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1890 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG HARD WORKING KANSAS HOG FARMING, CATTLE RANCHING, HORSE TRADING, LUMBERMAN

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: EASTON KANSAS, 1890

Seller ID: 0001380

Condition: Good+


On offer is a well filled original 1890 manuscript diary handwritten by a hard working, earnest man who did not put his name or address in the diary, but is undoubtedly from Kansas, as there are references to Kansas City, Topeka, Easton, Wyandotte, and Solomon City and more. There are also many clues that a local researcher or historian could very well discover the writer's identity. The author runs a large farming operation whose main activity revolves around hogs but also cattle [spending a day hunting for his Jersey bull], wheat, corn, lumbering, planting apple trees and lots of horse tradi... View more info

1893 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER BY THE SON OF MISSIONARIES RELATING HIS OBSERVATIONS OF RELATIONS BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS TO AUNT LUELLA BACK HOME

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $985.99

Publisher: CALCUTTA INDIA, 1893

Seller ID: 0001434

Condition: Fair+


On offer is a super, original manuscript letter dated 1893, Calcutta 12/12 [India] to Aunt Luella wherein her unidentified nephew writes of other missionaries and relations between Christians and Muslims. Here is a snippet: "I went a day or two ago to call on a Mohammedan friend whose husband has been very sick. Speaking of his sickness and how near God had been to him he said, we have a saying that when in trouble we call on God. He says, Do not call so loud my child, I am near you. It is not you who are seeking me but I am seeking you. He is a devout man, I believe, I think a conscientio... View more info

1879 - 1885 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A PROMINENT SALEM NEW JERSEY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER AND LEADER AMONG THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: SALEM NEW JERSEY NJ, 1879

Seller ID: 0001475

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original, very full manuscript diary handwritten by an unidentified, prominent citizen of Salem, New Jersey, dated 1879 through 1882. The coverless 8 x 6.5 inch book, written in sepia ink, has 448 hand numbered pages. While the writer is unknown there many, many clues that should help local researchers and historians identify the man. We learn that he is an educator, a Quaker, a carpenter and that he is 69 years old in 1879. Dozens if not hundreds of friends, visitors, business contacts are fully named. Beyond the local history and conditions of the era the writer disseminates t... View more info

1893 - 1898 ORIGINAL MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT LEDGER OF EVERY POSSIBLE MEDICAL PROBLEM AND PERIL AS SHIPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE INSPECTED BY THE MERSEYSIDE PORTS MEDICAL OFFICER

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $3,845.99

Publisher: MERSEYSIDE PORTS LIVERPOOL ENGLAND UK, 1893

Seller ID: 0001494

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, unique relic of British marine and medical custom and nautical history being a manuscript journal and log of the medical officer for Merseyside Ports, dated March 1893 - March 1898. A practical, everyday work journal of 342 handwritten pages complete with an index of ships, diseases etc. The author of this log was fastidious in detailing his encounters with the ships and their crew and passengers. So deaths from Cholera, Yellow Fever, ships arriving from a myriad of international ports. Here is a prime example: 1896 July 22 : Basil S.S. from Amazon ports. Message from Mm O... View more info

1865 ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION ERA DIARY DETAILING A NEW YORK MAN'S TRIP TO GEORGIA TO BUY COTTON AND FINDS DOUBLE-DEALING PARTNERS

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $2,085.99

Publisher: NEW YORK NY THOMASVILLE ALBANY GEORGIA GA, 1865

Seller ID: 0001539

Condition: Good


On offer is an intriguing manuscript relic of the immediate post Civil War and Reconstruction eras being a handwritten diary dated New York, July 26 1865, sporadically until April 1866, some financials at the back, by an unidentified cotton buyer. The diary follows our buyer from social events in New York to a trip to Thomasville and Albany Georgia. The diary is perhaps one-third filled but researchers and historians of the era beside reading interesting background to the cotton business they will also find some interesting narrative from this man who discovers his partner is up to no good: th... View more info

1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A NORTH ADAMS AREA MASSACHUSETTS MAN WHO DETAILS THE POLITICS, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND THE MANY MANY DEATHS THAT OCCUR ALMOST DAILY

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: NEAR NORTH ADAMS MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1892

