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1. [Abolition.] Smith, Gerrit. Report from the county of Madison. To abolitionists.... Peterboro: [publisher not identified], November 13, 1843.

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Folio bifolium, approx. 12" x 8", pp. [4], the last page blank; split at central fold but with neat repair on the integral leaf, the first leaf still partially split.

On anti-slavery political activity and the Liberty Party in Madison Co., N.Y. Presumably printed by Smith on his private press in Peterboro.

Not in American Imprints.


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2. Agassiz, L[ouis]. Revue critique des poissons fossiles figurés dans l'ittiolitologia veronesé. Extraits de la 4me livr. des Recherches sur les Poissons fossiles. Neuchâtel: Petitpierre et prince, 1835.

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8vo, pp. 44; untrimmed; wrappers wanting; title page lightly foxed; very good.

Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) was a Swiss biologist and geologist. He is known for advancing research in biological classification and study of the Ice Age. He was especially interested in extinct aquatic life and in 1829 began a comprehensie study of fish fossils found in Glarus, Switzerland and Verona, Italy, which was published in segments from 1833-1843 as Recherches sur les poissons fossiles.

Ownership inscription of Jean Baptiste Julien d'Omalius d'Halloy (1783-1875), a Belgian geologist who conducted detailed surveys of France and Italy. He was a member of the Belgian Senate and held numerous academic distinctions.


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3. Anderson, William. System of surgical anatomy. Part first. Of the structure of the groin, pelvis, and perineum, as connected with inguinal and femoral hernia; tyeing the iliac arteries; and the operation of lithotomy. New York: James V. Seaman, 1822.

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First edition, 4to, pp. xxii, [3], 26-199, [1], 12, [18]; 9 copper-plate engravings; original paper-covered boards; printed spine label; untrimmed; joints cracked, top of spine chipped away, covers spotted; light foxing; some dampstaining throught the textblock; rear free endpaper torn; otherwise good and sound.

Anderson came to the U.S. from Edinburgh in 1820 and this work is based upon, and intended to accompany, his lectures on surgical anatomy in New York. The excellent plates by A. B. Durand, four of which are after his own drawings, are not only early examples of his own work, but an early example of American medical illustration.

Inscription on front endpaper from Monsieur Richmond presenting the book to J. L. Clark, March 9th, 1846.

American Imprints 7812; Cordasco 20-0016.


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4. Bolton, Sarah Elizabeth Knowles. Two-page autograph letter signed to Mr. Davis concerning his lectures. Cleveland: 10 Nov., 1910.

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Two pages on integral leaves, approx. 6½" x 5", in ink; very good.

Letter from an early Ohio female activist and author. The recipient of this letter had sent Ms. Bolton a list of his lectures. She replies: "I did not know of the article to which you refer. What an excellent list of lectures you have, and how much such work helps on the thought and uplift of the world."

In this letter she also writes of the inspiring Theodosia Haine who "has been on her bed, a cripple, for over 16 years. She sends each Christmas to each of our 1500 prisoners at Columbus, a card, letter, book etc.; and supports the missionaries by the sale of her cards etc. I have never seen her, but it makes the work of some of us seem small!

Theodosia was carrying on the work of Mary Ashton, a deaf and lame girl who had died, and who worked under the direction of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841-1916) were deposited at Harvard in 1954. She was a prolific writer of biographical studies, poetry, and a temperance novel. Born in Farmington, Conn., the daughter of John Segar and Mary Elizabeth Miller Knowles, she came to Cleveland in 1866 after marrying Chas. E. Bolton, a Cleveland businessman and active worker in temperance activities. All of her books reflect her contention that despite hardships, life can be worth living if one works hard and believes in God.

Her own experiences as associate editor of the Congregationalist (1878-81), a Boston publication, and her husband's experiences as he labored for the cause of the workingman and the discouraged in heart, served as subject matter for her books. Her stories were published in 2 volumes: A Country Idyll and Other Stories. Bolton wrote several juvenile biographies, which revealed her own and her readers' judgments about what they admired in women. Her Lives of Girls Who Became Famous (1897) included essays on the novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, the humanitarian and reformer Helen Hunt Jackson, abolitionist and woman's rights advocate Lucretia Mott, author Louisa May Alcott, educator Mary Lyon, and nurse Florence Nightingale.


