Washington DC: M'Gill and Witherow, 1867. Paperback. Includes a temperence pledge to not make, buy, sell, or consume any form of alcohol. Disbound with wrappers removed. A few chips and short tears to edges of pages. Occasional smudges, but clean overall. Size: 24mo - 5.5 x 3.75 inches. 26 pages. AMER/122823. Very Good.
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circa 1856. Cass (1782 - 1866) was an American general and politician. He served under Andrew Jackson and helped to implement his policy of Indian removal. He fought in the war of 1812 and negotiated treaties with native americans. (A small scence depicting Cass with Native Americans discussing a treaty is portrayed beneath his portrait.) Engraved by J. Rogers from a daguerreotype. Foxing. Minor soiling. Size: about 6.75 in x 9.75 in. PRINT/082420. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Jan-June 1897. Hardcover. An uncommon bound folio volume of the weekly issues for January - June 1897. The issues 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 interesting view of the country's concerns and interests towards the end of the 19th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. As always, the weekly issues offered extensive coverage of U.S. politics and the year's most notable events, complete with a great number of illustrations. News of significance included the inauguration of William McKinley in March (He was assassinated in September 1901); the dedication of the General Grant National Monument with Grant's tomb as his final resting place; the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria; and the Spanish American War. This was the year of the opening of the new Congressional Library, now known as the Library of Congress. Among the many illustrations is a marvelous 5 page fold-out with detailed drawings of the United States Navy (page 609), with the ships' names listed on the back, followed by a two page article on the American fleet. Also of interest - a full page advertisement for Pabst Beer (p. 324) extolling the many health benefits of consuming it. Bound in black cloth with quarter leather spine and tips. Leather is rubbed, worn, and chipped. Spine is torn and faded and detached along the rear hinge and rear board is partially detached from text block. Most of the pages are good, but there are many with tears, stains, and smudges. With "For Reference Only" sticker affixed to rear cover but no other evidence of library ownership. About good condition. 648 pages. PER/092723. Good +.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes with all of Harper's Weekly issues for 1900. 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. There was ongoing coverage throughout the year of the presidential competition between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. McKinley won but was assassinated in September, 1901, making his vice-president, Theodore Roosevelt the president. Other events garnering extensive coverage included the Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Paris Exhibition, the Galveston Flood, and the country's new possessions from the Spanish-American War. Unlike many previous years, there was little notable fiction. Rudyard Kipling contributed an article on witchcraft and a poem titled "The Young Queen;" a non-fiction article about a dog by Jack London; and a short story by Theodore Dreiser. Mark Twain was fêted in December by a cover portrait by William Nicholson, a photograph from a dinner in his honor given by the Aldine Club, and an amusing piece about a supposed surprise party for Twain given by his books' characters, written by his great friend William Dean Howells. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling and date to spine. Volume covers have tears and chipping to corners and spine. The interior pages are very good with occasional stains and minor tears. A full page illustration at the end of the November 10 issue is loose. The covers of most issues are printed using color and there are several color illustrations. The two volumes are continuously paginated for a total of 1276 pages. There are two places with skipped numbers (p. 212-213 and p. 471-472), and repeated pages 259-260 after page 260. These are heavy volumes that will require extra postage. PER/061423. Very Good.
Washington DC: Congress, 1906. Paperback. Reprints of a collection of letters from the secretary of the interior, the State of Wisconsin Department of Forestry, the U.S. Indian Service, Green Bay Indian Agency, etc. regarding this topic. White side-stapled wrappers. Pages numbered 9 - 23. Creasing to corners. Clean. AMER/040820. Very Good.
Philadelphia: M. Carey, Jan. 9, 1815. Hardcover. This edition was published just two months after the first. Carey describes it as amplified, methodised and improved over the first edition. The book appeared during a "convulsed period of history" as an effort to create unity between the two American parties against the British during the War of 1812. Bound in original paper boards, badly browned and faded, with spine missing. Front and rear boards loose but holding. Some signatures are cracked but the text block is holding firm. Pages are browned and foxed throughout but legible and readable. Dampstaining to rear end pages. A decent copy of this important historical work. 336 pages. AMHIST/033010. Very Good.
New York: Miller and Company, 1857. Hardcover. Includes a five page article titled "About Dogs," which is a musing about dogs and their history. Within the article, there is long ballad about a favorite hound of Llewellyn, Prince of Wales, son-in-law of King John. It concludes by asking readers to send their "very nice terrier - English, Scotch, or Skye - to Putnam, for his very sincere friend and humble servant." Also includes a review of Elizabeth Browning's poem "Aurora Leigh"; a biography about a deceased Virginia slave submitted by his owner; chapters from John William de Forest's novel "Witching Times"; a collection of letters about college life in the 1750s including notes on the costs of living, clothing, and school supplies; a humorous illustrated article about the tails of animals and tails on clothing; book reviews, editorials, news stories, and more. Bound in three quarter red leather with black cloth boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. There is a two inch closed tear to the leather on the rear hinge. Rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards. Previous owner's signature in pencil to front endpaper. Foxing to early and late pages of the interior. Short closed tears to edges of several pages. 668 pages. PER/060518. Very Good.
