Philadelphia: Fisher and Brother, circa 1860. Hardcover. A miniature biography of Benjamin Franklin. Brown cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine and front board. One inch tear to bottom of rear joint and amateur glue repair to book cloth on foot of spine. Chipping to spine ends, wear to edges and corners of boards, small loss to book cloth on rear board, and soiling to covers. Inscription to front free endpaper from a teacher to her student as a reward of merit, dated 1867. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Size: 3 x 2.25 inches. MINI/081723. Very Good.
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New Haven: Sidney's Press for I. Cooke & Co., 1811. Hardcover. Uncommon early edition, which was originally published in London in 1800. It is said to be the first biography of Washington, and also includes a reprinting of his farewell address. The author, John Corry, published most of his works anonymously. Born in Ireland, he worked as a topographer and journalist as well as an author of histories such as this one. Dedicated to the youth of America. In marbled paper covered boards over tan leather spine with modern hand lettered paper title label to spine. Heavy wear and rubbing to boards, edges, and corners. Loss to marbled paper on rear board. Small spots of foxing and soiling scattered throughout, but text remains bright. Frontispiece portrait of Washington and engraving on title page. Lacks front free endpaper. Pen markings to rear free endpaper. 144 pages. Size: about 5.5 x 3.5 inches. AME/080423. Very Good.
Paperback. SCARCE. An interesting collection of Civil War anecdotes, written during the war. Cummings served in the 28th Michigan Infantry. "He was in battle and spent time in the notorious Andersonville Prison, where he helped amputate the feet of another soldier with gangrene. It wasn't until later in civilian life that Cummings lost his own feet. All that and more is told in this raucous account of war. Included is another unique account, that of George E. Reed, who wrote about his time with the Sixth Army Corps in the summer of 1863. His account was written while he was in the ranks and it is written entirely in verse. It may be the only such account from that war." (B&N book review). Very good- in modern paper wraps with remains of original front cover depicting a young Union Soldier laid down. Illustrated with engravings. Minor browning and chipping to the edges of the first several pages. 48 pages. AME6/1282. Very Good.
Newark, DE: Press of Kells, 1933. Hardcover. Biography of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817). Du Pont was a French-American writer, economist, publisher and government official. During the French Revolution, he, his two sons and their families fled France and immigrated to the United States. His son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont was the founder of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company [Wikipedia]. Bound in dark blue pebbled leather with gilt rulings to covers and titling to spines. Some rubbing and light bumping to corners. Illustrations and facsimiles throughout. Ribbon bookmarks. t.e.g. No slipcase. Very good condition. Octavo. Volume I: 179 pages; Volume II: 235 pages including index. AMERBIO/071221. Very Good.
Westminster: The Newman Press, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED from Herb O'Conor, Jr. to Victoria Banknell. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to spine ends and light soiling to boards. Illustrated with clean interior. Index, 580 pages. American Biography. BIO/122305. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1938. Hardcover. 12mo. First edition. Very good in very good dust jacket with dark blue title to front panel. Minor fading to edges and spine of dust jacket. Small ex Libris stamp of Lawrnce Spivak on front flyleaf. American History. AME211011. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Harrisburg: Lane S. Hart, 1878. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Very good in dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustrations to front board. Minor rubbing and boards and fading to spine. Small spot of soiling to front board. Interior is clean and bright with frontispiece and tissue guard. 51 pages. American History. AMEBIO/031912. Very Good.
New York: Brentano's, 1911. Hardcover. Presentation copy signed by the author "To J.A. Wassermann with affection from his mothers dearest friend Bessie O'Connor. May 13th 1911." This is the autobiography of Elizabeth Paschal O'Connor (1850 - 1931), who was the wife of Tay Pay O'Connor, Irish politician and journalist. She grew up in Texas and was raised primarily by an enslaved woman. She published several books including "My Beloved South," a memoir addressing race relations and the impact of the Civil War. She and her husband were friends with important authors of her day including Oscar Wilde, Bret Harte, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Henry James, as well as the actress Ellen Terry. Bookplate of Edward Wassermann to front pastedown. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fading to spine and chipping to spine edges. Foxing to endpapers and a few light smudges to text but overall clean and bright. Includes 14 illustrations. Index, 352 pages. USBIO/092013. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925. Hardcover. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with glt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and to gilt. A few small spots of discoloration to spine. Interior is clean and bright with frontispiece and tissue guard. American Biographical History. BIO209051. Very Good.
New York, Washington, Hollywood: Vantage Press, (1961). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. SCARCE. A biographical novel about Mother Elizabeth Seton. Seton (1774-1821) was the first natural born United States citizen to be canonized by the Catholic church. She converted to Catholicism in 1805 after the death of her husband, with whom she had five children. Her legacy includes founding the first Catholic girls' school and founding the religious order, the Sisters of Charity. She was canonized in 1975. "Clare Simone Seramur tells us the epic story of this lovely, aristocratic Protestant girl of Old New York in our nation's infancy, who, as a young widow with five children to rear, becomes a convert to the Catholic faith, unintentionally alienating her friends and relatives at the very time she needs them most" (jacket). 8vo. Bound in light blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Slight fading and bumping around edges. Yellowing to pages throughout, though text remains bright. Includes frontispiece illustration of Mother Elizabeth Seton. Blue illustrated price clipped dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Spine panel has faded to grey. Minor creasing and chipping to edges of dust jacket as well as minor rubbing to front and rear panels. 223 pages.American Biography. AMERBIO/041715. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: The Grolier Club, 2017. Softcover. This is a catalogue for an exhibition held at the Grolier Club in 2017-2018. The fascinating exhibition explored the many ways that the major figures of America's 19th century literature knew and interacted with each other. The exhibition drew from many important letters, manuscripts, and ephemera from Tane's extraordinary collection of materials from the major authors of that time, including Poe, Twain, Emerson, and Whitman. A softcover with pictorial covers taken from contemporary prints of authors of the United States. In fine condition. Octavo. 133 pages. LIT/011024. Fine.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1909. Hardcover. Thin 4to. Very good- in black cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Light discoloration to exterior. Lovely floral end pages. Frontispiece with intact tissue guard. Text is clean and bright. 94 pages. American Biographical History. BIO208161. Very Good -.
Philadelphia: The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, 1914. Hardcover. First Edition limited to 250 copies, this copy was presented to Dr. Franklin Mall by the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology. Wistar was a Civil War veteran in charge of a Pennsylvania regiment. Franklin Nall was a noted pathologist. Interesting slip to front flyleaf reads: "The recipient of this book is requested to regards its contents, for the present, as confidential." Both volumes are ex-library from Carnegie Institution of Washington. Volume One: title label to spine very chipped with small portions gone, the title is somewhat difficult to read, two library stamps at spine bottom, else very good in green cloth boards. Volume Two: spine title label chipped but legible, two x-lib stickers to spine. Frontispiece to both volumes, 6 other illustrations, and fold-out map. Ex-library stamps to several interior pages otherwise clean. 341 pages in volume I; 191 pages in volume II. AME109261. very Good.