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1810 TO 1827 ORIGINAL LEDGER AND LOG OF THE NEW YORK BASED SHIP "THE EDWARD" SPANNING THE PRE WAR OF 1812 ERA TO RECOMMENCE AFTER THE BRITISH AMERICAN WAR

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,459.99

Publisher: New York, Bristol, 1810

Seller ID: 000033b

Condition: Good


On offer is this 8-1/2" x 13" antique ledger with handwritten manuscript entries from 1810 - 1827 from a ship named "The Edward" out of New York. The ledger is complete from June 6, 1810 - June 1812 ends and then begins again from March 1826 - Sept.1827. The ledger stops during the War of 1812 and for a few years after. The ship traveled from New York to Bristol which was impossible during the few missing years as America was at war with Canada. Fascinating to consider that the one blank page represents the war of 1812 and then lost until 1826. Cover is rough but the inside pag... View more info

c1870s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE MAN'S TIME HUNTING, FISHING AND TRAPPING ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $3,245.99

Publisher: PRINCE ARTHUR'S LANDING THUNDER BAY ONTARIO, 1875

Seller ID: 0002049

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, fascinating, very intriguing c1870s manuscript diary and journal of an unknown writer living in Prince Arthur's Landing part of Thunder Bay Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior. Truly an enigmatic book which labelled by hand "Alfred Tennyson Miscellanies" but one finds nothing of Tennyson but many other writings and narrative such as a superbly done in calligraphic hand index of important British milestones in history from the landing of Julius Caesar to Beckett's murder to, lastly, the Act of Habeus Corpus. There are a couple of chart like drawings, wha... View more info

1834 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNTS BOOK FILLED WITH NAMES, TRANSACTIONS, ACCOUNTS AND JOURNAL ENTRIES OF A BUSY MARYLAND TRADER, TRADESMAN AND BUSINESSMAN

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND MD, 1834

Seller ID: 0002092

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original manuscript accounts book and journal dated January 1834 referencing Baltimore, Hagerstown, Georgetown, Philadelphia, and Cumberland strongly suggesting its origin somewhere in Frederic County, Maryland. [While the author is unidentified we are certain local historians or researchers would likely find the owner of this thriving business.] This large, rough handmade book has a dark grey-blue heavy stock paper wraps and rag paper, hand-lined, pages for account entries. The cover has a large "Jan 1834" written in large script. The cover is distinctive with an... View more info

1818 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG DETAILING AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY 13,661 MILE VOYAGE FROM RHODE ISLAND TO INDONESIA BACK TO SANDY HOOK

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BLOCK ISLAND RHODE ISLAND INDONESIA SANDY HOOK, 1818

Seller ID: 0002120

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of early 19th Century ocean going trade and commerce being a handwritten ship's log dated August 6, 1818 to March 11, 1820 detailing a 13, 661 mile voyage from Block Island of Rhode Island to Indonesia to Sandy Hook. The large folio has some 60 pages; most have three entries per page; 20 or so pages excised. The early pages had been cover as if someone paste over news clippings and scrap and then carefully removed to leave a difficult but readable text which gets much better quite soon. The ship sailed from Block Island to Gibraltar Bay; Madeira, ... View more info

1865 ORIGINAL 200+ HANDWRITTEN RECIPES OF GERMAN - EUROPEAN COOKERY FROM SOUPS TO SAVORIES, ASPIC TO WURST

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: Germany, 1865

Seller ID: 0002205

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb, original 1865 handwritten manuscript German cookbook with easily over 200 hundred recipes in this well balanced 'A to Z' in German cookery with the odd non German recipe thrown in. The approximately 180 page hardcover book inscribed by the unknown author and chef: "Wien, 1865 Novbr. & Decbr." begins with Erbsensuppe [pea soup] and Wurzelsuppe [sausage soup] and many more soups on to aspics, breads, meats, savouries, schnitzels, salads, goulashes, puddings, tortes, liqueurs, and much, much more. The legible 8vo has cloth backed marbleized boards and is overall G+; ... View more info

Image for 1884 - 1920s ORIGINAL FOLIO MANUSCRIPT LEDGER AND JOURNAL DETAILING THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICS AND DESIGN ELEMENTS IN THE CRITICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OF BUILDING FERRY BOATS

1884 - 1920s ORIGINAL FOLIO MANUSCRIPT LEDGER AND JOURNAL DETAILING THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICS AND DESIGN ELEMENTS IN THE CRITICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OF BUILDING FERRY BOATS