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5. Butler, Josephine E. Une voix dans le désert: moralité publique. Paris: Librairie Sandoz et Fischbacher, 1875.

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First edition, 8vo, pp. 43, [1]; original printed wrappers; front wrapper spotted around the edges; otherwise very good.

Originally written and published in French, Une voix dans le désert was delivered as an appeal against the legalization of prostitution in France.

Josephine Butler (1828-1906) was a Victorian feminist and abolitionist. Born into a family of social reformers, she spent her life advocating for legislation that would strengthen the rights of children and sex workers, put an end to human trafficking, and expand educational opportunities for women.


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6. [Chicago Fire.] [Goodspeed, E. J.] Die grossen Brände in Chicago und dem Westen. Als Anhang: Ein Bericht über die grossen Feuersbrünste der Vergangenheit.. Chicago: J. S Goodspeed, [1871].

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8vo, pp. 141, [3]; four engraved folding plates and one folding color map of Chicago showing the burned parts of the city; original printed paper wrappers, upper wrapper reattached, edges chipped, ex-Essex Institute with their blindstamp on title page and plates.

A German translation of Goodspeed's History of the great fires of Chicago and the West. Goodspeed was an American clergyman best known for his translations of the Bible.

Chicago Public and Newberry in OCLC.


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7. [Civil War - New Hampshire.] Questions and facts [drop title]. [New Hampshire? , 1863.]

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8vo, pp. 8; text in double column; self-wrappers; old folds with lower half of first page soiled, one fold causing some wear to a couple lines of text; small edge tears; good.

Democratic, anti-Lincoln campaign tract, composed and presumably printed in February 1863, addressed to the people of New Hampshire regarding the coming elections of 10 March 1863. It warns of an imminent draft (the Draft Act was enacted in 1863), a call for a peace resolution, issues complaints on the cost of the war and the performance of the Republican administration, and contains an account by Edson B. Olds, a former Representative of Ohio who was arrested for discouraging enlistment.

The delineated sections in the text are: Shall we have a draft? -- Why not have peace! -- What are we fighting for? -- Facts and figures -- The president and his administration -- Arbitrary arrests.

The letter that accused Olds claimed he complained of “tyranny engaged in a war to destroy the Union, overthrow the Constitution, and liberate the slaves.”

Sabin 67151 guesses the imprint as Boston 1862, but a cited document in the text is dated February 4, 1863 and the only direct reference is to the "People of New Hampshire."


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8. [Civil War - Texas.] Sprague, J. T. The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New York Historical Society June 25, 1861. New York: New York Historical Society, 1862.

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8vo, pp. [3], 110-142 [i.e. 36 pages]; text in double column; original printed cream wrappers; top of spine neatly reinforced with tape, covers lightly soiled, text clean, very good.

Sprague was a career army officer who was placed in charge of a Texas regiment. He was arrested along with his men by Confederate General Twiggs at the start of the Civil War. Twiggs' surrender of his army and military stores to the Confederate Gen. Ben. McCulloch resulted in his dishonorable discharge from the army. In this pamphlet, Sprague provides an account with transcripts of the Confederate takeover of Federal facilities in Texas.

Dornbusch II, 1633; Nevins II, p. 240; Sabin 89688


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9. [Clock-Work Revolving Light House Fly & Mosquito Trap, et al.] Clough, Isaac S. Collection of ephemera advertising inventions and products by Isaac S. Clough. New York: 1856.

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39 broadsides, labels, ads, calling cards, etc. all relating to the business ventures of Isaac S. Clough, a prolific inventor and salesman who concentrated mostly on the invention of novel insect traps, but who also sold ash sifters, pastry boards, spring boot jacks, combined knife, spoon and fork utensils, match safes, hand lanterns, an "automaton dancer" composed of two "negro-dancers" and string, and more. At least six different insect traps are represented, including a Premium Clockwork Pillar & Cage Fly Trap, and a Clock-Work Revolving Light House Fly & Mosquito Trap. The largest item is a broadsheet, 9.25" x 12" with a "Clough's Reporter" newsletter on one side and a large engraved illustration for a Suspension Cage New Fly-Trap on the opposite side.

