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Image for 1894 Handwritten African-American Plantation Song, DE Ol Rusty Hoe

1894 Handwritten African-American Plantation Song, DE Ol Rusty Hoe

By: C. R. Evans

Price: $295.89

Publisher: Pierce College of Business, 1894 Plantation Song: 1894

Seller ID: 0011026

Condition: Poor


On offer is a fascinating example of African-American music dating from the late 19th century. This one-page piece of music is written on a page that is glued (either purposefully or through time) to a piece of letterhead from an American business college. It measures approximately 12.75 inches by 7 inches. The paper is in fragile state with some creases partially torn. All of the words are clear and visible and the handwriting is quite legible. The song is entitled DE Ole Rusty Hoe. The name C. R. Evans and the date, December 1894, are noted on the bottom, as well as on the reverse. African-A... View more info

1880 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] HANDWRITTEN BY A ROYAL MARINE ABOARD THE THE STORIED HMS LONDON RELATING HIS EXPERIENCES SUPPRESSING THE SLAVE TRADE

By: C. TURNER, ROYAL MARINE

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: SOUTH EAST COAST OF ZANZIBAR, 1880

Seller ID: 0001455

Condition: Good+


On offer is a charming, historically significant autograph letter signed [ALS] dated January 26 1880 handwritten by British serviceman, C. Turner, RM [Royal Marine] aboard the HMS London a renowned ship with a storied history including its work suppressing the slave trade, writing from the south east coast Zanzibar. Over 4 pages beginning by chiding his brother and sister for not writing Turner writes of personal matters: 'Get me a nice girl, the one I left in Chatham has given me "turnips" she said she couldn't do without a young man for so long' to most interestingly that the ship ha... View more info

Image for 1853 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER AND HANDWRITTEN RELIC OF SEA FARING COMMERCE HANDWRITTEN BY A CAPTAIN VERY SOON TO BE NOTED IN DISPATCHES FOR HIS GALLANT SAVING OF PASSENGERS AND CREW IN THE 'SAN FRANCISCO' SHIPPING DISASTER

1853 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER AND HANDWRITTEN RELIC OF SEA FARING COMMERCE HANDWRITTEN BY A CAPTAIN VERY SOON TO BE NOTED IN DISPATCHES FOR HIS GALLANT SAVING OF PASSENGERS AND CREW IN THE 'SAN FRANCISCO' SHIPPING DISASTER

By: C.B. PENDLETON, CAPTAIN

Price: $885.99

Publisher: MELITE'S BAY CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA, 1853

Seller ID: 0002371

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic of mid 19th Century shipping and commerce handwritten by the renowned C B Pendleton noted in dispatches for his gallant help and aide to survivors of the shipping disaster at high seas on the cholera stricken 'San Francisco' while Pendleton was captain of the Lucy Thompson in 1857. This 1853 autographed letter [ALS] dated Melite's Bay [Cape Town South Africa] Sept of 1853 regarding his problems with setting out to sea because of the steamboat ballast, and decision not to transfer cotton to the steam boat Joseph Walker. He also mentions his ... View more info

1877 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY TITLED 'DIARY OF A GERMAN TOWN' DETAILING THREE ENGLISH JESUS COLLEGE STUDENTS TOURING GERMANY IN AND AROUND BOPPARD

By: C.J. JOHNSTONE

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: BOPPARD, GERMANY, 1877

Seller ID: 0008170

Condition: Fair


On offer is a fascinating travel diary documenting an 1877 European trip by 3 university students. It measures 5.75 inches by 3.5 inches. The hard covers have separated and a number of pages are loose but all are accounted for. With 192 pages, the journal is 55% complete. The handwriting is clear and legible. The journal, entitled Diary of a German Town, is written in 1877 by CJ Johnstone. Casual research has turned up no biographical information about him. Johnstone was one of 3 students at Jesus College, Cambridge University - the others were WJ Darch ('Darch') and VB Johnstone ('Van'). He s... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A NOTED TACOMA WASHINGTON LUMBER MAN, REALTOR PROMINENTLY CITED IN "THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON"

By: C.J. LEAVITT [CHARLES]

Price: $2,485.99

Publisher: TACOMA WASHINGTON USA, 1890

Seller ID: 0001340

Condition: Good


On offer is the original 1890 manuscript diary handwritten by C[harles] J. Leavitt who states in his own hand: "C. J. Leavitt. Born in Ripley Maine April 8th, 1868. Moved to Sherman Mills Maine with parents about 1878. Migrated alone to Red Cloud Nebraska March 1887 (he was only 18 years old when this happened). On to Sunshine Washington about later part of July same year. On to Tacoma Washington in September 1887 and to Newberg Oregon October 30th, 1890. C. J. L." Mr. Leavitt was an historical figure and is featured prominently in a book called "The Centennial History of Oregon; 1... View more info

