Southampton, NY: John H. Hunt, 1915. Paperback. Uncommon. Includes a history of the town (included here as a dramatized pagaent, which was performed during the celebration), an address, which includes multiple important events in the town's history, memorial notices, brief descriptions of events taking place during the celebration, tipped in illustrations, and more. Bound in white side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor soiling to front wrapper with minor edgewear, but clean interior. No spine panel. 90 pages plus memorial notices and multiple full page illustrations. AMSTA/122719. Very Good.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes with all of Harper's Weekly issues for 1903. They are a fascinating compilation of articles, events, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of the country's concerns and interests at the beginning of the 20th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. Most of the covers continued having political cartoons. Many of the articles throughout the year were on automobiles, technology, and construction. There were weekly columns on "Americans of Tomorrow," and "Books and Bookmen ', and weekly appearances of cartoons by the well-known illustrator of the time Albert Levering. The technology articles are particularly interesting, on such topics as power from sunlight, American wireless technology, around the world in 40 days, lighting a metropolis (New York City), and Germany's suspended electrical train system. President Theodore Roosevelt received much coverage for his many activities outdoors and participating in sports such as horse jumping. He visited the West at Yellowstone, and other locations. The state of Georgia received special attention with many articles on their history and present along with descriptions of their large and small cities. It appears that there may have been supplements to the weekly issues that were not bound here. There is a several page supplement in the July 25 issue on the death of Pope Leopold XIII with several illustrations. Interesting illustrations included four page fold-out of the members of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Supreme Court, and another three page fold-out of Harper's authors that included Mark Twain, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Robert W. Chambers and many others. There were just a few short but provocative items about lynching and about the increase of assaults by black men against white women and the theories why. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine. The spine and corners are chipped and abraded as usual. Covers are slightly worn and rubbed. Interior pages are generally very good. Library reference sticker affixed to rear pastedown is the only indication of library ownership. There is a pagination anomaly, with the December 12 being numbered pages 3-77 with regular numbering resuming in the December 17 issue. Although not entirely, the December 12 issue focused on Christmas with several color illustrations. 2122 pages. PER/062223. Very Good.
Raleigh, NC: T. Loring, 1843. Hardcover. Scarce. These indexes were prepared in response to an 1827 request made by the governor of North Carolina to Arthur Gallatin, the American minister in London, for his assistance in procuring documents held by the English government pertaining to the early history of North Carolina. The detailed indexes are for documents issued from 1663 to 1777. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and red leather title label. Leather and boards are chipped, scuffed, and stained. Front hinge is cracked but text block is still attached. Some pages are creased by what appears to be pressure from another book. Scattered foxing throughout not affecting legibility. Ownership label of English banker and politician Richard Biddulph Martin on half title page. A decent copy of this uncommon publication. Octavo. 120 pages. AMERSTATE/071321. Good +.
Boston: Thomas & Andrews, and Manning & Loring, June, 1807. Hardcover. A nice set of this early compilation of the laws of Massachusetts and those of its earlier periods as a colony, province, and state. Each volume has the index for all of the volumes. Bound in contemporary brown leather with inlaid leather rulings to covers, spine compartments, and black leather title labels. Leather is abraded, soiled, and bumped. Hinges are tender but text blocks are tight. Offsetting and foxing to pastedowns and endpapers. Interior pages are browned with scattered foxing, but text is quite legible. Ownership signature on free endpaper of two of the volumes. Octavos. Volume I: 520 pages + index; Volume II: 1073 pages + index; Volume III: 403 pages + index. LAW/030322. Very Good -.
Philadelphia: Soloman W. Conrad, 1821. Hardcover. Bound in full mottled leather boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to boards, edges, and corners. Two inch split to leather along top of front hinge. Penned ownership name to front free endpaper. Minor foxing and occasional spots of soiling to interior. 184 pages. REL/062322. Very Good.
