Annapolis: A.C. and W. Green, 1770. An interesting and uncommon piece of early Maryland currency. This $8 bill was issued in Annapolis on March 1, 1770. It is signed in ink by Robert Couden and John Clapham, two Annapolis government and political officials. The serial number is 9117, also written in ink. The bill was printed by Anne Catherine Green, wife of printer Jonas Green and an early woman printer herself in Annapolis, and her son William. The bill is browned with a bit of light chipping. Small closed tear along bottom, and there is clear tape along a crease or closed tear running down the middle. There are ornamental designs on both sides and the Sparrow seal is printed on the front of the bill. This seal first appeared in 1765 on the title page of the Reverend Thomas Bacon's compilation of the Laws of Maryland, and until 1793 it ornamented printed editions of the session laws of the Assembly. Carved on a wood block by Thomas Sparrow, ward and employee of the Annapolis printer, Jonas Green, the Sparrow seal bears the Latin motto "Crescite et Multiplicamini," which means "Increase and Multiply." Very good condition. Measures 2.5 x 4.75 inches. EPHEM/072423. Very Good.
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Annapolis: Printed by Jonas Green, 1764. Paperback. Horatio Sharpe, esq. (1718 - 1790) served as the proprietary Governor of Maryland at the time of this assembly meeting. This publication details daily proceedings of from from October 1763 through the end of November of the same year. No longer in boards, the pages are hand-bound together with string (with evidence of modern restoration). Heavy damage to first few pages with losses to bottom corners and edges. A few page edges have been repaired with additions of blank paper. Loss to text on first page (57/58), page 59/60, and 61/62, which is bound in out of order. Loss of corners of all pages; however, no text is effected on most pages. Browning and foxing througout with evidence of dampstaining to margins and corners. Library stamp partially removed to first and last page of text. An interesting historical document of Maryland. 57-127 pages. Quarto - about 12 x 7.5 inches. MD/072423. Good.
Towson, MD: Mount Royal Garden Club of Baltimore, No date. Paperback. Includes four ghost stories told to the author by descendants of Captain Charles Ridgely, who in 1783 - 1790 built “Hampton,” located in Baltimore County. Blue paper wrappers with blue title and illustration to front wrapper. Rubbing and browning to wrappers with a small dampstain to the front. Toning to margins of interior, else clean. 17 pages. MD/072023. Very Good.
Bushwood, MD: Robert E.T. Pogue, 1972. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the Author. "The entire book is sprinkled with humorous anecdotes ... It is essentially a narrative about interesting people, places, adn events of a slower-paced and now vanished era. Many well known Maryland landmarks are pictured and described, but the book's most interesting features are the heretofore unknown landmarks and people of this bygone time. Also it is filled with 250 photographs, many of them very rare" (jacket). Very good in maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Clean and bright. In cream and grey illustrated jacket with cream spine panel titled in dark blue. Minor browning and soiling to jacket. Minor wear to edges of jacket including short closed tears and a few small chips. Size: Quarto. 353 pages. MD/071923. Very Good / Very Good.