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.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2024. Softcover. Number 5 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs Abstract Orange. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Her work can be found in many institutional and private collections. This is another powerful work by Lauren in which she addresses social and political issues and events. It is based on the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. The book has a series of 10 brown sheets of cardboard paper, each with text from provisions of the Act printed in green from hand-carved wood letters of the alphabet. The texts include "equal access to public accommodations," "access to public education," "expand civil rights commission," "equal employment opportunities, " and more. The ten sheets are housed in a bright green paper folder with the title printed in darker green on the cover and a velcro closure. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 11 inches. ARTB/122023. Fine.
Boston: John H. Eastburn, 1833. Paperback. Very good- in original wraps with black title to front wrapper. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of front wrapper. Chipping to spine. Rear wrapper appears to have been mostly cut off at some point. Browning and minor foxing to wrappers and minor damp stain to bottom half of front wrapper. Foxing throughout though text remains bright. 37 pages. American History. AME410251. Very Good -.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2014. Softcover. Open edition. Author and printer Todd Thyberg founded Angel Bomb Press after several years working with other printers and does both commercial printing and limited edition books. He writes of his powerful and timely book: "With a tip of the hat to printers and activists of the past, American Manifesto calls the United States citizens to action on a number of national concerns—our country’s health, leadership, and environment, to name a few. This book was devised as a piece of activist artwork; utilizing my vintage presses as they were originally intended: to make important statements about important issues." He continues: "If America really is the best country on earth…why do so many of our people go hungry? Why do our leaders consistently work for corporate interests rather than individuals’ rights? How can our leaders, the media, and we the public still be ignorant to the factual reality of climate change? Why can someone go to prison for a minor drug offense while the people who brought our economy to its knees still receive bonuses? Why are we still taking off our shoes to fly? How can 2/3 of America’s population be overweight when people here and around the world are going hungry? How is it acceptable to make fuel from food? Why don’t we Americans question policies?” Printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and bound in bright red paper covers. 12-pages, 3-colors, letterpress printed in three colors on a Heidelberg 10x15 Windmill at Angel Bomb. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [12 pages]. “. Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901. Hardcover. Scarce. Two folio volumes with all of the issues of the Weekly for 1901. 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. This was a year of important news. Wililiam McKinley was inaugurated as president in January. He was assassinated in September and Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president. There was of course extensive coverage, particularly in September of the assassination and funeral. Queen Victoria of England died in January after a reign of over 63 years. This was covered with several pages of illustrations plus a supplement was published in February in memorium of the Queen along with several articles about British Royalty. In February there was a ten page pictorial review of the Queen's heir, King Edward VII. January also brought the inauguration of the Australian commonwealth. Other notable events included the excavation of the New York subway and the excavation of the Panama Canal. The US took over control of the project in 1904 and continued to control the canal until 1977. There was continuing coverage of the country's new possessions as the result of the Spanish-American War, particularly the Philippines and Cuba. There were several noteworthy literary contributions. In January Harper's began serializing Emile Zola's Labor. There were eleven installments. Also appearing in January was a poem "To the XIX Century" by John Kendrick Bangs. Bangs was a frequent contributor and also served as the editor from 1899-1901. An interesting item was a "debate" between Bangs and Mark Twain on the topic "Is Philippine Policy Just?" Twain said yes and Bangs said no. There were 27 installments of thehistorical novel Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers. He was famously noted for his weird short stories that sometimes had elements of science fiction. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spines, which are sunned. Covers jave wear and there is chipping to corners and spine edges. Interior pages are generally very good, with a closed tear on pages 585-586 and an open tear at the top of pages 1255-1256. PER/61923. Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. FIRST EDITION. Red cloth backed, grey paper covered boards with silver title to spine. Author's inscription on front free end page. Else is clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. 511 pages. American History. AME11082. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Charleston: Evening Post Books, 2022. Softcover. A novel taking place in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Along with the battles it gives glimpses of Charleston fashion and society, and faces head-on the issues of slavery and plantation life. [from a review printed on the rear cover]. Softcover with pictorial covers and black titling to front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. 361 pages. LIT/122823. Fine.
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1865. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards. Minor bumping to corners and spine ends. Minor browning to title page as a result of the frontispiece. Tissue guard intact. Light foxing throughout. 278 pages. American History. AME/030211. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Guillaumin et Cie, 1890. Hardcover. Ex-libary with stamps to title pages and evidence of stickers removed from spines. Volume I is 588 pages plus large, color fold-out map; Volume II is 619 pages; Volume III is 597 pages; Volume IV is two parts bound together - 244 plus 408 pages. Very Good.