Philadelphia: 1926. Paperback. A daily program to the exposition held in Philadelphia with exhibits from around the world. Side-stapled paper wrappers with illustration of the liberty bell to front cover. Includes advertisements for Bermuda vacations, Breyer's ice cream, Hohner Harmonicas, Wilbur Buds chocolates (which look suspiciciosly like Hershey Kisses), Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy, Ocean City, N.J. and more. Well preserved with minor wear to edges and occasional smudge marks to margins. 32 pages. STA/040820. Very Good.
Chicago: Curt Teich & Co., 1942. Paperback. A book of views of Washington, D.C. Oblong. Dark blue side-stapled paper wrappers with red title and illustration of the capitol building to front wrapper. Minor wear to edges. Clean and bright. Filled with black and white photos of architecture in DC. STA/032321. Very Good.
Elkins, WV: Davis and Elkins College, 1935. Hardcover. Elkins is a private liberal arts college in West Virginia founded in 1904. Bound in red leatherette boards with embossed silver title to front board. Minor wear to joints, edges, and corners of boards. Rear hinge is starting. Ownership inscription of John Fielding Fidler to front free endpaper. Small loss to corner of first page, no text affected. Occasional pen/pencil markings to interior and offsetting to a few pages, but clean overall. Filled with photographic illustrations. Original color photograph laid into front - of the owner's yard. Unpaginated. STA/082423. Very Good.
Hardcover. Brown cloth backed brown paper covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor rubbing to boards as well as minor soiling. Light damp staining to front board. Interior is clean and bright with several photographic illustrations tipped in. Untrimmed edges to pages. 97 pages. New York. NY/022211. Very Good.
Harrisburg: The Aurand Press, 1940. Paperback. First Edition, Third Printing. Privately printed by the author. In side-stapled blue paper wrappers with black title and illustration to front wrap. Minor soiling, edgewear, and browning to wrappers. Creasing to pamphlet. Dog-eared corners, but clean interior. Includes several illustrations. 32 pages. AME/071422. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. Hardcover. Ex Libris. Brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Library number in white to food of spine. Minor bumping and chipping to spine ends and slight soiling to rear board. Book plate to front paste down as well as previous owner's signature to front free end page. Minor browning to end pages. Rear hinge is cracked. Line of black marker to top corner of title page. Else is clean and bright. Many un-opened pages. 312 pages. VA/012412. Good +.
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1919. Hardcover. 8vo. Revised in accordance with provisions of the new charter. Mustard yellow cloth boards with brown title to spine and front board. Fading to title on spine. Minor wear to edges/spine ends. Bump to rear board. Signed by previous owner on ffep. A few pencil marks, but overall interior is very clean. Illustrated. 376 pp. PA/081105. Very Good.
London: R. Parker, 1705. First edition of this important history of Virginia, the first to be written by a native of North America. In his bibliography U.S.IANA. Howes writes: "After John Smith, the first account of this colony, the first one penned by a native and the best contemporary record of its aboriginal tribes and of the life of its early settlers" [Howes B410]. From Encyclopedia Virginia: "Robert Beverley was a member of the House of Burgesses (1699–1706) and clerk of that body, and served as chief clerk of the governor’s Council. He is best known, however, as author of The History and Present State of Virginia, In Four Parts (1705), the first published history of a British colony by a native of North America. In 1703 he sailed to England to appeal a suit he lost before the General Court, and there he penned this history, a collection of personal history, official accounts, and material borrowed from others. Beverley self-consciously identified himself as a Virginian and used the books to settle political scores. No prior author identified himself so clearly as a Virginian. 'I am an Indian, and don’t pretend to be exact in my language,” Beverley wrote in the preface. 