Board of Governors and Managers of the Home, 1894. Hardcover. It may seem odd to think of Maryland as having once had a home for Confederate Soldiers; however, as the introduction of this souvenir book points out - the sentiments of Marylanders were divided during the war as much of the state was farm land with interests in tobacco farming, but many residents also felt a strong love for the Union. This home was located in the armory, which still stands on Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville. The book includes a brief history of the armory, descriptions of each room, relics contained within (i.e. Confederate coats, photographs, a fork said to have been used by E.H. Browne in a gun boat at Chicamauga, etc.), photographic images of the grounds, buildings, managers of the home, and residents, lists of officers and rules (Rule 1: Uniforms must be worn on Sundays, holidays, etc. .... 4. Quarreling and other boisterous behavior is not permitted.), excerpts from muster rolls, list of members of the Society of the Army and Navy of Confederate Soldiers of Maryland (including addresses, deceased members, and male decendents), and many advertisements from local companies. A fascinating piece of history for Civil War and Maryland historians. It is unclear how long the home remained in operation or what kind of care the residents received. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to front board. Rear board is present but nearly detached. Stain to front board, crack to front hinge, and minor toning to margins of pages. Overall, clean and bright interior. 133 pages. MD/122121. Very Good.
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Baltimore: Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, 1930. Hardcover. 8vo. Includes a map and descriptive selection of 37 historic homes, churches, and gardens of Maryland with stops in Baltimore, Annapolis, Aberdeen, and on the Eastern Shore. Created before the Bay Bridge was constructed, the tour route includes ferries. Very good in dark green cloth backed light green paper covered boards with green title to front board. Minor browning to edges of board as well as minor bumping to spine ends and corners. A few spots of foxing to front cover and scratch to front cover. Minor browning to interior margins with light foxing to last few pages. Else is clean and bright with black and white photographic illustrations of several of the homes and gardens. One inch split to book cloth along bottom of front hinge. 42 pages. MD/062122. Very Good.
Baltimore: John Murphy, 1852. Hardcover. James McSherry’s The History of Maryland printed in 1849 gives a complete history of the state from its first settlement in 1634 to a year after the Mexican-American War (1848). While McSherry does touch on all of the major events during this timeframe, the bulk of his history details Maryland’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. He also discusses other subjects of interest such as the Protestants, slavery, public schools, the Baltimore Ohio Railroad, tobacco, and Indian relations. James McSherry (1819 – 1869) was a lawyer and an author, best known for this this work on the history of Maryland. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title and device to spine. Wear and chipping to book cloth on spine ends and edges of boards. Slight roll to spine. Evidence of removed book plate to front pastedown. Browning to some pages, but clean and bright overall. Appendices, 405 pages. Overall a nice copy of this classic. Maryland History. MD/062322. Very Good.
Baltimore: Sun Printing Office, 1893. Hardcover. Includes reports on Maryland's physical features, geology, mines and minerals, agriculture, natural history, fish and fisheries, oysters, commerce and transportation, manufacturers, cities and public buildings, political institutions, churches, education, population, charities and correction, AND six fold out maps to the rear. Bound in original dark green cloth boards with gilt title and emblem to front board. The spine is titled with simply the word "Maryland." A few scuff marks, light rubbing, and closed tears to book cloth. Both interior hinges are cracked; however, the text block remains attached to boards. Marbled endpapers. Clean interior. Closed tear to crease of larger fold-out map and minor wear to edges. 504 pages. MD/060722. Very Good.
