. A three page letter written in a secretarial hand with Annie Brassey's penciled autograph signature and postscript. Her own handwriting was scrawled in large letters and difficult to read. In the letter dated February 7th '85, she writes that she is sending him "a copy of my latest book, describing our recent cruise to the West Indies in the 'Sunbeam.' which I hope you will accept with my best wishes for the New Year." Lady Anna Brassey (1839-1887) famously wrote about her world voyages with her husband and children on their luxury yacht, Sunbeam. They were very popular. She died of malaria and was buried at sea. The book referred to here was In the Trades, the Tropics, and the Roaring Forties. The three pages of the letter itself is very good, but there is browning on the lower margins and remnants of glue and print on the blank lasat page where the letter was glued down at some point. There is also a small piece cut from the top of the last page not affecting text. HAND/072913. Very Good.
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[New Jersey]: [1862, 1867]. A handwritten notebook containing a compilation of Columbian College faculty member and president George Whitefield Samson’s theological lectures delivered in October 1862, transcribed by Leonidas Coyle (1840-1906) while he was attending the college. Samson (1819-1896) served as president of Columbian College, later George Washington University, during the critical years of the Civil War. He was also the pastor at DC’s E Street Baptist Church. Samson was a noted author of several books and monographs on theology and spiritualism. It appears that the lectures were compiled into this volume later as Coyle signs and dates the free endpaper in December 1867. He also labels the book with his name and the name Princeton Theological Seminary - probably written in the book when Coyle was a tutor at the Seminary. He became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeton, New Jersey. He was born in Washington DC and died there at the age of 64 while visiting his sisters. His home in Bridgeton is now a bed and breakfast. The transcribed lectures were first written on the recto side of 6 x 7.5 inch notepaper, then turned over and upside down to continue on the verso. There is also a four-page insert written on 4 x 5 yellow paper. The lectures are written in a fine hand primarily in ink but with a few pages also in pencil. On a few pages a different person has written in large blue pencil the name of the book of the Bible discussed in that lecture. Otherwise the pages are in very good condition save for the free endpapers, which have offsetting in the front and glue stains in the rear including on the title page. There are also a few pencil drawings by Coyle, who was an amateur artist/cartoonist. The book’s binding is not in good condition. The boards are detached and the marbled paper covers are chipped, worn, and bumped; the leather spine is mostly worn away, exposing the signatures. Still an interesting piece of Americana. Unpaginated [86 pages plus 4 page insert]. REL/071117.
circa 1880. Hardcover. This album belonged to Bessie Palmer, who writes a poetic invitation to her friends and family to write a few lines "that memory may revert to you." The fronts of most pages have been filled with poetry from friends, her sister and brother along with occasional drawings. Greenish gray cloth boards with black and gilt title to front cover along with color pastedown illustration of a young girl. Faded decoration to spine. Wear and chipping to book cloth on spine ends. Minor wear to edges of board and rubbing to boards. Minor soiling to pages. Several pages are detached and laid in. Foxing and/or smudge marks, soiling to many pages. Chipping and tears to come pages. Paper is somewhat brittle. A sweet little book, which was obviously treasured by its previous owner. Size: 6 x 4.5 inches. Unpaginated. About 40 pages with writing. HAND/030519. Good.
England: n.p., 1918-1945. Hardcover. A charming and unique sketchbook with 35 pen and ink drawings by Dorothy De Bock Porter (1873-1956). Nineteen of the drawings are accompanied by original autograph poems by her husband, Hugh De Bock Porter (1870-1940). The Porters composed hymns together, with him writing the words and she the music. They notably wrote a hymn for the coronation of King George V in 1911. The poems and their drawings were done 1918-1920. The accomplished drawings for the poems are sweet and sometimes poignant as are the poems themselves. They are mainly about birds, cats, and rabbits, although there is a surprising poem about two black women written in dialect. Dorothy completed the sketchbook in 1945-46 with sixteen simpler humorous line drawings of cats and pigs. Laid in are two small line drawings. The 5.25 x 7 inch sketchbook is bound in blue cloth with the word "Sketches" in gilt on the front cover. The words H & D Verses Illustrated CATS &c. are handwritten in ink on the cover. Dorothy's signature and a date of 1918 are on the front pastedown along with "Verses by Hugh De Bock Porter" and "Illustrations by Dorothy De Bock Porter." A blue ribbon is attached to the back cover. A wonderful collection in near fine condition. Housed in a modern cream cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine and hand-marbled paper interior. Unpaginated [about 55 pages.] HAND062719. Near Fine.
Neustadt, Germany: circa 1988. Hardcover. Glossy blue paper covered boards with gilt title "Poesie" to front cover. The interior is filled with songs, advice, and well wishes for a baby, Mandana - from various friends. Text is mostly in German with several entries in English. Most entries are dated and range from 1988 to 1991. Includes pasted down photographs and cards. One entry reads "Dear Mandana, However they talk, whatever they say, Look straight at the task without dismay, and if you can do it, do it today! Fur Erinnerung an Deine Lehoerin. Marianne Lermann. Neustadt, im November 1988." Light soiling to covers, but clean overall. 6.5 x 6.5 inches. HAND/040419. Very Good.
n.p. [circa 1910-1911]. Hardcover. An interesting compilation of school work done by an industrious and thoughtful student (probably high school) named R.W. Williams in the early 1900s. School is not identified. The first volume is labeled "Theses" and contains three lengthy papers: "Les Parnassiens," a handwritten piece in French about Parnassianism, the French poetry style of the Positive period; "The Division of Power, Legislative and Administrative, between the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore, a typed 52-page analysis; and "The Panama Canal. Its Economic Significance," a long handwritten piece. The second volume is titled "Shorter Papers." Comprised of about twenty-five short handwritten papers on various topics for her (handwriting is feminine in appearance) classes in government and economics. Both volumes bound in three quarter brown leather with reddish-orange cloth boards. Four raised bands to spine with gilt and red title label and gilt and black author label. Rubbing to exterior, mostly to edges and heavier at corners. Minor bumping to spine ends. Interior pages are clean and legible. Some pages folded vertically, probably folded to turn in to the teacher. Very good condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. HAND/033115. Very Good.