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1945 ORIGINAL GROUP OF THREE [3] ART BOOKS BY A NOTED ARTIST HAND DRAWN DURING HIS MERCHANT MARINE SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II

By: CHRISTIAN NEWSWANGER [ALSO XTIAN NEWSWANGER]

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: AT SEA SABINE SUN, S.S. VIRGINIAN, ALBION VICTORY, 1945

Seller ID: 0002080

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a simply sensational group of three [3] original hand drawn art books and handwritten letters by noted artist Christian B. Newswanger [also Xtian Newswanger] created and compiled during the artist's service in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He served aboard numerous vessels including the "Sabine Sun", The "S.S. Virginian" and the "Albion Victory". The work is a very eclectic offering with a unique perspective of seaman activities and marine duties from this talented artist. Much of the work is divided between pencil sketches and pastels. One book, ... View more info

1916 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WWI BRITISH HOME FRONT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MARRIED LAW CLERK IN LONDON TRYING TO ENJOY THE IDYLLIC LIFE WHILE FEARING HIS CALL UP TO AN ACTION STATION

By: CHRISTOPHER GRUT BUCKTON

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: DINTON, AYLESBURY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ENGLAND UK, 1916

Seller ID: 0002106

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original and unique World War I manuscript home front relic. Unusual inasmuch as our author who writes from January 1916 to July, Chris Grut Buckton of 36 Wellesley Road Harrow on the Hill, a law clerk in London, makes no effort to conceal his desire and attempts to avoid being called up to the army.Writing is a small precise hand, filling each day almost in a Nature Lovers' Diary book foretelling his time spent outdoors and with nature he always comments on the weather, mild that year, and Mr Buckton reveals an almost idyllic home life like his cottage in Dinton ne... View more info

c1930s-50s COMPACT CHISTOPHER MORLEY ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY: ONE TLS, ONE CLIPPING AND 5 COLLECTIBLE VOLUMES

By: CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

Price: $885.99

Publisher: NEW YORK, 1950

Seller ID: DMW001

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, grouping of one [1] TLS, typed letter signed, one [1] ephemeral piece being a news-clipping, and a compact library of five [5] books, one signed others limited editions, by the noted American journalist, novelist, essayist, playwright and poet Christopher Morley. This is an ideal 'starter' archive or gift for a new Morley collector. Details: 1. Morley, Christopher, Typed Letter Signed. Written April 1, 1953, a mere four years before his death, in Roslyn Heights NY on Morley's letterhead with his New York City address hand-canceled in pencil. The letter to 'George', seeming... View more info

1942 ORIGINAL WARTIME DIARY OF CLARENCE ENGEBRETSEN, WHO SERVED THE COUNTRY AS A TECHNICIAN OF THE 301ST ORDNANCE REGIMENT IN NORTH AFRICA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR ACCOMPANIED BY 3 POSTCARDS WITH VIEWS OF ORAN

By: CLARENCE ENGEBRETSEN

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: Oran, Algeria, 1942

Seller ID: 0008001

Condition: Good


On offer is a handwritten diary of Clarence Engbretson, a technician of the 301st Ordnance Regiment, that documents main events of his military service and provides account of his training at Fort Dix, a trip to Oran, Algeria in 1942 on board of the United States army transport (USAT) H.F. Alexander, the former "Great Northern", and service in North Africa. The diary is a pocket size note pad with brown cover, with personal details and military post number: Clarence Engbretson, Co. B 1st Btn. 301st Ord. R., A.P.O. 600, including 14 pages describing the period from November 1942 to Spr... View more info

1936 - 1940 ORIGINAL FIVE YEAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY FULLY HANDWRITTEN BY A KEENLY OBSERVANT GUNNERS FIRST MATE

By: CLARENCE LAKEN, GUNNERS MATE FIRST CLASS

Price: $2,225.99

Publisher: USS GAMBLE PEARL HARBOR HAWAII USA, 1936

Seller ID: 0001462

Condition: Good+


On offer is an amazing, original pre-World War II manuscript diary handwritten by Clarence Laken as staed on the inside cover: "Clarence Laken Gunners Mate 1st Class, United States Navy. USS Gamble #123 Pearl Harbor Territory Hawaii." This is a super relic of pre-World War II serviceman's life as the diary represents 5 years, 1936 - 1940 and we read how he was working with the mines; overhauling them, and working at the mine depot there in Hawaii until August 11th when he was transferred to the USS Roper and headed to San Diego. He then boards the USS Detroit. Takes a leave and heads t... View more info

