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c1807 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A NEAR OBSESSIVE MAN RECORDING THE STATE OF ENGLAND AND A CENSUS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP AND HOUSING IN EARLY 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND

By: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELLER

Price: $6,585.99

Publisher: OXFORD ENGLAND, 1807

Seller ID: 0001437

Condition: Good


On offer is an exceptional, early, circa 1807, manuscript travel journal of an unidentified man, we suspect an American, traveling extensively throughout England. Historians, researchers and collectors of the era will find an astonishing amount of detail from this keenly observant and near obsessive writer who is in effect writing a combination encyclopaedia of facts, details and observations relating to the history and relationships of all he sees and encounters plus he has also created a census mentioning the number of houses in each and every town, village and city he passes or visits. He w... View more info

c1860s HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY A UNION SOLDIER TO HIS FATHER REVEALING HIS MOST RECENT CIVIL WARS ENCOUNTERS AND EXPERIENCES

By: UNIDENTIFIED UNION SOLDIER

Price: $449.99

Publisher: New Market, Virginia VA,

Seller ID: 0MV327

Condition: Very Good


CIVIL WAR - VIRGINIA holograph letter written by Union solider from New Market, VA., 4 pages, unsigned so possibly incomplete but interesting content. To his father; "...I said I did not know whether I should ride my horse or get sent through by rail as far as Winchester / I saddled my horse and rode out about two miles / went to captain to see if I would be sent my rail - he said no because bridge was gone / railroad bridge at the ferry across the Potomac was washed away by heavy rain / must ride my horse or stay behind / packed my duds & mounted my horse in a drizling rain / passed throu... View more info

1878 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY DETAILING THE HARD LIFE OF A YOUNG RURAL WASHERWOMAN AND THE HARDER BURDEN OF GRIEF SHE CARRIES

By: UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN OF THE MINER FAMILY [?]

Price: $955.99

Publisher: COLERAINE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1878

Seller ID: 0001257

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original manuscript diary handwritten by a young woman who with her pencil and her words paints a picture of toil and hardship. Dated Coleraine in Franklin County Massachusetts near Greenfield and Deerfield River which are frequently mentioned, collectors and researchers of the area will delight in the specific and detailed genealogical information as our author does a superb job in her entries. A casual reading suggests this woman is married to the 27 year old Charlie and they are part of the Miner 'clan' with mention of many, many Miners in their daily life. A washerwoman for ... View more info

1831 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY BY YOUNG DANISH BOY ON HOLIDAY/BUYING TRIP IN DENMARK

By: UNIDENTIFIED YOUNG DANISH MAN

Price: $885.99

Publisher: DENMARK, 1831

Seller ID: 000106

Condition: Very Good


ABOUT 7 1/4" X 4 1/2". ABOUT 30 HANDWRITTEN PAGES. CARDBOARD COVERS ARE ORIGINAL, BUT CLOTH SPINE IS IN SUCH EXCELLENT CONDITION WE BELIEVE IT MAY BE A REPLACEMENT. A LITTLE BIT OF INK STAINING ON COVER AND PAGE CORNERS. ALMANAC IN DANISH, PRINTED IN COPENHAGEN, IS BOUND WITHIN. THE UNIDENTIFIED WRITER OF THE DIARY APPEARS TO BE A YOUNG DANISH MAN WHO IS WRITING IN ENGLISH - PERHAPS LIVING ELSEWHERE HE RETURNS TO THE HOME COUNTRY TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES AS HE SEEMS TO BE ENGAGED IN BUYING WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS, RAPESEED, ETC. FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS WHICH APPEARS TO BE A BREWERY. THE WEATHER,... View more info

1843 - 1849 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE YOUNG MAN'S TIME AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE AND THEN HIS WORK IN ST. LOUIS MISSOURI TEACHING

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: HANOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE NH ST. LOUIS MISSOURI MO, 1843

Seller ID: 0001723

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original manuscript diary dated 1843 and 1849 handwritten by an unidentified man attending Dartmouth College in the 1843 part which covers 26 pages wherein we find he is married, appears to be a Divinity student, describes his lessons and waxes philosophical regarding the plight of man and how he longs for letters from home. He also notes attending Church in the home of Reverend Cutter. Later in 1849 he writes 13 pages of entries from St. Louis, Missouri where he is apparently teaching at a boys' school. On Oct. 15th he writes: "Today is a great day for St. Louis. The Nation... View more info