1867 UNIQUE AND FASCINATING ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT COOKBOOK OF 20+ RECIPES FOR CAKES, PIES, ROLLS, AND MORE THAT SHOW A LESSER KNOWN SIDE OF LIFE IN THE CIVIL WAR ERA

By: CALEB P. WILSON

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: WAUREGAN CONNECTICUT CT, 1867

Seller ID: 0009065

Condition: Good


On offer is an exceptionally unique and interesting document of the Civil War Era. It is a 19-page long cookbook, written by a man named Caleb P. Wilson of Wauregan, Connecticut. The front cover states that the book was written on ‘June 12, 1861.’ The cookbook contains recipes for over 20 different cakes, loafs, pies, rolls, and the occasional savory item. Judging by the name of many of the ingredients, this may have been Wilson’s personal cookbook to write down some of recipes of people he knew in town. These recipes have titles such as “Aunt Mary’s Loaf Cake,” “Mrs. Parker’s ... View more info

1856 - 1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MEDICAL STUDENT AND SOON TO BE PROMINENT CITIZEN OF SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA

By: CALVIN C. HALSEY

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: NICHOLSON PENNSYLVANIA SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, 1856

Seller ID: 0002121

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original, well filled manuscript notebook handwritten as noted by the paper label: "Journal, CALVIN C. HALSEY July 1856." His journal of July 31, 1856-March 1859. This is a very interesting personal journal of this fascinating man's observations and doings in ante bellum Pennsylvania at a critical and formative time in the man's life. Handwritten by Dr. Halsey who served in many significant positions in Susquehanna County before and after becoming a physician including a principal at the Susquehanna Academy, a clerk in the bank before he received his degree in medi... View more info

1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF SCIENTIFIC FORMULATIONS HAND WRITTEN BY ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST DISTINGUISHED CHEMISTS, PROFESSORS, EDITORS AND AUTHORS

By: CAMPBELL MORFIT

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: New York NY, 1861

Seller ID: 0008082

Condition: Good


On offer is a handwritten notebook of formulations written by one of America's foremost chemists of the 19th century. The hardbound book measures 7.5 inches by 4.5 inches and contains 112 pages. The book is about 67% complete. The cover has some wear marks and is stamped with the name of the firm. The spine of the book has broken but all pages are secure and intact. The handwriting is neat and legible. Campbell Morfit was considered one of the top chemists in the United States in the 19th century. Born in 1820, he studied chemistry and went on to become a highly regarded teacher in the field. ... View more info

Image for 1810 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG AND LEDGER OF A BUSY COMMERCIAL SHIP TRYING TO PLY IT'S TRADE IN THE INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS WATERS FACED BY AMERICAN SHIPPING FROM THE BRITISH NAVY AS COASTAL WATERS AND THE ATLANTIC CROSSING HEAT UP AS THE WAR OF 1812 LOOMS

1810 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG AND LEDGER OF A BUSY COMMERCIAL SHIP TRYING TO PLY IT'S TRADE IN THE INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS WATERS FACED BY AMERICAN SHIPPING FROM THE BRITISH NAVY AS COASTAL WATERS AND THE ATLANTIC CROSSING HEAT UP AS THE WAR OF 1812 LOOMS

By: CAPT. HENRY HAWKINS, GEORGE HAWKINS

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: ABOARD SHIP PEGU PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA, 1810

Seller ID: 0002414

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, original War of 1812 era ship's ledger through whose historic entries reveal the hazards for a merchant ship to ply its trade in open waters as this log dated March of 1810 to Sept 1811 for the Philadelphia based vessel "Pegu" reveals through its 130 or so well-filled pages which also includes a number of ephemeral items: invoices, bills of lading, letter copies of correspondence to shippers from principals Captain Henry Hawkins and his son George Hawkins who ply their trade to London, Halifax, Gottenburg etc. adding further depth. What will be of particular ... View more info

LATE 1880s, EARLY 1890s ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK OF OVER 400 ILLUSTRATIONS, CUT OUTS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS, ALL PERTAINING TO THE AUTHOR’S DEEP AND WILDLY PASSIONATE ‘MARRIAGE’ TO ALL ‘THINGS PERTAINING TO THE OCEAN’