In addition to his inventions Clough also worked as a manufacturer, distributor, and a door to door salesman. Many of the ads are pointed at wholesalers, and two items are printed calling letters notifying a household of an imminent visit by Clough to sell them fire shovels, for example.

A number of items cite Clough's number of medals and diplomas earned, with the number peaking at 19 and 33 respectively. Aside from this small change in accolades it is difficult to date most of the material. "Clough's Reporter," is dated 1860, one manuscript letter from the then governor of Massachusetts, Alexander H. Rice, congratulating Clough for his success in business, dated 1856. The calling letter from the Iron Clad Can Co. is dated 1876. The majority of the material is likely printed between the late 1850s and the early 1870s.

Also included are a few New York banknotes signed by Clough and a receipt on letterhead for a tombstone ordered by him for Cypress Hills Cemetary. We could find little on Clough's life beside the fact that he appears to have been based in Brooklyn, NY.

A few chips and holes in some items, but most generally very good, and an interesting group reflecting the world of late 19th century American industry.


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10. [Coxe, John Redman, physician and professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.] Denton, Evert, Dr. Medical lecture & practice notebook. Philadelphia: , 1826-1829.

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Small 4to (approx. 7¾" x 6"), approx. 165 pages and 24,000 words; contemporary calf-backed notebook with marbled boards; front hinge starting; some pages loose; a few pages excised, occasional mild dampstains; in ink throughout in a legible hand.

Interesting combination of an early physician's personal notes and letters with extensive notes from lectures by John Redman Coxe and Nathaniel Chapman, both lecturers in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Evert Denton was born in 1789 of Aaron and Mary E. (Avery) Denton. His biographers claim him to be a graduate of Columbia, a distinguished practioner in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, and a lineal descendant of the Rev. Richard Denton, the first Presbyterian minister in America. He died young, at 41, in 1830.

In 1826, he was living in Philadelphia, apparently attending lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. The first page of the book notes "Chapman's lectures 1826, Nov. 21st. Nosological arrangit. Diseases of the Circulatory, respiratory organs, nervous system, absorbent." Nathaniel Chapman (notes start Nov. 21, 1826-Jan, 6, 1827) lectured on practice of medicine; and John Redman Coxe (notes start Nov. 26, 1826-Jan. 1827) lectured on materia medica at the University of Pennsylvania.

Later notes are on cases personally attended by Dr. Denton; names of patients are identifiable in these cases; Amariah Townsley, Alvah Hurlbut, Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Lot Hathaway, Eggleston Matthews, etc. A few pages at the end are copies of letters Dr. Denton wrote to Dr. Cooley, Bishop P. Chase, and "Rev. S. C. F." of Lexington, KY.


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With eight chromolithographs

11. Cubas, Antonio Garcia, trans. George F. Henderson. The Republic of Mexico in 1876. A political and ethnographical division of the population, character, habits, costumes and vocations of its inhabitants. Mexico: "La Enseñanza" Printing Office, 1876.

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First English edition, 8vo, pp. [9], 10-130, [16]; 8 chromolithographs; double-page map; 8 pages of sheet music; wrappers wanting; later post-binding; untrimmed; edges chipped; front cover toned; otherwise good and sound.

Antonio Garcia Cubas (1832-1912) was a Mexican historian and geographer. A member of the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics, he published many informative and influential texts on Mexican art, history, and geography. This publication is divided into three parts: politics, history, and ethnography.

In the preface Cubas states that he wrote the book in order to dispel the misconceptions and stereotypes perpetuated by foreign novelists and tourists. The book contains eight chromolithographs depicting a range of local cultures and social classes in various manners of dress and habit. The double-page map shows the geographic regions of nineteen Mexican ethnic groups, which are discussed at length in the text itself.

Palau 65704.