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: SUSQUEHANNA RIVER MILLERSBERG NEW YORK PENNSYLVANI, 1884

Seller ID: 0002232

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original late 19th Century manuscript technical journal, ledger and log book relating to the manufacture and design of Ferry Boats, a critical maritime business and industry, and a comprehensive record of ships built from the 1880s through to the early 1920s. [While we have been unable to identify the author or the company that created this significant and historic record we have no doubt that local historians and researchers will have little difficulty revealing the source.] The large, 14 x 9 inch folio book is comprised of data regarding the size, costs, finances and str... View more info

Image for 1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A THREE AND A HALF MONTH VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE LAND 'DOWN UNDER' ON THE NOTED COMMERCIAL SHIP 'CONQUEROR'

1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A THREE AND A HALF MONTH VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE LAND 'DOWN UNDER' ON THE NOTED COMMERCIAL SHIP 'CONQUEROR'

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $3,295.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE AMERICAN SHIP CONQUEROR, 1897

Seller ID: 0002233

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational, original late 19th Century handwritten manuscript relic of the noted American Ship 'Conqueror' being a 126 page journal of a New York to Sydney New South Wales voyage from March 4th 1897 through June 22nd 1897. The unidentified writer does a super job on the narrative the first month or so but maintains course and weather information throughout the voyage and then some more personal narrative and observations a few weeks before landfall. And while the writer is unknown we can state the person was a passenger, not crew, but a passenger of some experience aboard a ocea... View more info

Image for 1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK OF A COMMERCIAL VESSEL THE 'SCHOONER NAPOLEON' PLYING IT'S TRADE FROM THE UNION NORTH TO THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH DURING THE CIVIL WAR

1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK OF A COMMERCIAL VESSEL THE 'SCHOONER NAPOLEON' PLYING IT'S TRADE FROM THE UNION NORTH TO THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH DURING THE CIVIL WAR

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE SCHOONER NAPOLEON, 1864

Seller ID: 0002285

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original Civil War era ship's log book of the Schooner Napoleon handwritten by an unknown author, likely the First Mate given the statistical details provided and all manner of important details to the ship's record: weather conditions, loading and unloading of all manner of cargo including cattle and even contact by gunboats seeking individuals who might be on board. Dated February 5, 1864 the journal runs well into 1865. We learn that the ship Master's were Edward Soher, who was then replaced by E. Nichols. The schooner went up and down the East Coast from New Haven Conn... View more info

1830s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A JAPANESE VISITOR TO THE ISLANDS OF IZU AND THE SEVEN ISLAND CHAIN et al IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $4,485.99

Publisher: JAPAN, IZU NIKKI, HACHIJO-ISLAND, IZU OSHIMA, 1835

Seller ID: 0002083

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original circa 1830s manuscript relic of early 19th Century travel being a travel diary handwritten by an unknown Japanese traveler to Hachijo-Island [the southernmost of the Izu Seven Islands], Izu Oshima, The Seven Island Chain and area. Off the coast of south eastern Japan the islands are uniquely situated where the Pacific Ocean meets the Philippine Sea. Hand stitched paper covers, title states "complete," save for worm damage, general light soiling the 6½ x 9¼ inch 100+ page book is overall G+. ; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY O... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOUNG MUSLIM MAN WHO WITNESSES THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER AT THE HANDS OF THE SULTAN'S SOLDIERS, HIS MOTHER BY ROBBERS AND HIS SUBSEQUENT ENSLAVEMENT AS A GUNMAKER AND TRAINING AT AMERICA'S WINCHESTER ARMS FACTORY

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $21,255.99

Publisher: FEZ MOROCCO CASABLANCA SAHARA DESERT NORTH AFRICA, 1896

Seller ID: 0002337

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a simply sensational, riveting, original, very intriguing significant manuscript autobiography dated Dec. 27, '96 (1896) of a young Muslim boy who recounts over 69 or so pages his birth on the sands of the desert near Fez and his enslavement and eventual repatriation. The details of his life a nothing short of remarkable for readers in the 21st Century: his parents; a father of immense piety, his mother, an outcast of her tribe and himself a young boy who would eventually watch his father and his mother be murdered separately. Historians and researchers will find a fascinating and ... View more info

