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1825 - 1828 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEDGER OF EARLY 19TH CENTURY COMMERCE AND MARITIME ECONOMY HANDWRITTEN BY A MAIDEN LANE NEW YORK MERCHANT WHO WOULD ALSO PLAY A ROLE IN AMERICA'S GLASS INDUSTRY

By: CHARLES GOFF

Price: $2,485.99

Publisher: NEW YORK, NY, 1825

Seller ID: 0008026

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb commercial record of shipping into New York City at the beginning of its unprecedented growth in the early 1800's. Measuring approximately 12 1/2 inches by 8 inches, this ledger has 144 pages and is about 71% complete. The spine of the ledger has been damaged but all pages are intact. The handwriting is quite legible. Attached to the ledger are 2 file cards with a number of details. These cards were attached much later and could be removed without difficulty. Charles Robert Goff was a shipping agent in New York City during the 1820's. Goff operated from a location on Manha... View more info

1872 - 1886 ARCHIVE OF THREE (3) HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS REGARDING PIONEER KANSAS LIFE AND BUSINESS

By: CHARLES HAYDEN, H.W. DUSINBERRE

Price: $489.99

Publisher: WYANDOTTE, KANSAS, 1872

Seller ID: 00MV1102

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a small handwritten manuscript archive of three [3] letters written from Kansas; two by Charles Hayden [noted railroad lawyer]: on 1886, on illustrated letterhead, Clerk of District Court, Wyandotte, Kansas (to brother Sid but appears to be business related) and 1872 on Hopkins & Hayden Law and Real Estate Office letterhead to Ella about personal matters. The third is a personal letter on official public letterhead, written by H.W. Dusinberre, Deputy & Notary Public, Office of Register of Deeds, Pawnee Co., Larned, Kansas, 1883. VG. View more info

1878 - 1882 HANDWRITTEN ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTERS FROM THE FOREMOST MYCOLOGIST OF HIS TIME

By: Charles Horton Peck

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: Pennsylvania New York PA NY, 1878

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00MV226

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a small yet very scarce, super handwritten archive of Charles Horton Peck [1833-1917] renowned American mycologist of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the New York State Botanist from 1883 to 1913. He described over 2500 species of North American fungi. The standard author abbreviation Peck is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name. This small archive of 6 letters and covers dated 1878-82, being 4 of which were written by Charles Peck. They are in response to letters written by Lizzie Barnet of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania who sent him sam... View more info

1862 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR ERA DIARY CHRONICLING THE TRAVELS AND TRAVAILS OF A CIRCUIT RIDER TEACHER IN CENTRAL NEW YORK STATE

By: CHARLES J. PETERSON [?]

Price: $1,785.99

Publisher: New York, New York NY USA Oneida Chenango county, 1862

Seller ID: 000789

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super detailed Civil War era diary by a circuit-rider school teacher who we believe was a Charles J. Peterson of Philadelphia who details his visits, stays, 'scholars' and local events of the area he serviced in central New York state. The author has connections to the area as he mentions births and funerals specifically related to him and his family. This diary will prove a wealth of genealogical and historical first hand information in central New York State specifically Oneida and Chenango counties. Each day begins with where our author will sleep that night. He also records t... View more info

1813 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ALS BY FRENCH POLITICIAN AND REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO IN THE AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE

By: CHARLES LAMETH

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: France, 1813

Seller ID: 00MV36

Condition: Very Good


On offered here is an autograph letter signed, 1813, 1p plus address leaf, approx. 6x8 in. To "A.M. DeFages, Commissaire de Guerre. Relative pour l'approvisionnement de vivres pour le fort de Rastrillar" by CHARLES LAMETH [1757-1832] Fr. politician and soldier who served in the American War of Independence. Called the Chevalier Viscount, he began as aid-de-camp of de Rochambeau with officer's rank. During the Revolutionary War he made the crossing with the expeditionary corps, he was on the JASON with de Fersen, Collot, Charlus, and his intimate friend Dumas. he showed talent and coura... View more info