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12. Delafield, John. An inquiry into the origin of the antiquities of America. By John Delafield, Jr. With an appendix, containing notes, and "a view of the causes of the superiority of the men of the northern over those of the southern hemisphere." By James Lakey, M. D.. New York: published for subscribers, by Colt, Burgess & Co.; London: Longman, Rees, [et al.]; Paris: A. & W. Galignani & Co., 1839.

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First edition, large 4to, pp. [5], 6-142; 7½-foot long folding lithographic frontispiece printed on tissue paper (detached, but present), 10 lithographic plates (5 hand-colored); library rebinding in half black cloth over marbled paper-covered boards, typed label on spine, a.e.g.; ex-Central Library, Syracuse, with occasional rubberstamps; lithographic reference sheet for the folding plate printed on tissue paper amaturely pasted in as a frontispiece, hinges cracked; lightly foxed; a copy with faults, but complete and the binding is sound.

The lithographic frontispiece is a facsimile of the Codex Boturini, an Aztec codex that depicts the migration of the Azteca. The uncolored plates contain Aztec skulls and artifacts, and the colored plates depict scenes from Aztec mythology. The illustrator was Louis Samyn of Cincinnati. The author concludes that the American aborigine came here via the Bering Straits in two migrations that went to North and South America respectively.

Howes D-226 (noting that the folding frontis is often lacking); Sabin 19333; Palau 69956.


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13. [Emerson, Ralph Waldo.] Norton, Andrews. Remarks on a pamphlet entitled "'The Latest Form of Infidelity' examined". Cambridge: John Owen, 1839.

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First edition, 8vo, pp. 72; removed from binding, wrappers wanting, first and last couple leaves foxed, last page soiled, textblock otherwise clean and sound.

Norton was a theological controversialist, biblical scholar, and man of letters. He published widely and had great influence as a Unitarian, but this is perhaps his most remembered work, as it is an attack on the Transcendentalism of his former student Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the author of the Discourse on the Latest Form of Infidelity.

"This episode has made Norton notorious among historians as a hidebound reactionary despite his later blast against the Fugitive Slave Law and his significant role in introducing European literature to Americans." (BAL)


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14. Flint, Timothy. Francis Berrian; or, the Mexican patriot. London: published by John Cunningham, Crown-Court, Fleet-Street, 1841.

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8vo, pp. 168; text in double column; removed from binding, wrappers wanting, bottom corner of final leaf chipped affecting several letters; otherwise very good.

Flint's first novel, published first in two volumes in 1826 and reprinted in the 1830s (see Wright I, 958-60). An English edition appeared in 1834.

"After a description of the Mississippi country, discovers a new scene for fiction in Mexico, where the hero of course falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a noble governor, becomes involved in a Revolution, and undergoes every conceivable affliction, supported by his love for the heroine and the sympathy of the inevitable comic Irishman" (Loshe, The Early American Novel, Columbia Univ. Press 1907.

As "the first North American novel set in Mexico," Francis Berrian has been the subject of some scholarly monographs, e.g. "'Francis Berrian': Hispanic Influence on American Romanticism" by Frederick S. Stimson, (in Hispania 42:4, Dec., 1959) and Keri Holt, "Double-Crossings: The Trans-American Patriotism of Francis Berrian" (Western American Literature 44:4, Winter 2010).

Americana Collection of Herschel V. Jones, 1045 (this edition); the note to BAL 6114 (for the 1826 edition) refers to an ad for the earlier London edition, but does not mention this 1841 printing and it was not noted elsewhere.

Sabin 24787.


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15. [Grant, Ulysses S.] Grand mass meeting at the Cooper Institute. Nomination of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to the Presidency. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1867. Printed by order of the Executive Committee. New York: George F. Nesbitt & Co., 1867.

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First edition, 8vo, pp. 38; self-wrappers; stab-stitch; light foxing; otherwise very good.

The account in the Times, which devoted three-and-a-half columns to the assembly the next day, begins: "The public feeling in favor of Gen. Grant for the Presidency, which has been rapidly increasing in this vicinity for some time past, culminated in a grand mass meeting at the Cooper Institute this evening, held in response to a call from a large number of our most prominent merchants, bankers, and business men, representing both of the leading parties. As the first public demonstration in favor of Gen. Grant for President, it was a great success. Seldom has the Cooper Institute been filled with a larger audience, or one better representing the various classes of our population...."