1854 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT REPORT ON A LADY'S LITERARY SOCIETY 'ATHENA'

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $495.99

Publisher: Unknown, 1854

Seller ID: 0001728

Condition: Good


On offer is an original three [3] page manuscript "critics report" detailing a meeting of the "Athena", a society either for women, or celebrating the importance of women handwritten by an unknown author. Dated Sept 1st, [18]54 and features the surnames of several readers though the critic is anonymous. They primarily critique the reading styles, offering little commentary on whatever was being read. It appears most of the readers were women. The critic also comments on several ladies being rather loud in the audience, by conversing during the readings. Beginning in ink the aut... View more info

1884 - 1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG CHANNEL ISLANDS BOY DESCRIBING LIFE IN JERSEY AND THEN HIS FAMILY'S EMIGRATION TO SAN LEANDRO IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: MILLBROOK JERSEY ISLAND TO SAN LEANDRO CALIFORNIA, 1884

Seller ID: 0001749

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, unique manuscript relic of the life of a young boy living on the Jersey Islands one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel dated January 1884 through April 1885 and then April 1886. Incredibly the diary then becomes an intriguing description of this family's emigration to the United States of America by way of travel through Canada, Boston, St. Louis, Oregon and finally settling near San Francisco and Oakland in San Leandro. Handwritten by an unidentified young man the diary begins in Millbrook Jersey where the diarist lived. There are many references to playi... View more info

1883 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN OBSERVANT, CHARMING YOUNG WOMAN EXPLORING THE 1000 ISLANDS BY YACHT AND SAIL

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: LAKE ONTARIO 1000 ISLANDS GANANOQUE ONTARIO, 1883

Seller ID: 0001846

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original 30 page manuscript travel diary dated August 1st 1883 through September 5th 1883. The unidentified young woman who authored this diary details in a charming fashion her trip through the 1000 Islands of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. She mentions both "The American Islands" and "The Canadian Islands", boating, yachting, sailing over to the "oldest city of Canada, Gananoque," visits to other Canadian cities, Bluff Island, Wells Island, lots of fishing, Island Royal, Alexandria Bay, Victoria Bridge +++. The 8 x 5½ inch book has fle... View more info

1863 ORIGINAL TWO OF THREE VOLUMES LATIN DISCOURSE: THEOLOGIA DOGMATICA

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $995.99

Publisher: Unknown, 1863

Seller ID: 0001966

Condition: Good


On offer is an original manuscript Latin language books titled 'Theologia Dogmatica Tomus I and III. [The second volume is lost.] Dated 1863written in fine, precise, small script in Latin the books are what may well be super examples of Monastic output perhaps written by a priest or theological student or scholar. No evidence of origin but may possibly be American the sole clue a signature of later owner from Connecticut on ffe. There are hand drawn borders to the text and margin notes in the same hand. The books measures 8.5" x 7" with worn cloth binding and worn leather spine. Interi... View more info

1888 - 1889 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG BOOK OF A LIEUTENANT ABOARD THE USS INDEPENDENCE WHILE ON AN HISTORIC SOUTH PACIFIC CRUISE DURING THE SAMOAN CIVIL WAR, THE WILCOX REBELLION AND A VISIT WITH THE KING OF HAWAII

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $8,055.99

Publisher: ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE HAWAII SAMOA SANDWICH IS., 1888

Seller ID: 0002161

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, significant July 1888 to Oct 1889 diary and log book of an unidentified Senior Lieutenant aboard the USS Independence during a historic South Pacific cruise that touched upon many historic events including the Samoan War, the Wilcox Rebellions, visits by the King of Hawaii Kanlkaua and many encounters with British navy ships and much, much more in this 240 or so page diary. While the writer is not named there are many clues that should lead the dedicated researcher to identify the author. The Lieutenant while dedicated to his duties is not always a happy man who notes his ... View more info

1836 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG OF A US NAVAL WAR SHIP STILL PATROLLING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA PROTECTING AMERICAN COMMERCIAL INTERESTS 20 YEARS AFTER THE LAST BARBARY WAR

