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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New York: J. Winchester, New World Press, 1844. First Edition. This is an extremely nice copy of Brown's History of Illinois. It is comprehensive and detailed, and despite Howe's description of it as "chronologically the first, intrinsically the worst, history of this state," an important book to have if only for its map. The map was done by J. Calvin Smith and Published by J.H. Colton also in 1844. It is a large and detailed folded map of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It includes jurisdictions down to the township level, and has charts showing miles between cities and steamboat routes. The map is in beautiful condition, with only one small tear along fold. Bound in publisher's debossed brown cloth with mild bumping and rubbing. The interior pages, unlike in some copies, is bright and clean with light foxing to title page, and free front and rear endpapers. Front free endpaper has glue residue from bookplate and small hole. With bookplate of antique automobile collector W. Emmert Swigart. Very good condition. Octavo. 492 pages plus ten pages of advertisements. AMER/022621.
New York: G.P. Putnam and Co., 1855. Hardcover. First edition, first issue (with Chapter 14 misstated as Chapter 16). Rare in the original binding. This novel was loosely based on a real person. Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy. and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. The novel includes vivid portrayals of actual battles and events of the American Revolution such as the Battle of Bunker Hill, George Washington's rousing speeches, and spying missions for Benjamin Franklin. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both covers. Head and foot of spine have been expertly repaired with new material added. Darkening to spine. Spots of dampstaining to covers and to margins of most pages, else clean interior. 276 pages. LIT/091218. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Col, 1854-1855. Scarce. The first appearance of Israel Potter, Melville’s novel about the Revolutionary War, was published in six parts in Putnam’s Magazine between July 1854 - March 1855. It was published in book form in March 1855. Loosely based on a real person, Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy, and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. Volume IV also includes Melville’s “The Lightning-Rod Man.” Both volumes are bound in the original green cloth with embossed designs to covers and gilt titling to spine. Volume IV is stained, bumped, and rubbed, with faded gilt design and titling to spine. Remnants of spine label, hole in back cover not affecting interior and small tears to joint. Ownership stamp of D.F. Tillinghast to front and rear pastedowns. Interior pages clean and bright with age darkening to some pages. Covers of Volume V have soiling and bumping. Foxing to endpapers and occasional light foxing to text pages but otherwise clean and bright. Overall in very good condition. Volume IV: 672 pages; Volume V: 668 pages. LIT/.
Philadelphia: Joseph Rakestraw (tract 2), 1820 and 1822. Hardcover. Second tract published by Joseph Rakestraw. RARE AMERICANA. This volume includes two tracts written in 1820 and 1822 that provide an engrossing account of an important debate of the day on whether the Bible requires the observance of the Sabbath and, if so, whether it is proper for a civil government to enforce this observance. Tract one reprints the text of an essay appearing in the Boston Patriot that holds the position that the enforcement of the Sabbath is “not warrantable from Scripture.” It is followed by two responses in disagreement. The second tract of essays on the Sabbath’s observance first reprints the Boston Patriot essay, and then prints several essays for and against the position of the writer in the Boston Patriot. Both tracts are in very good condition, with aging and some foxing. The front and rear pages of tract two are more heavily foxed. There is also foxing to the front and rear pastedowns. In a later black cloth binding with very light bumping and rubbing and the gilt title “Sunday Police” to front board. Tract one: 36 pages; tract two: 48 pages. 12mo. Black cloth boards with gilt title to front board. AMHIST/022609. Very Good.