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LATE 1700s/EARLY 1800s ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF MATHEMATICS RELATED TO NAVIGATIONAL AND SAILING SCIENCE, BY THE MASTER OF A SHIP GOING BETWEEN ENGLAND AND AMERICA

By: THOMAS LUNT

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1800

Seller ID: 0009164

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a large, fascinating late 1700s/early 1800s book of mathematics and navigational science. The book is quite large at 17” x 10.5” inches and about 70 pages in length. The subject headings include: “Logarithms,” “Division By Logarithms,” “Evolution by Logarithms,” “Rule of Three By Logarithms,” “Compound Interest by Logarithms,” “Geometrical Problems” (13 problems), “Plane Trigonometry,” “Right Angled Trigonometry,” “Oblique Trigonometry,” “Plane Sailing,” “Traverse Sailing,” “Parallel Sailing,”and “Middle Latitude Sailing”. Al... View more info

1873 - 1879 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A REAL LIFE BRITISH NAVY BLUE JACKET WHOSE NAVAL CAREER READS LIKE A FORESTER NOVEL

By: THOMAS PILCHER PRITCHARD

Price: $4,355.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE HMS ARGUS, 1873

Seller ID: 0002196

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, significant 1873 through 1879 manuscript diary and scrapbook memoir of one 'Blue Jacket's' service in the Royal Navy. Handwritten by Thomas Pilcher Pritchard's (1851-1932) who retrospectively begins detailing his early naval career under Earl De Gray and Ripon in 1867, Lord Hardinge in 1869, the cutter Raglan in 1872 until March 1873 when Pritchard joins the HMS Argus. Pritchard's 120+ page narrative together with pasted in photograph, newspaper cuttings tipped in over manuscript and colour prints of flags describes an enviable career for those salty 'tars' that seek t... View more info

1816 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER FROM PRIVATEER THOMAS TAYLOR, SEEKING ANY INFORMATION TO BRING ABOUT THE CAPTURE OF THE MAN WHO STOLE HIS SHIP AND ROBBED HIM OF HIS TREASURE

By: THOMAS TAYLOR

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND and DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, 1816

Seller ID: 0009102

Condition: Good


On offer is an fascinating original letter sent from Thomas Taylor, a well known privateer in Baltimore during the Spanish American wars of independence in Spanish America. The letter was sent to a Mr. Steven Badlam, Esq., of Dorchester, Massachusetts, dated “July 12, 1816” and signed “your humble servant.” It is a short account of three ships that had sunk north of Cape Ann in Massachusetts, containing treasure thought to be his, but instead taken by seemingly one of his men in his own ship. The letter states, in broken and misspelled English, that the “after sunk the vessels the Pr... View more info

1847 - 1921 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEDGER AND JOURNAL OF A HARD WORKING PRE CONFEDERATION SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO MAN DETAILING A LIFE OF HARD WORK AND ENTERPRISE

By: THOMAS TAYLOR TURNBULL

Price: $2,155.99

Publisher: DUMFRIES ONTARIO GALT GUELP BRANTFORD UPPER CANADA, 1847

Seller ID: 0001851

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super pre-Confederation manuscript relic of south western Upper Canada economy, finance, business and enterprise being an 1847 through to 1921 farm ledger handwritten by Thomas Taylor Turnbull a farmer in Dumfries, Ontario, Canada. The Ledger spans a long time period with entries beginning in 1847 and ending in 1921. The fep is hand stamped 'Lesslie Brothers Toronto' and within the circle of the stamp in tiny precise handwriting the book is dated '1847 Thomas Taylor Turnbull Dumfries'. Turnbull records his expenditures, purchases, repairs, all the names of his workers, who owes h... View more info

Image for 1895 - 1930s SUPER, ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF LETTERS, DOCUMENTS AND EPHEMERA BY AN EARLY SETTLER OF TITUSVILLE AND CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA

1895 - 1930s SUPER, ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF LETTERS, DOCUMENTS AND EPHEMERA BY AN EARLY SETTLER OF TITUSVILLE AND CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA

By: THOMAS Y. KING, ARTHUR KING

Price: $4,485.99

Publisher: CAPE CANAVERAL TITUSVILLE FLORIDA FL, 1895

Seller ID: 0002277

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational, original, significant archive of manuscript letters, maps and documents handwritten primarily by Thomas Y. King of Waltham, Massachusetts who was an early pioneer of Canaveral Florida well before the area achieved fame as Cape Canaveral the launching pad to some of America's greatest dreams and accomplishments and even tragedies. In the late 1800s the Cocoa Beach - Titusville region was an essentially unpopulated, forested place. With the dream that the port at Cape Canaveral, due to its depth and overall excellence, would make him millions, Thomas Y. King, in 1895, ... View more info

1874 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PROMINENT RHODE ISLAND MERCHANT WHO TRAVELLING BACK FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO ENGLAND MEETS THE 3 SURVIVORS OF THE TRAGIC COSPATRICK SHIPWRECK AND DISASTER MERE WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT

By: THORNTON, FRANK L.

Price: $4,285.99

Publisher: ASEA SOUTH AFRICA ST. HELENA, ATLANTIC OCEAN, 1874

Seller ID: 0001832

Condition: Fair


On offer is a sensational, original 19th Century manuscript travel diary handwritten by Mr. Frank L. Thornton a celebrated grain merchant who along with his family lived in Providence Rhode Island going back 200+ years. [From 'Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island, 1892: "The only house in Rhode Island engaged exclusively as a jobber of oat, corn, wheat, rye and buckwheat products….For some few years past he has been the leading source of supply for the goods handled and now controls a trade of considerable magnitude and importance reaching all over this section o... View more info

1881 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL DETAILING THE MUNICIPAL ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES OF AMERICA'S FIRST PLANNED INDUSTRIAL CITY AND MODEL FOR THE LATE 19th CENTURY VISION OF A MODERN URBAN METROPOLIS

By: TIMOTHY MERRICK

Price: $5,255.99

Publisher: HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS, 1881

Seller ID: 0008188

Condition: Good


On offer is a rare manuscript from late 19th century Massachusetts. This municipal record book details the matters pertaining to a vital municipal Board in America's first planned industrial city. Measuring 10.5 inches by 8 inches, it contains 143 pages and is 100% complete. The cover, binding and pages are in good condition. The handwriting is legible. There are also several pages of notes and correspondence tucked inside. Located on the Connecticut River, Holyoke MA was one of the first planned industrial communities in the United States. The city features rectilinear street grids which was ... View more info

THE 1859 AND 1866 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STEAMSHIP TRAVEL DIARY OF JOHN TOVEY FROM ENGLAND TO SOUTH AFRICA AND BACK 7 YEARS LATER

By: Tovey, John

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: 1859

Seller ID: 000401

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating handwritten diary kept by a Mr. John Tovey. The diary consists of actually two different voyages, with the first trip having been written while on board the steamer the "Golden Fleece". The second recorded trip was while on board the screw steamship the "Hydaspes". It's not often you find diaries that have such detailed ship board entries as this one does. Mr. Tovey was a superb diarist. The first trip takes place in 1859 of which he and his wife, Ellen, leave for Algoa Bay in South Africa from their home in Gravesend England. There are 82 handwritten ... View more info

1802 FASCINATING ORIGINAL VERY EARLY 19th CENTURY 'ALMANACK' WITH MANUSCRIPT NOTES AND SOME ENIGMATIC CODED MESSAGES PERHAPS INDICATING SOME POST REVOLUTIONARY PARANOIA

By: UNIDENTIFED.