1876 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN ENGLISH WOOL MERCHANT'S 18 YEAR OLD SON WHO GAINS KNOWLEDGE, CONFIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN CANADA AND THE USA BEFORE HE TACKLES CHINA

By: CHARLES M. DAWSON

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: SS ADRIATIC AMERICA CANADA, 1876

Seller ID: 0002186

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original May to September 1876 manuscript diary handwritten by Charles M. Dawson the son of British wool manufacturer Mark Dawson. Only 18 years old, the tour to the US and Canada was undertaken to build up the confidence and experience of the scion of a successful enterprise. [We note this trip was a prelude to a much longer undertaking in 1877 - 1878 when he visited China to sight-see, conduct business but mostly to assess the market on behalf of his father's firm Mark Dawson & Sons of Bradford, England, worsted spinners, est. 1848. We list these diaries separately Selle... View more info

1877 - 1878 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE 19 YEAR OLD SON OF AN ENGLISH WOOL MERCHANT TRAVELLING IN THE GUISE OF A GENTLEMAN ON A GRAND TOUR WHO IS IN FACT A SPY

By: CHARLES M. DAWSON

Price: $8,255.99

Publisher: AMERICA CHINA SHANGHAI, 1877

Seller ID: 0002187

Condition: Good+


On offer are a fascinating, pair [2] of original 1877 - 1878 manuscript USA/China travel diaries handwritten by Charles M. Dawson, the young 19 year old son and scion of an established, successful English wool manufacturing concern. The books are fascinating as a substantive and significant historical record on numerous levels considering that while traveling as a young bon vivant, an English gentleman on a fantastic sight seeing tour, we soon learn what will be of particular interest to historians and researchers that the underlying reason for the young man's trip was industrial espionage! To... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN SKETCHBOOK BY A RENOWNED WOOL MERCHANT AND ACCOMPLISHED LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF YORKSHIRE AND CENTRAL ENGLAND

By: CHARLES M. DAWSON

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: SMITH HOUSE LIGHTCLIFFE, HALIFASC, HALIFAX, 1890

Seller ID: 0002193

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original late Victorian Era 1890 - 1891 sketchbook with drawings and sketches by the amateur, but quite accomplished renowned wool merchant Charles M Dawson who has dated the book 1890 'Smith House Lightcliffe Halifasc [Halifax]Yorks'. Drawings include: The Old Port at Scarboro; Ilkley; Richmond; Tingley; Smith House; Walterclough; Grasmere Church; Bowness Church and many more. Approximately 35 pencil drawings in all. The 7.25 x 5.25 inch oblong sketchbook proper is quite weak in the binding and the spine cap is deteriorating but still all held together and overall G. View more info

EARLY 19TH CENTURY ALS BY CHARLES R. AIKEN, ENGLISH PHYSICIAN NOTED FOR WRITINGS ON COWPOX IN 1800

By: CHARLES R. AIKEN

Price: $169.99

Publisher: England, 1847

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV136

Condition: Fine


Handwritten, autograph letter by Charles R. AIKIN [1775-1847]. English physician who wrote on Cowpox [1800] addressed to W. LAWRENCE, COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS. ALS, no date,1p,8vo View more info

1861 ARCHIVE OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIZER TAUNTING HIS BROTHER 'A LINCOLN MAN'

By: CHARLES STEVENS

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: New York NY Cambridge Massachusetts MA, 1861

Seller ID: 0001162

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational archive of six [6] manuscript letters handwritten by seaman Charles Stevens, to his brother John Stevens in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [Historians and collectors of early and Civil War era New York will delight that three letters are on illustrated lettersheets from Lovejoy's Hotel, New York and as such quite rare. This hotel was located on the corner of Park Row and Beekman Street.] These letters exemplify the 'Brother against Brother' sense of the Civil War. There are three pre-war letters; Jan. 8, 14, and 23, 1861; plus Aug. 21, 28 and Dec. 19, 1861. Very interestin... View more info

1891 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TO FAMED ASTRONOMER ERNEST MOUCHEZ REGARDING THE AUTHOR'S OWN BOOK