Seller ID: 0001571

Condition: Good


On offer is a super 1892 manuscript diary handwritten by an unidentified Massachusetts man living near Petersburg, Stephentown, Berlin and Lebanon Springs on the New York - Massachusetts border. This diary will provide regional collectors or historians a dedicated diarist who mentions milestones throughout the book from politics, religion, births, marriages, many, many deaths and his contacts for his many jobs and visitors. Death is mentioned very frequently - in the first week of the year three people die and it appears the young man's father does a number of odd jobs but works also as a sext... View more info

1876 ORIGINAL VICTORIAN GENTLEMAN'S HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT SPORTING DIARY DETAILING A LIFE OF HUNTING, FISHING, HORSE RACING, ROWING AND LUNCH

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: MIDDENHALL ENGLAND BRITAIN UNITED KINGDOM UK, 1876

Seller ID: 0001609

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original 1876 manuscript diary handwritten by an English gentleman living very close to Middenhall in east-central England. The writer details his life of shooting, horse racing, fishing, luncheon engagements, cricket, rowing etc. [once in a while he reads a book] every day from January 1st 1876 to December 30th 1876. He also does a tremendous amount of traveling to and from his entertainments and mentions Epsom, Bose Hill, Cowslip Cottage, Reigate Hall, Crystal Palace, Ascot, Micklelaw, Fakenham, Newmarket plus he usually notes his bad sport days, shooting with Rei... View more info

1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE WISCONSIN MAN'S LAST MONTHS OF WAR AND FIRST HARDSCRAP MONTHS BACK HOME - RETURNING TO A SICK WIFE AND SICK FARM

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $3,595.99

Publisher: GRAND RAPIDS MADISON WISCONSIN WI, 1864

Seller ID: 000884

Condition: Fair


On offer is an exceptional original handwritten Civil War soldier's diary that details the final months of the war and what awaits him home in Wisconsin. Beginning June 7th, 1864, our writer heads home on a furlough, finds his wife very sick and his homestead and farm in very poor order. He stays home a few months and then heads back to his troop to get his discharge signed. He then heads back home again to take care of his wife and make the farm pay again. While the author is unidentified research provides that he is from Wisconsin and belongs to the "Beaver Dam Rifles" and many menti... View more info

1900s ORIGINAL, SUPER INTERESTING JOURNAL OF AN UNIDENTIFIED CLOCKMAKER FROM MASSACHUSETTS ACCOMPANIED BY DRAWINGS, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, AND INFORMATION ABOUT CLOCK AND TOOL MANUFACTURING

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: Massachusetts, 1900

Seller ID: 0008011

Condition: Good


On offer is a very interesting original journal written by an unidentified clock maker from Massachusetts. It has about 70 pages of handwritten notes, drawings, newspaper clippings, and details of collectors and manufacturers, all dealing with different aspects of clock making. The materials cover several decades, the earliest of the entries probably made in the early 1900s: there is a loose leaf bearing a watermark: Crane's All Linen, with a crane on shield and date 1881, some of the clippings are dated 1930s and 1950s. Few entries are related to history of clock making, the first entry is n... View more info

1838 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF THE FRENCH BLOCKADE OF MEXICO'S PORTS, THE BOMBARDMENT OF SAN JUAN DE ULUA, THE CAPTURE OF THE MEXICAN NAVY AND THE RETURN FROM RETIREMENT OF GENERAL SANTA ANNA: 'THE PASTRY WAR'

By: UNIDENTIFIED AGENT FOR LADY ADAMS

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: VALPARAISO MEXICO, 1838

Seller ID: 00MV262

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an original, very unique three [3] page handwritten manuscript relic of the Mexican "Pastry War" of 1838. [The War was known in Spanish as 'Guerra de los pasteles' or 'Primera Intervención Francesa en México' meaning the 'first French intervention in Mexico'; French: 'Guerre des Pâtisseries' was an invasion of Mexico by French forces in 1838.] Dated Valparaiso 15 Sep. 1838, this is a manifest of sales from 'Lady Adams' cargo at Valparaiso. In addition to the numerous itemized goods/ prices of goods from Paris [plus goods from Glasgow Scotland, Marseilles France, and Spai... View more info