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: Claverack, New York, 1802

Seller ID: 0008042

Condition: Good+


On offer is a marvelous printed almanac from 1802. Containing 38 printed pages and 20 handwritten pages, it is an outstanding glimpse into what people considered important information. Paper bound, it measures 6 1/2 inches by 4 inches. The paper is in very good condition. There is a small burn scar on the leading edge of the pages but it is limited to the blank margin area. The 20 handwritten pages are about 40% complete. The volume is titled Stoddard's Diary: OR THE COLUMBIA ALMANACK, For the Year of our LORD 1802: It notes that it is the 'second year of the 19th Century and of American indep... View more info

1887 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANASCRIPT DIARY AND SHIP'S LOG FROM THE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OF A PETTY OFFICER ON TWO OF HER MAJESTY'S SHPS - THALIA AND EDINBURGH

By: UNIDENTIFED.

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: 1887

Seller ID: 0007024

Condition: Good+


On offer is a superb, original ship-board journal kept by a British Royal Navy sailor in the late 19th Century. It is a handwritten volume, about 180 completely filled pages. The unidentified author is left England on board HMS Thalia, a Royal Navy warship. While the author of this journal is unknown from context, it is clear that he is not an officer. He works on the ships electrical systems. He notes at one point that his last visit to Malta had been seventeen years earlier. This would suggest that he may be a Petty Officer. Petty officers were seamen who had been "rated" to fill a p... View more info

1887 OLD COLONIAL INDIA RAILROAD DOCUMENT WITH DIAGRAMS FOR A PROPOSED RR SIDING IN KANKNARRAH

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $225.99

Publisher: INDIA, None: 1887

Seller ID: 0JT192

Condition: Fair


Very interesting and very scarce, old India document (Hindu or Irdu language) regarding the building of a railroad siding in Kanknarrah. A number of seals and revenues. Overall rather fragile, and in fair condition but quite interesting and requiring further research. View more info

1879 - 1902 OLD INDIA MULTIPLE INDENTURES BOUND TOGETHER REGARDING TEA PLANTATIONS

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $225.99

Publisher: INDIA, None: 1879

Seller ID: 0JT191

Condition: Good


Very interesting and very scarce, old India indentures (English language) regarding a tea plantation. It appears that there are 3 or 4 documents bound together with many, many names and signatures. A number of seals and revenues though stamps are off for the most part. Overall in good condition with the noted faults but quite interesting and requiring further research. View more info

1896 - 1897 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY, HISTORY AND WEATHER LOG OF FLORENCE'S GRANDPA

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $189.99

Publisher: Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA, 1896

Seller ID: 000095

Condition: Very Good


The endpapers are anotated: "Grandpa, from Florence, Christmas 1895." Grandpa, save for two summer months, details weather approximates, family comings and goings, letters received, visitors and births, deaths and local events. Many Republican political references. Here are some snippets: "Went to a bicycle road race and balloon ascension with parachute jump...firemen's muster." "Went to Irish Temperance Parade." "Republican Rally at City Hall." "A man gave slite hand performants." "Great R Road accident at Concord NH White Mountains Express." &#... View more info

1887 ORIGINAL EARLY BASEBALL HANDWRITTEN ADVERT REQUEST "BATH BATTERY vs. GARDINER'S GOODMEN"

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $289.99

Publisher: GARDINER MAINE ME, 1887

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000627

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original July 28 1887 handwritten request that had been sent to the printers in Gardiner Maine as advertisement for a baseball game "Between Bath vs. Gardiner Goodmen, on the common, Thursday July 28th '87. Game called at 2.30 Sharp. Bath Battery - Brown and Dunning. Goodmen Battery - McKenny and Hutchings. The Baths are newly organized and are a strong Team, Gardiner will also present a strong team, and a fine Game is expected." Super early Baseball collectible. View more info

1897 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL DETAILING A CROSS COUNTRY TRAIN TRIP FROM BUFFALO NY TO CALIFORNIA

