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1868 - 1873 ARCHIVE OF THREE [3] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LEDGER BOOKS OF A PROSPEROUS, SUCCESSFUL COBBLER

By: GEORGE LEHNER JR.

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: CHAMBERSBURG PENNSYLVANIA PENN PA, 1868

Seller ID: 000999

Condition: Good


On offer is a super archive of three [3] ledger/account books of George Lehner, Jr. a cobbler [shoemaker] in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The ledger details George's business from 1868 to 1873 with more than 900 pages of recorded transactions of detailed accounts of shoes, boots, and other footwear sold or repaired by George Lehner Jr., a master cobbler and his staff of shoemakers. Research of the 1860 U. S. Census shows George's father, (George Sr.) age 56, as a "Mas... View more info

1875 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT LETTER DETAILING THE SAVAGE RESULTS OF PESTILENCE ON THE CITY OF CHICAGO HANDWRITTEN BY A CLEVELAND MAN SEEKING A BETTER LIFE

By: GEORGE ROBERTS

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois, 1875

Seller ID: 0008186

Condition: Fair


On offer is a rare letter written during one of the many typhoid epidemics that swept Chicago during the 19th century. Measuring 10 inches by 8 inches, the letter is two-sided and fills both pages. The letter has some stains as one would expect from a nearly century and a half paper but is fairly legible. The author of the letter is George Roberts to his wife. In it he describes how ill he feels and the state of mind it leaves him in: "... I am so [ ] and I can get ... View more info

1863 - 1864 ORIGINAL GROUP OF FOUR [4] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A PAY CLERK IN THE UNION ARMY WITH A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE FROM HIS OFFICES IN BALTIMORE AND IN THE FIELD FOLLOWING THE TROOPS TO BATTLE

By: GEORGE W. FERNALD

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1863

Seller ID: 0002409

Condition: Good


On offer is a super group of four [4] original Civil War era manuscript letters handwritten by George W. Fernald, a clerk in the pay Department of the U.S. Army. George was in Company "C" 2nd New York Militia or the 82nd New York Vols. His letters, dated December 1863 through to August 1864 are all on stationery of the Pay Department, U.S. Army, Baltimore, Maryland where he is stationed and refers to as home to his cousin whom he addresses in all his letters, mak... View more info

1897 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPT NOTES BY AMERICAN POET GERTRUDE THOMAS

By: GERTRUDE F. THOMAS et al

Price: $1,495.99

Publisher: NEW YORK, 1897

Seller ID: 00MV185

Condition: Good+


On offer is a very nice archive of original manuscript letters and ephemera relating to Gertrude F. Thomas, noted writer and poet. The archive includes: two [2] ALSs by Gertrude F. Thomas; two [2] signed handwritten poems; a TLS signed Eldridge to Aunt Gertie [dated 23 Wall Street, New York] with notes in pencil on verso by Gertrude; about 10 cards with her notes about poetry; and 2 ALSs, 1897 to mother signed Truitt; Overall G+. View more info

1898 - 1904 ORIGINAL MASSIVE 200+ PAGE 12 POUND SCRAPBOOK AND MANUSCRIPT DETAILING 4 YEARS AT SMITH COLLEGE, AMHERST AND DARTMOUTH

By: GERTRUDE L CHAMPION [later Mrs. George Lord Fuller]

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 1890

Seller ID: 0002213

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational, massive 200+ page 1898 -1904 manuscript and scrapbook handwritten, created, collected and compiled by Gertrude L. Champion who began this time capsule on paper when she attended Smith College as freshman in 1898 and obviously lived the campus and college life to the extreme. A cornucopia of items related to her time at all female college until she gradated. As local historians will gather life at Smith is inextricably tied to Amherst which is w... View more info

1863 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS TO THE GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT IMPLORING BUCKINGHAM TO SEEK GENERAL HAMILTON'S COMMISSION AS BRIGADIER GENERAL AND END THE FEDERAL OCCUPATION OF TEXAS

By: GOVERNOR JOHN ANDREW

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1863

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000904

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a fascinating State of Massachusetts historical 3 page handwritten ALS dated March 28th 1863 on executive stationery wherein the Governor of Massachusetts, John Andrew, writes to asks his counterpart in Connecticut to assist and support the commission of General Hamilton to Brigadier General and also to see to 'getting his [the General's] family away from Texas...' and 'that steps should immediately be taken for the relief of the Federal occupation of Texas.'... View more info

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1869 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTES AND OPINION ON THE EVILS OF RECONSTRUCTION FROM MONTGOMERY ALABAMA AND LIKELY HANDWRITTEN BY THE FUTURE GOVERNOR OF ALABAMA

By: GOVERNOR THOMAS JONES [?]