By: CAPTAIN CHARLES EDWIN GOOD

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MA, 1890

Seller ID: 0009159

Condition: Good +


On offer is a rare and one-of-a-kind love song of sorts, a scrapbook of the people, places, and vessels that make up the allure of the sea and the life of a steamboat Captain. The book is question is a fantastic scrapbook featuring roughly 400 illustrations spread out of over 145 pages. There are also hundreds of clippings from newspapers, magazines and books and over 20 photographs pasted onto thick paper. The owner of the book and creator of this wholly unique book is the Steamboat Captain Charles Edwin Good, captain of the steamer ‘Rose Standish’. Charles E. Good was a steamboat Captain... View more info

1876 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG OF A NOTED NEW ENGLAND SEA CAPTAIN WHOSE CARGO IS HELPING BUILD AMERICA'S GREAT CITIES

By: CAPTAIN CHARLES H. BACON

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: MIDDLETOWN CONNECTICUT HARTFORD, 1876

Seller ID: 0008153

Condition: Good


On offer is a unique record of a sailing captain's journey along the eastern seaboard of the United States. The leather-bound volume measures 5.75 inches by 3.5 inches and contains 120 pages. It is 100% complete. The notes are written in pencil but can still be read after all these years. The cover, binding and pages are all in good condition. Charles H. Bacon was born in 1815 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He passed away in 1902 at the age of 86. His obituary in the Hartford Courant, dated December 17, 1902 stated: "...Captain Bacon was one of the best known sea captains in this vicini... View more info

LATE 18TH - EARLY 19TH MANUSCRIPT POEMS: THE CHOICE OF A WIFE BY CHEESE AND A DOCTOR FROM SUSSEX ADVICE ON SLEEP HABITS

By: CAPTAIN EDWARD THOMPSON by way of an UNKNOWN HAND

Price: $585.99

Publisher: ENGLAND AUSTRALIA ?, 1800

Seller ID: 0001196

Condition: Good


On offer is a charming brace of poems circa late 18th or early 19th century ephemera. On a folio sheet folded is an antique handwritten poem in an unknown hand credited to Captain Thompson [Edward, b. 1738? - 1786] titled: 'The Choice of a Wife By Cheese' about a man in York named Pimlico who put to Nancy, Betsey and Sally the task of making cheese and thereupon he chose his wife. This poem in neat hand takes up three-quarters of the page. A shorter poem described as an inscription above a doctor's door in Sussex fills the page. The names Mr. Longden and Wm. Mitchell are on the reverse. Lovely... View more info

Image for 1868 - 1872 ORIGINAL SHIP'S LOG AND CAPTAIN'S DIARY WHO LIVES A ROLLICKING SEA FARING LIFE BUT PINES FOR HIS CARRIE

1868 - 1872 ORIGINAL SHIP'S LOG AND CAPTAIN'S DIARY WHO LIVES A ROLLICKING SEA FARING LIFE BUT PINES FOR HIS CARRIE

By: CAPTAIN GEORGE SYLVESTER CHASE

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: New Bedford Massachusetts MA, 1868

Seller ID: 0002307

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, original post Civil War era 1868 - 1872 Captain's log book and journal handwritten by Massachusetts mariner George Sylvester Chase (1833-1877). Born and raised in the Cape Cod town of Yarmouth, later to New Bedford his registration for the 1863 Civil War draft listed his occupation as a "mariner at sea whaling" with the 1870 census shows him "at sea" and living in New Bedford. Their family was well noted in Deyo's History of Barnstable County as his father was the noted Cape Cod Baptist minister Enoch E. Chase (1804-1887). Captain Chase at age 35 would have been cons... View more info

1840 ORIGINAL SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A BRITISH ARMY OFFICER'S [WHO MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A SPY] TOUR OF ENGLAND'S OLD FOE AT A TIME OF CHAOS AND COOPERATION

By: CAPTAIN H. HERMAN

Price: $8,855.99

Publisher: BARCELONA MADRID SEVILLE SPAIN, 1840

Seller ID: 0007018

Condition: Good-


On offer is an original, historically significant and absolutely superb first-hand account of an army officer travelling in 1840s Europe. Was he a tourist or was he a spy? His journal takes the form of a pocket notebook measuring 7.25 inches by 4.75 inches. There are 54 pages and they are 100% complete. The handwriting is copperplate. It is hard but not impossible to read. The journal's contents more than make up for its condition. The covers have separated from the book. The pages themselves have separated into their several sections but all are present. The pages are not numbered but there a... View more info

1890 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL REGARDING THE INDUCTION TRAINING AND PROGRESS REPORTING OF THE 12th ALPINE GROUP 27th BATAILLON DE CHASSEURS PIED ARMY OF FRANCE

By: CAPTAIN J.D. CHARTRAND [?]

