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1851 SUPERB - BULLETIN DES LOIS DE LA REPUBLIQUE DE FRANCE No 434 - "DECRET RELATIF AUX PRIMES POUR LA PECHE DE LA BALEINE OU DU CACHALOT"

By: ACHILLE FOULD, MINISTER OF FINANCE and NAPOLEON III

Price: $379.99

Publisher: France, 1851

Seller ID: 00MV630

Condition: Very Fine


Very fresh, superb, Napoleon III document signed in print by the Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. Very fine with only the hint of age spots. This bulletin is dedicated to the rules of whaling and as such VERY SCARCE. View more info

1863 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER DETAILING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THIS 87 YEAR OLD MAN WHEN HE LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1791

By: ADAMS FAMILY [?]

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland MD, 1863

Seller ID: 0002007

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating, historic, original manuscript letter written by an unknown elderly Baltimore man and likely a member of the Adams family and related to Thomas Boylston Adams (September 15, 1772 - March 13, 1832), the third and youngest son of John and Abigail (Smith) Adams in response to a request he write of his life and times in New York City. [The letter was part of a greater group from the Thomas Boylston Adams papers.] The writer relates what an active, involved and intelligent teenager and young man experienced in the heady historic days of New York City from 1791 to the turn ... View more info

1869 + 1873 + 1889 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF A YOUNG UPSTATE NEW YORK GIRL FROM CHILDHOOD TO WOMANHOOD

By: Adell Jones

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: Pulaski Oswego New York, 1869

Seller ID: 000661

Condition: Good+


Excellent archive of three [3] handwritten Victorian era diaries from a school girl, Adell Jones, who lived in Pulaski and Oswego, NY. Two are 1869 and 73, written in pencil, among many things, she tells of fellow student Nellie Burt, age 12 died etc. Third book is from 1889, now she’s married and includes local names from Pulaski - friends, family members etc. Some normal exterior wear, these diaries make for interesting look at 19th century life pioneer life and from a women's studies perspective it is charming to see this young woman grow up. ; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall; KEYWOR... View more info

1823 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF ENGLAND'S GREATEST NAVAL HEROES - THE MODEL FOR HORATIO HORNBLOWER AND 'LUCKY' CAPTAIN JACK AUBREY BUT KNOWN TO THE FRENCH NAVY AS THE 'WOLF OF THE SEAS'

By: ADMIRAL THOMAS COCHRANE, 10th EARL OF DUNDONALD, a.k.a. LE LOUP DES MERS [THE WOLF OF THE SEA]

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: BRAZIL [?], 1823

Seller ID: 0001421

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original 1823 manuscript letter handwritten by Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Marquess of Maranhão, GCB, ODM (Chile) (1775-1860), styled Lord Cochrane between 1778 and 1831, was a senior British naval flag officer and radical politician. He was a daring and successful captain of the Napoleonic Wars, leading the French to nickname him 'Le Loup des Mers' ('The Sea Wolf' or 'The Wolf of the Seas'). Cochrane was the model for Patrick O'Brian's 'Master and Commander' Captain Jack Aubrey Series of books. He was also believed to be the model for Horatio Hornblo... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF 16 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS FROM THE FILES OF AIME GIRON FAMED FRENCH POET, NOVELIST AND LAWYER

By: AIME GIRON, Lawyer, Poet, Novelist

Price: $799.99

Publisher: France, 1890

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00JT75

Condition: Very Good


Super archive of sixteen manuscript letters, for the most part signed with numerous signatures requiring further research. Mostly fine to Very Fine. Most are literary matters, some letterheads with dates ranging from 1860s to 1880s. Aime Giron was well suited to both act on the behalf of literary artists as an attorney and confidant as a reknowned poet and novelist and a director of "Figaro". Very rare. View more info

1844 - 1846 REMARKABLE AND UNIQUE ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF PRE-CIVIL WAR MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE FROM AN ASPIRING DOCTOR WITH A SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS FOR A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DISEASES AND AILMENTS

