1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
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Washington DC: 1832. Hardcover. A 13 issue periodical produced by Duff Green to disuade the public from re-electing President Andrew Jackson. Subscribers paid a total of $5 for these 13 issues in 1832, which would be about $150 today. A thin volume bound in dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with small leather corners and gilt title to spine. Heavy wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Ex-library with blacked-out call number on front board. Previous owner's lengthy pen notation to front pastedown regarding the contents. Front free endpaper is present but detached. Originally issued in parts, each number has slightly different condition issues ranging from minor dampstaining to foxing to smudge marks and soiling. Continously paginated, 308 pages (however, pagination shoud be 208 pages - it skips from 200 to 300 in last issue.) AMER/011221. Very Good.
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1861. Paperback. This is an early edition of the Star Spangled Banner, part of a collection of national songs, the others being Hail Columbia, Yankee Doodle, America, and the Marseilles Hymn. The cover sheet has a lithograph illustration of the crossed flags of the United States and France. In 1861, because of his indignation over the Civil War, a fifth verse was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes. In it he writes of a foe from within that strikes a blow at her glory and down with the traitor that dares to defile the flag. The song did not become America's "Official Song" until 1889, but it was not officially adopted as the nation's anthem until 1931. In good only condition. The pages are separated, tattered at the edges, and has light water stains not affecting the readability. Still a nice copy of this scarce item. MUS/081811. Good.
Boston: Richardson and Lord, 1824. Hardcover. Scarce travel classic written by Henry Knight [1789-1835] using the pseudonym of Arthur Singleton. Includes Knight's letters from Philadelphia, Washington City, Virginia, Kentucky, New Orleans, and the Gulf of Mexico with Knight's detailed and interesting observations of each city or region. Attractively bound in three quarter navy blue leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Wear and rubbing to hinges, bands, and edges of boards. Rubbing to marbled paper covers. Exlibrary with book stamp of Headlee's Book Exchange to title page and verso. Bookplate to front pastedown featuring an unidentified family crest. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and handwritten note in pencil regarding pseudonym on title page, but clean and bright overall. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. 159 pages. AMER/010720. Very Good.