At the time, Grant was serving as Secretary of War, but his celebrity, President Johnson's unpopularity, and a rift between the two, made him the obvious choice of the anti-Johnson forces.


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16. Hayward, Nathaniel. Petition of Nathaniel Hayward, for an extension of his invention for using sulphur with India rubber. Norwich [CT]: Bulletin Job Office, 1864.

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First edition, 8vo, pp. 13; original printed tan wrappers; fine.

Together with: Application of Nathaniel Hayward for an extension of his patent for his invention for using sulphur with India rubber, before the Committee of Patents. Brief. E. S. Day Counsel. Washington: Gideon & pearson, printers, 1865, pp. 7, [1]; small dampstain at the for-edge, otherwise fine in original printed tan wrappers.

Together with: Some Account of Nathaniel Hayward's experiments with India rubber, which resulted in discovering the invaluable compound of that article with sulpher. Norwich, Conn.: Bulletin Job Office, Franklin Square, 1865, pp. 12; original printed tan wrappers; fine.

Nathaniel Hayward (1808-1865), a man without any training at all in chemistry, spent some years experimenting with ways to keep India rubber from becoming soft and sticky in summer. He first discovered the value of sulfur in rubber compounding in 1836. Continuing his experiments he subjected his sulfur-treated rubber to the heat of the sun's rays, particularly anticipating the process of vulcanization. In 1838 he met Charles Goodyear, and eventually assigned the rights to his new process to him, and later assisted Goodyear in his experiments on vulcanization.

In his petition to Congress, Hayward argues that the renewal of the patent for the process of combining sulfur with India rubber should be assigned to him, and not to Charles Goodyear. He explains that although he assigned the rights of the first patent to Goodyear in 1839, he did so only for a period of 14 years, and that the Patent Office has illegally denied him an extension of the patent on his own product.


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17. [Illinois.] Mechanics' Mutual Benefit Association. By-laws of the Mechanics' Mutual Benefit Association, of Springfield. Springfield: George W. Wilson, printer, 1851.

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24mo (approx. 4¾" x 2¾"), pp. 12; original printed yellow wrappers; dampstain at the bottom corner; all else very good. Organized October 1, 1849. Contains press notices, financial reports, and statistical summaries.

Not in Byrd or OCLC.


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18. Irving, Washington. Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, gent. By the author of The Sketch Book. With a biographical notice. New York: William H. Clayton, 1824.

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8vo, pp. x, [3], 6-67, [1]; original printed brown wrappers; a few spots of damp on the wrappers, top edge slightly erose, moderate foxing, spine partially perished; very good. Wrapper imprint reads: Clayton and Van Norden, printers, No. 64 Pine-street.

These letters, written when Irving was 19, were his first publications, appearing in a rare periodical, The Morning Chronicle, edited by his brother Peter Irving, between 1802 and 1803. This pirated edition was undoubtedly inspired by the popularity of the The Sketch Book, which appeared in parts 1819-20.

American Imprints 16684; BAL 10112; Wright I, 1429.


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The first constitutional government in all of Asia

19. [Japan.] Official translation. The constitution of Japan: with the laws appertaining thereto, and the Imperial oath and speech. Promulgated at the Imperial Palace February 11th, 1889. Yokohama: Japan Gazette, 1889.

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First edition of the official English translation of the Meiji constitution; 8vo, pp. [2], 44; original printed blue wrappers, old fold, first and last couple of leaves foxed, light soiling to covers, very good.

Ownership signature of George R. Brush on title page. Brush served in the U.S. Navy as a Surgeon & Medical Inspector, from 1861 until his death in 1894.

The enactment of the Meiji constitution in 1889 heralded in the first constitutional government in all of Asia. It was based on the Prusso-German model, which recognized the Emperor as the absolute ruler below which operated a Diet of elected officials. It enumerates the powers of the Emperor (the Emperor is sacred and inviolable), rights and duties of Japanese subjects, eligibility and structure of the diet, election rules, and budget.