'But I hope the Plainness of my Dress, will give him [the reader] the kinder Impressions of my Honesty, which is what I pretend to.' When it first appeared in London, the book was three hundred pages of text, accompanied by fourteen engravings, and divided into four sections titled as Books: “The History of the First Settlement of Virginia,” “The Natural Productions and Conveniencies of the Country,” “The Native Indians,” and “The Present State of the Country.” It is an unmatched source for the Virginia of its time—an amalgam of personal observations and stories heard, material borrowed from published and unpublished accounts, and official reports. He also included significant portions from the unpublished writings of several other Virginians. The early section of the history relied heavily on Captain John Smith‘s writings, but the later sections on politics, Native Americans, and the flora, fauna, and agricultural products of the colony used several sources. " Bound in contemporary brown leather with gilt rulings to covers and gilt titling to spine. Covers are rubbed and bumped with light wear around edges. Slight loss to head of spine. Front cover is partly detached but still holding and the text block is tight save for the free endpapers, which are browned and partially torn, Rear hinge is cracked and there is offsetting to both pastedowns. Interior pages are clean and bright. With fourteen plates, a frontispiece, and a fold-out list providing statistics from 1703 for the counties of the Virginia colony. Engravings were done by the French engraver Simon Gribelin. A very good copy of this valuable early account of the colony of Virginia. Measures 7.25 x 4.34 inches. Book One: 104 pages; Book Two: 40 pages; Book Three: 64 pages Table of Contents: 19 pages with errata list on the verso of the last page; Book Four: 83 pages. AMERSTATEHIST/082423.
New York: Privately Printed, 1947. Hardcover. Presentation copy from the author to Dorothy Moyer. First Edition. A famliy history about Hibernia Florida. Very good in original turquoise paper covered boards with blue title to front cover. There is a large chip to the head of the spine and minor wear to the corners and edges of the boards. Clean and bright interior with several photographic illustrations. Nicely printed. 144 pages. AMSTATE/042011. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Norman Publishing Co., 1930. Hardcover. Number 133 of 1105 copies. Blue cloth covered boards with silver title to spine and blue and silver illustration of the Washington Monument to front board. Minor browning to spine and edges of boards. Minor soiling and rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges of boards. A few spots of foxing to several pages. Foxing to fore-edge of textblock. Else is clean and bright with many illustrations. Includes color tipped-in frontis. Index, 481 pages. STA/062122. Very Good.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1986). Hardcover. Presentation copy SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Blue paper backed yellow cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Inscription on front free end page reads " To George, Hope you like this book. I look forward to meeting you. Jerome Charyn." Else is clean and bright. White illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. One small closed teat to bottom edge of front panel of dust jacket. Index, 304 pages. NY/061611. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Wheeling, WV: H. Hoblitzell, 1851. Hardcover. This interesting work was described in Howes as a "Valuable compilation based on reliable sources" Howes D223. In addition to relating the history, the author also provides biographical sketches of those he terms "distinguished actors in our border wars" such as Col. Ebenezer Zane, General Andrew Lewis, General Daniel Brodhead, Captain Samuel Brady and more. Bound in original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt vignette of a Native American scalping a man. Debossed cloth designs, gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped, rubbed, with a few light stains. Interior pages generally clean with brown spots occasionally to pages. With frontispiece illustration, three plates and one fold-out. With former owner bookplate to front pastedown, random black number and letters to free endpaper, and ownership signature of John A Wharton, Liberty VA, 1852. A desirable copy of this history. Octavo. 416 pages. AMERH/032621. Very Good.
Kennett Square: Longwood Gardens, 2009. Hardcover. Includes DVD. Pierre S. Du Pont (1870 - 1954) was an American businessman and philanthropist who managed General Motors, served as the president of Du Pont, and later donated millions of dollars to Delaware's public schools. Filled with illustrations. Bound in white paper covered boards with navy blue spine panel titled in gilt. In illustrated dust jacket with navy blue spine panel titled in light blue and white. Clean and bright. Housed in a navy blue cloth slipcase with gilt title to front panel. Minor fading to slipcase. 144 pages. AMBIO/102220. Fine / Fine.