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: Montgomery Alabama AL, 1869

Seller ID: 0002350

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic of Alabama Reconstruction Era politics and post Civil War thought being a six [6] legal sized page manuscript on the evils of Reconstruction, apparently handwritten in Montgomery Alabama and likely by future Alabama Governor Thomas Jones who quotes or copies by hand articles from papers with commentary. [While the papers are unsigned and we cannot guarantee they are in his hand the likely hood given the dates mentione... View more info

1832 UTTERLY CHARMING ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF OBSERVATIONS, SAGE ADVICE, INSTRUCTION IN DECORUM, POETRY AND QUOTATIONS OF FAMED AMERICAN ICONS AND PHILOSOPHERS TO HER TWO YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER

By: GRANDMA TO SARAH SEYMOUR

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: MADISON COUNTY ONEIDA COUNTY CAZENOVIA, 1832

Seller ID: 0002218

Condition: Good


On offer is an utterly charming, original 19th Century manuscript book handwritten by an adoring grandmother who offers her sage advice to her 2 year old granddaughter Sarah Seymour. [While she is not named the author will undoubtedly be named by local historians or researchers.] Casual research suggests the girl to be Sarah E. Seymour [later Mrs. James Burton] of Oneida County, New York born in 1828. [See the Bio Notes that follow.] Grandmother imparts age-old advice to... View more info

1841 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] AND HANDWRITTEN BY AN INTERESTING BALTIMORE MERCHANT AND ONE TIME CONSUL OF THE KINGDOM OF HAWAII WITH INTELLIGENCE REGARDING THE WINE TRADE

By: GRANVILLE S. OLDFIELD

Price: $855.99

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland MD, 1841

Seller ID: 0002047

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original one [1] page letter, approx. 7-7/8" x 9-3/4", dated at Baltimore, Md., Dec. 7, 1841, from G.S. Oldfield, to T.J. Tobias, at New York City. Folded letter has blue "BALTIMORE/MD." cds postmark and manuscript "18-3/4" rate. The writer of this letter, Granville S. Oldfield, was a Commission Merchant in Baltimore, and was for several years the Consul of the Kingdom of Hawaii for Md. & Delaware. He was a patron of the arts, and h... View more info

1860s SUPER, ORIGINAL MISS STEVEN'S MANUSCRIPT SCHOOL PROJECT DETAILING THE COUNTIES OF ENGLAND IN A BEAUTIFUL CALLIGRAPHIC HAND

By: H. LOUISA CHAMBERS

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: BISHOPS MONKTON, KNARESBOROUGH, 1860

Seller ID: 0001778

Condition: Good+


On offer is a wonderful handwritten and hand drawn manuscript book created by H. Louisa Chambers of Brook House in Miss Steven's School in Bishops Monkton, Knaresborough as evidenced on one of two pasted down notes in the upper right hand corner cover. The other note in a different hand mentions the estimated date of 'about 1860'. The manuscript in a wonderful calligraphic hand, with beautiful headings, details, describes and maps all the counties of England with very in... View more info

1882 - 1883: 18 ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN AND BEAUTIFUL NAUTICAL CHARTS INTENDED TO TEACH THE SCIENCE OF NAVIGATION TO A YOUNG CADET AT THE BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE IN DARTMOUTH, ENGLAND

By: H. W. ARMSTRONG

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, DARTMOUTH, ENGLAND, 1882

Seller ID: 0009170

Condition: Very Good


On offer are 18 beautiful and fascinating hand drawn naval charts done on the H.M.S. Britannia in 1882 and 1883. The H.M.S. Britannia was initially called the H.M.S. Prince of Wales and was originally one of six 121-gun screw-propelled first-rate three-decker line-of-battle ships of the Royal Navy. In 1869, she was renamed the H.M.S. Brittania and under that name served at Dartmouth as a cadet training ship until 1905. As Britannia, she was a hulk, and only had her forem... View more info

1863 - 1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LEDGER AND ACCOUNT BOOK REGARDING TAXES, TOLLS AND JUDICIAL ENFORCEMENT INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF A MADMAN TO THE STATE LUNATIC ASYLUM

By: H.W. HOWARD

Price: $985.99

Publisher: EAST ORANGE NEW JERSEY NJ, 1863

Seller ID: 000952

Condition: Fair


On offer is an interesting original relic of the Civil War being a handwritten account of a postal and tax collector and perhaps Justice of the Peace as he notes judicial orders and enforcement, H.W. Howard, records on 36 unnumbered pages taxes and tolls received, orders enforced and of other specific interest are the sale of boy and the incarceration of a man judged insane to the lunatic asylum and the disposal of his possessions to cover the costs of treatment: "De... View more info

1860 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT EXCERPT - "SORROW IS GODLIKE - SORROW IS WISE..." A PROFOUND, UNIQUE AND SCARCE RELIC OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA, THE ABOLITION MOVEMENT AND THE DEMISE OF SLAVERY IN AMERICA

By: HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

Price: $4,885.99

Publisher: London England, 1860

Seller ID: 000926

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an original autograph manuscript quote, written, signed and dated London, 16 June 1860 by Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe a mere year before the onset of the American Civil War. Beecher Stowe is revered as the author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly' and by doing so created the final wave that swept slavery from America. A woman whom Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying "so you were the little woman that started this great war." This is a... View more info

c1860s HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT MOURNING NOTE BY THE YOUNG CHILD COUSIN OF C.G. 'CHINESE' GORDON AND DOOMED FUTURE CREWMEMBER OF THE HMS CAPTAIN

