[Ipswich, England]: 1905-06. A unique and charming autograph book of a young college woman, filled with handwritten drawings, quotes from various writers and good wishes from friends and acquaintances at the college. The initials N.T.C. are on many of the pages. It is unclear whether these are the initials of the album's owner or a reference to the school they all attend. References to Ipswich and and Burton on Trent place the book as English. The most delightful feature of the autograph book are the 32 illustrations interspersed throughout. There are 12 watercolors, 13 pen and ink drawings, and 6 pencil sketches. They include men and women, flowers, animals, and scenery. The quality of the illustrations varies from basic and naive through competent to a few that are quite accomplished. Bound in brown leather with the word Album in gilt to front cover. Bumping and chipping, with the backstrip still attached but in fairly poor shape. All edges gilt. A few pages have become loose but the book is other wise a lovely example. Measures 5 x 8 inches. [44 pages]. / 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.
n.p. . A sweet collection of sentimental and aspirational poetry neatly handwritten into a commercial lined notebook by a seemingly young woman named G.E. Merine and dated June 2, 1926 on the free front endpaper. It appears that some of the poems might by original, while others are identified as being written by such figures as Kilmer, Longfellow, Kipling, Byron, and Hardy. In maroon cloth covers with missing spine and bumping and soiling. Interior pages are very good. Inserted into the notebook are additional loose sheets with poems written on them. Very good. Measures 7 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [40 pages with writing the remainder blank] HANDWRITTEN/061220. Very Good.
1865. Hardcover. Full brown calf leather boards. Heavy chipping to leather on spine. Remnants of name in ink to front board, but not readable. Heavy rubbing to leather. Every page is filled with lists of items purchased and the cost noted. The lists are broken up by months and totals are then listed for each year. For example - in December of 1866 - Rent - $5; Paper and Marketing - .63cents; Baby Dress - 75 cents; Medicine - 50 cents; Yeast & Washing - 76 cents; May 27, 1865 - Board & Washing - $6.42; Medicine 59 cents; Cake - 10 cents; Strawberries & Sugar - 53 cents; Ice cream/ car ride & show - 85 cents; orange - 8 cents; cherries - 18 cents; Cutting Hair - 20 cents. The last few pages include more substantial items perhaps for setting up a household (mosquito net, kitchen curtain, dust pan, tea pot, kitchen stove, etc.) and one page of (hard to read) recipes. An interesting item. Unfortunately, no location or ownership name is provided. About 130 pages. Size: about 5 x 3.5 inches. HAND/041620. Good.
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.