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $659.99

Publisher: Buffalo New York NY to California CA, 1897

Seller ID: 000746

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a handwritten manuscript 1897 diary whose unidentified author has overwritten the printed dates using the book for an extended trip in May 1897. The book is a maroon leather, 3-1/2" x 5" flip book style with gilt edges. The diary begins with the handwritten date May 5th 1897. The writer, a young man as evidenced by entries of shaving one morning and comments wherein he notes that he is unmarried and without children., details a cross-country trip by train from Buffalo NY to California and back again. The first entry reads: "Left Bfo 6 pm on ORC Special Shenandoah No [lo... View more info

1805 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF EARLY NEW YORK STATE LIFE BY A YOUNG SCHOOL AGE MAN

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $359.99

Publisher: KINGSBURY WASHINGTON COUNTY NEW YORK NY, 1805

Seller ID: 000756

Condition: Good


On offer is a handwritten manuscript 'Memorandum' dated Kingsbury Sept. 24th, 1805, Washington County, State of New York, Republic of North America. Eight pages, string tied, with handwriting notations on five pages, thusly three pages are blank, small hole to rear cover, affecting a couple of words. It talks about going to school on Saturdays and boarding with different people and it is a record of how many loads of wood he cut for different people for credit. Names mentioned include Isabel Haskins, John Bond, Sam'l Harris, John Patterson and Elijah Smith. This is a very interesting little di... View more info

1887 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY DETAILING LATE 19TH CENTURY LIFE IN FLY CREEK NEW YORK BY A CHARMING AND ENTERTAINING SEMI-ILLITERATE BOARDING HOUSE WORKER

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $759.99

Publisher: FLY CREEK NEW YORK NY, 1887

Seller ID: 000767

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a handwritten treasure of Americana by this unidentified author who though semi-illiterate has a charming and colorful way of writing and keen skill of observation. She's outspoken, hard working and tender hearted especially when it comes to the many deaths the village experiences in 1887; the year this diary represents. Research finds that she lives in or around Fly Creek, New York. She mentions other places near there such as; Snowdon, Albany, Adams, Watertown, Litchfield, Whipple Hill, Mohawk, and Lawerance. A casual read suggest she's working at a boarding house or on a farm wi... View more info

1898 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY: YOUNG VERMONT GIRL DETAILS LIFE, WORK AND LOCAL HISTORY

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $695.99

Publisher: BARTON VERMONT VT, 1898

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000795

Condition: Good


On offer is a charming handwritten manuscript diary in a notebook style journal authored in 1898 by a young Barton Vermont girl. A dedicated diarist our unidentified writer details the lives and travails of a hardworking rural family just before the turn of the century. She never fails to start the day relating the weather, her Father's jobs and duties, [he seems to be a butcher traveling throughout the area killing and dressing hogs and cows] and the work of the many members of the family. It appears from a casual reading that there is a shop also that the Father and some of the children work... View more info

1809 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT NAPOLEON ERA LETTER FROM THE GENERAL OF THE RHINE ARMY TO THE COMMISSARY OF WAR OF LE HAVRE

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $395.99

Publisher: BAMBURG, GERMANY, 1809

Seller ID: 00JT48

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original handwritten manuscript letter from the Intendant General of the Rhine Army to advise the Commissary of War of Le Havre that Chevalier M. Langlois was named Commandant d'Armes of La Place Du Havre. Boldly signed and with a flourish the signature is undecipherable. VG View more info

1821 SUPERB HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE CLOISTERED NUNS OF THE CARMEL MONASTERY OF TROYES TO THE PRIEURE [CHIEF ABBESSE] OF CARMEL OF MORLAIS

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: TROYES FRANCE,

Seller ID: 00JT51c

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a superb tightly written three page 'Circulaire', an obituary for one Sister. The custom in France when a Carmelite nun would die they would write the life story of this sister and distribute to all of the Carmels in France. From the cloistered Carmelite nuns of Troyes to the Chief Abbesse of the Carmelites based in Morlais. Small loss at the stampless letter closure otherwise VG+. Lovely embossed paper seal of the Carmelites. Signed with initials. View more info