1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN EXPRESSIVE, INTELLIGENT ROUGH AND TUMBLE RURAL BOY WHO LOVES NOTHING BETTER THAN HUNTING, FISHING AND TRUANCY

By: CLAUD LEE NEAL

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: WITCHITA FALLS TEXAS VENTURA CALIFORNIA, 1920

Seller ID: 0001379

Condition: Good


On offer is a simply wonderful original manuscript diary handwritten by a Wichita Falls, Texas boy of 11 years of age when the diary begins November 11th 1920. Claud Lee Neal [b. October 31, 1908] is a rough and tumble boy with the likes and dislikes of what many would consider a 'bad boy' or truant but who is essentially an All-American rural kid that rebels against school because he would rather be out hunting, fishing, playing Tarzan of the Apes, going to movies and otherwise having fun. Historians and collectors of the era will recognize the uniqueness of an 11 year old as expressive as Cl... View more info

1912 THROUGH 1930 ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [8] AND LEDGERS [9] OF A MASSILLION OHIO FARMER DETAILING THE LIFE, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF THIS HARD WORKING MIDWESTERNER

By: CLIFFORD L. PATTERSON

Price: $2,585.99

Publisher: MASSILLION OHIO OH, 1912

Seller ID: 0001258

Condition: Good+


On offer are eight [8] original manuscript diaries and nine [9] ledgers of hard working Ohio farmer Clifford L. Patterson of Massillon Ohio near Canton and Wooster Ohio. Clifford uses, for the most part, writing tablets allowing for notebook-free-hand style diaries for the years 1912, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927 and 1930 [this book is undated save for day dates suggesting 1930]. Clifford also does a super job recording the details of his busy though seemingly successful life. The weather, his duties, visitors, visits and matters of commerce and labor are all recorded and historians and ... View more info

1917 - 1926 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF AN EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN WOMAN SERVING HER COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR I AS A FOREIGN SERVICE AGENT AND THEN AN OPERATIVE FOR THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY [CIA] WHILE HER HUSBAND SAILED WITH THE PACIFIC FLEET

By: COGSWELL, MRS. GRACE PHILLIPS

Price: $5,225.99

Publisher: BROOKLYN TO CONSTANTINOPLE TO PARIS, 1917

Seller ID: 0001524

Condition: Good+


On offer are two [2] absolutely super, original, World War I and post-War manuscript diaries handwritten by American Foreign Service agent and Central Intelligence Agency operative Grace Phillips Cogswell. A woman of many talents and accomplishments living a life one usually reads about in fiction. The diaries date from 1917 - 1926 [No.1, 1917-1920, 800+ entries; No.2, 1923-1926, 475+ entries] covering the World War I years and then while she was working for the O.S.S. and American CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). [It should also be noted that she was married to the famed naval commander, Ca... View more info

1942 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG BOOK HANDWRITTEN BY A DETAIL ORIENTED CONSTABLE FOR THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY PROTECTING AND GUARDING THE PORTS AND RAILWAYS OF VANCOUVER BRITISH COLUMBIA

By: CONSTABLE R.C. SHEWARD

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: VANCOUVER COQUITLAM BRITISH COLUMBIA BC CANADA, 1942

Seller ID: 0001706

Condition: Good


On offer is a super World War II era manuscript notebook handwritten by Canadian Pacific Railroad Police officer Constable R.C. Sheward working the dockyards Vancouver British Columbia in 1942. A very full 121 pages of 124 in the 6.25 inches by 3.25 inches page book as Sheward kept meticulous track of his daily duties, including checking freight cars, guarding offloaded liquor shipments, escorting money shipments to Victoria, BC, chasing miscreants throwing bottles out of railcar windows, assisting injured rail yard workers, re-sealing opened freight cars, and even investigating theft of money... View more info

1908 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WILD AND WANTON MEMPHIS TEENAGER WHO SURELY GAVE HER MOTHER GRAY HAIR AND ALL THE BOYS A BROKEN HEART

By: CONSUELO POLLARD [later Wade]

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: MEMPHIS TENNESSEE TN, 1908

Seller ID: 0001866

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original 1908 manuscript diary handwritten by the extremely popular and very wild Consuelo Pollard, a 17 year old girl who lived in Memphis Tennessee with her parents and older brother Thomas. [Census info mentions brothers Edwin and William too.] No shrinking violet, she writes that she was very, very popular, swamped with admirers and many proposals. Mrs. Pollard had a hard time keeping her teenager in line and was not a happy parent. Here are some snippets: "I ought not put this in this book, but can't help it. Mamma got mad at me (indeed it is nothing new) and rais... View more info

1909 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL DETAILING A BRITISH LEGATION MISSION TO MEET THE SULTAN OF MOROCCO

By: CORPORAL F. STANLEY, R.A.M.C.