By: HARRY [HENRY WILLIAM] GORDON, RN

Price: $625.99

Publisher: England, 1865

Seller ID: 00MV615

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original handwritten manuscript letter, exceedingly scarce autograph of Harry (Henry William) Gordon [1854-1870] a British navy man who drowned on the HMS Captain when it sank in the Bay of Biscay in 1870. He was the nephew of C.G. "Chinese" Gordon [1833-1885] of Khartoum fame. Extremely Rare Autograph Letter Signed, no date, 2pp. in pencil on mourning stationery. This is written to his mother when he was a child or very young. "I hope you are ... View more info

1860-1861 ARCHIVE OF EIGHT [8] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS - ENTERPRISE ILLINOIS TO CHICAGO TO AURELIUS NEW YORK

By: HENDRY, MCCAULL, FRAZEE+

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: ENTERPRISE, CHICAGO ILLINOIS, AURELIUS NEW YORK, 1860

Seller ID: 000702

Condition: Good


On offer is a modest archive of eight [8] civil war era letters from 1860 to 1861. At the heart of this archive are letters by and between Hendry, McCaull and Frazee family members; a cousin, an aunt, a sister and a brother. The letters begin in February, 1860 from Enterprise, Illinois and details health, crops, the hogs in the potatoes and the schoolhouse. The next letter, still in February, is from Chicago and talks about a court trial. Another letter is from April 186... View more info

LATE 19th C. REAL PHOTO POSTCARD [RPPC] AUTOGRAPHED BY THE NOTORIOUS SATANIST

By: Henri Antoine Jules-Bois

Price: $549.99

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00MV428

Condition: Very Good


[SATAN] Henri Antoine Jules-Bois - wrote Le satanisme et la magie, a book about Satan . Otherwise known as simply 'Jules Bois' he has been described as a 'Notorious Satanist' and was a noted friend of McGregor Mathers, the founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. SIGNED real-photo postcard. Very nice, the image is dark and as such suitably sinister. On the verso says "Returned to M.M. Marshall", the journalist. View more info

1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY RENOWNED JEWISH JOURNALIST TO NOTED PUBLISHER BEHIND WILLA CATHER'S SUCCESS

By: Henri Georges Stephane Adolphe Opper de Blowitz

Price: $545.99

Publisher: NEW YORK, 1893

Seller ID: 00MV219

Condition: Good


On offer is an original manuscript letter handwritten by Henri Georges Stephane Adolphe Opper de Blowitz [1825-1903] the noted Bohemian journalist. He was born to a Jewish family at Blovice [Blowitz] in Bohemia, and left home at the age of fifteen to travel, acquiring a wide range of languages in the process. He became famous, both as a journalist and for his insights into diplomacy. In 1875, the Duc de Decazes, the Minister of Foreign Affairs , informed him of a confide... View more info

Image for c1895 'ETRETAT: HAMLET OF THE SETTING SUN - A NORMAN VILLAGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS' WITH 11 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR DRAWINGS BY BACON

c1895 'ETRETAT: HAMLET OF THE SETTING SUN - A NORMAN VILLAGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS' WITH 11 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR DRAWINGS BY BACON

By: HENRY BACON

Price: $8,385.99

Publisher: 1895

Seller ID: 0002559

Condition: Good+


On offer is a wonderful copy of 'Etretat: Hamlet of the Setting Sun - a Norman Village and its Surroundings' by Henry Bacon (1839-1912) the American Impressionist artist. This smallish utterly charming book published by Brentano's in 1895 uniquely contains eleven original watercolor illustrations by Bacon as evidenced by his initials on a number of the drawings. This is a very unusual relic of Bacon's work beautifully executed. Overall VG. View more info

1854 HANDWRITTEN ALS BY FAMED DEAD SEA EXPLORER

By: HENRY BEDLOW

Price: $449.99

Publisher: 1854

Seller ID: 00MV416

Condition: Very Good


[DEAD SEA EXPEDITION] HENRY BEDLOW - member of the 1849 United States Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. This naval expedition was led by Lieut. W.F. Lynch plus 13 naval men. Henry Bedlow, Esq., and Henry J. Anderson, M.D., were with the Expedition as volunteers. Lynch wrote in his Narrative "More zealous, efficient, and honourable associates could not have been desired. They were ever in the right place, bearing their full share of watching and privati... View more info

1843 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER [ALS] REGARDING THE KILLING OF MRS. BACON 'AND THE WRETCHES THEY HAVE CAUGHT' HANDWRITTEN BY A HARVARD MAN TO A WASHINGTON COLLEGE FRIEND

By: HENRY C. CHAUNCEY

Price: $485.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS CAMBRIDGE MA HARTFORD CT., 1843

Seller ID: 00MV107

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a super 3-1/2 pp handwritten manuscript letter [ALS], dated Harvard University, Oct. 8th, 1843, having a stampless cover addressed to Sam. F. Jarvis at Washington College in Hartford, Conn., with a red Cambridge postal cancel, reading in part: "... Frequent the company of females, well informed & of your rank in society... pay some attention to married ladies, whose conversation is not only improving, but will also raise the sex in your estimation... My A... View more info