By: ALBAN SMITH PAYNE

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: CASTLETON MEDICAL COLLEGE VERMONT NEW YORK CITY NY, 1844

Seller ID: 0009058

Condition: Good


On offer is a remarkable piece of medical history. It is a book by a young doctor in training, named Alban Smith Payne from New York City during the 1840s. He is studying at Castleton College in Vermont, the largest Medical School in the Northeast at the time. For anyone who wants an incredibly interesting and comprehensive idea of Western medical science in pre-Civil War era, this book contains an immense amount of information in this regard. It describes dozens of diseases, their symptoms and treatments. The book seems to be an education by many different doctors, presenting case studies in ... View more info

1879 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF ONE YOUNG MIDSHIPMAN'S FORTUNATE FIRST CRUISE ON A SCIENTIFIC MISSION TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS AS HE CLIMBS THE RATLINES TO THE ADMIRALTY

By: ALBERT 'BERTIE' SUMNER LAFONE, Royal Navy, Midshipman

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD THE HMS TRIUMPH HMS TURQUOISE, 1879

Seller ID: 0002013

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of naval life and adventure for a young British midshipman and future Admiral named Albert Sumner Lafone during his service and first voyage on H.M.S. Triumph, Flag Ship of the Pacific Squadron, in the years 1879 - 1880. Titled 'Extracts from letters written by to his mother while on his first voyage' the elegant 9 x 7 inch black limp leather covers gilt panelling and marbled endpapers. The 104 pages are fair copies in a secretarial hand or perhaps a scrivener of the intimate descriptive letters to his mother of the future Admiral Lafone while un... View more info

1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF FRENCH FIN-DE-SIÈCLE REGIMENT BUGLE SONGS FROM A BUGLE PLAYER STATIONED IN THE INDRE-ET-LOIRE DÉPARTEMENT

By: ALBERT DURAND

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: DÉPARTEMENT INDRE-ET-LOIRE, FRANCE, FR, 1893

Seller ID: 0009171

Condition: Good +


On offer is a unique relic from fin de siècle France, an 1893 original manuscript book of Regiment Bugle Songs, from the 66th Infantry. The inside of the front cover gives the specific information: “Durand, Albert. Caporal Clairon 66ème Régiment d’Infanterie à Tours Indre et Loire”. Durand was ‘Caporal Clairon’ or ‘First Bugle’ of the 66th Infantry Regiment Tours, in the the Indre-et-Loire Département. Indre-et-Loire is in west-central France. The title page reads: Class 1893. Cahier appartenant à Monsieur Durand Albert...” The first page consists of a 1 page entry by Dur... View more info

1859 - 1860 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL WITH DETAILED ENTRIES ON THE LOCAL HISTORY, POLITICS - INCLUDING THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE'S PRO SLAVERY STANCE - AND PRE CIVIL WAR BACKGROUND OF A SAD, FAILED, UNHAPPY MAN WHO WANTS SO MUCH MORE

By: ALBERT M. MEAD

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: LAWRENCE MASSACHUSETTS ESSEX COUNTY, 1859

Seller ID: 0001353

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super relic of pre Civil War Americana that collector and historians will appreciate on a number of levels: a mere six years after incorporation of Lawrence he writes detailed descriptions of local events, names recorded of visitors and then his own life experience: a young, deeply introspective man whose life is one of failure and illness, injury and desire. The 188 hand-numbered pages are handwritten by Albert M Mead of Lawrence Massachusetts a 20 year old whose large 10.25 x 7.5 inch journal is densely written and covers the period of January 1859 through 1860. Albert starts r... View more info

1892 + 1893 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A TOBACCO MERCHANT AND OWNER OF THE FIRST 5 AND DIME IN FREDERICK MARYLAND

By: ALBERT WILSON CONDON

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: FREDERICK, MARYLAND, 1892

Seller ID: 0001985

Condition: Good+


On offer are two [2] original 1892 and 1893 manuscript diaries and 90+ ephemeral pieces handwritten and once belonging to Albert Wilson Condon of Frederick Maryland [both diaries have his name engraved, written and/or stamped on them]. Albert [March 30th, 1874 - May 16th, 1940] owned the first 5 & Dime in old downtown Frederick and became sole owner of the Condon Tobacco Store. In the 1892 diary from January 1st to January 15th he has written poems and sayings. Then his trip to Washington D.C. falls in the month of September, which he writes about. But he also rewrites a summary of that trip o... View more info