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE USS SHARK MEDITERRANEAN, 1836

Seller ID: 0002182

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original 19th Century manuscript relic of United States post Barbary Wars naval actions in the Mediterranean handwritten by an unidentified naval officer serving on the U.S.S. SHARK which was part of the Mediterranean Squadron protecting American commerce in 1836. The four page tightly written abstract log, dated August 12th through September 29th, details a trip up the Adriatic Sea to anchor off Trieste wherein they are quarantined for 14 days as there was Cholera ashore. Despite the quarantine, the log records that Cholera broke out after they left Trieste and the loss o... View more info

1865 - 1866 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG ANGLO WOMAN LIVING IN THE FRENCH HEART OF LOWER CANADA

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: QUEBEC CITY LORETTE BEAUMONT LOWER CANADA, 1865

Seller ID: 0002206

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, original 1865 - 1866 manuscript diary handwritten by a young, early 20s we estimate, unidentified woman living in what was the heart of Lower Canada in or very near Quebec City. While the writer is unidentified there are many clues which local historians and researchers should find handy to identify this young, pious and Church going but still cheeky enough to admit her flirtations, very socially active Anglo woman living undoubtedly in or around Beaumont on the lower shore and Quebec City. She writes of going to the Island, likely Ile d'Orleans, Levis and many times... View more info

1838 - 1840 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A TORTURED, CONFUSED, RELIGIOUS ENGLISHMAN AS HE ARRIVES IN HONDURAS SEEING THE SIGHTS, VISITING THE SICK, LUSTING AFTER THE COLONEL'S WIFE MERE DAYS AFTER HONDURAS DECLARES INDEPENDENCE

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $4,655.99

Publisher: HONDURAS, 1838

Seller ID: 0002214

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating, original, significant 1838 - 1840 manuscript diary of an unidentified Englishman in the Central American country of Honduras. (While the author is unidentified we believe that there is a familial connection to Lt.-Col. Hugh Guin Macdonnel [also spelled Macdonald along other connected family lines] whose later 1870s diary while he was a diplomat in Argentina we list separately. Both diaries came from the same estate. The family connection would appear to fit well with his time spent in Honduras with the MacDonalds.) Using a 7½ x 9 inch coverless, sewn ream of paper, ... View more info

1860 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN 44 PAGE ACCOUNT OF THE MURDER OF THE MOORE FAMILY AND THE CAPTURE OF MARY BY THE INDIANS OF TAZEWELL VIRGINIA DIFFERING FROM THE 'CAPTIVES OF ABB'S VALLEY' AS TOLD BY REVEREND JAMES MOORE BROWN

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $4,485.99

Publisher: ABB'S VALLEY, TAZEWELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1860

Seller ID: 0002217

Condition: Fair


On offer is a fascinating, significant original 44 page manuscript relic of Western Virginia Americana and the early troubled times between pioneers and Indians. Enclosed within an envelope inscribed: "The Captives of Abb's Valley" (not the account as written by "Rev. James Moore Brown".) Tad Humphreys for with" is an 1860s [previous holders of the article date the item 1830 to 1860 and we holdd with the latter] handwritten account of some of the events in the Indian War in Tazewell County, Virginia. The 6½ x 3¾ inch pages appears to have been removed from a booklet, the ... View more info

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1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL FILLED WITH 19TH CENTURY HANDWRITTEN BRITISH BEER MAKING AND BREWING INSTRUCTION, EDUCATION AND THEORY

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1892

Seller ID: 0002300

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of British brewing history and education being an 1892 journal of lectures on beer brewing handwritten by an unidentified author wherein 21 lectures numbered 25 to 46 covering 110 pages or so various methods of fermentation, scientific theories, factors affecting the fermentation process plus detailed instruction for popular commercial brewing methods in the United Kingdom including a twenty-seven page section in a water-based process known as Burtonisation. Of particular relevance and significance to brewers and those researchers and historians o... View more info

Image for 1854 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY FILLED WITH THE DAILY DETAILS OF LIFE IN EAST BOSTON HANDWRITTEN BY A ELDERLY WOMAN WHO STILL REMEMBERS THAT HER FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN 112 HAD HE LIVED