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20. [Quakers - Poetry.] The arm chair. Philadelphia: [publisher not identified], 1843.

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Third edition, small 12mo, pp. 35, [1]; original printed brown paper wrappers, corners curled, text lightly foxed, otherwise very good.

"An arm chair, made many years ago by John Letchworth for Leonard and Jane Snowdon, was presented to the Author, with some information of the worthies who were wont to visit the estimable owners; accompanied with an intimation that it would be a suitable theme for some verses." The poem names a number of Philadelphia Quakers and spends a few lines extoling the virtues of each.

John Letchworth was a Quaker artisan and one of the most famous windsor chair-makers of the 18th century.


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21. Quincy, Josiah Jr., President of Harvard University. Regulations relative to leave of absence to keep school. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Harvard University, 7 Dec., 1838.

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Small broadside approx. 9½" x 4¾", showing 4 regulations regarding leaves of absence, and a section at the bottom showing who is to be absent, the date, and the approbationary signature of Josiah Quincy as president of Harvard.

In the present case, the student wishing leave is Nathaniel Bradley Baker (1818-1876), a senior at the time, but later a newspaper owner, a state representative, and finally a Democratic governor of New Hampshire - in fact, the last democratic governor in New Hampshire for more than 100 years. Previous folds, dampstain at the top; all else very good.

Not found in OCLC.


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22. Root, David, Rev. A memorial of the martyred Lovejoy: In a discourse by Rev. David Root. Delivered in Dover, N.H. Published by request. [Dover, N.H.] , 1837.

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First edition, 8vo, pp. [1]-16; wrappers wanting; lightly foxed.

Elijah P. Lovejoy (1802-1837) was an American minister, journalist and abolitionist. He penned many controversial tracts on emancipation and other contentious issues, and was killed by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois that staged an attack on abolitionist printing presses.

Root was the author of several other antislavery and free speech tracts, e.g.: Fast Sermon on Slavery (1835); Liberty of Speech and of the Press... A Thanksgiving Sermon (1835); and Abolition Cause Eventually Triumphant (1838).

American Imprints 46399; Sabin 73122.


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23. [Salesman's Sample Book.] Shakespeare, William. The works of William Shakespeare illustrated [engraved title]. The complete works of Shakespeare revised from the original editions with historical introduction & notes ... by J. O. Halliwell.... London & New York: John Tallis & Company, n.d., [ca. 1851].

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Large 8vo, consisting of 78 leaves of engravings (including frontispieces and engraved titles; 1 loose), and text paginated in 12 sequences, 64, [1]; 186-132; 77-88, 1-37, [1]; 1-16; 1-16; 209-224; 257-259, [1]; 497-544, [1]; 480-487, [1]; v-xxxi, [1]; [4]; contemporary plain green cloth, unadorned; very good.

Ownership inscription of front free endpaper of Mrs. Margaret J. MacKenzie, Boston, Feb. 18th, 1888, and with a presentation by her to Mary Jane MacKenzie, 1896, quoting 4 lines from Caroline Ingalls, mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The illustrative plates are fine steel engravings from daguerreotypes depicting famous actors through the ages in Shakespearian roles. Among the engravers are J. Moore, T. Sherratt, George Greatbach, W. Bittlestone, J. Rogers, and others. The text sections are representative of the histories, tragedies, comedies, notes to the plays, the sonnets, a biography of Shakespeare (here complete), Skakespeare's will, and sample preliminaries.

Not a canvassing book, per se, but a salesman's sample which likely would have been brought to book store owners by publishers' reps.

Not in Arbour.


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24. Sparks, Jared. One page autograph letter signed to H. Howe concerning a reference for Mr. Rich in London. Boston: Aug. 10, 1829.

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4to, approx. 9½" x 8", chipped at lower right side and corner affecting the signature.