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996. Hardcover. This is a unique copy of this publication. It is inscribed by Chandler and Blom to a contributor on the team: "Many thanks for your many hours of hard work on this Atlas, Bob!" This appears to be Robert Franklin Ringler (the name Ringler is handwritten on the front end paper), who passed away in 2022. According to his obituary, Ringler joined the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) in 1975 and served as President from 1988-1989. He was also a member and President of the Baltimore Bird Club and the Carroll County Bird Club. He is considered to be one of the founders of the Breeding Bird Atlas Project, from which this book emanated. The book is also inscribed by a member of the Editorial Board, and several others who were apparently members of the project. The Atlas provides data on 199 species that breed in Maryland and DC. Quarto. Glossy yellow paper-covered boards with black title to cover and spine. Bird print on cover. Text is bright and clean. Minor rubbing to bottom of text block. Cover is bright and clean,with slight scuffing to spine. 479 pages, including index. NAT/053122. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1882. First Edition. A noted historian of his day, Scharf (1843 – 1898) was once called “Baltimore’s Venerable Bede”, and his work continues to be of great value due largely to the inclusion of passages from primary source documents. This handsome set is bound in dark brown leather over dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt titles on the spines and front boards of both volumes. Fraying, some chips, and wear to corners and edges of boards. Rubbing and minor wear to spines and hinges. Light browning to interiors of both volumes, especially in margins. Occasional notations in pencil, light foxing, and occasional spots of soiling / finger smudges. Alexander Armstrong Jr's copy with his ownership signature in pen to front free endpapers of both volumes. Continuously paginated - 1560 pages. MD/122021. Very Good.
Baltimore: Meyer & Thalheimer, 1907. Hardcover. Includes 10 stories about the Wye House, Frederick Douglass, Oxford, Old Quaker Meeting House, Patty Cannon, and more. Some stories are written with dialect. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title and white illustration to front board. Soiling and rubbing to boards. One free front endpaper has been removed. Previous owner's name in pen to endpaper. Includes 12 full page photographic illustrations. Some have come loose and are now laid in. Pencil notations to margins of a few pages, but clean interior overall. 80 pages. MD/062322. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Etchcrafters Art Guild, 1939. Hardcover. Number 69 of 200 copies. The 100 etchings in these two volumes are all artist proofs, individually signed by Don Swann. Inscribed from the artist and author: "Aunt 'Madge' and Uncle 'Ed'. December 25th 1941 with Best Wishes. From Don Sr. & Don Jr." Don Swann Sr. (1889 - 1954) grew up in Baltimore, attending Maryland Institute College of Art, and is known for his etchings of colonial and Neo-classical American architecture. In addition to houses he also did multiple etchings of Baltimore cityscapes. His son Don Swann Jr. (1911 - 1998) followed in his father's footsteps to become a master etcher. He continued to operate the Etchcrafters Art Guild after the death of his father. Both volumes are bound in blue leather over blue leatherette boards with gilt titles to spines. Minor scuffing to both spines and light stain to spine of second volume. Minor foxing to interiors (heaviest on tissue guards) and browning to endpapers. All etchings have the original tissue guards bound in. Bound by the Elliott Bookbinding Company in Baltimore. Printed on Rives, Woven, Imported paper with Old Style Caslon type at the Monumental Printing Company in Baltimore with typography by Norman T.A. Munder. Continously paginated - 425 pages. Size: Folio. MD/122121. Very Good.
[Baltimore]: n.p., 1933-1937. An uncommonly complete example of one girl's education during the Great Depression. These four uniformly bound volumes collect the schoolwork of Judith Warner during the four years she was a student at Calvert School in Baltimore. Calvert School was founded in 1896 and is still a private school for boys and girls. Judith's lessons included world and US history, geography, art, spelling, and mathematics. Judith appeared to have accomplished her studies with relative ease, as demonstrated by the graded tests and report cards included here. She writes earnestly and neatly about such topics as the Earth's beginnings, landmarks in various cities, famous historical figures, and so on. Some of the assignments were structured as letters to her mother regarding her progress. Bound in dark green cloth with cream title labels printed in black to front covers. Black metal strips bind the spine of the first volume. Handwritten text in pencil and ink; magazine clippings pasted to some pages to illustrate the lessons; a hand-colored illustrations at the beginning of each month. Some additional texts laid in. It seems likely that Judith's bound volumes of her school work were commissioned by her father, James O. Warner, who was the president of a wholesale paper distribution company that served the local book publishing and printing trade. Clean and sound with only light wear to ends and corners. Very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated, about 300 pages per volume. EDUC/031722.