Price: $749.99

Publisher: France, 1890

Seller ID: 000467

Condition: Poor


On offer a rare antique of French militaria: the handwritten manuscript daily journal of the 3rd Company 27th Bataillon de Chasseurs a pied, 12th Alpine Group, dated from 1890. This famed battle group, founded by the Duke of Orleans created in 1888, a mere 2 years prior this book writing, 12 specialized mountain battalions in response to Italy's formation of 6 'Alpini' battalions. "Enregistrement journalier du travail fait dans la Compagnie." as stated on the 'title page'. The first six-seven pages or so have been handwritten by a scribe for the French Army laying out in detail the pur... View more info

1895 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL: “METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE DUTCH STEAMER JAVA” AS IT GOES FROM AMSTERDAM TO THE DUTCH WEST INDIES AND BACK

By: Captain J.F.A.E. VAN KEMPEN

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: AMSTERDAM to THE DUTCH WEST INDIES and Back, 1895

Seller ID: 0009125

Condition: Good +


On offer is a small but fascinating 30 page book of handwritten weather observations and meteorological observations from the very end of the 19th century, from an author on board the Dutch steam ship ‘Java’. From July 31st to November 15th, 1895, the book records various quantitative and qualitative observations about the weather as the steamer travels from the Port of Amsterdam, around the Andalusian Peninsula, through the Strait of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal and ending up in Padang in what is now West Sumatra in Indonesia, and what was then part of the D... View more info

1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF PIONEER NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN

By: CAPTAIN JAMES M. SHERBURN

Price: $849.99

Publisher: Epsom, New Hampshire, 1864

Seller ID: 000092

Condition: Very Good


James M. Sherburn's name when googled immediately brings up a site regarding the "James Sherburne Cemetery, where besides others, is buried the wife of James M. Sherburn, James himself and as the following list shows many if not all their children: Capt. James M. Sherburne DIED Nov. 10, 1867 age 56 ys. 11 ms. Betsey C. (Blake), wife of James M. Sherburn, DIED April 20, 1854 ae 41 y’rs 6 mo & 20 d’s. Adele, Dau. of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburne DIED Apr. 9, 1869 ae 19 yrs. 22 dys. Charles H., son of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburn, DIED Sept. 14, 1855 ae 9 y’rs 9 mo. & 9 d... View more info

Image for 1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

By: CAPTAIN JAMES P. MARTIN

Price: $3,655.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD BARQUE OAK HILL, 1856

Seller ID: 0002572

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original manuscript ship's log kept from 1856 - 1858 handwritten in a lovely, cultured hand by Captain James P. Martin while aboard and in command of the Barque 'Oak Hill' out of Boston. The very large folio book is completely filled with details of the ship and given this appears to be the ship's maiden voyage the captain has provided some 'genealogy': it begins with the ship being built in Scarborough, Maine in 1856. "Her frame is of oak, mostly cut on the spot from which she was named. Crew 14, no passengers." "First part have light breezes and pleasant weat... View more info

ORIGINAL, HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL AND DIARY OF A YOUNG CONFEDERATE SOLDIER, HELD PRISONER AND THEN WITNESSING THE LAWLESS AFTERMATH OF THE CIVIL WAR AND THE "BUSHWHACKERS" WHO TERRORIZED THE MISSOURI POPULACE

By: Captain James Posey Woodside

Price: $14,855.99

Publisher: Scott County Oregon County Missouri MO, 1867

Seller ID: 0009008

Condition: Good


On offer is an extraordinary and one-of-a-kind diary written during the Missouri Guerrilla War of 1867. The author of this journal is Capt. James Posey Woodside, a young man who had previously fought as an infantry captain for the Confederacy in the Civil War. His diary details his involvement in the guerilla warfare that continued to occur in certain counties in Missouri shortly after the end of the Civil War. Despite the war being over for two years, certain counties in the state of Missouri, namely Oregon and Shannon, were still controlled by roving bands of outlaws (known as "Bushwhac... View more info

1818 "CEDULE" SUBPOENA TO M. ROUEN OF THE AUGUSTINE HOUSE TO APPEAR BEFORE THE MILITARY COURT OF BOURGES 21ST DIVISION

By: CAPTAIN OF THE STATE, MAJOR JEAN BLANCHARD

Price: $99.99

Publisher: France, 1818

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0JT114

Condition: Good+


1818 formal ADS calling upon M. Rouen to present himself on the 3rd of June, 1818 to the Court of Bourges of the 21st Division. Multiple signatures require further research. In good+ shape save for some soiling and slight discoloration. View more info