1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HANDWRITTEN RECIPES, FORMULAES, PROCESSES AND TRICKS OF THE BLACKSMITHING, METAL WORKING AND CRAFT TRADES INCLUDING SPECIAL PAINTS, INKS, GLUES AND WASHES

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: England, 1859

Seller ID: 0001297

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original manuscript of the metal craft arts; an essential trade book of recipes, or receipts as they were once known and processes, chemical formulas, etc., handed down from generation to generation of craftsman and apprentices that an artisan jeweler, metal worker, blacksmith or tinsmith would treasure. Almost 100 pages of old world wisdom including recipes for invisible inks as a method of writing secret messages plus methods: for purifying gold and silver; how to silver the inside of globes; silvering all sorts of metals; enamels; Japan varnish; how to write with a gold pen; ... View more info

1864 ORIGINAL GROUP OF SIX [6] CIVIL WAR CDVs SOME PHOTOGRAPHS UNKNOWN DEPICTING AN ALABAMA IN THE THROES OF OCCUPATION AND A PARADE OF RECENTLY FREED SLAVES KNOWN AS CONTRABANDS

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $6,855.99

Publisher: DECATUR ALABAMA, 1864

Seller ID: 0002553

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original, historic and significant group of six [6] Civil War Carte de Visite [CDVs] circa May of 1864 in Decatur Alabama. The images, outdoor scenes, four apparently unknown, two of these images are in the noted Blue and Gray Civil War Museum in Decatur Alabama make for a super visual record of the difficult times and upheaval of conflict and culture in Alabama during the War. The six CDVs in this collection include; the Pontoon Bridge at Decatur faintly inscribed; the building of breastworks; image of stacked rifles [this same image is noted in the Decatur Daily News September... View more info

1860 FASCINATING, SIGNIFICANT ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT DETAILING THE TENSE AND FRAUGHT MOOD ONLY TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE 1860 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THAT WOULD BE THE CATALYST FOR THE BLOODIEST WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY

By: UNKNOWN.

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1860

Seller ID: 0009108

Condition: Good


On offer is an absolutely unique and amazing document of one of the most significant events in American history. It is a letter sent from Baltimore and dated October 22, 1860, discussing the Presidential election that would take place in less than two weeks and directly lead to the secession of the Southern States and the beginning of the Civil War. The unknown sender first gently admonishes his friend for not including in his previous letter the result of “the Fall River theft.” “Pray how did it result?” he asks, curious about this local event. The rest of the letter is of the upcomin... View more info

1880s ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN AND PRINT DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS REGARDING THE CAREER OF A BUMBLING, INEFFECTIVE BRITISH RAILWAY ENGINEER IN COLONIAL INDIA

By: VARIOUS

Price: $1,125.99

Publisher: MADRAS INDIA, 1884

Seller ID: 0001068

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an archive of six [6] items relating to one man's career being an unsuccessful railway and mining engineer in India in the late 19th century including: a rather terse and angry 4 page handwritten letter dated 1894 regarding the poor performance of the Mechanical Engineer on site and steps to repair the performance of the Mohpani Coal & Iron Company; a pair of printed testimonials: 1) for the Bengel Iron and Steele Company, 1894; and 2) for South Eastern Railway, 1878; partially printed signed document attesting a particular 'Fitter' having been a member of the Railway Volunteer Cor... View more info

1840s ORIGINAL, MASSIVE, MAGNIFICENT RESEARCH EFFORT TO CATALOGUE ALMOST 40 CENTURIES OF THE WORLD'S CONFLICTS AND THE RANKING COMBATANTS FROM 1980 BC TO 1847 AD

By: VON v.LOEBELL

Price: $9,455.99

Publisher: WITTENBERG SAXONY-ANHALT GERMANY, 1840

Seller ID: 0002208

Condition: Good+


On offer is a superb, original circa early 1800s through to 1847 manuscript and likely the lifetime research effort and written work on the history of wars throughout the world and what appears to be the ranking personnel. List upon list, conflict after conflict from ancient times, 1980 BC through to the 1840s and the Mexican Revolution was handwritten by a Von v.Loebell as inscribed on the fep in a later hand, the German author and compiler of this remarkable, significant historical 'database'. Research suggests the book was created in Wittenberg,[officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg], is a city... View more info

1869 SUPER, ORIGINAL ALGEBRA CYPHER BOOK HAND WRITTEN BY A YOUNG LONG ISLAND MAN WHO WILL GO ON TO PROMINENCE AS A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN

By: W. WILTON WOOD

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND, 1869

Seller ID: 0008084

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb example of an algebra notebook from 1869. This 18-page notebook is in excellent condition. Once belonging to W.W. Wood from Huntington, Long Island, the notebook is filled with examples of algebra problems and their solutions. The notebook covers a period from April 6th, 1869 to June 23rd, 1869. The writing is a combination of pencil and ink. It is written in a very firm hand and contains no erasures. Several entries are signed "W. Wilton Wood" which happens to be the name of a prominent local business man who lived in Huntington, Long Island. This is an excellent... View more info

1872 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT EPIC POEM OF THE VOYAGE OF THE FAMED HMS HIMALAYA, THE LARGEST STEAMER OF HER TIME, DETAILING THE VOYAGE AND THE RELEASE OF MANY SLAVES TO AFRICA

By: W.E. GRIMLING

Price: $759.99

Publisher: England, 1872

Seller ID: 00MV115

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb manuscript epic poem, unsigned but attributed to W.E. Grimling, titled "The Voyage of H.M.S. Himalaya from July 3rd to November 17th 1872." 4 pages, 8vo. Day by day account of the voyage in rhyme. "For St. Helena next did steer: Tenth arriv'd as here 'tis stated, Embarked Africans liberated From slavery's bonds, they were set free, The 'leventh with them we put to sea. Two seventy-five blacks were the most. For Lagos bound, on Afric's coast; Nineteenth arrived with joy 'twas mark'd, One seventy of them disembarked; That evening left [now understand] For Cape Co... View more info

1878 - 1879 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND HANDWRITTEN ACCOUNT OF THE TRAGIC AND COMPELLING VOYAGES OF THE BRIG "HARRIET G" AS IT PLIED ITS TRADE TO AND FROM NEW YORK AND VENEZUELA COMPLETE WITH DETAILED NAUTICAL CALCULATIONS AND IN-DEPTH CARGO LISTS.

By: W.H. AVERY

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: ASEA, 1878

Seller ID: 0002584

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, exceptional manuscript ship's book, one part ledger and some parts account of the ill-fated and tragic brig "Harriet G." The Harriet G is an unfortunate ship: by misfortune it runs aground and this in turn lays the ground work for various tragic events to save her. In addition she suffers major damage in 1879 in a Hurricane and then a yellow fever outbreak off the coast of South America here is an excerpt from that trip: "At 5 pm anchored off the castle of San Carlos. Got under way next morning and that night anchored of Maracailo and found all the vessels ... View more info

1848 + 1856 + 1857 ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF PRE CIVIL WAR LIFE IN PIONEER INDIANA INCLUDING AN EIGHT YEAR VOYAGE TO THE CARIBBEAN TO CURE TUBERCULOSIS

By: W.H. STONEMAN

Price: $4,495.99

Publisher: Indianapolis, Indiana IN, 1848

Seller ID: 000616

Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


Very interesting early Indiana archive of three [3] diaries being the handwritten diaries and private thoughts of W.H. STONEMAN, Indianapolis, Indiana. The diaries date 1848, 1856 and 1857. Mr. Stoneman is 26 yrs old in 1848 and in bad health with tuberculosis [TB] goes to the Caribbean (Antigua, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Bermuda, Barbados) for the healing climate. He relates his health symptoms, daily life and weather, spiritual strength, and subsequent recovery returning to Indianapolis in 1856. He has used the 1848 book for some later entries, [the latest being 1866 where he gives praise for ... View more info

Image for 1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA MAN 'WEDDED' TO OLD SOUTHERN THEOLOGICAL DOGMA NOW SEEKING SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A MADISON COUNTY MEDIUM

1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA MAN 'WEDDED' TO OLD SOUTHERN THEOLOGICAL DOGMA NOW SEEKING SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A MADISON COUNTY MEDIUM

By: W.R. ELLIS

Price: $955.99

Publisher: MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE, 1888

Seller ID: 0002441

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an interesting, original 19th Century manuscript letter handwritten by W.R. Ellis who writes to Alabama spiritualist and medium Herman Snow (1812-1905). The letter offers a fascinating insight to local, contemporary beliefs. The writer asks for a copy of an address by "Prof A R Wallace" titled "If a man die[s] shall he live again?" He writes: "...most especially do I desire to read what he has to say upon the proof afforded by Spiritualism of a natural immortality...." "I am in a section of our country wedded to old theological dogmas. I see nothing and ... View more info