Price: $4,985.99

Publisher: GIBRALTAR TANGIERS FEZ MOROCCO, 1909

Seller ID: 0001023

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a simply sensational seventeen [17] page handwritten original journal detailing a British Legation mission of some importance to meet with the Sultan of Morocco in 1909. This 100 year old coverless folio sized journal is an account of a political mission, most likely, from April 19, 1909 to December 1909. Historians and collectors of the World War I era and the history running up to the 'Great War' and of North Africa will acknowledge this was a critical period of Moroccan history when European countries were trying to influence Morocco. One online source claims: "The first yea... View more info

1943 PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BATTLE DIARY OF AN AMERICAN INFANTRYMAN

By: CORPORAL JOSEPH ENGELHARDT, Anti-Tank Co.

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: North Africa, Italy, Europe, 1943

Seller ID: 000112

Condition: Fair+


Corporal Joseph Engelhardt scrupulously writes over 55 pages, in an address book converted into a diary, full from A - L, of his journey from North Africa to Italy in the late summer of 1943 through to June of 1944. Battles, troop movements, anectodal observations and much more. Engelhardt is a keen observer and exhibits a fair bit of charm as he shares his thoughts and opinions. This is a down to earth yet cocky and brassy the young man is writing from a grunt's eye view; a soldier of the 34th Infantry Division, 168th Infantry Regiment, the famed "Red Bull" and "Deset Bull" di... View more info

1931 ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK AND DIARY CREATED AND COMPILED BY THE DAUGHTER OF MINNESOTA AVIATION PIONEER FRED PARKER

By: COZETTE PARKER

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: MINNESOTA WISCONSIN ILLINOIS USA, 1931

Seller ID: 0001847

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational 1931 - 1933 diary like scrapbook created and compiled by Cozette Parker, whose father Fred Parker was a monoplane builder, aviator and aircraft designer. Mr. Parker is a well known person of Minnesota aviation history: he built and flew numerous planes usually crashing, his sister commented," He has broken every other bone in his body except his spine." In 1910 the Minnesota State Fair offered Fred the opportunity to exhibit and fly his plane. Besides the flying aspects of the scrapbook there are some sensational surprises as she documents her life in those ye... View more info

1960s FASCINATING ORIGINAL VIETNAM ERA DIARY AND JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY AN AUSTIN TEXAS MARINE MEDIC AND MAYHAPS MURDERER

By: CRAIG L. BROWN, USMC

Price: $2,345.99

Publisher: AUSTIN TEXAS TX TO DA NANG SAIGON VIETNAM SE ASIA, 1962

Seller ID: 0001761

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating manuscript relic of the Vietnam War and a young Marine medic who originally hailed from Austin Texas. Intriguingly the dates range from 1962 to 1999 when he added the names of some dead comrades but the main narrative seems to be from 1962 to 1967 with about 50 pages but a few are just comments or addresses. Identified by an old Post Office address tag that has been placed under a small plastic pocket Craig L. Brown also includes his name in his own hand a few pages later. The opposite page has is Detachment information. Mr. Brown appears to be a medic who writes of h... View more info

1917 HAND WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ADIRONDACK VACATION AND HUNTING TRIP DIARY OF MRS. A.L. (FRANCES) CRANE

By: CRANE, MRS. A. L. (FRANCES)

Price: $549.99

Publisher: New York State, 1917

Seller ID: 000065

Condition: Good+


1917 Adirondack vacation and hunting trip travel diary of Mrs A. L. Crane, starting Sept. 27th from Afton and by way of a train in Utica making way to Beaver River. It appears our writer is the new Mrs. Crane as she refers to one of the large suitcases having a "Just Married" sign attached. (Turns out she is a joker as since I listed this diary I have discovered her 1901 travel diary with mention of the same husband!!) There seem to be a fair number of people in her party. She frequently mentions that the 'men' have all gone off and done this or done that. Mention of hunting and the tr... View more info