1854 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY FILLED WITH THE DAILY DETAILS OF LIFE IN EAST BOSTON HANDWRITTEN BY A ELDERLY WOMAN WHO STILL REMEMBERS THAT HER FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN 112 HAD HE LIVED

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $855.99

Publisher: EAST BOSTON, CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, 1854

Seller ID: 0002396

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, naïve original 1854 East Boston manuscript diary with simple entries handwritten by an unidentified 63 year old woman who maintains a record for financial, genealogical, local births, deaths and events and many personal remembrances. 'Jan 24 Virginia G. Walker 2 years old. 28 Mr. Lancaster died this morning. 30 The coldest morning that has been for twenty years.' Then: 'January 6 1834 my Father if living would be one hundred and 12 years old today.' 'Feb 9 My husband is 66 years old this day. Mary Anne fell and broke her collarbone.' The 5 x 3½ inch book has about 30 pag... View more info

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1880s - 1906 ORIGINAL PAIR OF OF ENGLISH COOKBOOKS WITH RECIPES FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA THROUGH TO EDWARDIAN TIMES

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1885

Seller ID: 0002418

Condition: Good


On offer is a pair [2] of original manuscript cook books filled with English recipes. The authors and compilers of these eclectic handwritten books are unidentified but coming from the same estate we offer them together. Likely late 1880s to early 1890s for the 22 page earlier book and we find one recipe dated 1906 for the 95+ page second book. The first has recipes ranging from Parmezan Nuggets, Spanish Cream, Swiss Roll, Victorian Sandwiches, Scones, Queen Of Puddings, Trifle, Cheese Cake, Edith's Pudding, Wiltshire Pies; mostly pudding recipes. The second book is more of a collection of re... View more info

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1850s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF GLASSMAKING RECIPES, PROCEDURES AND FORMULAES

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: HULL ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1850

Seller ID: 0002420

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original, super, 1850s manuscript relic of the Glassmaker's art with many dozens of recipes and procedures for making glass and some related recipes; liquid glue, brass polish, Dutch lead, use of antimony and much, much more in nearly 180 or so pages. [While the author is unidentified time and place are identified: 'Flint. Metal by made me at Hull July 1850 Sand 21lb, lead 3 1/2 lb, saltpetre 1 1/2 lb, borax 5oz, manganese 2 oz, the remainder of the pot which held 3 1/2 cwt was filled with cullet(?). I had no ash caused me to use the (?).' Colors form an integral part and there ... View more info

Image for 1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A GROTON SCHOOL STUDENT AND BEST PAL OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WHO KINDLY GIVES HIS PAL AND GOLF BUDDY A COUPLE OF STROKES AS A HANDICAP

1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A GROTON SCHOOL STUDENT AND BEST PAL OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WHO KINDLY GIVES HIS PAL AND GOLF BUDDY A COUPLE OF STROKES AS A HANDICAP

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: GROTON MASSACHUSETTS HYDE PARK CHICAGO, 1897

Seller ID: 0002437

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original September 22 - December 16th 1897 and then one entry for January 1, 1898 manuscript relic of one unidentified student's time at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts just prior to the turn of the Century. Though he is unidentified local historians and researchers should have a wealth of clues to deduce the identity. Most helpful of clues being that our young author is what appears to be one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's [FDR] best friends. A mere 3 years before FDR's cousin Theodore would become president and the name Roosevelt would dominate American politi... View more info

1880s ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT LECTURE NOTES OF SOME TOP PROFESSORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL SCHOOL

By: UNIDENTIFIED.

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1893

Seller ID: 0002565

Condition: Good


On offer are an interesting pair [2] of manuscript books filled with lecture notes for classes at the University of Maryland Medical School in obstetrics under George Warner Miltenberger (1819-1905); surgery under Louis McLane Tiffany (1844-1916); physiology under Frances Turquand Miles; and anatomy under Jacob Edwin Michael handwritten by an unidentified student. Lecture notes for some of the University's most esteemed professors, several of whom were consulting physicians at Johns Hopkins: Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy as noted in The Medical Annals of Maryland, 1799-1899; (Baltimore: 1903) pp.... View more info