D.C. and VA: n.p., 1894-1923. Hardcover. A unique bound ledger containing the business records of the Allegheny Company, primarily based in Rosslyn, VA, from its incorporation in 1894 until its agreement to be bought by the Griffith Coal Company in 1923. The documents include the Charter, the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Stockholder and Director meeting minutes. The documents were handwritten from 1894-1908, after which they were separately typewritten and affixed to the ledger pages. The bound volume has a label on the front cover from the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia,Office of the Auditor, indicating that the ledger was filed as an exhibit in 1923. The ledger is bound in black three quarter leatherMinor rubbing and bumping to exterior. The front hinge is loose and the rear hinge is repaired by tape. Contents are very good. An interesting piece of U.S. corporate history. 151 pages, 127 of which have been used. BUS/051713. Very Good.
Handwritten Books/ Journals
. 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.
Easton, PA: J.C. Riker, 1857. Hardcover. Gift inscription to Annie C. Buckley from her father dated Christmas 1857. Includes multiple entries from Annie’s friends and relations, many of which are dated 1858, Easton. Most of the entries are in verse form about friendship, memory, and in some cases death. Most of the verses appear to be original, not copied from printed works. A sample entry: “Never Forget Her: I can never forget you whose Friendship seems as a Boon, Received as a Gift from the Father above. To prove that the Earth ‘mid its Sin and its tears, Hath something still left us to Cherish and Love. Forget you! No, No! I hold as a Charm, A Being all Glowing with Genius of Youth, But dearer by far than all Beauty and Grace, Is the thought of that Heart of Kindness and Truth. - By him who will never forget you, City Cousin Charley.” Includes 11 entries, of which one is very light and difficult to read. Bound in full navy blue leather with gilt title “Album of Memory” and gilt and blind stamped floral decoration to both covers. Gilt decoration to the spine also; however, there is heavy chipping to spine leather. Includes five hand colored floral prints, hand colored title page, and presentation page. HAND/022118. Very Good.
[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. n.d. Hardcover. A beautifully transcribed book of music for voice and piano that was handwritten in a book of blank staves. The writing and music notation are elegantly and meticulously done. The pieces include various genres and languages, but a great many are Swedish by composers such as Erik Geijer and Otto Lindblad. The pieces in English are primarily British folk tunes and airs. Folio volume, with many of the pages loose and brittle, with browning around margins, generally not affecting the handwritten music. Very good minus. No date or ownership information but this appears to be later 19th century. Unpaginated with about one hundred pages. MUS/060613. Very Good -.
[London]: . A one-page handwritten letter from J. Leicester Warren to the Reverend Frederick Langbridge of Limerick sent from Chelsea on Feb. 6, 1882. The poet John Leicester Warren (1835-1895) became the 3rd Baron De Tabley in 1887. In the letter he writes: "Dear Sir, I send you by book poast with this letter the only volume of my verses which I happen to have kept, out of which you are quite welcome to extract anything suitable to your forthcoming vollume; but I fear from the headings, which you give me, you will find therin little (if anything) for your purpose. Someday, at your full convenience, will you kindly send me back the volume, for I have no other copy. Fairthully your, JL Warren." Langbridge was also a poet and an editor. Written on first page of a folded 7 x 9" piece of paper. Browning on left side of first page and light creases from folding. In very good condition. HAND/072613. 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.