1874 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN EXTENDED VOYAGE AND EVENTUAL RESETTLEMENT OF AN AMESBURY MASSACHUSETTS MAN AND HIS FAMILY TO THE GOLD FIELDS OF CALIFORNIA

By: ALBION SANBORN

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: WEST AMESBURY MASSACHUSETTS NORTH VALLEY CALIFORNI, 1874

Seller ID: 0007019

Condition: Good-


On offer is an outstanding journal of an adventurous voyage in the 1870s. Measuring 8.25 inches by 6.25 inches, it contains 46 pages. It is about 76% complete. The handwriting is clear and legible. The spine of the hardbound book has broken and the covers are loosely attached but all pages are intact and in good condition. Albion Sanborn was a 35 year old married man living in West Amesbury, MA in the later 1860s/early 1870s. He decides to leave his wife Maria and their child to go to California to seek his fortune and then return home at some unspecified time in the future. Casual research ha... View more info

1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN LETTER OF A MEMBER OF THE GLENDALE RIVER INHABITANTS MISSION, AND CATHOLIC COMMUNITY ISOLATED IN THE DEEP WOODS OF CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

By: ALEXANDER C. CHRISHOLY [to Allan McLean]

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: GLENDALE, RIVER INHABITANTS, CAPE BRETON, NS, 1886

Seller ID: 0009115

Condition: Good


On offer is a letter from an isolated and small community in 19th Century Nova Scotia. From the Catholic Glendale, River Inhabitants mission, this letter is dated January 11th, 1886 and details the recent events in the life of one of its members. The author of the letter is one “Alexander C. Chrisholy” to his friend “Allan McLean”. The letter concerns Mr. Chrisholy and the events leading up to the holidays and New Year of 1886. “I would have written two you long since,” Alexander writes, “only Christopher was taken sick the day ou was over yourself and I was four weeks with him a... View more info

HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE OF ALEXANDER RAMSEY, 1ST TERRITORIAL GOVERNOR OF MINNESOTA, HERO OF THE CIVIL WAR, SURVIVOR OF FORT SUMTER ATTACK AND KEEN SUPPORTER OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN

By: ALEXANDER RAMSEY

Price: $169.99

Publisher: Minnesota,

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00MV75

Condition: Fine


Autograph, clipped and mounted of ALEXANDER RAMSEY [1815-1903] First territorial governor of Minnesota (1849-1853); Gov. of State of Minn. (1859-1863); U.S. senator (1863-1875); secty. of war (1879-1881). As Gov. of Minn., he was in Wash., D.C. when Ft. Sumter was fired on, and made the first offer of armed troops to Lincoln. Ramsey also had to deal with the Sioux outbreak of 1862 and the Indian war following it. View more info

c1850 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT APOTHECARY'S BOOK OF PERSONAL, HOUSEHOLD AND FARM CURES, SALVES, RECIPES AND REMEDIES

By: Alfred Buckingham Cuspley

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: ENGLAND UK GREAT BRITAIN, 1850

Seller ID: 0001036

Condition: Good


On offer is a British Apothecary's handwritten manuscript book, 5 x 8 inches with approximately 98 pages of recipes [receipts], remedies, cures, salves, potions, oils etc. for household and personal needs, plus a handwritten index and a list of suppliers. The name Alfred Buckingham Cuspley is written on the first page. While undated the book most certainly pre-dates 1858 as evidenced by a currency converter pasted into the back of the book which refers to Canadian £ Sterling which was replaced in 1858. The majority of recipes are for medicinal cures, health and beauty products and perfumes. T... View more info

1872 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT EUROPEAN RUSSIA TRAVEL DIARY, GENEALOGICAL REFERENCE OF EUROPE'S ROYALTY AND HEADS OF STATE AND INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE WINDER, JOHNSON AND LAWRIE FAMILIES

By: ALFRED C. JOHNSON

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: Philadelphia PA Denmark Sweden Germany Russia, 1872