By: CHARLES TREPIED

Price: $359.99

Publisher: France, 1891

Seller ID: 00MV03

Condition: Very Good


[FRANCE] Charles TREPIED [1845-1907] Fr. astronomer. ALS, 1891, 1p, to the noted astronomer Ernest Mouchez, who was one of the greats of his time, did hydrographic map of South America; and was the 1st to organize, world wide, a complete photography of the sky. Trepied speaks about his book. View more info

1878 and 1884 ORIGINAL GROUP OF TWO [2] DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG VERMONT MAN TRYING HIS HAND AT MINING AND HOPING TO NOT END UP AMBUSHED BY INDIANS LIKE HIS FATHER

By: CHARLES W. JEWELL

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: TOWLE CALIFORNIA, 1878

Seller ID: 0001888

Condition: Good


On offer are two [2] original manuscript diaries handwritten by Charles W. Jewell [b.1861?] of Orange County Vermont. Dated 1878 [Charles would be 17 years old] and 1884 when Charles was twenty-three. The first book details his life at home in Vermont; the second diary finds Charles in Towle California working and mining until November 5th when by stage, train and steamship he returns to Vermont. What is particularly fascinating about Charles' experience out west is firstly that the town of Towle, located 2 miles east of Dutch Flat in Placer County California has a remarkable history: the town... View more info

1815 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT NOTE SIGNED X 3 REGARDING DESERTERS TO THE FRENCH NATIONAL GUARD MERE DAYS BEFORE THE RESTORATION OF KING LOUIS XVIII AND THE END OF NAPOLEON'S 'ONE HUNDRED DAYS'

By: CHEF DE BATTALION

Price: $425.99

Publisher: France, 1815

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00JT58

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a super small one page note on a folded half page detailing the names of several men accused of desertion. It appears to be signed by three [3] individuals (Hubert, Pourihier, LeCoyeor ?) with a side note that the action is approved by the Chef de Battalion. Dated 19 June 1815, Garde Nationale, 1st Battalion 5th Company is handwritten as a heading. [HISTORICAL NOTE: Less than 3 weeks later the King was returned to power.] VG. View more info

1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A HARD WORKING ENTREPRENEURIAL LE ROY NEW YORK MAN

By: CLARENCE H. WILLIAMS

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: Le Roy, New York, 1896

Seller ID: 0008032

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting little diary from 1896 that details the efforts of a young man to start his own business. The volume measures 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches and contains 92 diary pages, several memoranda pages and a number of information pages. It is in good condition and all pages are intact. The diary is about 60% complete and the handwriting is legible. The author is Clarence H Williams and he lives in LeRoy, NY, about half way between Buffalo and Rochester. There is little biographical information but context suggests that he is a young man who is now living on his own. Right from th... View more info

1850s - 1860s ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS AND EPHEMERA BY AND TO A MASSACHUSETTS MATRIARCH AND MOTHER IN LAW OF THE NOTED DR. HENRY BLANCHARD

By: CLARISSA FOSTER FARMER

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: BILLERICA NEOPONSET MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1853

Seller ID: 00MV002NEW

Condition: Good


On offer is a modest archive of manuscript letters and ephemera handwritten by or related to Clarissa Foster (later Farmer) of Billerica Massachusetts who was the noted Dr. Henry Blanchard's mother-in law and the mother of Sarah Blanchard. ***WITH RECENT NEWLY UNCOVERED LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS. The heart of the group are three [3] autograph letters signed [ALS] dated 1853, 1858 and 1860, from Clarissa to her granddaughter Rebecca, to Mrs. Faulkner and her daughter Sarah [wife of Dr. Henry Blanchard]. ***Newly uncovered letters and documents added to the original archive include: a letter by Jno.... View more info

1855 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT HOLOGRAPH NOTE BY THE FAMED ASTRONOMER TO THE MARQUIS DE BEAUMONT