1825 HANDWRITTEN MULTIPLE SIGNATURE IOU - LEGAL BOND FOR LOAN AND PAYMENT

By: UNIDENTIFIED BUREAUCRAT OF BORDEAUX

Price: $112.99

Publisher: Paris, France, 1825

Seller ID: 00JT104B

Condition: Fair+


On offer a small financial bond document from Maralux, Bordeaux, France dated January 1st, 1825, however there is a stamp, No. 703, states the date as the 10th of Jan. This is a bond made out to Mr. Petiniaud and Mr. Lamy that Misters Bologray and sons paid the sum of 274 francs in Bordeaux. The sum was actually paid out to them on the 13th of January. Small half-moon tear at the bottom with loss of one word, some old pin holes but otherwise in good shape. Stunning vignette of a winged messenger. View more info

1896 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY - REMINISCENCES OF THE CIVIL WAR RECORDED WHILE AT THE 30th ANNUAL GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC [G.A.R.] ENCAMPMENT BY TWENTY [20] MEMBERS OF THE SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS CONTINGENT

By: UNIDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR VETERAN

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: National Encampment G.A.R. Springfield MA Massachu, 1896

Seller ID: 000536

Condition: Good


handwritten diary titled “Reminiscences of the National Encampment G.A.R at Saint Paul, Minnesota, Sept., 1896.” It was written by one of twenty members of the Springfield, Massachusetts contingent, who traveled to the 30th annual encampment. The beginning of the diary details the trip and the men in blue on the trains, and the rest tells of events at the encampment but most importantly the talks were recorded of battles that many of theses men engaged in. Here some snippets: The Mass. Dept Headquarters were assigned at the Hotel Windsor, and the Wilcox Post of Springfield (Mass), includin... View more info

1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NEW YORK TO BERLIN AND BACK TRAVEL DIARY OF A YOUNG EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN COMPLETING HIS STUDIES IN THE COMPANY OF NOTED AUTHOR AND MINISTER PROFESSOR AUGUSTUS DRURY

By: UNIDENTIFIED COMPANION TO PROFESSOR AUGUSTUS WALDO DRURY

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: ASEA TO BERLIN GERMANY, 1886

Seller ID: 0001324

Condition: Good+


On offer is the amazing manuscript diary of a young man traveling to Germany in 1886 for the summer to study at the University of Berlin. The diary entries consist of his 5 month trip starting while in New York harbor then on board the steamship, there in Germany and his trip back home. His writing is tiny but very readable and therefore his daily entries are very long and detailed. While he is unidentified there are several clues that will no doubt reveal the author to historians or collectors of the era. Our author reveals that he was traveling with, we believe, Professor Augustus Waldo Drur... View more info

1825 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT MERCHANT SHIP LOG BOOK OF THE FOUR MONTH JOURNEY OF THE SHIP ‘ANN’ FROM NEW ZEALAND SAILING ACROSS TWO OCEANS TO LONDON, ENGLAND

By: UNIDENTIFIED CREWMAN OF THE QUARTERDECK

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: NEW ZEALAND, NZ TO LONDON ENGLAND UK, 1825

Seller ID: 0009077

Condition: Good


On offer is a thoroughly fascinating logbook of the merchant ship “Ann” sailing in 1825 from New Zealand to England. The book contains pre-printed log pages with entries detailing weather, position, and daily occurrences on board. The entries are often brief but do give a good idea of the main outlines of the voyage. The first entry begins off the coast of New Zealand on April 20, 1825. “Begin this 34 hours with light winds and clean weather. Ship worth employed as the Dutch requested. Middle and latter part light winds and cloudy weather. At midnight the East Cape bare SSW. Distance ___... View more info

1881 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A KINGSTON ONTARIO DOCTOR MORE INTERESTED IN HOSPITALS THAN HOTELS AND SURGERY MORE THAN STATUARY

By: UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR

Price: $2,545.99

Publisher: KINGSTON ONTARIO CANADA LONDON ENGLAND BERNE SWITZ, 1881

Seller ID: 0001482

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a very interesting original manuscript diary of a Kingston, Ontario, Canada surgeon who 'does' the Grand European Tour. Unusual for a travel diary but of particular interest to collectors and researchers of medical arts will find that the doctor while on tour from May 11, 1881 made every effort to spend his time visiting other doctors, witnessing surgical procedures, touring hospitals and clinics and immersing himself in medicine on his tour. Of further surprise is his splendid writing style, distilled, but he is a keen observer and highly intelligent, so his entries constantly ill... View more info

