1894. View more info

1854 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY AN ATTENDEE OF THE 1st CONNECTICUT STATE FAIR TO HIS SON

By: WILLIAM GILLETTE

Price: $455.99

Publisher: NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT NH, 1854

Seller ID: 000879

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a super October 15th, 1854 Connecticut history handwritten manuscript autograph letter signed [ALS] by William Gillette to his son. Mr. Gillette explains in detail the 1st Annual State Fair; "...we all went down to the State Fair last Wednesday...there was the greatest Collection of people ever known in New Haven. They were estimated at 30,000 on Thursday.We all had our Dagartyp [Daguerreotype] taken at N. Haven at Mouthrops which we think are tolerably good we shall send them to you...the weather was delightful all through the time of the fair - a great many cattle were down o... View more info

Image for 1841 ORIGINAL STAMPLESS MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY HIS ELDER BROTHER FILLED WITH ADVICE, ADMONITIONS [AND WARNINGS AGAINST INTERCOURSE] TO A NEWLY MINTED MIDSHIPMAN ON THE SLOOP OF WAR CYANE

1841 ORIGINAL STAMPLESS MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY HIS ELDER BROTHER FILLED WITH ADVICE, ADMONITIONS [AND WARNINGS AGAINST INTERCOURSE] TO A NEWLY MINTED MIDSHIPMAN ON THE SLOOP OF WAR CYANE

By: WILLIAM ROUSY

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MD to NORFOLK VA c/o U.S. SLOOP CYANE, 1841

Seller ID: 0002370

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, fascinating stampless manuscript letter dated 'Baltimore Wednesday Evening, July 14, 1841 Dear Brother Thomas' [Rousy] Midshipman on U.S. Sloop Cyane handwritten by older brother William to his brother who appears to be a newly minted midshipman aboard the noted sloop of war Cyane. Beginning with congratulations the three [3] page and a bit well filled letter, written over a couple of days, brother William provides wisdom and advice as a good brother would along with admonitions of care regarding 'intercourse'. It is likely that the author William was himself a naval offic... View more info

c1866 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY NOTED NEW YORK DOCTOR COMPLAINING OF BEING SWINDLED DURING THE ITALIAN AUSTRIAN CONFLICT

By: WILLIAM STARBUCK MAYO

Price: $659.99

Publisher: HOTEL VENDOME PARIS FRANCE, 1866

Seller ID: 0001122

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a super manuscript letter handwritten by William Starbuck Mayo (1812-1895) a noted New York City physician and author. This autograph letter signed, "W S Mayo", Hotel Vendome, Paris, n.d. [circa 1866], 4pp, 5" x 8". This is a fascinating letter to Botta [Professor Vicenzo Botta] with content on the war in Italy; huge financial losses and Mayo's distraught emotional condition. Excerpts: "Was there ever such luck as ours as such a cussed chance as this war."; "I have been swindled out of about sixty thousand dollars and shall be saddled with about fifteen ... View more info

Image for 1848 + 1849 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A BALTIMORE MAN WHO HAS A GRASP OF BOTH THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE DAY

1848 + 1849 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A BALTIMORE MAN WHO HAS A GRASP OF BOTH THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE DAY

By: WILLIAM WILSON

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1848

Seller ID: 0002403

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, original pair [2] of manuscript letters which typically begin with the author's business dealings in various goods quoting sales prices for goods in local currencies of Virginia and Baltimore, at this time banks issued their own currency and then evolves into a very insightful letters on the local and overseas politics of the day. The first written on the 23rd of May 1848, the day after the Democratic National Convention opened in Baltimore, Lewis Cass the nominee as the letter predicted. (James Buchanan was one of two others vying for the nomination) ".......a w... View more info