Jared Sparks (1789-1866) writes to H. Howe in 1829 giving a good account of Mr. Rich as an agent for circulating American works in London. Sparks, who became President of Harvard in 1849, was the owner of the North American Review, which was considered the arbiter of literature in New England. He writes he had also put Rich in charge of the North American Review for Great Britain. "I have perfect confidence in his integrity, fidelity & attention to business. He was many years American Consul in Spain, but is now established in London in the business of buying & selling books, & particularly supplying orders from America."

"He is constantly employed in making purchases for the Boston Athenaeum, Harvard University, & private gentlemen in Boston."

"I am not acquainted with any person so well qualified in London."

"Mr. Rich" refers to Obadiah Rich (1758-1805) who was elected to the Massachusetts Historical Society at the early age of 22, and helped found the Anthology Society in 1804, which later became the Boston Athenaeum. President James Madison appointed him American consul in Valencia, Spain in 1816. He was consul in Madrid from 1823, and was working full time in the book trade in London by 1830.

The "H. Howe" Sparks was writing to is likely Henry Howe (1816-1893) of New Haven, Connecticut, an author who wrote histories of several states. His most celebrated work is the three-volume Historical Collections of Ohio.

Jared Sparks also founded and edited in 1830 the American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, which was continued by others and long remained a popular annual. After extensive researches at home and (1828-29) in London and Paris, he published the Life and Writings of George Washington in twelve volumes, his most important work; and in 1839 he published separately the Life of George Washington. The work was for the most part favorably received, but Sparks was severely criticized by Lord Mahon and others for altering the text of some of Washington's writings. Sparks defended his methods in A Reply to the Strictures of Lord Mahon and Others (1852). The charges were not wholly justifiable, and later Lord Mahon (Stanhope) modified them.

Later Sparks was professor of ancient and modern history at Harvard. His appointment to this position, says his biographer, was the first academic encouragement of American history, and of original historical research in the American field. In 1849 Sparks succeeded Edward Everett as president of Harvard retiring in 1853 on account of failing health. He died on the 14th of March 1866, in Cambridge, Mass. His valuable collection of manuscripts and papers went to Harvard; and his private library and his maps were purchased by Cornell University. He was a pioneer in collecting, on a large scale, documentary material on American history.


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25. Stanton, Henry Brewster. A series of five autograph letters signed. Various places and dates, as below.

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Together, 5 autograph letters, all to an unnamed correspondent (or correspondents), totaling 10 pages, in ink, generally fine. Stanton (1805-1887) was married to the woman's rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton (a cousin of Gerrit Smith) who is referenced in the December 5, 1853 and the December 2, 1855 letters below. He too was a noted abolitionist and social reformer, a prolific journalist, and was twice elected to the New York State Senate. Stanton studied law under his father-in-law Daniel Cady in Johnstown, New York; after passing the bar, he became a patent attorney in Boston, before moving to Seneca Falls, N.Y. where he "continued his work in reform, journalism, and politics, often traveling, speaking, and writing on behalf of abolition. While living in Seneca Falls, Stanton helped organize the Free Soil Party (1848) and the Republican Party in 1856" (Wikipedia).

Albany, June 14, 1853. 2-page A.L.s., 4to: "Being detained here longer than I anticipated I have spent a few leisure hours in looking into pleading expectant suits under the Code. I have also conferred with Sam Nevins on the subject. He thinks it is sufficient to traverse the allegation in the complaint (so far as he is concerned) that plaintiff was lawfully seized ... but as judges differ in various circuits, he thinks it more prudent to not only do this, but to add in general terms that debts have a good title, and with those under whom they hold, have had quiet and peaceful possession of the premises for more than 40 years..."

Albany, December 5, 1853. 3-page A.L.s., 8vo: "I am here looking after some cases of the Atty. General. I send by this mail to Mrs. Stanton a letter containing some money. Thinking my boy Henry might take it, and might lose it as he has done on two or three occasions, I will thank you or your clerk to caution him when he takes the letter ... You see the Seward papers are furious on our railroad ... While our bill was hanging by the gills in the legislature and it was quite doubtful about its passing, a private company was got up to carry thru a railroad to the Pacific of which Sims, Draper, T. Weed, Greeley, & Barton, Schoolcraft & a lot more of such men were the controlling powers. - But the bill passed. Then, at the organization of the company, these same men tried to get control of it, & threw out Walker, Chatfield, McAlpine, &c., &c. Foiled in this they have employed half a dozen papers to calumniate the company. This, with the opposition of the Law Steamship interest, is the moving cause of all this fight against us. If Texas faces the music, we will see who comes out ahead. You will see an article in the Atlas this p.m. on the subject..."