Seller ID: 000985

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is the amazing 1872 handwritten manuscript diary of the young Alfred C. Johnson of 727 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Research suggests this is the same man that becomes Consul of the United States at Stuttgart, Germany in the future and as late as 1896. Mr. Johnson is a literate, observant diarist who details a very interesting life [just one year out of school but he writes and shows interests of a middle aged man] of going to the theatre [Walnut Street is a favorite] and opera, lectures and speeches and he never fails to mentions both birthdays, anniversaries, deaths and ... View more info

1879 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A MAINE WOMAN DETAILING DAILY LIFE IN A SMALL FARMING VILLAGE

By: ALICE GOODRICH

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BINGHAM, MAINE, 1879

Seller ID: 0008155

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting little diary of a farm wife in rural Maine in mid-19th century America. It measures 4.75 inches by 3.25 inches and contains 60 pages plus memoranda. The binding, covers and pages are in good condition. The handwriting is in pencil and, although faded somewhat, is legible. Also included in the diary are a number of pieces of ephemera. Alice Goodrich was born in 1853 in the village of Bingham, ME. She married in 1873 and had 3 children. She passed away in 1908 at the age of 54. Married to Granville Goodrich, she lived on a farm near the village. Her household is a busy... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF BUSINESS AND PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE AND THE HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF A NUGGET COLORADO GOLD MINER

By: ALMON W. HOWES

Price: $3,085.99

Publisher: NUGGET, COLORADO, GILPIN COUNTY, 1896

Seller ID: 0001785

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super archive of manuscript letters and a diary handwritten by Almon W. Howes who lived in Nugget Colorado as a gold miner. Mr. Howes does a great job describing his life and works in short entries over 63 pages that starts on April 6, 1896 and ends on January 31, 1898. Along with the journal there are also about 20 persoonal and business letters and documents that were received by him from various relatives and business associates [some of the envelopes have a Nugget postmark] that further flesh out and add depth to history of this miner's life. He begins on April 6, 1896: "... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL 'PRESSED COPY' MANUSCRIPT LETTER WRITTEN BY FAMED POSTAL INSPECTOR ALONZO SHARP REQUESTING THAT THE STORIED POSTMASTER OF ATHENS GEORGIA BE FIRED

By: ALONZO G. SHARP

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: WASHINGTON [DC], 1890

Seller ID: 0001852

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating original, 'pressed copy*' U.S. Post Office department letter dated March 10, 1890. It is written to Chief Postal Inspector E.G. Rathbone by one of the U.S. Post Office's most renowned Postal Inspectors Alonzo G. Sharp. This letter is in reference to dismissing African-American Postmaster Monroe B. (Pink) Morton of Athens, Georgia for blowing the cover of undercover Postal Inspectors to other Postal Officials. (Postal Inspectors act as the Detectives and Police of the U.S. Post Office). Alonzo G. Sharp Ex-Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, once issued City-Backed script ... View more info

1851 HANDWRITTEN STAMPLESS COVER ALS TO THE SELECTMEN OF PLAINFIELD REGARDING SAMUEL HARVEY

By: ALVIRA MERRIAM, Contractor for Keeping State Paupers

Price: $339.99

Publisher: North Granby Connecticut CT Plainfield CT, 1851

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000687

Condition: Very Good


Stampless cover from the Contractor for the care of paupers for the State of Connecticut, Alvira Merriam writes the Selectmen of Plainfield, Connecticut regarding an inhabitant, Samuel Harvey, and his status. Alvira takes a very imperious tone interestingly enough. Dated North Granby, August 14th, 1851. VG. View more info

1846 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER REGARDING THE SHIPWRECK OF THE SCHOONER LYDIA

By: AMANDA F. KELSEY

Price: $229.99

Publisher: Westbrook, Ct, 1846

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV688

Condition: Good+


1846 AMANDA F. KELSEY - ALS [STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER], Westbrook, Ct., 1846, 3 pages, 4to, plus integral address leaf. Writing to her nephew about the family's concern that he was on board the Shipwreck of the Schooner Lydia. Ms. Kelsey writes of the many nights of missed sleep by her mother, sick with worry over the reports of the Lydia's sinking. Very touching description and familial connection. Manuscript PAID postal marking. Overall in good shape though a bit fragile and some creases to the folds in one or two spots but still quite legible. View more info