1907 - 1950 AWESOME ARCHIVE OF 35 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY AN INSIDER AT THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, THE INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND THE UNITED NATIONS WORKING UNDER THE NOTED NORWEGIAN EDVARD HAMBRO

By: CROSS, STANLEY THOMAS

Price: $21,885.99

Publisher: PURNODE BELGIUM THE HAGUE NETHERLANDS GENEVA, 1907

Seller ID: 0001420

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational archive of historically significant original manuscript diaries of Stanley Thomas Cross an well placed employee of the BBC [British Broadcasting Company] acting as a 'switch-censor' at the League of Nations Permanent Court of International Justice and United Nations International Court of Justice at The Hague under Edvard Isak Hambro [b.1911 - d.1977; was a Norwegian politician; the 25th President of the United Nations General Assembly (1970 - 1971) and also served on the UN's International Law Commission from 1972 to 1977]. The historical significance of the diaries ... View more info

1936 + 1937 Handwritten Manuscript Diaries of Addie B. Currier of Boltonville Vermont

By: Currier, Addie B.

Price: $955.99

Publisher: Boltonville, Vermont, 1936

Seller ID: 000039

Condition: Good+


This auction is for a pair of diaries handwritten by Addie B. Currier of Boltonville, Vermont. Addie B. Currier wrote her name in the front of this diary, as well as other personal information, such as height, weight, bust /corset size, waist size, etc. The diary is filled with writing - All of the days have a handwritten entry. No loose or missing pages. Addie is a poor speller, which adds charm to her writings - but please keep this in mind as the names in the diary may be spelled wrong. Some of the things Addie wrote about was the men cutting ice on the river, local events & tragedies, car... View more info

1938 - 1939 ORIGINAL PRE WORLD WAR II MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF 3 CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZING GOODS AND ARRESTING SMUGGLERS IN THE PORT OF NEW YORK

By: CUSTOMS OFFICERS BARLOW, DAY and HAGNER

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: NEW YORK CITY NEW YORK, 1938

Seller ID: 0001753

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original 1938 - 1939 manuscript relic of pre World War II policing by three US Customs and Duty officers named Barlow, Day and Hagner. The entries list seizures they made, the date, the name of the ship, which pier, the items seized and the value of these items. Historians and researchers of such work will be amazed at the breadth of the seized items beyond the assumed liquor, tobacco and weapons. The notes detail such sundry items pyjamas, perfume, sandals, table cloths, lotion, wallets, shell boxes, cameras, tea, jewellery, coins and more. Included within the pages of the jour... View more info

1942 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF YOUNG, LOVING, AND DEVOTED HOUSEWIFE AND MOTHER IN NEW YORK, AS THE WAR BEGINS TO AFFECT THE DAILY LIVES OF THOSE ON THE HOMEFRONT

By: CYRENA COLES

Price: $985.99

Publisher: CORNING, NEW YORK, NY, 1942

Seller ID: 0009132

Condition: Good +


On offer is a lovely, 1942 slice-of-life diary of by a young housewife, Cyrena Coles living in Corning, New York, with her husband Herman, and her two teenage children Kate and Billy. Her entries are, for the most part, matter of fact statements on the day’s events and observations. Many of them seem to be written many times during the course of the day, as it is common to see different ink colors used throughout a single entry. Though the book is a 5-year diary, Coles only uses it for the year 1942. The book was most likely carried around on Mrs. Coles’s person at most times of the day. M... View more info

1965 - 1968 ORIGINAL GROUP OF FOUR [4] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG 1ST LIEUTENANT SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN A BALLISTIC MISSILE BUNKER READY TO DEFEND AMERICA FROM THE SOVIET THREAT

By: D.R.

Price: $8,255.99

Publisher: LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS AR AFB, 1965

Seller ID: 0002107

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating group of manuscript relics of the Cold War being four [4] calendars used as diaries with handwritten notations and entries detailing the service and activities of a Titan II ICBM [Intercontinental Ballistic Missile] launch crew at Little Rock AFB, in 373 SMS/308 SMW from September 1964 to September of 1968 making for a one of a kind look at the height of the Cold War of an active duty ballistic missile combat crew. The author details everything from alerts, scrambles, recurring training, inspections, operational notes, promotions, and of course the author's personal n... View more info