By: CLAUDE-LOUIS MATHIEU

Price: $189.99

Publisher: France, 1855

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00MV35

Condition: Very Good+


Claude Louis Mathieu. [1783-1875] French astronomer. He began his career as an engineer but soon became a mathematician at the Bureau des Longitudes in 1817 and later professor of astronomy at Collège de France in Paris. From 1829 he was professor of analysis at the École Polytechnique in Paris. For many years Claude Mathieu edited the work on population statistics L'Annuaire du Bureau des Longitudes produced by the Bureau des Longitudes. He also worked on determining the distances to stars. He published L'Histoire de l'astronomie au XVIII siècle in 1827. ALS [1855], signed "Louis",... View more info

1870 - 1900 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS FROM ONE SEAMAN TO A FRIEND, CAPTAIN AND CONFIDANT DETAILING HIS LIFE AT VARIOUS POINTS INCLUDING A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE FLORA, FAUNA AND CUSTOMS OF THE SAMOAN ISLANDS

By: CLAYTON SMITH RICHMAN [TO FREDERICK RODGERS]

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: NORFOLK VA SAMOAN ISLANDS SOUTH PACIFIC, 1870

Seller ID: 0009047

Condition: Good


On offer are three letters from the life of Clayton Richman, who served in the United States Navy for 30 years, from 1870 to his retirement in 1900. The letters are written from different points of Richman’s life. The first letter is 1875, the second (and longest) is 1878, and the final letter was written in 1888. For each letter, Richman is serving on a different ship. In 1875, he is on the USS ‘New Hampshire’, in 1878, he is on the USS ‘Adams’, and the final he is serving on the USS ‘Independence’. Two of the letters deal with Richman’s illustrious life and career in the US N... View more info

1868 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A NOTED SALEM NEW JERSEY BOOKSELLER

By: CLINTON BOWEN

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: SALEM NEW JERSEY NJ, 1868

Seller ID: 0001674

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an interesting, original 1868 manuscript diary handwritten by Clinton Bowen, Salem, New Jersey, book dealer [b.1839, d.1917, married Sarah E. Sharp] identified with owner's blind embossed seal "Clinton Bowen, Bookseller & Stationer, Salem, N.J." Bound in leather, 4" x 6", the diary is almost filled between January through March with legible ink entries, then sporadic with some months mostly blank and a few pages of accounting in the back. He writes of marriages, deaths, church matters, business, weather, local news, hearing Frederick Douglass lecture, arson fire mak... View more info

1842 HANDWRITTEN CHANSONNIER - A ROMANTIC HOMAGE OF POETRY TO THIS SOLDIER'S LOVE

By: CLOMBE [?] - CARABINIER VAN DOO

Price: $895.99

Publisher: Quebec, Canada, 1842

Seller ID: 000906

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb handwritten 'Chansonnier a Louise Monnier' dated 1842. The title page features a stunning graphic bearing the LM initials and a graphic with signature of who appears to be the author paying homage to Ms. Monnier- "Clombe [?] D'Orba Carabinier Van Doo" Beautiful calligraphy, a small number of hand drawn illustrations and a full 36 pages of French language composition. Excellent example of the art. Spine cap is missing, the hinges are cracked but otherwise G.; French; 9 X 6 OBLONG; CARABINIER, CHANSONNIER, POETRY, POET, ROMANCE, VAN DOOS, MANUSCRIPT, HANDWRITTEN, HAN... View more info

1860s - 1900s LARGE ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS TO AND FROM THE NOTED NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN, SENATOR AND HERO OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY AND HIS FAMILY

By: COLONEL ANDREW C. COWLES et al

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: HAMPTONVILLE NORTH CAROLINA NC, 1860

Seller ID: 00MV264

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a wonderful original archive of 40 handwritten letters and 8 items of ephemera including a poem, receipt, report card etc., some from, many to Confederate Colonel Andrew C. Cowles of North Carolina and his family. Cowles [b1833 - d.1881] was from Hamptonville, North Carolina. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1860-64 and a State Senator from 1865-66 and 1870-74. During the Civil War Cowles commanded the 18th Brigade of the 75th Regiment of North Carolina Militia at Hamptonville. He was given orders to purchase "rifles & double barrel shotguns&#... View more info