Seneca Falls, September 5, 1855. 2-page A.L.s., 4to: "I have been looking over our ejectments with Mr. Cady. He and I had been of the opinion, until your last memorandum, that the lands in question were settled by the debts or those under whom they claim about 45 years before suit as stated in the answers. But your memo says 'in 1813 to 1815.' Now to bring suit within the five years limitation of the Act of April 8, 1813, the lands must have been settled previous to the passing of that act. So, on the trial, we must prove that fact, or we are thrown upon the ordinary statute of limitations ... Now, can you prove that they were thus early settled? ... Upon the whole, therefore, unless you have this proof (as to settlement before April 1813), it will be best to put off the case at the Circuit at Ovid, & then hunt up proof on this point..."

New York, December 2, 1855. 2-page A.L.s., 8vo: "I have handed the two letters to Mr. Redfield, but he is run down with applications and I fear Carl's chance is not very good. Now, will you do me a favor? Will you tell Henry Hunt (I think it is Henry - the teamster) to draw in all wood from the farm which has been cut for me and ask him to tell Harpst to keep the man cutting till 20 cords are drawn - and I will pay when I come up. By doing this you will confer a favor on me, which I will gladly reciprocate, & what is quite as important to her, will prevent my wife getting out of wood. I am engaged in doing up Chatfield's Atty. General listings & go to Albany on that errand tomorrow. He has gone to Texas..."

Williams Hotel, Washington D.C. January 18, 1857. 1-page A.L.s., 4to: "Have you sent the paper to Judge Cady in the case of Knox vs. Downs, et al.? ... Am detained here much longer than expected. It is understood here (so say Garvin & others with whom I have conversed), that as commissions expire in our state, the large majority of re-appointees will be new men. I state this so you can see how the lay of the land lies. There is to be an awful rush here about Feb. 1st. Ed. Croswell, Gen. Mead ... & others of that stripe seem to be playing around already."


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26. [Worcester, Noah.] The Friend of Peace ... by Philo Pacificus. Boston: West & Richardson; Joseph T. Buckingham; & Cambridge: Hilliard & Metcalf, 1817-1821.

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Ten issues in all, 8vo, the first two issues with some worming; all else generally very good in original printed blue wrappers.

Worcester (1758-1837) was a fifer in the Revolution and later a clergyman who "came to regard war, whether offensive or defensive, as unjustifiable" (see DAB). A pioneer of the American peace movement, in December 1814, he published A Solemn Review of the Custom of War (under the pen-name Philo Pacificus), "still considered one of the best pieces of anti-war literature ever committed to print, and as relevant today as then. In 1815, he founded the Massachusetts Peace Society, serving as its secretary until 1828. From 1819 to 1828 he tirelessly edited The Friend of Peace, a quarterly periodical of the Society, as well as wrote most of its content. In 1828, the Massachusetts Peace Society merged with the newly formed American Peace Society" (Wikipedia).

Among the contributors, besides Worcester himself, are Thomas Jefferson and John Jay (each contributing letters), William Cowper (a poem "Pity for Poor Africans"); and extracts from William Penn and Benjamin Franklin, etc. Most inside front wrappers and the back wrappers are generally advertising Worcester's text books (geographies, spellers, gazetteers, etc.), as well as other books published by West & Richardson, Joseph T. Buckingham, and Cummings & Hilliard.

Present in this gathering are: Vol. VIII - XII (Boston, 1817-1818); Vol. II, nos. 3-5 (Cambridge, 1819); Vol. II, no. 12 an Vol. III, no. 1 (Cambridge, 1821). Several of the issues bear the ownership signature of the deacon and sawyer Eleazar Spofford, for whom see Wikitree.com. .


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