LATE 19th CENTURY ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK FILLED WITH CHARTS, TABLES, FORMULAE, AND NOTES RELATING TO THE SCIENCE AND APPLICATION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FOR A SPECTACULAR RANGE OF AREAS AND TOPICS

By: UNIDENTIFIED ENGINEER

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: England, 1890

Seller ID: 0009128

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating and unique book of 19th century engineering science. The book combines both printed and handwritten tables, charts and lists of formulas of standardized reference material mostly relating to Mechanical Engineering, that the author would’ve needed in their day to day job. These reference charts and lists include: “Horse-Powers of Iron and Steel Shafts (For Given Diameter and Speed),” “Sizes of Paper,” “Sizes of Standard Hexagon Head Bolts,” “Formulae for Determining the Dimensions of Small Gears by Diametral Pitch,” “Table for Computing Theoretic Wa... View more info

1877 EXTRAORDINARY RETROSPECTIVE JOURNAL OF ONE ENGLISH WOMAN’S LUXURIOUS AND DEEPLY DETAILED TRIP FROM NAPLES TO THE BIBLICAL HOLY LAND, CROSSING THE DESERT BY BOAT, RAIL, DONKEY AND HORSE

By: UNIDENTIFIED ENGLISH WOMAN

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: NAPLES ALEXANDRIA CAIRO SUEZ JAFFA JERUSALEM, 1877

Seller ID: 0009039

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating journal written by an English woman of a trying and difficult voyage from Naples, Italy to the Holy Land of Jerusalem in 1877. The journal is 35 pages long and is of a trip of a small group who travel first to Alexandria (via Sicily), then by rail to Cairo and Ismailia, through the newly constructed Suez Canal, and finally an extraordinary month’s journey on horseback with tented camping in the desert at night. The trip is a very difficult journey and at one point the woman writes “this was our first experience of travelling in Palestine, and I can assure you it w... View more info

1871 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A DEDICATED PENNSYLVANIA FIREMAN AND FIRST RESPONDER TO MANY LOCAL DISASTERS AND CONFLAGRATIONS

By: UNIDENTIFIED FIREMAN

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: CLINTON LYCOMING COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, 1871

Seller ID: 0001395

Condition: Good


On offer is an original 1871 manuscript diary that details and describes many local events in Clinton and Lycoming counties of Pennsylvania. The writer, while unidentified though he has left many clues, is a member of the fire department and the vast majority of his writings are about fire alarms and different fires and quite a bit of other local events including a terrible train wreck that killed several people. He writes of going to Williamsport, Flemington, Sugar Valley and Sugar Run. In one passage he writes about an event on "Bald Eagle Street" we believe in Lock Haven Pennsylvani... View more info

1820s-30s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK HANDWRITTEN IN A LOVELY SCRIPT DETAILING THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF ANCIENT GREECE

By: UNIDENTIFIED SCRIVENER

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: GREECE, 1830

Seller ID: 0001271

Condition: Good


On offer is a lovely handwritten manuscript book on Greek history and culture, circa 1820-30s with over 150 pages in a beautiful, calligraphic hand and tightly written. The front cover is absent and there is no title page but we suspect this is a scrivener's work of duplicating an older work or text. Topic chapters include Sylla, Sertious & Eumenes, Pompey, Agesilaus, Niccas, Cleomenes, Agis, Caius Graechus, Tiberias Graechus +. In the upper left corner hard by the edge is what appears to be a smudged and soiled name of ownership which we think is 'Wm. W____'. No date but clearly early in the ... View more info

1822 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT EUROPEAN TRAVEL DIARY OF AN OBSERVANT BRITISH GENTLEMAN

By: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELLER

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: England, Germany, France, 1822

Seller ID: 000119

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a Georgian era travel journal/diary dated from June 20th 1822 to September 6th 1823. Our traveller, while unidentified by the illegible signature the writer is undoubtedly the father or grandfather of famed musician and musical agent Robert Whyte from whose estate this book was apart of; and as the writer makes extensive notes and observations on this his 4th visit to Germany, Paris and London in well over 80 pages his identity may yet be revealed or confirmed upon further research. Daily entries get easier as one gets used to the author's scrawl. Illness seems to have dogged our d... View more info